1920 January

5th  The Yankees announce the purchase of Babe Ruth; it had been delayed until Ruth agreed to terms believed to be $40,000 total for 2 years. (Lawrence Ritter’s The Babe, has this announcement on January 6, 11 days after the deal was consummated.)

7th  Babe Ruth reacts to the trade in the Boston Evening Transcript saying, “Frazee is not good enough to own any ball club, especially one in Boston.”

12th  A plan developed by Charles Ebbets many years ago is finally adopted: the annual drafting of players from the minor leagues will be done in inverse order to the teams’ final standings.

1920 February

9th  The Joint Rules Committee bans all foreign substances or other alterations to the ball by pitchers, including saliva, resin, talcum powder, paraffin, and the shine and emery ball. A pitcher caught cheating will be suspended for 10 days. The AL allows each club to name just 2 pitchers who will be allowed to use the pitch for one more season. The NL allows each club to name all its spitball pitchers. No pitchers other than those designated will be permitted to use it, and none at all after 1920 (though this will be changed in December). The list of grandfathered spitballers will include Red Faber (White Sox), (Doc Ayers and Dutch Leonard (Tigers), Ray Caldwell and Stan Coveleski (Indians), Bill Doak (Cardinals), Phil Douglas (Giants), Dana Fillingim (Braves), Ray Fisher (Reds), Marv Goodwin (Cardinals), Burleigh Grimes and Clarence Mitchell (Dodgers), Jack Quinn (Yankees), Dick Rudolph (Braves), Allen Russell (Red Sox), Urban Shocker and Allen Sothoron (Browns). Only Ray Fisher will not pitch after 1920. Fisher signs with the Reds for 1921 but then elects to coach the baseball team at the University of Michigan. When he decides to return for the 1922 season, he will discover that he is banned for life for not giving the Reds a 10-day notice of his leaving.

Other rules changes: the adoption of writer Fred Lieb’s proposal that a game-winning HR with men on base be counted as a HR even if its run is not needed to win the game. Also, the intentional walk is banned, and everything that happens in a protested game will go in the records. From 1910 to 1919, records in protested games were excluded.

The Cards announce the first trade of the meetings. They acquire 1B Jack Fournier from the Los Angeles Angels for 4 players, all acquired earlier. LA gets 1B Art Griggs, C Grover Hartley, P Claud Thomas, and INF Jim McAuley.

10th  At a joint meeting in Chicago, all bleacher prices are raised to 50 cents, pavilion to 75 cents, and grandstand to $1.00. Clubs may set aside bleacher space for kids under 14 at 15 and 25 cents if they wish. The May 15th–August 30th player limits are raised from 21 to 25. The AL prohibits player transfers after July 1st; the NL, after August 20th.

Lee Magee, “wanting to make a clean breast of things,” admits to NL Prexy Heydler and Cubs head William Veeck that he tried to “toss” a game with the Braves when he was with the Reds, but that the Reds won in the 13th. Heydler will later testify on June 8th that Magee told him he became suspicious that Hal Chase had double-crossed him and so he stopped payment on the check.

12th  Frank “Home Run” Baker’s wife, Ottalee, dies at 31, leaving 2 small children. Baker will miss the entire season to stay home and take care of the children, although reports in late March say that he will change his mind and rejoin the team in May. He returns in 1921 to hit .294. Baker also missed the 1915 season, preferring to hold out rather than sign with the A’s.

In a defeat for AL president Johnson, Carl Mays is reinstated, and the Yankees’ 3rdplace finish is recognized. Furthermore, a two man committee is appointed to review all fines over $100 and suspensions of more than 10 days. Dissatisfaction with the National Commission system comes to a head. The NL votes 6–2 for a one-man commission; the AL votes 6–2 for the status quo. Chairman Garry Herrmann resigns, stating his belief that no club owner should serve on the governing board. When the 2 leagues cannot agree on a chairman, it is left to the league presidents to decide disputes.

13th  In a 2-day meeting in Kansas City, the Negro National League is formed. The NNL will comprise of St. Louis Giants, the Kansas City Monarchs, the (Chicago) American Giants, the Chicago Giants, the Indianapolis ABCs, the Dayton Marcos, the Detroit Stars, and the Cuban Stars. Rube Foster is elected the league’s first president.

20th The Cubs give an unconditional release to Lee Magee after they learned a week ago from him that he had been betting against his team. Magee will sue the Cubs for his salary of $4,500 charging that his livelihood as a ball player was destroyed through the sudden canceling of his contract. The Cubs will ask for a dismissal of the suit, saying that “previous to the making of the contract the plaintiff was guilty of betting against the team of which he was a member, and sought to win bets by intentional bad playing to defeat said team.”

1920 March

23rd  In a spring training game in Jacksonville between the Dodgers and Yankees, Babe Ruth goes into the stands after the first half of the 9th inning to confront a fan who has been “riding” him. The fan pulls a knife and before things can get ugly, Ernie Shore drags the Babe away.

25th  In a spring training match between the Yankees and Dodgers, a sweeping inside curve ball by Brooklyn’s Little Jeff Pfeffer beans Chick Fewster striking the Yankee SS behind the ear and flattening him. Fewster revives 10 minutes later but soon loses the ability to speak. Taken to the hospital with a skull fracture and a blood clot on his brain, Fewster will recover slowly and return to play in mid-season.

26th Walter Johnson is wild and hittable in his first intersquad game, hitting 3 batters and walking 2. One of the batters he hits is Bucky Harris who takes a pitch that glances off the side of his head. Johnson gives up 7 runs in 3 innings.

1920 April

13th  The Negro National League (chartered as the National Association of Colored Professional Baseball Clubs) is organized at a meeting at the YMCA in Kansas City, MO.

14th  On Opening Day at Cleveland’s League Park, 20,000 fans cheer as Stan Coveleski shuts out the Browns 5–0, beating Indian killer Allen Sothoron. The spitballer had won 5 of 6 last year from Cleveland.

At Shibe Park, Babe Ruth makes his Yankee debut, lacing two hits, but dropping an easy fly in center that allows two runs to score in the 8th. The A’s Scott Perry is the beneficiary of Babe’s error, winning, 3–1 over Bob Shawkey. Each allows 7 hits, one homer, and a walk. Wally Pipp lofts a homer for New York, while Cy Perkins connects for the A’s. New York leaves its best pitcher Carl Mays back in New York, since there is still a warrant out for his arrest in Philley.

The World Champion Reds open the season in Cincinnati by whipping Grover Cleveland Alexander, 7–3. The Reds combine 12 hits, including a HR by Edd Roush, and Dutch Ruether’s pitching to beat the Cubs. Alexander has a triple and all 3 Cub RBIs.

At Pittsburgh, the Pirates win their Opener, 5–4, over the St. Louis Cardinals behind Babe Adams. It is the first win for new manager George Gibson, the first Canadian big league manager.

In the Opener at the Polo Grounds, the Braves score 5 in the 2nd and hold on for a 6-3 win over the Giants. Eddie Eayrs, who last appeared in the majors with Pittsburgh in 1913, earns the start on the strength of a 4-1 complete game victory over the Tigers in spring training. It’ll be the lone win for the Brown graduate.

15th  In Boston, the Sox jump on Washington ace Walter Johnson and score 5 runs on four hits before the Big Train is lifted after 2 innings. Johnson’s sore arm will limit him to an 8–10 record this year. The Sox hang on to win 7–6 with Allen Russell picking up the win.

The Yanks rally for 4 runs in the last 3 innings to top the A’s, 4–1. Babe Ruth is hitless in 5 at bats.

17th A pitching duel between the Pirates Elmer Ponder and the Cards Jess Haines ends when the Bucs score 3 runs in the top of the 13th for a 3–0 victory.

Boston Red Sox owner Harry Frazee announces that suspended catcher Wally Schang will be enjoined from playing for any other team. Schang will make his first appearance for the Sox on May 5.

19th  Not clowning around, the Senators Al Schacht, later known as “The Clown Prince of Baseball,” shuts out the A’s, 7–0. A sore arm will end his career after the next season, but the Schacht act will be on hand for 25 World Series and 18 All-Star games.

In the annual Patriots Day doubleheader in Boston, the Red Sox take the a.m. game 6–0 in front of 6,000 fans. In the p.m. game, 22,000 are on hand to watch ex-Red Sox Carl Mays pitch for the Yankees. The Sox don’t disappoint, cuffing Mays for 4 runs in 7 innings as they win 8–3. Babe Ruth is 3-for-8 for the two games.

20th Phils’ manager Gavvy Cravath inserts himself as a pinch hitter and hits a 3-run HR to beat the Giants, 3–0. For Cravath, the top HR hitter of the past decade, it is his last four bagger. Eppa Rixey is the winner over Rube Benton.

In a preview of their May 1 marathon, Brooklyn’s Leon Cadore and the Braves’ Joe Oeschger battle for 11 innings before Brooklyn rookie Walter Hood lines an RBI double to win it, 1–0. Hood took over in CF in the 6thafter Hy Myers was tossed for fighting with Oscar Dugey.

At Cleveland the Indians wins a marathon from Detroit, 11–10, as 10 pitchers combine to issue 18 walks and a hit batsman. Caldwell is the winner for the Tribe in a game that takes 3 hours and 4 minutes.

22nd  The Yankees open their home season with a 8–6 win over the A’s, but lose Babe Ruth to an injury. The $125,000 batsman pulls a cartilage in batting practice and, after striking out in the 1st, has to be assisted off the field and Frank Gleich takes his place in CF. The team announces he’ll be out 2 weeks.

In the Phillies 4-3 victory over the visiting Robins, Dots Miller draws a base on balls, the first walk that a Phillie batter has received in six games. The next walk won’t come until game 9 as the Phillies will be the only team in the majors not to total 300 walks this year. They won’t top it next year either, the last season that any team has fewer than 300 walks.

24th The Yankees Carl Mays pitches 10 innings in beating the Philadelphia Athletics, 3–2. Mays allows 6 hits in winning his 6th straight over the Mackmen.

According to historian David Vincent, this is the last day in major league history that all teams played games and no home runs were hit. The last day of 8 games (5AL; 3NL) in which no homers were hit is August 8, 1923.

25th The largest crowd ever to attend a game in Brooklyn watch as the Giants down the locals, 5–2. Jess Barnes holds Brooklyn to 4 hits in beating Leon Cadore. The game is called with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th when the crowd surges onto the field.

26th In Washington, Red Sox SS Everett Scott plays in his 534thconsecutive game, a major league record. The previous mark was 533, set by the Phillies Fred Luderus. The Nationals win, 2–0, as Joe Johnson outduels Bush.

1920 May

1st  In Boston, Brooklyn’s Leon Cadore and the Braves’ Joe Oeschger duel 26 innings to a 1–1 tie in the longest game ever played in the ML. Oeschger shuts out the Dodgers for the last 21 innings, topping Art Nehf’s 20 scoreless frames in a row on August 1, 1918. He gives up 9 hits, and Cadore allows 12, in the 3-hour, 50-minute battle, the longest marathon (26 inn.) any 2 pitchers have hurled this century. An unusual double play occurs in the 17th inning when the bases are loaded with one out. A grounder to P Oeschger results in a throw home, forcing the runner. C Hank Gowdy’s throw to 1B Walter Holke is fumbled, and when the runner tries to score from 2B, the throw back to Gowdy nips the sliding Ed Konetchy. Holke must have been tired as he made a first baseman’s record of 42 putouts in the game, while Cadore, who sets a NL record (ties ML) for assists by a pitcher (12) as well as batters faced (96) in a game, will spend the next 36 hours in bed. Oeschger faces 90 batters. The Dodgers lose to the Phils at home in 13 innings the next day, then return to Boston for a Monday game where they lose again in 19. For 58 innings work in 3 days, they will be 0–2.

Babe Ruth hits his first HR, and the 50th of his career as a Yankee in a 6–0 win over the Red Sox. The HR clears the RF roof of the Polo Grounds, duplicating the feat of Joe Jackson. Duffy Lewis adds a homer, both coming off Herb Pennock. During the game, Yankee bench hecklers Carl Mays, Ernie Shore and Frank O’Doul manage to get themselves ejected.

Joe Leonard, a reserve infielder for Washington, dies of appendicitis, complicated with pneumonia following an operation. Leonard was taken ill a week ago when Washington was playing New York.

2nd Cleveland drops the Tigers, 5–2, leaving the Bengals with a 0–13 record, equaling Washington’s lowly start of 1904. Jim Bagby is the winner, allowing 8 hits. Lefty Red Oldham takes the loss.

In Brooklyn, the Phillies win in 13 innings, 4–3. Zack Wheat’s homer in the 9th ties the match, and Dave Bancroft scores the go ahead run in the 13th. Casey Stengel’s sensational catch of Mitchell’s long fly prevents another tie.

3rd  Two days after Boston and Brooklyn battled to a 20-inning 1–1 tie game, they go at it again for 19 innings in Boston this time. Boston prevails in the bottom of the 19th, 2–1 by bunching three singles. Dana Fillingim scatter 12 hits for a complete game 19-inning win, while starter Sherrod Smith allows 13 in a losing effort. Brooklyn has played 58 innings in their past 3 games.

The Cubs sweep a pair from the Reds, 2–1 and 5–0. Hippo Vaughn is the winner in the opener and drives in both runs. In the 2nd game, Grover Alexander continues his win streak by shutting out the Reds, 5–0, and beating Ray Fisher. Fisher will finish the year at 14–5. Alex pitches a six hitter and Dave Robertson homers.

The Tigers (1-13) finally win their first game, tripping the Indians, 5–1, behind Dutch Leonard’s 5-hitter.

5th The Yankees beat Walter Johnson and the Senators, 7–1, racking up 11 hits. Only one of the runs off Johnson is earned as Carl Mays is the easy winner. The Babe is 2-for-2, both doubles, draws two walks, and drives home two.

Chicago’s Red Faber outpitches Stan Coveleski, but loses to the Indians ace, 3–2. Faber’s error allows the 2nd run and Happy Felsch’s 9th inning error allows the winner. Ray Chapman and Larry Gardner swipe bases for the Tribe. Gardner will nab his season total of 3 in the first half of the season, but continue to run. He’ll be caught stealing 20 times, including 12 straight.

6th Washington does all its scoring in the first 2 innings to beat the Yankees, 6–5. Joe Judge is 5-for-5 for the Nats.

8th Cubs pitcher Hippo Vaughn wins his second straight game with his bat, hitting a bases-loaded triple in the 9th off Earl Hamilton to beat the Pirates, 4–1.

At Chicago, the Indians top the White Sox, 10-6, in 16 innings. The two teams combine to score 8 runs in the last frame, a ML record for the inning.

9th  Indians ace P Stan Coveleski wins his 6th straight, beating the White Sox, 4-3, to put Cleveland in 1st place. Except for 2 days in May, when the Red Sox take over, and 4 days in July, when the Yankees occupy first, the Indians will remain atop the AL into August.

The Cubs edge the Pirates, 8–7, behind the offense of Max Flack. Flack has 4 hits, including two doubles, and steals home in the 8th for the winning run. George Cutshaw has 4 hits for the Pirates.

The Negro National League officially opens its season with games in various parks. In Indianapolis, the host ABC’s top the Cuban Stars, winning 4-2 in 9 innings and 4-2 in 6 innings, the game stopping because of a 6 p.m. curfew (as noted by Christopher Hauser).

11th  For the first time in 9 years, a NL player hits 3 triples in a game. Ross Youngs does the trick, and his teammates add two more in Cincinnati, but the Giants lose, 9–4.

12th At the Polo Grounds, the Yankees collect 20 hits to outslug the White Sox, 14-8. Truck Hannah is 4-for-4 and Babe Ruth hits his 5th homer of the year. Bob Shawkey, 1-5 coming in to this game, pitches 6 innings of workmanlike relief to get the win. This is the first of an 11-game winning streak for the ace. Lefty Williams loses his first game of the year after 6 wins.

14th  Pitching 3 2/3 inning of relief and going 2-for-2 at bat, Walter Johnson wins, 9–8, over visiting Detroit for his 300th victory. Johnson will beat Detroit 66 times in his career, the most wins over one team by an AL pitcher.

The Giants inform the Yankees that after the 1920 season, the lease allowing the American Leaguers to play in the Polo Grounds will not be renewed. No reason is given but the recent signing of Babe Ruth appears to be the main cause. Yankee owner Jacob Ruppert responds that the Giants, “have gone back on their word.” The Giants cave in a week later, but by then Ruppert has initiated plans to obtain a site for his own park.

15th  At the Polo Grounds, the Yankees beat Cleveland, handing Stan Coveleski (7-1) his first loss of the year. Pitcher Jack Quinn hits a homer off Coveleski with a man on in the 8th to win, 2–0. Quinn allows just 4 hits with only one runner getting past 1B. Ruth is 0-for-1, though the official score card has him at 0-for-2, a discrepancy that will not be corrected till 2005.

16th  Before an overflow house of 38,000—their biggest crowd since 1911 at the Polo Grounds, the Indians jump on Carl Mays for 5 runs in the 1stinning and coast to an 8–2 win over the Yankees. Jim Bagby is the winner, allowing a single run until the 9th when Ruth doubles home the second score.

At Chicago, Pete Alexander wins his 7th straight, defeating the Braves 5–1. Boston’s one run is unearned.

At Cincinnati, the Phils break their 9-game loss streak by beating the Reds, 3–2, in 15 innings. Eppa Rixey pitches a complete game for Philley, finally winning his own game with a sacrifice fly. Jimmy Ring pitches 15 innings to take the loss.

At Ebbets Field, the Bacharach Giants become the first African-American team to play there, twice defeating a white semi-pro team, the Treat ‘Em Roughs (as noted by Christopher Hauser). Giants SS Dick Lundy receives a standing ovation from the mostly white crowd.

17th The Tigers get two homers from Ira Flagstead and another from Cobb to edge the A’s, 9–7. Cobb scores three times to help Hooks Dauss take the win over Kinney.

Pittsburgh scores 3 runs in the bottom of the 15th to overtake the Giants, 8–7. The game takes 2:43 minutes.

18th   Cleveland’s Stan Coveleski avenges his Friday defeat to the Yankees by shutting them out 5–0. The Indians split their 4 games in New York and leave still in first place.

The Phils cut the Cards, 1-0, behind Stengel. Casey triples, one of two hits off Jess Haines, and scores the only run on a wild throw by catcher Dilhoefer. George Smith is the winning pitcher.

Last-place Detroit topples the A’s, 8–2, behind Howard Ehmke. Harry Heilmann homers and Cobb triples, then swipes home in the 8th inning.

In Tokyo, the University of Chicago team beats Keio University, 1–0, in 10 innings.

19th In Chicago, the Giants beat the Cubs 8–6 in 12 innings but lose John McGraw for 5 days. McGraw’s game long hectoring of umpires Bill Klem and Charley Moran earns him a 5-day suspension. Christy Mathewson will “act as executor of the Giants’ personal estate” (NY Times) in McGraw’s absence.

The host Cardinals bunch their hits and defeat the Phillies, 8–2. The Birds score five in the 5th with the big blow a sacks-full triple by Rogers Hornsby. Bill Doak is the winner over Causey.

20th  The Phils hit the cellar, having fallen from first in 17 days. They lose 6–4 to the Cards with the Bert Gallia, in his first NL start after coming from the Browns, taking the loss. Willie Sherdel, the 3rd St. Louis pitcher, allows no base runners. With the season all but over, Phils manager Gavvy Cravath will start fast-working pitcher Lee Meadows every Saturday at home, so Cravath can get an early start to his weekend cottage.

Requested by Cubs officials, policemen disguised as soldiers, farmers, and bootblacks raid the Cubs bleachers and arrest 24 fans for gambling. Meanwhile, Grover Alexander tops the Giants, 4–2, for his 8th straight win.

With the White Sox and Washington tied 3–3 at the end of 14, both teams score twice in the 15th. Chicago then piles on with 8 runs in the 16th on a double, 2 triples, 2 singles and 4 errors to beat Walter Johnson. The 8 runs is a ML record for the 16th.

Infielder Chick Fewster reports to the Yankees. Fewster was beaned in spring training and spent a month in a Baltimore hospital.

The Reds beat the Robins, 7–0, behind Ruether’s six hitter. Brooklyn first sacker Ed Konetchy has half the hit total with a single, double, and triple, while Reds Jake Daubert makes 4 hits. It’s not a complete loss for Brooklyn as manager Wilbert Robinson announces that he has persuaded Tommy Griffith to rejoin the team immediately. The right fielder retired after the 1919 season and has been working as bond salesman in Cincinnati.

22nd At Philadelphia, the Cubs outslug the Phils, 15–8. Renie Martin pitches the entire game for the Cubs, with both teams collecting 16 hits. Phils manager Gavvy Cravath lifts shortstop Dave Bancroft because of poor playing and the ensuing argument between the two almost comes to blows. Cy Williams has three hits, including a double a triple, and 4 runs scored.

The Cards edge the visiting Giants, 3-2, scoring twice in the 9th, once in the 10th and stopping New York with a spectacular triple play in the top of the 10th. With runners on 1B and 3B and no outs, RF Joe Schultz snags a low line drive and turns it into an 8-2-3 triple killing. It is the first extra inning triple play in the NL this century: the Cards will pull off another in three years.

23rd The Braves beat the Reds, 7–0, behind Jack Scott’s three-hitter. Boston chases Jimmy Ring in the 3rd inning and go on to tally 12 hits.

After a week in bed with illness, Babe Ruth returns to belt a two run homer in the 6th, off Carl Weilman, to give the Yankees a 3–2 win over the visiting Browns. Baby Doll Jacobson’s two run homer in the 4th is the only Browns scoring off Bob Shawkey.

25th  At the Polo Grounds, the Yanks top the Tigers 4–3 with Babe Ruth’s 2 run HR providing the margin. It’s the Babe’s 8th HR of the year, breaking a tie for the AL lead with Chicago’s Happy Felsch.

Athletics rookie Roy Moore stops the White Sox, 5–1, and drives in 3 runs. Two of the runs come in on a homer, while Frank Walker adds his 6thhomer of the year. This is Moore’s only victory of the year as he loses his next 13 to end at 1–13.

The Reds Rube Bressler makes his first start of season, pitching 2 innings. He singles in the Reds 5-run 2nd, then snaps his ankle sliding into 2B. Dolf Luque takes the mound and coasts to an 11–2 win over the visiting Braves.

26th The Senators knock the Indians out of first place, winning 13–9. Tom Zachary is the winner with Walter Johnson pitching four innings of relief. Joe Judge has 5 singles in five at bats for the Nats, his 2nd 5-for-5 day this month.

27th  Maybe he shoulda spit. At Fenway Park, New York’s Bob Shawkey walks in a run in the 4th inning and yells at the umpire George Hildebrand (credited by some historians with inventing the spitball). When play resumes, Shawkey takes 5 minutes to tie his shoe on the mound. Then after a called 3rd strike on Harry Hooper, he doffs his cap and bows low to the ump. As Shawkey walks past Hildebrand, the ump informs him he’s out of the game: Shawkey’s response is to swing at the ump and Hildebrand then bangs him with his mask. Mays replaces Shawkey and gives up no runs to insure the Yankees’ 6–1 win. Shawkey draws a one week suspension and a $200 fine for his theatrics. Additional theatrics are provided by Babe Ruth who clubs homers off Harry Harper and Benn Karr. Ruth has now belted four homers in three days, the first 20th century slugger to do so (Ed Williamson is the other slugger, in 1884): He’ll hit his 11th, in tomorrow’s double win over the Hubmen.

At the Polo Grounds, the Braves defeat the Giants twice, 5–2 and 5–0. Rudolph and Scott are the winning pitchers, while Winters, with 3 2/3 innings in game 1, and Barnes are the losers. Winters hits Les Mann twice with pitches and when Barnes plunks him on the elbow in game 2, Mann is forced to leave. The two teams combine for 45 (Braves 26) runners left on base, considered a record at the time.

The train car carrying the Phillies uniforms and equipment is left in Albany, and the Quakers borrow the road uniforms, bats, and shoes of the host Dodgers and win, 5–4, in 11 innings. George Smith goes all the way to pick up the victory.

Composer Louis Hirsch sues the Yankees for $100,000 because of an incident at the Yankee game at the Polo Grounds on the 24th. To avoid sitting next to a cigar smoker, Hirsch switched seats with his brother. An usher informed him it was against the rules to shift seats, and ordered the two brothers to switch back. Hirsch refused and was forcibly ejected from the stands.

28th The Senators edge the host A’s, 6–4, behind Clyde Milan’s 5 singles in 5 at bats. Eric Erickson is the CG winner.

The Boston Braves sell P Mule Watson (5-4) to Pittsburgh. Mule will make 5 appearances for the Pirates, who ship him back to Boston on June 30, and he’ll not appear the rest of the year.

At Brooklyn, left fielder Eddie Eayrs cracks his lone ML homer, a 3-run shot in the 9th off Jeff Pfeffer, as the Braves down the Dodgers, 6-3. Dana Fillingim is the winning pitcher and drives in 2 runs.

29th The Senators take two from the A’s, winning 11–5 and 5–0. In game 1, Washington has 19 hits and 3 stolen bases, but 6 runners are caught on attempted steals. This ties the AL-record of 6 caught stealing set by St. Louis on May 12, 1915 and the White Sox on June 18, 1915, both, yes, against the A’s. In game 2, Walter Johnson plunks the first two batters, then easily beats the gun-shy Philadelphia lineup to win 5–0. Val Picinich has a homer, off Roy Moore, in the Nats’ 4-run 4th.

The first-place Cubs make it 6 straight wins, beating the Cards 8–5, in a game in which base stealing determines the outcome. For Chicago, a double steal by Hollocher and Paskert helps, while the Cards drive Claude Hendrix from the mound in the 8th inning, then end the rally when Doc Lavan swipes third base, already occupied by teammate Jack Fournier.

In the first of two at Dunn Field, the White Sox score 5 runs in the top of the 9th to edge the Indians, 8-7. Cleveland connects for 12 hits, including 10 doubles (as noted by Retrosheet). The first-place Indians take game 2, 8-1, using a 5-run 2nd inning to take the lead. Ray Chapman has a single, double and homer to drive in 3 runs.

The A’s sell RF George Burns to Cleveland for $10,000.

30th George Kelly knocks in six runs and Casey Stengel homers as the Giants down the Phillies, 10-6.

31st  With 2 runners on, pitcher Pete Alexander hits a dramatic game-ending homer in the bottom of the 10th to win his own game 3–2 against the Reds in Chicago. It is his 11th straight victory. The Reds take the afternoon match, 4–2, behind Jimmy Ring. Charlie Deal has a solo HR for the Cubs.

At the Polo Grounds, the Yankees outslug Washington, winning 7–6 in the morning game and 10–7 in the afternoon match. New York wins the opener with three runs in the 9th to pin the loss on reliever Al Schacht. George Mogridge is the winner. New York scores 5 in the 6th when Duff Lewis and Truck Hannah hit back-to-back homers, and the Yanks get a single and two triples to knock out Shaw. In the afternoon game before 38,000 fans, Walter Johnson pitches 4 2/3 innings of ineffective relief for the Nats and gives up a tremendous HR by Ruth in the 8th that hits the facade on the upper deck in right field. It is his 12th homer in May, a new record for the month. A bright spot for Washington is Braggo Roth, who swipes four bases, including 2B and 3B in the 4th inning, then swiping home on the front end of a double steal. Peckinpaugh has four hits in game 2, including a pair of doubles and a triple.

The Dodgers capture both ends of the holiday twinbill against the Giants, and climb into a first-place tie with the Cubs. Burleigh Grimes wins the opener, 5–2, and is 3-for-3 at bat. Al Mamaux takes the nitecap, 5–1, leading the way with a pair of hits.

1920 June

1st In New York, Ruth makes his first start on the mound this season, pitches 4 innings, then goes to RF as the Yankees take a 10-run lead. Roger Peckinpaugh’s inside-the-park homer and Ping Bodie’s homer off Erickson are the big blows. New York rolls to a 14–7 win over the Senators, the 9th win in a row for the Yankees, as they move into 2ndplace behind the Indians.

The Robins nip the Giants, 10–9, and take over first place in the NL. Brooklyn’s Tommy Griffith, making his first appearance since giving up the life of a Cincinnati bond salesman, pinch singles and scores the winner on Larry Doyle’s error on a double play ball.

Detroit outhits Cleveland 17 to 16 and outscores the Tribe, 11–10. Harry Heilmann is 5-for-5 while Cleveland’s Joe Evans has three doubles in four at bats. Howard Ehmke toils nine innings to win, while the Indians use five pitchers and three catchers.

The Braves top the Phillies, 8–4 clinching behind Les Mann’s three-run homer in the 9th. For the Phils, Casey Stengel hits a pair, one over the RF wall, and one over to left field.

2nd  New York stretches its win streak to 10 games by beating the Senators 8–1 behind Jack Quinn. Ruth hits two home runs in the opener of the doubleheader, connecting off Tom Zachary and Carlson. Babe bangs another, his 14th, in the nitecap off Snyder, but the Senators win 7–6. Milan homers in the 1st game, while Meusel, Shanks, Ruel, and Roth all homer in game 2. The New York Times notes that “Ruth is the only player in the game who has the handle of his bat wound with tape. It gives him a better grip.”

The last place Phils start 18-year-old Lefty Weinert against Brooklyn, tied for 1st place with Cincinnati, and he rocks the Robins, 6-4. With the Reds winning, Brooklyn drops a game behind.

In Chicago, the Cubs get homeruns from Babe Twombly and Dave Robertson but the first-place Reds prevail, 5-3.

3rd Ping Bodie hits a 6th inning grand slam to lead the Yankees to an 5–4 win over the Athletics. Bob Shawkey, whose indefinite suspension was lifted today, gives up homers to Walker and Dykes but settles down and pitches a complete game win.

The Tigers collect 9 hits in 5 innings off Joe Boehling (0-1) and beat the Indians, 6-3. This is the final ML appearance for Boehling, who had been out of baseball the last two seasons. In 1913, he won 11 straight for the Senators in his rookie year.

4th  In St. Louis, the Cardinals beat the Cubs, 5–1, as Grover Alexander loses after 11 wins. Bill Doak is the winner and Hornsby leads the Cards offense with 2 triples over the left fielder’s head. After the game Alexander calls Hornsby “the greatest hitter I’ve ever had to face. I have tried to fool him every way possible, but it just cannot be done.” Alex will be 27–14 for the 5th-place Cubs, and his 1.91 ERA will be the only one under 2.00.

With Cleveland losing, the Yankees move to a game in back in the AL by pounding out a 12-5 victory over the A’s. Del Pratt hits a grand slam for New York, their second in two days.

5th  Today’s twinbill between the A’s and Yankees is washed out, but A’s vice president Thomas Shibe denies charges that the baseballs currently being used are livelier. Shibe, a member of the firm that manufactures the balls, cites the abolition of the spitball and other “freak” pitches as the reason for the increase in HRs this season. In the past seven games, New York has collected 39 extra-base hits, including 13 homers.

Cleveland loses their third in a row to the Browns, 6–0, but retain their half-game lead over the Yankees. Urban Shocker holds the Tribe to 3 hits. Jack Tobin has three hits in his first three at-bat, giving him 7 straight hits. He makes out in his last at bat.

6th  The Cardinals play their final game at decrepit Robison Field, beating the Cubs, 5–2. It is the last major league played in a 19th Century wooden ballpark, the field having opened in 1885. The Cards will now share Sportsman’s Park with the Browns and, for the next 32 years, St. Louis will be the only two-franchise city with one ball park.

Carl Mays allows 6 runs—3 unearned—but the Yankee submariner earns his 7th straight win over the Athletics, 12–6. Babe Ruth is 3-for-3 with a stolen base to lead the 15-hit attack.

Shano Collins has 3 hits and 4 RBI to pace the White Sox to a 7-6 home victory over the Tigers in 11 innings. Compounding the loss for the Bengals, they lose Ty Cobb when he collides with RF Ira Flagstead and tears ligaments in his knee. He will be hobbled for a month.

7th  At Comiskey Park, the 3rd-place White Sox whip the Tigers, 10-3, behind the pitching of Red Faber and the hot hitting of Shano Collins. Collins has 4 hits and 5 RBIs, after knocking in 4 runs yesterday.

8th  Failing in his efforts to buy Rogers Hornsby from St. Louis, John McGraw picks up the NL’s top SS, Dave Bancroft, from the Phils for veteran SS Art Fletcher, P Bill Hubbell, and $100,000. The future Hall of Famer will provide the spark to the Giants’ successful pennant drives of 1921–24. Following the death of his father, Fletcher will retire after this season to run the family business, then return in 1922 for a final year. Fletch plays his first game with the Phils and has a double and single off Pete Alexander as the Phils top the Chicago ace, 5–3. Gene Paulette’s three-run homer in the 8th, his only homer of the year, is the game winner.

The Indians maintain their lead with a 7–5 win over the A’s. Evans and Speaker have three hits each to back Earl Caldwell’s pitching.

At the Polo Grounds, the Reds’ Edd Roush falls asleep in CF during a long argument in the infield. Heinie Groh goes out to wake him, but the ump ejects Roush for delaying the game. As a result of the long argument, McGraw announces that he will file a protest if the Giants lose. But they don’t, winning 5–4 behind Jesse Barnes.

The Senators beat the Browns, 5–3, with the help of some ragged St. Louis fielding. Walter Johnson is the winner over Al Sothoron, putting the Nationals ahead in the 7th with a home run into the RF bleachers. Ken Williams and George Sisler hit homers for the Browns off Johnson.

Former Reds pitcher Pete Schneider, now with Beaumont (Texas), denies that he was implicated with Lee Magee and Hal Chase in an alleged plan to throw a July 25, 1918 game to Boston when he was with the Reds. Schneider said that before the game in question, Sherry Magee told him “he’d better be careful” because he (Magee) understood that some of the Reds players were betting on Boston. “If that so, I won’t work today,” Schneider supposedly said to Magee. Schneider said he was not approached by Lee Magee or Hal Chase prior to the first game of 2 (New York Times) in which he ended up not pitching. He threw a shutout in the nitecap. The two Magees—unrelated, Chase, and Schneider were teammates on the Reds in 1918.

The Braves sell infielder Johnny Rawlings to the Phillies.

9th  Former Chicago OF Lee Magee loses his suit against the Cubs. He had charged that he was released without just cause last February. While on the witness stand, Magee admitted to having bet on the first game of a doubleheader with Cincinnati on July 25, 1918, while a member of the Reds. He said he bet $500 along with Hal Chase. He said he found out after the game that the money had been bet on Boston and stopped payment on the check to the bookmaker. Chase’s check went through. The Reds won the game in the 13th on Roush’s HR. Christy Mathewson testifies that as the Reds manager he was suspicious that all was not right in the game.

The Yankees come from behind to club the host Tigers, 13–6. Pacing the Yanks are Bob Meusel, with a double and two singles, and George Mogridge with a bases-loaded double before the Tigers knocked him out. Ruth has a single, two walks and is hit with a pitch. The Tigers are playing without Cobb, out ten days with a injured knee.

12th  In Cleveland, the AL’s top two team square off as Yankee spitter Jack Quinn (9–1) starts against the Indians Slim Caldwell, also known to hoist a wet one now and then. The Tribe pushes across a run in the 8th to break a 4–4 tie for the win. The victory puts the Indians a game ahead of New York.

In Boston, Pete Alexander stops the Braves, 8–1, and also stops the Cubs losing streak at 10 games.

13th The Yankees rout the Indians, 14–0, as Ruth hits his 17th HR of the year, off Myers. New York scores 6 in the first inning.

15th  The Indians jump on Carl Mays in the 3rd inning after the submariner walks 3 in succession. The Tribe scores 5 times en route to a 10–2 victory, the 3rd in 4 games with the Yankees. New York is now 2 games behind Cleveland.

Possum Whited swipes home with the winning run in the 10th inning as the Pirates nip the Phillies, 7–6. Possum’s steal is on the front end of a double steal with Grimm.

16th The Cubs’ Hippo Vaughn wins his 7th straight whipping the Braves, 1–0, on Hollocher’s RBI triple in the 8th. Leon Cadore allows just 3 Chicago hits in the loss.

18th Tris Speaker has a homer and 3 RBIs in Cleveland’s 9-2 win over the visiting Senators.

19th At Brooklyn. Grover Alexander wins 5–3 in 12 innings for Chicago. Bob O’Farrell’s 3-run homer in the 12th off starter Al Mamaux is the winner.

Pitching against Bay City in the Michigan-Ontario League, Flint pitcher Red Hayes throws a no-hitter and accounts for the only score with a homerun.

22nd  In St. Louis, Yanks Carl Mays fills the bases on walks, then forces in a run with a free pass to Baby Doll Jacobson. Mays gives up 8 runs to the Browns as he loses his 7th game.

For the second time in 4 days, Detroit’s Babe Pinelli successfully pulls a hidden ball trick on a star player, this time nabbing Washington’s Sam Rice (as researched by Lyle Spatz) at 3B in the 1st inning. Rice reaches 3B after Braggo Roth’s double. The Senators still win, 6–1. Pinelli pulled the hidden ball trick on the 19th, tagging out Stuffy McInnis at 3B following an Eddie Foster double. The play costs the Sox at least one run as Howard Ehmke followed with a balk.

23rd At the Polo Grounds, Fred Toney bests Grover Alexander to give the Giants a 2–1 victory over Chicago. Chicago outhits the Giants, 9 to 7.

24th The visiting Reds beat the Phillies, 6–3, dropping the Quakers to last place and sparking a riot. Spectators surge onto the field after the game and when Greasy Neale allegedly spikes a fan, a free-for-all ensues. One fan is badly cut but the Reds gain the safety of the clubhouse without injury.

In Columbus, Ohio, the Yankees play an exhibition game against a semi-pro team, winning 10–1. Babe Ruth hits 6 balls out in batting practice, including one over the LF fence onto the brewery’s roof. He grounds out, walks, homers far over the RF fence his third at bat. He hits a Texas Leaguer to short left on the next AB, but hustles it into a double. He walks his last AB. Babe steals two bases, and pitches the bottom of the ninth, allowing two hits and the only run. Lefty O’Doul, who pitches only 3 2/3 innings in 1920 for NY, pitches 8 shutout innings.

25th  After going 1-for-2 with a walk yesterday, Brooklyn’s Jimmy Johnston goes 5-for-5 in game 1 against Boston to start a remarkable hitting streak of six straight games with three or more hits (as noted by Trent McCotter). The Robins win 5-1 and Johnston sits out game 2, a 4-2 loss and will skip a doubleheader tomorrow.

26th  In Cincinnati, Reds P Dolf Luque swings at umpire Bill Klem, accusing the arbiter of “vicious language.” Fans chip in with several thrown pop bottles, protesting an earlier Klem call at home plate. The Cardinals win the battle, 5–0.

In Philadelphia, Clyde Milan lines a 9th inning single to give Washington a 4–3 win over the Athletics. For the Quakers, it is their 17th straight defeat.

Behind the one-hit pitching of Warren “Rip” Collins, making his 3rd ML start, the Yankees roll over the Red Sox, 14–0. Eddie Foster has the only safety for Boston.

Lou Gehrig gets his first national mention when, as a high school junior for New York City’s School of Commerce, he steals the show in a high school championship game against Lane Tech in Chicago. His grand-slam HR in the 8th gives the NY team a 12–8 victory. Scouts sit with open mouths as the ball sails out of Cubs Park (later known as Wrigley Field).

27th  Walter Johnson uses just 72 pitches in topping the A’s 7–0. For the Athletics, who manage just 3 hits in the game, it is their 18th straight loss. Washington, in winning its 7th straight game, moves ahead of the Red Sox into 4th place in the AL.

28th  Dave Bancroft goes 6-for-6, all singles, and the Giants total 20 hits to whip the Phils 18–3. Bancroft ties the mark of six singles in a regulation game, and no National Leaguer will match it this century. Despite the hits, the game is completed in 1 hour, 58 minutes. Frisch, Kelly, and George Burns have homers and Burns will hit another tomorrow. George Kelly’s homer is a grand slam, the only one hit in the NL this year—a NL record matching 1900.

At Griffith Stadium, the A’s snap their losing streak of 18 games, all on the road, defeating the Senators, 6–2, behind Slim Harris. Seeking help, the A’s sign Harvard 1B Jeff Jones, who will report tomorrow. Philley will promptly start a losing streak of 9 games.

29th  First-place Cleveland sweeps a pair from the Browns, winning 9-6 and 5-4. Elmer Smith hits a grand slam for the Indians and drives in 6 runs in the opener.

Stuffy McInnis hits a 1st-inning grand slam for Boston, but the Red Sox still lose to the Yankees, 6-5, when New York scores 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th against starter Sad Sam Jones.

30th Cubs ace Hippo Vaughn stops the Pirates on one hit to beat Elmer Ponder, 1–0. Possum Whitted has the lone hit for the second time in 2 seasons.

The Yankees sweep a pair from the host Athletics, winning 6-5 and 10-6. Babe Ruth has a homer and 3 hits in each game and Wally Pipp homers and scores 4 in game 2. The Yanks are virtually tied with the Indians for first place.

In St. Louis, Cleveland’s Jim Bagby (14-3) doesn’t make it out of the 1stinning, giving up 6 runs. His opponent Dixie Davis gives up 6 walks and 3 runs in just 3 innings before being lifted, but earns the win as the Browns prevail, 10-8.

The White Sox swamp the Tigers, 14–0, on 18 hits. Detroit tosses in the towel after 4 innings and pitching coach Jack Coombs, who last toed a rubber two years ago, tosses the last five innings. He allows just 2 runs. Red Faber allows five hits in the shutout, while Eddie Collins has four hits, three runs, and two steals.

The Red Sox sign outfielder Gene Bailey, who was released by the Braves on June 20th. He is the only player to play for both the Red Sox and the Braves in the same season (before the Braves move to Milwaukee).

1920 July

1st  Walter Johnson pitches a no-hitter, his first, against the Red Sox at Fenway. An error by Bucky Harris in the 7th costs him a perfect game, but Harris’s hit drives in Washington’s only run. Johnson strikes out 10 and gets 6 Red Sox on foul flies. Harry Hooper’s vicious line drive in the 9th is speared by Joe Judge who tosses to Johnson for the final out. For Johnson it is his second shutout in a row but tomorrow, he comes up with a sore arm again and is useless for the rest of the year, finishing 8–10. Harry Harper is the loser against his old teammates.

The Yankees (45–23) beat the A’s 9–5 to gain a tie for first place with the Indians (43–22) by 2 percentage points. Ernie Shore (2-1) is the winner despite giving up 12 hits.

At Cincinnati, Chicago’s Grover Cleveland Alexander allows 7 hits in shutting out the first place Reds, 1–0, and beating Dolf Luque.

The third-place Cardinals play their first game at Sportsman’s Park. Mayor Henry Kiel throws out the first ball, and then 15,000 fans watch the Cards lose, 6–2, to the Pirates in ten innings. Pittsburgh bunches four hits and a walk off Willie Sherdel to win for Babe Adams.

2nd With the Dodgers winning, the Reds maintain their two game lead with a 6–5 extra inning win over the Cubs. Jimmy Ring goes all the way for the win, helped by Kopf’s three runs scored.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants pound out six homers to earn a split with the Braves. Boston takes the opener, 9–7 in 11 innings, but the Giants cop the 2nd game, 13–4. In the first game, Boston scores two in the 9th to take the lead, but New York used homers by Larry Doyle and George Burns to tie, but reliever Phil Douglas gives it back in the 11th. Douglas starts game 2 and is more effective, taking the victory to end the day at 1–1. Larry Doyle is 4-for-4 in game 2, including another homer. Benny Kauff also homers in game 2, but it does him no good: after the game, the Giants trade Kauff, along with Wilbur Hubbell and cash, to Toronto for OF Vernon Spencer. Kauff, a .300 hitter, never lived up to his reputation. Kauff will later be accused of receiving stolen goods in New York and newly appointed commissioner Landis will bar him for life. The Giants also waive utility infielder Edward Sicking to the Reds.

The Yankees are outhit by the A’s 10 to 7, but Philadelphia errors give New York a 7–4 win. Starter Slim Harriss, with 6 innings, takes the loss for the Mackmen, the first of his ML record tying 14 straight losses to the Yankees. The Yankees maintain a slim .004 lead over the Indians.

3rd In Philadelphia, Connie Mack sets up a meeting between Yankee pitcher Carl Mays and Bryan Hayes, the fan who filed a complaint against Mays for hitting him with a ball last year. Mays apologizes and Hayes withdraws his complaint, which has kept the pitcher from appearing in Philley for over a year. Mays also apologizes before today’s A’s-Yankees game to the 16,000 fans, then shuts out the last place “Apathetics,” 5–0 in 1 hr.: 23 minutes. Rip Collins makes it a sweep by beating the A’s, 4–2 on a 4 hitter. Rip has two hits, while Ruth has 4 hits for the afternoon. Scott Perry takes the loss in game 1.

The slumping Robins lose to last place Philadelphia, 5–2 to drop three games behind the Reds, winners over the visiting Cubs, 5–3. Chicago also loses catcher Bill Killefer when he is badly cut in the face when a foul tip breaks his mask. Killefer has already missed a month with a broken finger.

4th  In Washington, the Nats top the Yanks, 5–2, with Shaw winning over Jack Quinn. Meanwhile, the Indians are beating the Tigers, 11–3, to reclaim first place.

At Reading, Pa, Toronto shortstop Frank O’Rourke has six hits in a game against Rochester (IL). O’Rourke also had six hits on opening day for Toronto.

5th At Washington, a record crowd of 18,821 is on hand with the expectation of seeing a Johnson–Ruth matchup in the 2nd game of the doubleheader. With Johnson out with a sore arm, rookie Al Schacht volunteers to start. Schacht wins, 9–3, striking out Ruth with the bases loaded, and Washington takes 2 from New York, winning the morning game, 4–2, behind Tom Zachary.

In the Cardinals sweep of the Cubs, 4–1 and 2–1 winners, Ferdie Schupp pitches a 2-hit victory with both hits coming off the bat of Dode Paskert.

After the Phils win 5–1 over the Giants in the first of 2, the Giants return the favor, taking a 6–0 lead when the game is postponed in the 6th. It is completed on September 20 with the Giants winning, 13–0.

At Chicago the White Sox win an a.m.-p.m. twinbill with the Indians, 5–3 and 6–5. The Sox manage just three hits in the first seven innings of the nitecap off Stan Coveleski, but then make eight hits in the 8th to score all their runs. Lefty Williams and Dickie Kerr are the winners today.

Kansas City Monarchs (NNL) star Bullet Joe Rogan fires a one-hitter as the Monarch beat the American Giants, 4-2. Bingo DeMoss has the only hit ((as noted by Christopher Hauser).

6th  After 3 straight losses to the Senators, the Yankees score 14 in the 5thand submarine Washington 17–0. It’s the biggest inning ever until the Red Sox score 17 in a 1953 game. Ruth has an intentional pass and two-run single in the big inning, but the highlite is a Del Pratt liner that rolls through a hole in the right field wall for a three-run homer. Ruth, under orders from Huggins not to slide, ignores the mandate and slides into 3B jamming his left wrist. Carl Mays is the easy winner over Olaf Erickson, allowing just 3 hits. It is the first time this season that the Senators have been shut out, and ties their club mark for the biggest shutout loss.

The White Sox top the Indians, 5–4 on Happy Felsch’s homer in the 11thoff Jim Bagby.

At Forbes Field, Jimmie Ring is victorious on the mound for the Reds and leads the team with 3 hits in a 7-2 win over the Pirates. Johnny Meador (0-2) allows 6 runs, one on a wild pitch, and his successor Jack Wisner also allows a run on a wild pitch. Rookie Meador will appear in one more game before jumping to an outlaw league, prompting Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss to declare: “I will make no offer to get any player back who jumps his contract. He simply burns his bridges behind him, and I won’t have a contract jumper on my team.” Meador never appears in a major league uniform again.

The Red Sox split a pair with the A’s, winning game 1, 11–0, behind Sam Jones. Rollie Naylors is a 5–1 inner for the A’s in the 2nd game, with home run support from Walker, Dykes and Welch. Gene Bailey, obtained from the Braves in May, has 6 hits in the 2 games. He is the only man to play for the Boston Braves and the Red Sox in the same season.

7th  Following the Yankee series in Washington, Babe Ruth, wife Helen, OF Frank Gleich, C Fred Hofmann, and coach Charley O’Leary drive north stopping a few times for drinks. About 3 a.m. near Wawa, Pennsylvania, Ruth takes a curve too fast and rolls the car into a ditch. Incredibly, no one is hurt though headlines tomorrow will proclaim: Ruth Reported Killed in Car Crash.

The A’s win two shutouts from the Red Sox, as Dave Keefe takes the first game 6–0 and Scott Perry wins a 1–0 squeaker in the nitecap. For Keefe, the inventor of the forkball, it is his only career shutout.

At Pittsburgh, the Pirates pull off the first triple play in more than 2 years, and edge the Phils, 2–1. Winning pitcher Wilbur Cooper starts the TP by catching Zach Wheat’s liner.

8th  The Indians sweep a doubleheader in Washington winning 4–2 and 9–6, to move back into first place in the AL. Seldom used Guy Morton wins the opener with a 5-hitter, and George Uhle take the second game. The majors’ only player-manager, Tris Speaker, connects for 7 straight singles (5-for-5 in game 2) in the two games.

At New York, Ty Cobb, out with a wrenched knee since June 6, hits a pinch single in the 9th to drive home the winner in a victory over the Yankees. Cobb extends his hit streak to 12 games, while Ruth, who put the Yanks ahead with a RBI-triple, runs his hit streak to 22 games. New York scores one in the 9th but loses, 4–3.

9th  Cleveland scores 4 in the 7th and 4 more in the 8th to win again, 8–4, over Washington. Tris Speaker collects another 3 singles, and leaves in the 7th after injuring his leg. Jim Bagby in relief wins over Tom Zachary.

10th  Tris Speaker doubles his first time up, then is stopped after banging out 11 straight hits to top the AL record 10 straight, set by Lajoie in 1901. It’s the record until Pinky Higgins of the Red Sox racks up 12 in a row in 1938. Speaker has five hits for the day and is now hitting over .400. The Indians split today’s Sunday doubleheader, winning the opener 7–2, with Stan Coveleski beating Bill Snyder. Washington takes the nitecap, 2–1, behind Jim Shaw.

Red Faber stops the A’s on five hits to shut out Philley, 6–0. Joe Jackson leads the 16-hit White Sox attack with four hits.

Behind George Kelly’s six RBIs, the Giants top the Cubs, 8–5. Kelly has a bases-loaded triple in the first inning, a two run single in the 2nd and a solo homer in the 4th to complete his efforts.

11th  Guy Morton provides the Indians with another starter when he wins his second straight game, a 4–0 win over the Senators. Walter Johnson (8-9) gives up 10 hits and 4 runs in 7 innings in what will be his last appearance of the season. Bothered by a pinched nerve in his shoulder The Big Train will be sent home to his farm to recover and the Senators will fill in with Luis Acosta, the smallest pitcher in the big leagues. Johnson is scheduled to return to the Senators on September 3 in St. Louis, but it won’t happen.

With the Reds and Braves tied at 3–3 in Cincinnati, Jake Daubert hits a 2-out 3-run homer in the bottom of the 9th to win it for the Reds, 6–3. Daubert’s homer is the first to take advantage of the new rule giving a batter a walkoff home run instead of the number of bases (in his case, a double) needed to score the winning run (as noted by David Vincent). Daubert’s hit is a bounce homer.

13th  The visiting Browns divide a pair with the Yankees, winning 6–4 and losing 7–2. Urban Shocker fans 14 Yanks in the opener. Ruth has 2 walks and a single for the day, but fans 5 times.

At Redland Field, the Reds Greasy Neale sets a NL record (20th C) by accepting 10 chances in an 8–2 win over the Phillies. Neale has 9 POs and an assist. The Phils Casey Stengel will match the mark on July 30th.

14th At Washington, the Senators jolt the White Sox, 6–4, with the help of a 3-run homer in the 5th inning by Sam Rice. For Rice, it is the 1st of 9 homers he will hit at home in his 19 seasons with the Senators, and all of the round trippers are inside-the-park.

15th  Babe Ruth ties his 1919 record of 29 HRs with a game-winner in the 11th, off Burwell, to beat the Browns, 13–10. The Babe’s is the first AL walk off homer under the new rules; Daubert’s homer four days ago is the only other hit this season. Ruth scores three runs, while Pratt has hits in his first four at bats. Wally Pipp homers, but the Browns match it with homers by George Sisler, Ken Williams and a grand slam by Jack Tobin. Rip Collins is the winner in relief over Allan Sothoron.

Behind Jim Bagby, the Indians beat the A’s, 5–1, in a game called after one out in the 7th. Tris Speaker has three hits to take over the lead in hitting.

16th  At Pittsburgh, the Pirates’ Earl Hamilton runs out of steam after pitching 16 scoreless innings against the Giants, and loses 7–0 in 17. Rube Benton picks up the CG win. The Giants put together three straight triples in the last inning, with Frankie Frisch’s coming with the sacks full. George Kelly and Lee King follow Frisch with triples. Cooper then relieves to put out the side. The 7 runs in the 17th is a ML record and comes just 2 months after a record is set for the 16th frame.

In the first of two games, Red Faber and the White Sox top Washington, 4–1, handing Walter Johnson his 10th loss of the season. The Washington ace, suffering from a sore arm, will not pitch any more this season, and will appear only as a pinch hitter in a few September games. Faber allows five hits and stops Sam Rice’s hitting streak at 28 games. Eddie Cicotte wins the 2nd game, 8–5, when Joe Jackson hits a grand slam in the top of the 9th off Eric Erickson. It’s a birthday present to himself.

Brownie pitcher Bill Bayne allows no Yankees hits until the 7th in stopping New York, 5–2. George Sisler leads the offense going 3-for-4 with a homer, walk, and two stolen bases. Ruth is 1-for-2.

Waite Hoyt returns to the mound after eleven weeks and pitches well against the Tigers for 9 innings before being lifted. But Bobby Veach’s double in the 10th scores Cobb and the Red Sox lose, 6–5.

The Robins hand the faltering Reds a 6–4 defeat to drop the World Champions three games back of Brooklyn. The Dodgers make 13 hits, and Burleigh Grimes scatters twelve to win.

17th The Phils stop the Cards, 1–0, behind the pitching of George Smith. Casey Stengel leads off the 9th with a walk off Ferdie Schupp and comes around to score.

The Yankees collect 21 hits, good for forty bases, to starch the White Sox, 20–5. Aaron Ward shines in the field and drives out a home run, triple, and two singles. Ruth is held to a double and two singles, while Happy Felsch leads the Sox with four RBI. With the Indians sweeping two from Boston, the Yankees trail the Tribe by two games.

18th The Senators make 17 hits to easily deflate the Tigers, 10–3. Tiger pitching coach Jack Coombs comes in to mop up in the 9th, but aggravates an old injury and has to be carried from the field. The Nationals Al Schacht is the easy winner. Three Nationals—Rice, Harris and Gharrity—each make three hits and score twice. Rice swipes another base on his way to a league high 63: he’ll also lead the AL in being caught with 30.

19th The Babe sets a record with his 30th homer and adds blast, both off Dickie Kerr, but the Yankees lose to the White Sox, 8–5. Joe Jackson and Roger Peckinpaugh also homer. In the opener, Bob Shawkey, making his first start since being injured June 23rd, wins 8–2, giving up an unearned run and another in the 9th after he allows Al Schalk to reach 2B and 3B unmolested. Shawkey wins his 10th straight.

The Cubs Hippo Vaughn shuts out the Braves, 5–0, and his three-run homer in the 3rd off Dick Rudolph is all the scoring he needs.

20th With two outs in the 9th, the White Sox score four to defeat the Yankees, 7–5. The Yanks load the bases in their half of the 9th and fail to score. Babe Ruth poles his 32nd homer in the losing cause. The Yanks come back to win the 2nd game, 6–3, behind George Mogridge. Ruth is hitless but Wally Pipp hits a homer. The series at the Polo Grounds sets a new attendance record of 120,000 for the four days.

21st  In New York, the first place Indians (58-28) open a series with the Yankees (58-32) and are held in check through 8 innings by Carl Mays. Wilting in the 9th, Mays gives up 3 runs and is relieved by Rip Collins. Ray Chapman fans with the sacks full to end the game and New York holds on to win, 4–3. Meusel and Pipp homer for New York, while the Babe is hitless for the second game in a row.

22nd The Yanks move to seven percentage points behind the Indians by tripping the Tribe, 11–3 in 7 innings. The Yanks put it away early and then try and speed play to beat the rain: Ruth doubles in the 4th and is out strolling to 3B, Meusel does the same, and when Bodie follows with a single-turned-double when Speaker doesn’t throw to 2B. the Indians leave Ping alone as he goes to 3B on a passed ball and strolls home to score. With the crowd booing, Ward walks and then Muddy Ruel waves at three to end the 4th inning. Cleveland goes down in the 5th, and the two teams play normally until the 7th. Rip Collins is the winner over Stan Coveleski.

The Red Sox protest the sale of Portsmouth (VA) shortstop Pie Traynor to the Pirates for $10,000. The Red Sox sent Traynor to Portsmouth on the condition they would have first choice of any players. The future Hall of Fame third baseman will play just 24 games for Pittsburgh in the next two seasons, but then anchor the Pirate infield for a decade.

23rd  In Chicago, Cubs pitcher Hippo Vaughn stalks off the mound in disgust in the 9th inning with Chicago leading the Phillies, 6-3. Hippo is fed up with his fielding support, but the Cubs are forced to put in reliever Paul Carter who pitches without warming up. The Phillies go to work scoring 7 runs in the 9th to win, 10-7. Art Fletcher has a HR and 4 RBIs for Philadelphia. Does Hippo have a beef? The Cubs will end the year with a .965 fielding average, about in the middle of the league. Their pitching staff will lead the NL in errors.

24th  After losing 3 in a row, Cleveland salvages a win against New York by scoring 2 runs in the 11th inning to win 4–2. Both Yankee runs come on solo homers by Meusel and Ruth. Ruth, who hit his 34th home run to give the Yanks a temporary 2–1 lead, moves to 1B in the 8th to take over for Wally Pipp, who was ejected. Ruth’s high throw on a grounder allows Cleveland’s Ray Chapman to reach base safely, and he and Joe Wood score on a Gardner triple that eludes Meusel. Jim Bagby is the winner. Cleveland leaves New York with a slim lead over the Yanks.

At St. Louis, the Cards beat the Braves 7–6 in 10 innings. After Dillhoefer triples to lead off the bottom of the 10th, Heathcote and McHenry are purposely passed. An out later, Jack Smith hits a drive to CF that would’ve been a homer had more than single been needed to drive in the winner.

25th  The Yankees Carl Mays (15–7) beats Boston, 8–2, for his 8th straight win. Ruth bangs his 35th of the year, off Waite Hoyt, and adds a double and a spectacular catch. Boston second baseman Mike McNally snags a line drive in the 3rd inning to start a triple play with McInnis. Pratt, with 3 hits, lines into the TP.

Led by Ainsmith’s four hits, the Tigers collect 22 safeties to defeat the Browns, 21–8. Oldham, with three hits at bat, is the winner. Only shortstop Babe Pinelli is hitless in the Tiger lineup.

26th Caution pays off as Sam Jones walks Ruth four times and fires a three hitter at 2nd place New York. The Red Sox win, 9–0.

27th Virgil Barnes bats, runs, and pitches the Giants to an 8–1 win over the Cardinals. Barnes has 3 hits and, in the 6th, reaches 3B where he and Dave Bancroft, on 1B, pull off a double steal. When Dillhoefer’s throw is mishandled—one of 6 St. Louis errors (3 by Austin McHenry in LF)—Bancroft takes 3B. When the next batter reaches 1B, the Giants try the double steal again, but this time Bancroft gets hung up and is put out. Hornsby is spiked covering 1B in the 2nd frame and is replaced by Knode. The Rajah will miss several games.

At League Park, the Senators and Indians split a pair, with the Tribe taking the opener, 5–4 and getting blasted in the nitecap, 19–6. Charley Jamieson makes 4 spectacular catches in LF to support Guy Morton’s pitching in the lidlifter. On their way to 19, the Nats then unload 9 runs in the 2nd inning of game 2, with Joe Judge and Braggo Roth scoring 4 apiece.

29th The Indians sweep a pair from the Browns, 9–6 and 5–4. In the opener, Elmer Smith has a single, double and grand slam to drive home 6 Indians.

30th Behind Carl Mays, the Yankees roll to a 21-hit, 19–3 laugher against the host Browns. Sisler homers for the Browns lone bright spot, but Ruth counters with a 2-run homer in the 9th over the RF bleachers. Meusel follows with a homer, his 2nd in 2 days.

Behind Bill Hubbell, the Phillies beat the visiting Pirates, 7–2. Casey Stengel in RF ties the NL mark set this month by accepting 10 chances (9 PO and 1 assist).

31st Guy Morton of the Indians flirts with a no-hitter, but gives up a single to Stuffy McInnis on a hard grounder that bounces off the glove of Larry Gardner at 3B. Cleveland wins, 2-1, and moves three games ahead of the Yankees, losers to the Browns.

1920 August

1st In Chicago, sensational fielding and Eddie Cicotte’s pitching stop the Yankees, 3–0. LF Joe Jackson robs Ruth of a double when he catches the ball and tumbles into the stands on top of fans. The Sox contend he dropped the ball and play the game under protest. CF Happy Felsch robs Peckinpaugh of a sure double by snagging his line drive with his bare hand.

2nd At Chicago, a Monday-record crowd of 25,000 cheer Babe Ruth who clouts his 38th homer in the Yankees 7-0 win over the White Sox. Babe adds a run-scoring double to back Jack Quinn’s pitching.

The Red Sox pick up Elmer Myers (2-4) off the waiver list from the Athletics. A canny move, Myers will go 9-1 the rest of the year for the 5th-place Bosox.

Rogers Hornsby drives in all the runs as the Cardinals down the first-place Robins, 4-1.

3rd The Giants whip the listless Reds, 11-1, at the Polo Grounds. The chief target of boos from the fans is Edd Roush, who throws back curves to his infielders rather than a straight ball, and doesn’t run out a ground out. In the 7th, Ross Young hits a liner to left center and Roush makes no move to chase it down, and Young ends up with a homerun.

PCL president W.H. McCarthy announces that former player Hal Chase is barred from every park in the league. Chase had approached Salt Lake City pitcher Charles Baum with an offer to make “some easy money.” Baum refused, and went to the league with the information. The Salt Lake City team also releases veteran outfielder Harl Maggert who is under suspicion of being involved.

5th After losing 3 out of 4 in Chicago, the Yanks drop their first game in Detroit, 7–1, to Howard Ehmke. Babe Ruth supplies the only NY score with a shot in the 7th that clears a wire fence in front of the RF wall and bounced back. The ground rule is it’s a HR.

6th Ruth clouts 2 more homers, giving him 41, to lead the Yanks to a 11–7 victory over the Tigers. Both homers are off Hooks Dauss, who is given the hook in the 8th. Quinn pitches 2 innings for New York before being lifted for Mogridge.

At Sportsman’s Park, the Browns outslug the Senators to win, 14-7, collecting 10 of their runs off starter Elmer Courtney. Ken Williams has a 5th inning grand slam to chase Courtney and finishes with 5 RBI. Joe Judge has a pair of homers off winner Dixie Davis.

8th  Detroit’s Howard Ehmke whitewashes the Yankees 1–0 in just 1 hour, 13 minutes, one of the shortest games in AL history (shortest 1–0 game) With no outs and 2 on in the 5th inning, the Yanks fail to capitalize as Ping Bodie falls for the hidden ball trick applied by 2B Ralph Young.

The Browns sweep a pair from Washington, winning 3–2 and 11–4. Jack Tobin is 4-for-4, with a double and triple in game one, while in the 2ndgame, against Olaf Erickson, the Browns George Sisler hits for the cycle and drives in 6 runs.

Actor John Slavin is found badly beaten in John McGraw’s New York apartment. Both Slavin and McGraw deny that a fight took place, but prohibition agents will obtain a grand jury injunction against the Giants manager charging him with violating the Volstead Act “by unlawfully possessing a bottle of whiskey.” He later admits to the DA that it was four bottles of whiskey he consumed, all purchased at the Lambs’ Club. The two pugilists will settle out of court but the Lamb’s Club, where the drinking took place, will expel McGraw as a member. McGraw will later be acquitted of the charge and the club will welcome him back. He will also be called to testify in Chicago hearings investigating gambling and bribery among players, including Hal Chase and Heinie Zimmerman.

9th  In Cleveland, the Yankees top the Indians 6–3 to cut the Tribe’s lead to 3 ½ games. Ruth, with 41 homers, is walked 3 times and goes hitless twice.

10th  Failure to cover 1B in the 7th costs Bill Doak a no-hitter in the Cards’ 5–1 win over the Phils. Doak, a decent-fielding pitcher, is the inventor of a revolutionary glove with multi-thong web laced into the first finger and thumb. The Rawlings Sporting Goods company began producing a Bill Doak glove in the spring of this year, after field testing it in 1919. They will make a three-finger model in 1925 and the Bill Doak glove will stay in Rawlings line until 1953.

11th  Babe Ruth stretches a 1st inning single into a double, but wrenches his right knee sliding into 2B. Cleveland’s Elmer Smith smashes a 3rdinning grand slam, his 2nd in 11 days, off Carl Mays, but the Yanks tie in regulation, and win it 7–4 in the 10th. The Yanks’ win cuts the Indians lead to 2 ½ games.

13th  Bad luck. In a Friday game at Cleveland, the Yankees complete a 4-game sweep of the leading Indians by beating them 4–3. Shawkey is the winner with relief help from Carl Mays. The Indians leave for their final Eastern swing with a 70–40 record, with New York and Chicago both at 72–42.

At the Polo Grounds, Fred Toney makes 3 wild pitches, all of which figure in the scoring, as he loses to Brooklyn, 4–2. Two of the heaves come in the 4th with the bases loaded and all 3 runs score. The last comes in the 8thand puts Myers in a position to score.

14th  The Phillies take game 1 in Boston, 4-3, then in game 2 move ahead by an odd homerun in the 7th inning when Johnny Rawlings lines a ball into CF that finds a hole in the scoreboard where the numbers are posted. The same thing happened here last year. The Braves overcome the 3-2 lead and win, 4-3, in 10 innings.

15th  Cleveland rookie submariner Bob Clark tosses a 4-hit shutout over the Browns for a 5–0 win his first major-league start. His win moves the Tribe into first place and gives Cleveland’s top 3 starters a needed rest for the upcoming series with the Yankees in New York. This will prove to be Clark’s only win.

The Senators top New York, 6–4, while the White Sox beat the Tigers 10–3. The Sox are now in 2nd place.

16th  At the Polo Grounds Cleveland SS Ray Chapman, 29, is beaned by a Carl Mays pitch. A righthanded batter who crowds the plate, Chapman freezes and fails to get out of the way of the submarine delivery. He is carried from the field and dies the next day from a fractured skull. Mays, a surly, unpopular pitcher, will be the target of fans’ and players’ outrage. Chapman, a Cleveland favorite since his debut in 1912, had been married the previous year. In October his wife will receive a full World Series share, $3,986.34. The incident has no effect on Mays’s pitching. One week later he will blank Detroit 10–0, and go on to win 26 and lose 11. Joe Sewell will be called up to take Chapman’s place, and for 14 years he will be the hardest man in baseball to strike out. The Indians, ahead 3–0 at the time of the beaning, edge the Yanks, 4–3, to open a half-game lead on the idle White Sox.

17th  In memory of Ray Chapman, the Yankees postpone today’s game with the Indians.

At a meeting between the Red Sox and Tigers in Boston, the players threaten to boycott playing against Carl Mays. Tiger SS Donie Bush announces to the press that he is willing to leave the Tigers and play SS for Cleveland in Chapman’s place. In Washington, the Browns unanimously agree that Mays “must be removed from baseball,” though they don’t accuse Mays of deliberately throwing at Chapman. The Senators are less strident. Ban Johnson receives a telegram informing him of the threatened boycotts around the AL. Mays charges that if there is any blame it should go to umpire Tommy Connolly because he allowed a ball with a rough spot to be kept in play. From Boston, umpires Billy Evans and Will Dinneen blast Mays stating “no pitcher in the American League resorted to trickery more than Carl Mays in attempting to rough a ball to get a break on it. . . .”

18th  Wally Pipp hits a 2-run inside-the-park homer in the 9th inning, off Jim Bagby, to give the Yankees a 4–3 over the first-place Indians at the Polo Grounds. Both teams wear black arm bands in memory of Ray Chapman; Mays is conspicuous in not wearing the arm band.

19th  Despite Ruth’s 43rd HR of the year, the Indians Slim Caldwell allows just 4 other hits to top the Yanks, 3–2. The Indians answer with homers by Elmer Smith and two hits from new shortstop Harry Lunte. The Indian players leave immediately for Cleveland and Chapman’s funeral with a half-game lead over Chicago and 1 1⁄2 over the Yankees,. It will be the tightest race since 1908.

Ban Johnson states diplomatically that Carl Mays “is greatly affected [by the fatal beaning] and may never be capable temperamentally of pitching again.”

In Cincinnati, the Reds strengthen their hold on 1st place, beating their nearest rivals the Dodgers, 3–2, in 13 innings. Leon Cadore, who takes over for Grimes after 10 innings, loses to reliever Jimmy Ring.

20th  The Friday Red Sox–Indians game in Boston is postponed because of Chapman’s funeral in Cleveland. It will be part of a Monday doubleheader.

After two minutes of silence at the start of the 5th inning, the White Sox sweep a pair from the A’s in Philadelphia. The Sox win the opener, 7–4 and take the nitecap on a forfeit when the crowd surges on the field thinking a foul grounder had ended the game. Chicago is leading 5–2 at the time. The double win moves Chicago into a virtual tie with the Indians.

21st  In Boston, the Red Sox sweep a Saturday doubleheader from the shell-shocked Indians, who play without Speaker, still in Cleveland dealing with matters relating to Chapman’s death. Pitchers Waite Hoyt and Herb Pennock each allow just 3 hits in throwing shutouts, winning 12–0 and 4–0. The 2 losses drop the Indians into 2nd place behind the first place White Sox, double winners in Washington. The Sox have won 10 of their last 12 games.

Pittsburgh pitcher Wilbur Cooper starts his 2nd triple play of the year, a ML record, but the Pirates lose 3–1 to the Phils.

A car that president Shibe of the A’s is driving is struck by another and he is severely injured. His health will not be the same afterwards and he will die in less than two years.

22nd  Ty Cobb has 5 hits, scores 2 runs and knocks in 2 to lead Detroit to an 11–9 victory over the Yankees.

23rd  Cleveland splits a doubleheader in Boston, winning the opener 2–1 behind Slim Caldwell. Boston takes the nitecap 4–3 in 13 innings.

In New York, Carl Mays waits to make his first appearance since the beaning of Chapman, when a clubhouse boy delivers a note from Ty Cobb. It reads: “If it was within my power, I would have inscribed on Ray Chapman’s tombstone these words: ‘Here lies a victim of arrogance, viciousness and greed.’” Though nervous in the early innings, Mays shuts out the Tigers to win 10–0. He then issues a statement against his critics on the Tigers and Red Sox: “Both those clubs have pitchers who have hit more men this year than I have.” Mays has hit six, but Boston’s Joe Bush (10) and Howard Ehmke (9) have more.

This evening the Indians draft a “round robin” letter to circulate throughout the league (excluding the Yankees). The letter asks the players “to refuse to participate in any games where Mays is assigned to pitch.” All the Indians sign the letter except for Speaker. The Browns and Senators will support the Indians, while the Tigers and Red Sox are waiting to see how effective the boycott is before joining. The A’s and the White Sox take the position that it was an accident.

24th  The Indians lose 7–2 in Boston as the Sox sink rookie submariner Bob Clark for 13 hits.

25th  At the Polo Grounds, the Yankees edge the Indians 4–3 on Wally Pipp’s 2-run inside-the-park home run.

26th  In Philadelphia, the A’s top the Indians 3–2 behind Three-Finger Keefe, sending the Tribe to its 7th loss in 9 games. Ban Johnson, in Philadelphia for a league meeting, meets with the Indians, who announce that Tris Speaker has nothing to do with the boycott petition. Johnson deflates the boycott movement by sending word out that any team will be fined $1,000 and face forfeit for not playing against Carl Mays.

The first place White Sox open their series in New York with a 16–4 pounding of the Yankees. New York scores 3 runs in the first off Dickie Kerr, led by Ruth’s 44th homer, but do little after that. Swede Risberg and Happy Felsch each drive in 4 runs and Shano Collins has 3 RBI on two doubles and a bases-loaded triple in the 8th. The Sox pile on with a triple steal in the 8th when they score 5 runs. Eddie Collins swipes home as Weaver and Jackson steal. For Collins it is his second bases-loaded triple this year and a ML record 8th of his career. Musial will total 7 in the NL.

27th  The first place White Sox lose to the Yankees 6–5 in 12 innings but still lead the AL. Ruth is out of the Yank’s lineup with a swollen arm from chigger bites incurred while working off days as a star in the filming of Safe At Home.

The Indians break out of their slump by scalping the A’s 15–3 on 21 hits.

At Chicago, the Cubs scratch out a 1–0 win over Brooklyn, with Pete Alexander beating Burleigh Grimes.

The Giants knock the Reds out of 1st place, winning the first game of a doubleheader in 17 innings, 6–4. Doyle’s double scores Young and Kelly. The score is tied at 4 each at the end of the 6th and starters Art Nehf and Ray Fisher match zeros until the 17th. The 2nd game ends in a five-inning tie.

28th Giants pitcher Rube Benton bends but doesn’t break, as he allows 12 Cincinnati hits, but shuts out the Reds, 4–0.

29th  In St. Louis, Yankee P Jack Quinn loses his spitter and in the 6thwhen a drizzle starts, and Carl Mays relieves for New York with the score 2–2 Despite 2 runners thrown out at home by OF Duffy Lewis, the Browns take a 3–2 lead. But New York plates 2 more runs to win 4–3 and give Carl Mays his 20th victory.

The Senators top the Indians, 3–2, to drop Cleveland to 3rd place.

31st  In Chicago, the Phils beat the Cubs, 3–0, as Lee Meadows tops Pete Alexander. This game later draws some suspicion because of heavy betting reportedly placed on the outcome, which shifted the odds from the Cubs to the Phils. Bill Veeck pulls his scheduled pitcher Claude Hendrix for Alex, who is above suspicion, and offers the ace $500 if he wins. Hendrix, who made 23 starts this year, makes none the rest of the campaign and will be released after the season.

1920 September

1st  The Senators knock out rookie starter Duster Mails, but the Indians rally to win 9–5., and regain 1st place from the White Sox, loser of 6 of their last 7 games.

Carl Mays shuts out the Browns 3–0 on 4 hits for the Yankees.

The Reds beat the Braves, 6–3 behind Ray Fisher and Dolf Luque to move into first place by two points.

2nd  In Boston, the Red Sox top the Yankees 6–2, in the opener of a 4-game series. Ruth, still recovering from his swollen arm, coaches 1B. The Sox have feasted off the top 3 contenders recently: In the past 9 games, Boston took 4 out of 5 from Cleveland, swept 3 from the White Sox, and topped the Yankees today.

3rd  At League Park in Cleveland, a lone bugler plays taps before the Indians first home game since Ray Chapman’s death. Cleveland’s Stan Coveleski and Detroit’s Dutch Leonard are each scoreless for 8 innings before Cobb drives home the lone run of the game in the 9th.

With the score tied 3–3 in the 8th, Carl Mays relieves Jack Quinn for the Yankees. New York scores 2 in the 9th to beat Boston 5–3.

The Dodgers Burleigh Grimes stops the Phillies on 4 hits to win, 6–0. Zack Wheat leads the offense with 2 triples and a double as the hosts drive out George Smith in the 7th, totaling 14 hits. For Smith, this is the first of a ML record-tying 14 straight losses to the Dodgers through

4th  Eddie Collins has 2 hits in the nitecap against the Browns, as the White Sox win 5–2. Collins has hit safely since August 21, and will ring up a 22-game hitting streak through September 13.

In Boston, 33,000 are on hand for a doubleheader and to see Ruth return to the Yankee lineup. The Babe hits his 45th in the opener to give New York a 5–3 win. In the nitecap, Carl Mays pitches to a mixture of boos and cheers. Mays takes a 5–3 lead into the 9th, then he fails to back up home on a play at the plate. A loose ball allows Joe Bush to score the winning run and Boston wins 6–5.

Brooklyn’s Leon Cadore gives up 12 hits but coasts to a 10–0 shutout over the Braves.

5th Brooklyn retains its slim lead in the NL by trimming the visiting Braves, 2–1, behind Rube Marquard. It’s the 3rd straight win at home.

6th  At the Polo Grounds, the 3rd-place Yankees win an a.m.-p.m doubleheader from the Athletics. Thormahlen wins the morning game, 4–1, beating Dave Keefe, who K’s Ruth 3 times. In the afternoon, Bob Shawkey tosses a 3-hitter to shut out the A’s 5–0.

Cleveland sweeps an a.m.-p.m. doubleheader from the Browns, 7–2 and 6–5 to retain first-place in the AL by a thin margin (.623) over Chicago (.614) and New York (.611). In the morning’s game, slick-fielding SS Harry Lunte, Chapman’s replacement, pulls up lame running out a single and is out of action. OF Joey Evans takes over short, but manager Tris Speaker will push to buy 21-year-old minor leaguer Joe Sewell. Cleveland wins game 2 by scoring a pair of runs in the 9th inning. RF Elmer Smith helps on defense with an unassisted DP, the 2nd of 4 he’ll pull off in his career.

The White Sox keep pace with the Indians in the pennant race by winning a pair from the Tigers, 6–2 and 5–4 in 10 innings. Shorty Hodge makes his ML debut in the afternoon game and pitches a 2-hitter, with just one of the hits being clean. Harry Baumgartner, brought up today, finishes both games, taking the loss in the afternoon.

The Giants pick up Slim Sallee from the Reds where he was 5-6 this season. Slim won 134 games for the Giants between 1908 and 1918, and will post his final victory for them in two days.

The Reds go back on top by sweeping a holiday twinbill with the Cards, 5–3 and 4–2. Fisher wins the opener while Jimmy Ring takes game 2. The Phils flop the Dodgers twice, 3–2 and 6–5.

7th  At the Polo Grounds, the Yankees Carl Mays shuts out the A’s on a 4–hitter, 2–0, for his 9th straight win over the A’s. Two of the hits are clean and 2 are scratch. Rommel, in relief of losing P Scott Perry, strikes out Ruth, Pratt, and Meusel in the 8th.

At Cleveland’s League Park, Jim Bagby tops the Tigers 5–4 for his 26thwin. The pitcher also doubles, his 8th hit in his last 11 at bats.

Illinois State Attorney Maclay Hoyne announces he is summoning a grand jury to investigate charges that the 1919 World Series was fixed. Adding fuel to the suspicions are recent reports of heavy gambling on the Phillies–Cubs game of August 31st.

8th  On their way to Cleveland, the Yanks play an exhibition game against the Pirates and suffers injuries to starters, Muddy Ruel (split finger) and Ping Bodie (sprained ankle). With Carl Mays skipping the Indians series to avoid any scenes, New York is short handed.

9th  In the opener of the pivotal 3-game series, Cleveland blasts the Yanks 10–4 behind the pitching of Stan Coveleski and the hitting of Doc Johnston. Johnston has 4 hits, two of them triples, and a steal of home. Ruth hits his 47th homer in the first, then receives 3 intentional walks.

10th  Cleveland loses 6–1 to the Yanks as Ruth hits a 2-run homer. Shortstop Joe Sewell, brought up from the New Orleans Pelicans, makes his ML debut, filling in for the injured Harry Lunte. Sewell goes hitless, but will then go 10-for-22 to win the job for the decade. Cleveland now leads by percentage points over the White Sox, and a half game ahead of the 3rd place Yankees.

11th  New York takes the final game of the series, topping Cleveland 6–2 as Ruth cracks two doubles. Cleveland now leads by .001 points over New York with the Sox a game back.

At Comiskey, the Red Sox stop the White Sox, 9-7, overcoming a 5th inning grand slam by Shoeless Joe Jackson off Sad Sam Jones. Dickie Kerr takes the loss. Chicago, Cleveland and New York are in a virtual tie for first place.

With the Reds losing twice to the Braves, the Dodgers win a pair from the Cards to take over first place by two games. Brooklyn wins 15–4 and 2–0. Sherry Smith fires the shutout win, hits 2 doubles and scores a run.

12th  The Indians beat the A’s, 5–2, as Duster Mails wins his 3rd straight game.

In Detroit, an overflow crowd of 29,000 boo Carl Mays as Detroit roughs up the Yankee submariner for a 4–0 lead to knock him out of the box. But the Yankees rally on 5 ground rule doubles into the crowd, and HRs by Wally Pipp and Duffy Lewis to win, 13–6.

The White Sox lose 5–0 to Washington and fall 1 ½ games off the pace.

The Giants outhit the visiting Cardinals, but 5 errors help St. Louis to a 6-3 win. New York pulls off a triple play, Kelly to Bancroft.

Flint’s Frank Wetzel (Michigan-Ontario League) finishes the season going 22-for 23. His hits include 8 doubles, 7 triples and 2 homers. The streak began with a doubleheader of September 6. Wetzel raises his average from .354 to .387 to lead the league.

13th  Carl Mays, who started yesterday, opens today for the Yankees in Detroit. This time he is more effective, stopping Detroit on 2 runs. Ruth hits his 49th HR and Mays drives in the final run of a 4–2 win.

The Indians and White Sox both win, the Tribe edging the A’s, 3–2, and the Sox mauling the Nats, 15–6. Happy Felsch has a grand slam for the Sox.

14th  The Yankees increase their AL lead to 1 ½ games by topping the Tigers 13–3. Cleveland the Sox are both shut out, the A’s beating the Indians 8–0 and Washington whitewashing the Sox 7–0. The Sox are now 2 ½ games back.

15th  The Indians give Jim Bagby (28-10) 14 runs on 22 hits and he coasts over the A’s 14–0. Larry Gardner has a single, double and homer, while Tris Speaker has 4 hits.

Pitcher Carl Weilman has 4 hits and 4 RBIs as he leads the Browns to an 18-5 win over the Red Sox. St. Louis collects 22 hits.

16th  Duster Mails delivers for the Indians, canceling the Senators 1–0 for his 4th win without a loss. Joe Sewell scores the lone run.

Chicago’s Dickie Kerr tops the Yankees 8–3, the loss dropping New York to 2nd place behind Cleveland.

In the first game of two at the Polo Grounds, the Pirates prevail, 3-1, on Earl Hamilton’s 4-hitter. The Giants return the favor, taking game 2 by a 4-0 score on Art Nehf’s one-hitter. Billy Southworth’s single is the only Buc shot.

17th  The Tigers Bobby Veach and the Giants George Burns hit for the cycle, the only time it has ever happened twice in the same day this century: it will be matched on September 1, 2008. The Giants beat Pittsburgh in 10 innings, 4–3, as Burns adds a 2nd double to his cycle. Detroit, behind Veach’s 6-for-6 (according to Retrosheet), outlasts Boston, 14–13, in 12 innings, despite a major-league record 20 Bosox batters receiving walks. Eight Tigers walk off to set another ML record of 28 walks in an extra-inning game. Veach, whose hits come off Bosox hurlers Sam Jones, Harry Harper, and Benn Karr, adds a sacrifice.

The first place Indians top the A’s, 9–3, while the White Sox, behind Red Faber, are again beating the Yankees, 6–4. Faber gets first inning help from Eddie Collins, Joe Jackson, and Happy Felsch who all hit two-out triples: Collins and Jackson triple later as Chicago totals an AL record six triples. The 3rd-place Sox are 1 ½ games back.

The Cardinals set a NL record by cracking out 12 consecutive hits in the 4th and 5th innings against the Boston Braves. Ten of the hits occur in the 4th inning when St. Louis scores 8 runs. The last 2 outs come as Milt Stock tries to stretch a single and Austin McHenry tries the same on a double. Both are thrown out. In the 5th inning, Doc Lavan opens with a double and Cliff Heathcote singles before a Redbird finally makes an out. St. Louis wins, 9–4.

18th  The White Sox complete a 3-game sweep of New York, beating the Yanks and Bob Shawkey, 15–9. The Babe manages just a 9th inning single, off Eddie Cicotte. Shano Collins has 4 hits, including 3 doubles, to drive in 5 runs for the Sox. The Indians stay in first with a 7–5 win over Washington, despite 3 errors in one inning by rookie Joe Sewell. The White Sox trail by 1 ½ games with New York two games back. Today’s Chicago Tribune features a letter on the front page of the sports section by businessman Fred Loomis. The headline over the letter blares: IS ANYTHING WRONG WITH THE SOX? 1919 WORLD SERIES SCANDAL REVIVED.

19th  Behind Jim Bagby, the Indians top the Red Sox, 2–0, in a Sunday game at home. It is Bagby’s 29th win of the year and keeps the Indians 1 ½ games ahead of Chicago.

In New York, Babe Ruth’s movie opens at Madison Square Garden. It has been retitled Heading Home. In St. Louis, the Browns beat the Yankees 6–1. The White Sox top the A’s to stay 1 ½ game behind the Tribe.

20th  Carl Mays stops the Yanks 4 game loss streak with a 4–3 win over the Browns. Ruth tallies the winning run in the 11th inning for NY, giving the Babe an AL-record 148 runs scored. Cobb had 147 in 1911. Ruth doubled off Carl Weilman in the 11th after striking out twice on slow curves.

In Cleveland, Duster Mails cancels the Red Sox, 8–3, for the Indians’ 6thwin in a row. The A’s lose to the White Sox 13–6.

At New York, the Giants and Reds break even, with New York taking the 1st game, 5–2, with 3 unearned runs. The Reds win game 2, 9–3, as Hod Eller strikes out 8, including George Burns 3 times. Cincinnati 2B Maurice Rath, who will hit only 2 HRs in 506 ABs, collects both of them in game 2: both are inside-the-park HRs, in the 7th and 8th innings. Rath led the PCL in hitting in 1917 without hitting a single homer, though he did lead the circuit in sacrifice hits (58).

21st  First-place Cleveland routs the Red Sox 12–1, and have a day off before meeting the 2nd place Sox, winners of their last 6 games.

22nd  Babe Adams of the Pirates tops Dolf Luque of the Reds, 2-0. For Adams, it is his NL-high 8th shutout of the season. He walks one and will finish the year with a record tying walks per 9/IP ration of 0.62, a mark set by Christy Mathewson in 1912. Elmer Ponder wins the 2nd game for Pittsburgh, 3-1.

A Chicago grand jury convenes to investigate charges that 8 White Sox players conspired to fix the 1919 World Series.

23rd  In a 3-game showdown in Cleveland to decide the pennant, White Sox hurler Dickie Kerr tops the Indians 10–3 beating 29-game winner Jim Bagby. The Sox, winners of their last 7, are now just a half-game behind Cleveland.

At Fenway, the Red Sox whip the Athletics, 9-2, as Elmer Myers (11-5) has 3 hits and 3 RBIs. Harry Hooper has a pair of triples. The loss goes to Scott Perry, his 25th, the high in the AL this year. It’ll be tied in the AL, but never topped.

24th  In the first game of a twinbill, Babe Ruth hits his 50th HR in the first inning, off the Senators Jose Acosta. He then adds number 51 in a 4-for-4 second game, a 2–1 win, to give the Yankees a sweep. The other 3 hits off loser Shaw are by Phelps.

At League Park, Duster Mails pitches Cleveland to a Friday afternoon 2–0 victory over the White Sox, dropping them to 1 ½ games back. In the 5th, Mails walks three straight batters on 12 pitches, but stays in and strikes out the side. No Sox reach base after that.

25th Behind Shoeless Joe Jackson’s homer and 2 doubles and the pitching of Claude Williams, the White Sox beat host Cleveland 5–1, to shave the Indians lead down to a ½ game. Jackson is hitting .387.

The A’s lose their 100th game, falling to the Red Sox, 4–2. Dugan has 3 doubles, and finishes the series with 7 two-base hits.

26th  In his last game of the season, Pittsburgh’s Babe Adams (17-13) walks one in an 8–0 loss to the Reds. He has walked 18 in 263 IP, making him the stingiest pitcher ever for one season.

Rube Marquard pitches his final victory as a Dodger, a 4–2 win over his former team, the Giants, and allows just 5 hits. The Giants will lose tomorrow to Boston and the Dodgers will clinch the pennant.

In St. Louis, an overflow Sunday crowd of 30,000 watch the Indians top the Browns, 7–5, behind 7 innings of strong relief by George Uhle. Joe Sewell knocks home 4 runs and Steve O’Neill contributes a drive that hits a mounted policeman’s horse for a ground rule double. Marty McManus debuts with St. Louis and is 1-for-3 with a triple.

Chicago’s Eddie Cicotte tosses a 7-hitter in beating the Tigers, 8–1. The Sox stay a half-game in back of the Tribe.

27th The Indians continue on their warpath by topping the Browns, 8–4. Duster Mails wins his 6th straight and Tris Speaker breaks out of a slump by collecting 2 hits. He had been 1-for-19. Charlie Jamieson adds four hits.

Behind the pitching of Dickie Kerr, the White Sox top Detroit, 2–0. In the clubhouse following the game, copies of the Chicago papers are spread on the table. The headlines feature Philadelphia writer Jimmy Isaminger’s interview with Billy Maharg where Maharg admits to his involvement, and that of former pitcher Bill Burns, in the scandal.

At the Polo Grounds, the Braves eliminate the 2nd-place Giants in game 2 by a 3–2 score on Boeckel’s homer in the 9th. The Giants win the opener, 2–1. The loss cinches the pennant for Brooklyn.

Carl Mays and the Yankees beat the A’s, 3–0, as Mays allows just 4 hits. It is his 3rd straight shutout over Philadelphia and his 10th straight win against them. Babe Ruth drives in all the runs on a pair of homers over the RF fence off Rommel, his 52nd and 53rd homers of the campaign. He hit 2 other liners to left and center that were close to the wall.

28th  On the strength of Jim Bagby’s 30th win, the Indians beat the Browns 9–5. The Indians now lead the idle Sox by one game and by 3 ½ over the New York, which can do no better than tie for the pennant now. Larry Gardner has 2 hits for Cleveland and is thrown out attempting to steal for the 20th time. He has 3 stolen bases.

At Cincinnati, the Reds take a pair from the Pirates, winning 2–0 and 5–3. Dolf Luque leaves with a sore arm after one inning of the lidlifter and Hod Eller throws 8 innings to win. Eller then goes 5 1/3 innings of game 2 but leaves without a decision.

The Illinois grand jury indicts the 8 Chicago players in the 1919 WS scandal, and Charles Comiskey immediately suspends the seven players (Chick Gandil had retired before the season). Yankees owners Jacob Ruppert and Cap Huston send a telegram to Chicago owner Charles Comiskey offering to place their entire team at his disposal, following the suspension of 8 players in the scandal. Comiskey says he cannot accept the proposal.

29th  In St. Louis, the Indians complete a 4-game sweep of the Browns with a 10–2 win. Coveleski wins his 24th allowing 2 unearned runs. Cleveland has now won 20 of 26, and are 14–3 with rookie Joe Sewell in the lineup. The Tribe leaves for Detroit after the game.

Babe Ruth hits HR number 54 in Philadelphia as the Yankees win 7–2 in game 1. That is more than any other team total except the Phils. He is responsible for 241 of his team’s 838 runs, even though he misses 12 games, with a modern record 158 runs scored, beating Ty Cobb’s 147 in 1911. The homer off Keefe by the “Potentate of Poundage” (New York Times) comes in the 9th after Rip Collins strikes out for the 4th time and Ward reaches on an error. Game 2 goes 11 innings before Wally Pipp connects for a 3-run homer in the Yankees 5-run outburst. New York win, 9-4. Clarence Walker has a homer in each contest.

At Boston, the Braves divide a pair with the Phils, winning 1–0, behind Joe Oeschger, then losing, 5–1. The first game take 65 minutes, with game 2 finishing in 1 hour: 40 minutes, the fastest doubleheader of the year.

30th The PCL directors vote unanimously to support the ruling of league president William McCarthy, who suspended Salt Lake City player Bill Rumler for five years for alleged gambling.

1920 October

1st In the first of 2 games the Indians blow a 4–0 lead over the Tigers and Jim Bagby, in a rare relief appearance replacing Duster Mails, loses in the 10th, 5–4. Sewell’s 2-base error put the winning run on base. Cleveland rebounds in the 2nd game and has a 10–3 lead in the 8th when the game is called because of darkness. Ray Caldwell wins his 20th game, a decision that assures the Indians of at least a tie for the pennant.

With the White Sox makeshift lineup, they take a 3–0 lead, but the St. Louis Browns knock out Red Faber in the 3rd and wins, 8–6. The Tribe leads by 2 games with 2 remaining.

Grover Alexander outlasts Jesse Haines as both go 17 innings in the Cubs, 3–2, win over St. Louis. For Haines, it is his 20th loss of the year. It is Alexander’s 27th win of the year, tops in the NL.

2nd Jim Bagby wins his 31st game, clinching the pennant for the Indians with a 10–1 win over the Tigers. Tris Speaker contributes 3 hits to finish the year at .388, 2nd to George Sisler’s .407. The Sox 10–7 victory over the Browns is not needed by the Indians. The Indians’ victory is due primarily to a .303 team BA (the Browns lead the league at .308) and the pitching of Jim Bagby, 31-12, Stan Coveleski, 24-14, and Ray Caldwell, 20-10. A big boost came from Duster Mails, brought up from the Pacific Coast League at the end of August, who won 7 without a loss on a 1.85 ERA. Despite the heavy hitting in the AL, there are ten 20-game winners; the White Sox have 4 of them—Red Faber, Eddie Cicotte, Dickie Kerr, and Lefty Williams.

With the last two games rained out, fans get their money’s worth in Pittsburgh as the Pirates and Reds, battling to determine 3rd place, play the century’s only tripleheader. Starting at noon, the Reds win the first, 13–4, to clinch 3rd place. The Reds win game 2 as well, 7–3, with a number of players at odd positions: Reds put catcher Ivey Wingo at 2B, with pitchers Bressler, Ruether, Coumbe, and Eller at field positions. The Pirates take the finale 6–0, called after 6 innings because of darkness. The only “tribill” played this century is played in 5 hours. Clyde Barnhart, who made his major league debut ten days earlier, doubles in the first two games, and singles in the 3rd, the only player to hit in all three games.

Shaken by the possible effects of the scandal surrounding baseball, club owners begin a series of meetings to reform the game. Albert D. Lasker, a Chicago advertising man and minority stockholder, of the Cubs, proposes a 3-man board of non baseball men, with the chairman to be paid $25,000 year. Among the names mentioned: Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, former President William Howard Taft, General George Pershing, Senator Hiram Johnson, General Leonard Wood, and ex–treasury secretary William McAdoo.

3rd  In the Browns’ 16–7 win over Chicago, George Sisler has 3 hits and gets his 257th hit of the season to set a ML record. His 4 total bases today gives him a ML record 399 for the year. Sisler throws in 3 stolen bases and, acceding to the demands of the fans, also hurls a scoreless 9th inning in relief, striking out 2.

At Cincinnati, Reds recruit Dazzy Swartz makes his big-league debut, hurling a 12-inning complete game, scattering 17 hits, and losing to the Cards, 6–3. He adds a 2-for-4 at-bat, but never plays another game in the ML.

5th  Before the start of the WS, Brooklyn owner Charles Ebbets gives his approval for the addition of rookie Joe Sewell to the Indians’ roster. Sewell joined the team after September 1st and was not eligible for the series. The tradition of low-scoring WS games continues when the Indians manage to collect only 5 hits off Brooklyn’s Rube Marquard (10-7) and 2 relievers. Stan Coveleski’s (24-14) 5-hitter gives the Indians a 3–1 opening win.

In Philadelphia, an exhibition team called the Philadelphia Nationals and led by Casey Stengel beats Ed Bolden’s Negro League Hilldales, 5-2, despite being outhit, 10-9. With yesterday’s win in Parkersburg, WV, and a 5-2 win tomorrow, Casey’s team is 4-0 against the Hillies. The Nationals will win a pair against the Kansas City Monarchs and end up in California with two losses against the White Sox of the California Winter League (as noted by historian Thomas Barthel).

6th  When Wheeler Johnston pinch-hits for Cleveland in the 9th inning of game 2, his brother Jimmy is playing 3B for Brooklyn. They become the first brothers to take opposite sides in a WS. Spitballer Burleigh Grimes (23-11) strands 10 Indians while the Robins chip away at Jim Bagby (31-12) for 3 single tallies and a 3–0 Series evener.

Hal Chase and Heinie Zimmerman are indicted on bribery charges as an aftermath of the investigation into the 1919 World Series. John McGraw testified that he dropped the two after the 1919 season for throwing games and trying to entice Fred Toney, Rube Benton and Benny Kauff to join them. Zimmerman denies the charges, Chase ignores them, but the duo will be banned for life from baseball by Judge Landis.

7th  Two Brooklyn runs in the first lead to a quick exit for Cleveland starter Ray Caldwell (20-10). John “Duster” Mails and George Uhle shut down the Robins, but southpaw Sherry Smith (11-9) gives up 3 hits; the visitors’ only run results from an error by Zack Wheat on Tris Speaker’s double. It’s a 2–1 win, and 2–1 Series lead for Brooklyn.

9th  Several hours before the start of game 4, Brooklyn’s Rube Marquard, a Cleveland native, is arrested when he tries to sell a WS ticket to an undercover cop for $350. He will be found guilty and fined a dollar and court costs ($3.80). For their first WS game on the lakefront, 25,734 Indians fans watch their home team score 2 in the first and 2 in the 3rdoff Leon Cadore (15-14) and Al Mamaux. Cleveland wins game 4, 5–1.

10th  In the bottom of the first of an event-laden game, Brooklyn’s Burleigh Grimes gives up hits to Charlie Jamieson, Bill Wambsganss, and Speaker. OF Elmer Smith then hits the first grand slam in WS history, jumping on a Grimes spitter in the opening inning. In the 3rd, P Jim Bagby comes up with 2 on and crashes another Grimes delivery for a 3-run HR, the first ever by a pitcher in WS play. Bagby is roughed for 13 hits, but he gets out of jams with the aid of 3 DPs and an unassisted triple play. In the 5th with Pete Kilduff on 2B and Otto Miller on 1B, relief pitcher Clarence Mitchell hits a line drive at SS Wambsganss, who steps on 2B and tags the off-and-running Miller before he can retreat. Cleveland dominates, 8–1.

11th  In game 6, Brooklyn’s P Sherry Smith gives up a 6th-inning single to Tris Speaker and double to George Burns. That’s all the scoring for the day, as Brooklyn reject Duster Mails yields 3 hits for a 1–0 win and 4–2 lead for Cleveland in the best-of-9 series.

12th  Stan Coveleski wins his 3rd complete game of the Series, and the Indians wrap it up, as Dodger bats are silent again. Burleigh Grimes is nicked for single scores in the 4th, 5th, and 7th, for a 3–0 loss. Utility IF Jack Sheehan plays 3B for Brooklyn and gets his 2nd hit of the Series, the same number of hits he had during the season. These 4 are his only ML hits. Brooklyn manager Robinson, upset with Marquard’s arrest, keeps Rube on the bench: the Dodgers have already made the decision to unload the pitcher. Rube’s wife, “Blossom Seeley” —her vaudeville name, comes to the same conclusion and files for divorce next week.

18th  NL directors meet in New York, joined by Jacob Ruppert, Cap Huston, Charles Comiskey, and Harry Frazee of the AL. They name a committee to draw up an agreement along the lines of Albert Lasker’s proposal, and give the 5 AL clubs still backing Ban Johnson an ultimatum: come in by November 1st or the Yankees, White Sox, and Red Sox will pull out of the AL and join a 12-team NL (with a team in Detroit to complete the roster). The AL 5 turns it down, and bluff and counterbluff blow through the autumn air.

23rd  The Chicago grand jury indictment adds the names of former featherweight boxing champ Abe Attell, Hal Chase, and Bill Burns as go-betweens in the WS scandal. Confessions, later repudiated, are signed by Ed Cicotte, Joe Jackson, Lefty Williams, and Happy Felsch.

29th  The Yankees sign Red Sox manager Ed Barrow as business manager, completing the front office team that will build the game’s most successful record. Hugh Duffy replaces Barrow in Boston.

1920 November

7th  Teaming up with Wellington Cross, Babe Ruth opens his vaudeville act in Boston. Cross and Ruth will open at the Palace in New York next week.

8th  At a meeting to depose Ban Johnson, a new 12-team National League, made up of the dissenting 11 teams plus one of the 5 teams loyal to Johnson, is agreed to. John Heydler will be its president and Judge Landis the proposed chairman of the new commission. With no stomach for another war, 4 of the 5 AL clubs still backing Johnson agree to a joint meeting November 12th in Chicago.

12th  With Ban Johnson barred from the meeting, the 16 ML clubs settle their differences. The 12-team-league idea is discarded, and the 2 leagues will continue with their same identities. The owners unanimously elect Kenesaw Mountain Landis chairman for 7 years. Judge Landis accepts, but only as sole commissioner with final authority over the players and owners, while remaining a federal judge (with his $7,500 federal salary deducted from the baseball salary of $50,000). The agreement will be signed on January 12, 1921, when he is to begin his duties.

1920 December

6th  A 5-year-old lawsuit that awarded $264,000 damages to the Baltimore Federal League club on April 12, 1919, is reversed by a court of appeals, which upholds the reserve clause and holds that baseball is not interstate commerce nor subject to antitrust laws. The original was initiated because the Baltimore Feds were not included in the settlement of the Federal League war. They wanted a ML team in Baltimore and did not get it. This ruling will be upheld in 1922 by the U.S. Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice William Howard Taft, brother of Cubs former owner, Charles Taft.

15th  The NL reveals a most telling statistic, pointing out the changes in the game: the use of 27,924 baseballs during the season, an increase of 10,248 over 1919.

The Yankees’ Ed Barrow pries future Hall of Fame P Waite Hoyt, C Wally Schang, lefty Harry Harper, and IF Mike McNally from his former Boston team in exchange for 2B Del Pratt, C Muddy Ruel, P Hank Thormahlen, OF Sammy Vick, and cash. Schang, expected to give more punch to the Yankees’ lineup, will go 0-for-25 before connecting for hit. Thormahlen, once predicted to be a star, will win just one more ML game. Umpire Billy Evans commented about him in the May 17, 1918 (New York) Globe and Commercial Advertiser, “He constantly kept the ball just far enough outside or inside to bother the batters. . . . It was pitching that an umpire must watch closely, for Thormahlen was constantly getting them into that neutral zone where either a strike or a ball could be called. . . . I predict that this fellow will be a star.”

Brooklyn sends Rube Marquard to the Reds for Dutch Ruether. Marquard was in the Ebbets doghouse after being arrested in a Cleveland hotel lobby for scalping WS tickets.

The Giants hand a release to 2B Larry Doyle so that he can manage the Toronto team.

17th  The AL votes to allow pitchers who used the spitball in 1920 to continue using it as long as they are in the league. The NL will do the same. There will be 17 designated spitters in all, 8 in the NL and 9 in the AL. For the NL, the spitball pitchers are: Bill Doak, Phil Douglas, Dana Fillingim, Ray Fisher, Marvin Goodwin, Burleigh Grimes, Clarence Mitchell, and Dick Rudolph. For the AL: A.W. Ayers, Slim Caldwell, Stan Coveleski, Red Faber, H.B. Leonard, Jack Quinn, Allen Russell, Urban Shocker, and Allen Sothoron. One story has the White Sox forgetting to name Frank Shellenback as a spitball pitcher, forcing him to go the PCL to throw a wet one, and where he wins 296 games.

18th  On his 34th birthday, Ty Cobb signs to manage the Tigers for $32,500, making him the highest-paid player and 2nd to John McGraw among managers. He replaces Hugh Jennings, who resigns after 14 years to join his old teammate McGraw as assistant manager of the Giants. In other managerial changes at the ML meetings: Lee Fohl replaces Jimmy Burke with the Browns; Clark Griffith, now president of the Senators, gives up the managing job to SS George McBride; George Stallings buys the Rochester club and leaves the Boston Braves, replaced by Fred Mitchell from the Cubs, who is replaced by Johnny Evers; former Yankees skipper Bill Donovan takes over the Phils from Gavvy Cravath.

1921 January


21st  Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis officially takes over as baseball’s commissioner. His contract is for 7 years at $50,000 per year.

23rd  The Pirates obtain vet SS Rabbit Maranville from Boston. They give up OF Billy Southworth, OF Fred Nicholson, IF Walter Barbare, and $15,000.

1921 February

5th The Yankees purchase a 20-acre plot of land in the Bronx for the future site ƒ=of Yankee Stadium.

22nd  The Reds trade P Jimmy Ring and OF Greasy Neale to the Phils for lefty Eppa Rixey, who led the NL with 22 losses in 1920. Rixey will pitch his way into the Hall of Fame over the next 13 years. Neale is also a future Hall of Famer—for football. He will play just 22 games in Philley before returning to the Reds.

1921 March

4th  After 12 years with the Red Sox, OF Harry Hooper goes to the White Sox for OF Nemo Leibold and OF Shano Collins.

17th  The Yankees, training in Shreveport, LA, journey to Lake Charles to play a game against the Cardinals, based in Orange, Texas. The game was proclaimed “Ruth-Hornsby Day,” but the Rajah hits only a single while the Babe lofts a HR over the short RF fence. The Yanks win, 14–5.

Phils 1B Gene Paulette, ordered to appear before Commissioner Landis regarding alleged gambling, decides to retire from Organized Ball instead. He signs with a Massillon, Ohio semipro team.

19th In New Orleans, 8,000 fans show up to watch Babe Ruth, but the Bambino manages just a scratch hit. The Yankees rally with 2 runs in the 9th to beat the Robins, 5-3.

21st  Four days after he retires, Gene Paulette is barred from organized baseball for life for taking part in throwing games. He played in more than 500 games, last playing for the Phils in 1920.

1921 April

5th In an exhibition game against the Hartford Senators, Columbia University’s Lou Gehrig is 2-for-2 with two tremendous homers. Hartford wins, 4–3, and will later sign Lou for what will be a 12-game stint with the team.

10th Seattle beats host Los Angeles 12–8 but it takes them 22 innings to do it. Seattle’s George Wisterzil sets a PCL record with 12 official plate appearances.

13th  In the season opener for the Yankees, warm weather and Babe Ruth contribute to 37,000 fans crowding the Polo Grounds. After New York mayor John Hylan tosses out the first ball, the Yankees tear into the A’s, beating them 11–1 as every New Yorker scores at least a run. The Yanks lead is only 2–1 into the bottom of the 7th, but then they unload against Scott Perry. Bob Hasty gives up the last 6 New York runs. Ruth is 5-for-5, with two doubles, and Carl Mays has as many hits–3–as he allows. He’s now won 11 straight over the A’s.

With former President Woodrow Wilson, new president Warren G. Harding, and VP Calvin Coolidge watching, the Senators lose their home opener 6–3 to the Red Sox and Sam Jones. Walter Johnson leaves after 4 innings and nine hits, the second time in a row he has failed to finish an Opening Game.

At Chicago, the Cubs open the season with a 5–4 win over the Cardinals’ Jesse Haines. Grover Cleveland Alexander goes all the way to pick up the win for Chicago.

At Cincinnati, the Reds open with a 5–3 win over the Pirates. Babe Adams loses to Dolf Luque.

15th Patsy Gharrity has a homer and 3 RBIs to pace the Senators to a 7-1 win over the visiting Red Sox.

17th After reviewing the record, Judge Landis bars Benny Kauff for life on the basis of undesirable character and reputation. The 30-year-old hitter never plays in the ML again.

The Detroit opener is called off because of several inches of snow on the field.

21st The A’s collect 13 hits—all singles–and score just once in losing to Carl Mays and the Yankees, 6–1. It is the submariner’s 2nd win in 8 days over his cousins and his 12th straight against the A’s.

23rd In the final game of the 4-game series with St. Louis, Cleveland SS Joe Sewell is spiked in the heel and forced to leave the game. Brownie manager Fohl allows Jack Graney to be a “courtesy runner” for Sewell, who exits for repairs, and then returns to his position. The Indians win, 7–3.

24th At the Polo Grounds, the Giants Phil Douglas pitches a one-hitter to beat the Phils Lee Meadows, 1–0. The lone Quaker hit is a single by SS Ralph Miller. George Kelly’s triple scores Frisch with the lone run. It is the 8th straight game that Kelly has driven in a run; he sets a ML record for the start of a season that will last until 2010 when Jorge Cantu breaks it.

25th In New York, Washington’s Walter Johnson survives a first inning solo shot by Babe Ruth to top Carl Mays, 5–3, for his 307th career win, breaking Eddie Plank’s AL mark.

26th Cleveland clears its bench in an attempt to beat the Tigers, and does so 9-8 with 2 runs in each of the 7th and 8th. Joe Evans is 4-for-4 as Cleveland uses 23 players including 7 pitchers. Jim Bagby (4-0) is the winner.

The Braves George McQuillan bends but never breaks, allowing 15 hits in beating the Phillies, 10-6. McQuillan adds a homerun and 2 RBIs, Ray Powell has a homer and 3 RBIs and Walter Barbare is 5-for-5. Johnny Rawlings is 4-for-4 for the Phillies and Bevo LeBourveau drives in three runs with a pinch triple.

Knoxville (Appalachian League) CF George Smiley makes an unassisted triple play against Pellico. With runners on 1B and 2B, Smiley snags a line drive, steps on 2B, and tags the runner coming from 1B.

In a 3–1 loss to the Browns, White Sox P Dickie Kerr has 10 assists, one short of the AL mark.

28th It’s a day of pitching slams. The Phils SS Ralph Miller hits a grand slam and then Phils pitcher Lee Meadows, in the 8th inning, matches him to help beat the Braves, 11–6. Meadows poked his first on the 16th, off Slim Sallee.

Meanwhile, in the AL, Indians hurler George Uhle does the same to Detroit’s Dutch Leonard in the 4th in a 12–5 win. Uhle is 3-for-5 setting a ML-record (since beaten) for pitchers with 6 RBIs, and his slam is his first ML HR.

Senators steal. Rice, Harris and Lewis pull off a triple steal in the 1stagainst the Yankees but the New York bats are the difference as New York wins, 9–5. Bill Piercy (2-1) helps his cause by going 3-for-3 with two doubles.

30th At Boston, the Giants beat the Braves, 9–4 as Art Nehf tops Joe Oeschger. George Kelly hits a grand slam for New York.

1921 May

2nd  Batting against the Braves, Giants’ George Burns hits a grounder to SS Walter Barbare, who boots it. Barbare then throws his glove at the ball hitting it, and the umpires invoke the thrown glove rule, giving Burns a triple. The Giants don’t need the advantage, winning, 8–1.

4th  The Giants end Brooklyn’s winning streak at 11 games, 3–2. Pitcher Dutch Ruether scores one of the Brooklyn runs when he steals home in the 5th inning, the second steal of home in his career.

The Dodgers Bill Lamar is sent home to rest. Lamar is suspected of having malaria, which he believes he contracted in New Orleans. He has just 3 at bats this season and will resurface with the Athletics in 1924.

5th  Chicago’s Red Faber, who threw a two-hitter on April 29, does it again as the White Sox stop Cleveland, 4-0. In between Red’s two two-hitters, the Tigers knocked him out of the box after one inning in a 13-1 victory on May 3. Faber will still top the 20-win mark.

7th  Bob Meusel of the Yankees hits for the cycle. He rips a 2-run third inning HR off Walter Johnson and his triple with 2 on beats the Senators 6–5 in the 9th. Ruth strikes out 3 times against Johnson, then poles a HR in the 8th that lands in a tree outside of right field. Former President Wilson witnesses the exciting game in Washington.

8th  At Dunn Field, George Burns has 5 hits to lead a 20-hit Cleveland attack on the White Sox, as the Indians scalp Chicago, 17-3. Winning pitcher George Uhle is not far behind, collecting 4 RBIs on a single, double and triple.

11th Billy Southworth has 5 hits for the Braves and scores the winning run with two out in the 13th as Boston beats the Cardinals, 1-0. Boston’s Dana Fillingim and St. Louis’s Earl Hamilton go the distance.

12th At New York, George Kelly hits his 2nd grand slam in 2 weeks to power the Giants to a 7–5 win over the Cardinals. He’ll end up with three for the year. Slim Sallee is the winner over Bill Sherdel.

13th  A jury deliberates less than a hour and acquits Benny Kauff of the auto theft and related charges against him. Despite the acquittal, Landis maintains his disbarment of the FL batting champ. Kauff goes to court for reinstatement, but on January 17, 1922, it will be denied.

15th Walter Johnson starts for Washington but Detroit batters light him up. Harry Heilmann drives in 2 runs on a single and Johnson departs. Detroit wins the slugfest, 13–10, though Walter is not the loser. Ty Cobb is 3-for-3 with 3 walks.

16th Rupert and Huston, the two owners of the Yankees, make their final payment for $500, 000 to complete the purchase of the Bronx property for the new Yankee Stadium. The sale was made by the William Waldorf Astor estate, owners of the property.

Detroit hands visiting Washington a 17-11 loss as Cobb leads the attack with 4 hits, 4 runs and a stolen base. Harry Heilmann has a homer and 4 RBIs and Chick Shorten knocks in 4 runs. Joe Judge and Duffy Lewis each have a single, double and triple.

During the 7-4 Giants win over the Reds at the Polo Grounds, Giants’ fan Reuben Berman, refuses to return a foul ball, and he is detained, given his ticket price back, and ejected from the park. Berman sues for $20,000 and wins a $100 claim in court. The Giants will then allow fans to keep foul balls. The Cubs were the first to institute the policy, in 1916. The Pirates will follow suit in two months.

17th After collecting a double and triple off Reds starter Buddy Napier, Curt Walker finishes off his day with a game-ending homer off Buddy to lead off the bottom of the 11th as the Giants win, 4-3. Jesse Barnes goes the distance for the victory.

18th The Boston Red Sox, behind Sam Jones’ shutout, beat the Tigers, 2–0. Jones, who holds the AL’s top two hitters, Cobb and Heilmann, hitless, will finish the year 16-5, with the best winning percentage in the AL. The Tigers prevent further scoring with a triple play on Ev Scott’s liner to 2B Ralph Young who flips to Donie Bush.

Penn State College wins their 17th straight victory. Combined with 11 straight to end last season, they have won 28 in a row.

19th At the annual meeting of the NL owners, they vote in favor of restoring the resin bag for pitchers. It had been banned along with the spitball, shine ball, and other odd pitches.

20th The Indians score in every inning but the 3rd as they roast the visiting A’s, 16-3, behind Duster Mails. Tris Speaker has 2 singles, a double and triple to drive in 5 runs, while Charlie Jamieson scores 4 and Riggs Stephenson knocks in 4. Stephenson also hits his first ML homer.

22nd Bibb Falk pokes a 6th inning grand slam and the White Sox top the visiting Senators, 6-2. Red Faber improves to 8-2.

25th In St. Louis, the Browns overcome Babe Ruth’s 13th HR of the year to win, 7–6. The Babe’s blow travels an estimated 500 feet. Babe adds a single and double but starter Urban Shocker gives up a pair of runs in the 9th to take the loss.

27th At Washington, the Senators beat the White Sox, 5-4, but lose manager George McBride who is injured in pregame practice when his is hit in the temple by a throw from outfielder Earl Smith. McBride will be in bed for a week with a slight concussion and partial paralysis and, while he will return August 4th, the effects of the injury will remain. He won’t return as manager next year.

Playing for the Wichita Wolves (Class A Western League) Jim Blakesley connects for 5 doubles against Omaha to set an Organized Ball record. It will be tied several times, the next occurrence in 1923.

28th  The league-leading Pirates protest their 4–3, 10-inning loss to the Reds. When hot-tempered Reds P Dolf Luque throws the ball into the Cincinnati dugout, Clyde Barnhart tries to take 3B and is thrown out. The Pirates claim the ball was dead when it went into the dugout. NL president Heydler will sustain the protest and order the game continued with the score 3–3 in the last of the 8th. The Pirates win the replay 4–3 on June 30th.

In the first of 2 against the A’s to start a homestand, Carl Mays holds the Mackmen to one run and the Yankees win, 5–1. Mays has now won 13 straight against the Quakers. New York takes the nitecap, 5–2, behind Bob Shawkey.

In Tokyo, the University of California nine beats a team from Keio University, 11–2.

29th At Redland Field, Pittsburgh’s Clyde Barnhart hits a 9th inning line drive down the RF line that gets lost in tarp in front of the grandstand. By the time RF Pat Duncan finds the ball, Barnhart scores his first ML homer inside-the-park to tie the match at 2–2. reliever Eppa Rixey gives up the homer but holds on for a 4–3, 13-inning victory. It is the only homer Rixey will allow in 301 innings pitched, and just one of 2 homers Reds pitchers will allow at home this season. Except for this, Rixey would have set the record for post-dead ball pitchers, a record that Allen Sothoron will post this year in fewer innings. It is still the NL mark.

The AL-leading Indians complete a sweep of the 4 games with the Browns by winning, 11–9, behind George Uhle. Cleveland totals 15 hits in 8 innings against Urban Shocker. In all 4 wins the Tribe score in double figures. Jack Graney and Ken Williams each have 3 hits, including 2 homers, and 5 RBIs. For Williams, it is his 2nd two-homer game in three days. Elmer Smith clubs a homer.

30th  The Giants take a pair from the Phillies, 5-1 and 13-7. Before the start of the afternoon game, a memorial to Captain Eddie Grant, killed in action in the Argonne Forest October 20, 1918, is unveiled at the Polo Grounds. One of the speakers is Grantland Rice who reads a poem he has written for the occasion.

Far from the Game and the cheering of old,

A cross in the Argonne will tell you the story

Where each one may read on its rain-battered mold

A final box score that is written in glory.

A final box score of a Player who gave

The flag that he fought for, his ghost—and his grave.

Green be his couch where the white lilies lean

Crimson the poppies that keep guard above him.

Gentle the darkness that gathers between

The Player at rest and the torn hearts that love him.

God give him refuge where Life’s flag is furled

A dreamer gone back to the dust of the world.

Low be the lost winds of France that must creep

Over his rest in the Last Tavern lying.

Good send Thy dreams where the Darkness is deep,

Father, Thy care when the wild storms are flying.

No monarch there—but the soul of a Man—

We speak for a Brother—for One of the Clan!

The Red Sox drop a pair to the A’s, 8-1 to Perry and 2-1 to Rommel. Red Sox 1B Stuffy McInnis makes an error, the only one he will make all year, as he will field .999. Tomorrow he begins an errorless streak of 163 games and 1,625 chances.

At Chicago the White Sox and Browns combine for 58 hits in a doubleheader, with St. Louis taking the opener, 14-5 in the morning and the Sox copping the afternoon game, 8-5. George Sisler scores 5 runs in game 1, then bangs out a single, two doubles and a homer in game 2.

Not him again! At Boston, the Braves win 9-3 in the morning and then take 16 innings to win game 2, 6-5. Leon Cadore takes over the pitching chores in the 2nd inning of the afternoon game and is the loser. Joe Oeschger is the winner pitching the last two innings in relief of Hugh McQuillan. Brooklyn scores in the 14th on Wally Hood’s only ML homer, and score again in the 16th. Each time it is Ray Powell who answers, singling in the 14th to drive in a run and tripling in the 16th to tie again, before scoring. Powell will lead the NL in triples (18) this year.

The Pirates sweep a pair from the visiting Cubs, winning, 13-0 and 6-3. Max Carey is 5-for-5 in game 1, and scores 4 runs, while George Cutshaw and Possum Whitted each knock in 4 runs. Jimmy Zinn (3-1) is the recipient of the 22-hit attack. The Cubs cuff game 2 starter Babe Adams for 3 runs in the 1st inning, then make two hits off Elmer Ponder in the 2nd before Chief Yellow Horse arrives to shut them down for 7 2/3 innings. Whitted scores 3 runs on three hits.

At Detroit, the Tigers lose the opener, 6-5 to Cleveland, then take game 2 by a 9-5 score as Ty Cobb has 4 hits, including 2 doubles and a homerun. George Cutshaw and Possum Whitted each knock in 4.

31st  The Senators bang out 8 straight hits, including 2 triples, off Waite Hoyt in a 7-run 2nd inning, and beat New York 12–5. Winning pitcher Tom Zachary is 4-for-4 while batterymate Patsy Gharrity has 3 hits and 3 runs. Babe Ruth clubs his 15th homer for New York.

1921 June

1st   Heinie Groh finally signs with the Reds for $10,000, less than the rumored $12,000 he was holding out for. Groh wants to go to the Giants and has vowed never to wear the Reds uniform again. Commissioner Landis vetoes the deal and will reinstate him only if Groh stays with the Reds all season. The decision costs Groh a WS share, but he’ll move to New York in December.

The Giants take a pair from Philadelphia, winning 9-2 and 8-3. In the second game Dave Bancroft is 4-for-4, hitting for the cycle. After legging out an inside-the-park homer, he faints on the bench.

2nd  Reds OF Pat Duncan is the first to hit a fair ball out of Redland Field since it was built in 1912, the ball hitting the leg of a surprised policeman on York Street. Duncan will hit just one more homer all year. The homer, off Cards P Marv Goodman, propels the Reds to an 8–5 win. John Beckwith, of the Chicago Giants of the Negro League, hit a ball out of the park in late May of 1921.

The Athletics waive pitcher Dave Keefe to Cleveland, where he’ll have no decisions in 18 appearances. Keefe is the inventor of the forkball, a result of a childhood accident, which left his fingers crooked.

3rd The A’s bang 7 homers en route to a 15–9 win over the Tigers. Jimmy Dykes and Frank Welch each belt 2, while Cy Perkins, Tilly Walker, and Joe Dugan have one apiece. Walker has 6 RBIs. And Frank Welch knocks in 4. For Detroit, Lu Blue hits his first major league homer, off Slim Harriss. Harry Heilmann extends his consecutive-game hitting streak to 23 games.

At Fenway Park, the Indians score single runs in the 8th and 9th off reliever Herb Pennock to tie the Sox at 6–6. But pinch-hitter Sammy Vick’s single scores Stuffy McInnis with the winning run in the bottom of the inning.

Playing under the name Lou Lewis, Lou Gehrig makes his professional debut at first base for the Hartford Senators. The 17-year-old Lou is 0-for-3 as Hartford loses to the Pittsfield Hillies, 2–1. He’ll get his first hit—a triple—in tomorrow’s 5–3 win over the Waterbury Brasscos, and then play just 10 more games.

Babe Ruth has a single, double, and homer in a 9–8 Yankee loss to the Browns. This is his 119th homer, tying Gavvy Cravath for the all-time record.

4th  The Pirates’ Wilbur Cooper, who with Burleigh Grimes will lead the NL with 22 wins, loses his first after 8 straight victories. The Giants drub him 12–0, behind Phil Douglas’ 2nd one-hitter of the year. He helps by going 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs. Carson Bigbee has the only hit off Douglas. The Giants are on top, but only for a few days; the Pirates will regain the lead.

6th  The Detroit Stars’ Bill Gatewood pitches the first no-hitter in Negro League history, defeating the Cuban Stars 4–0.

7th  The only game canceled because of a murder occurs at Kingsport, TN (Appalachian League), when the body of a slain girl is found at the ballpark. To prevent the trail from becoming confused for bloodhounds, police close the park and cancel the game against Knoxville.

8th  Babe Ruth is arrested for speeding in New York, fined $100, and held in jail until 4:00 p.m. Game time is 3:15, so a uniform is taken to him. He changes in jail and follows a police escort to the ballpark where he enters with New York trailing 3–2. They rally for a 4–3 win.

10th  Ruth connects for the 120th homer of his career, the blast coming in the 3rd inning against Cleveland’s Jim Bagby. The round tripper breaks the career mark of home run leader Gavvy Cravath, who totaled 119 in his 11-year career. Despite the homer, New York loses, 8–6.

11th  Behind Dolf Luque’s shutout, the Reds trounce the visiting Robins, 10-0. Luque has 2 hits and 2 RBIs, while Edd Roush and Lew Fonseca each collect 4 hits apiece. Jimmy Johnston has a hit to run his hit streak to 20 straight games for Brooklyn.

12th  The Braves use the long ball to down the Cubs, 12-9, in 10 innings in Chicago. Hank Gowdy has a grand slam and Tony Boeckel has three hits including a triple and homer. On the Cubs side, Max Flack and Jeff Heathcote each have 4 hits.

13th  At the Polo Grounds, Ruth hits two homers and pitches the first five innings for New York, and the Yanks hang on for a 13–8 victory over Detroit. The Babe gives up 4 runs but strikes out Ty Cobb and is credited with the victory. Ruth’s 2nd homer goes 460 feet into the right CF bleachers at the Polo Grounds, the first HR ever hit to that spot. The Bambino retires The Peach twice today, and Cobb’s bottom-line batting average versus Ruth finishes is .354 (23 for 65).

In Cleveland, 6 Indians batters reach first, 5 on hits, against reliever Walter Johnson, and roll to a 10–6 win over Washington. Sam Rice, in the midst of a 23-game hitting streak, is 5-for-5.

At Pittsburgh, the Pirates collect 17 hits off Stan Baumgartner to defeat the Phils, 12-5. Rabbit Maranville has 5 hits and scores 3 times, while Possum Whitted has two homers and 5 RBIs. Carson Bigbee adds a single, triple and homer.

At Sportsman’s Park, Les Mann bangs a pair of homers off Art Nehf as the Cardinals bang the Giants, 10-1, for their 10th straight win. It is New York’s 6th loss in a row. St. Louis might’ve scored more except for an 8thinning triple play on a line drive by Hornsby, but the Giants help the score with some bonehead plays. In the 3rd center fielder Eddie Brown reaches 1B on a one-out error, and after Kelly fans, Brown starts trotting towards CF. He’s gently tagged out. In the 5th inning, the first two Cardinals reach base and Doc Lavan lays down a sac bunt along the 1B line. Before it rolls foul catcher Alex Gaston picks up the ball and hands it to pitcher Bill Ryan. Both runners score and Lavan reaches 2B on the “double.” The third-place Cards will unravel the win streak by losing their next 5 games.

14th  NL P Ray Fisher is placed permanently on the ineligible list by Commissioner Landis for alleged contract jumping. Thinking he was being placed on the voluntary retired list by Reds owner Garry Hermann, Fisher had left the Reds in order to become a baseball coach at the University of Michigan. He will serve in Ann Arbor for 38 years, not returning to coach in the majors until the early 1960s, with the Braves and Tigers.

Ruth hits 2 more HRs, his 6th and 7th in 5 games, including his 2nd in 2 days into the CF bleachers at the Polo Grounds, in a 9–6 win over the Tigers. Hooks Dauss does the teeing up today.

16th  After going 12 innings yesterday, with the Giants beating the Cubs Hippo Vaughn, the two teams battle for 13 innings today before Chicago emerges with a 5-4 win. Pete Alexander goes the distance, though he allows 2 runs in the top of the 13th. The Cubs respond with 3 runs off Rube Benton and Art Nehf. Frankie Frisch has five of the 14 hits off Alex.

17th  In St. Louis, the Braves scalp the Cardinals, 10-0, behind Dana Fillingim, who scatters 4 hits and belts a 2-run homer. Ray Powell adds 4 hits including a homer.

18th  In another extra inning game at Cubs Park, the Giants drop seven runs on the Cubs in the 10th inning to win, 10-3. Tired starter Lefty York is the losing pitcher. Dave Bancroft has 4 hits and Ross Youngs 4 RBIs on 3 hits.

At the Polo Grounds, Red Faber and the White Sox edge the Yankees, 4-3, helped by some errant Yankee baserunning. Peck has a homer and triple for New York and Babe Ruth has a ground out RBI. He is also walked once to extend his streak of consecutive games in which he is walked to 17, an AL record. Ted Williams will top it in 1941.

19th  Hippo Vaughn records just one out as the Giants score 9 runs in the 1st inning as they enjoy a 9-1 win over the Cubs. Jesse Barnes wins his 4th.

At St. Louis, the Cardinals score three runs in the bottom of the 9th, two on a double by Austin McHenry, to beat the Braves, 5-4. Teammate Rogers Hornsby has three RBIs on three hits.

20th  At Pittsburgh, the Pirates score 3 runs in the 8th and edge the Phils, 3-2. Chief Yellow Horse goes 8 innings for the win. Carson Bigbee drives in the Bucs first run and Max Carey the last two. Bigbee is in game 2 of a 23-game hitting streak.

21st  At the Polo Grounds, the Braves rake three Giants pitchers for 18 hits and coast to a 16-5 win. George McQuillan gets the victory. Fred Nicholson has 5 hits and 5 RBIs for Boston.

22nd At Cincinnati, Eppa Rixey and Wilbur Cooper (11-2) battle for 11 innings before Rixey allows three runs in the 12th to give the first-place Pirates a 5-2 win. Possum Whitted has three hits and three RBIs for the Bucs.

23rd At Navin Field, the Browns Elam Vangilder scatters 13 hits—9 by Harry Heilmann and Bobby Veach—over 12 innings as St. Louis tops the Cobbless Tigers, 6-4. Veach completes a hit streak of 9 straight that he started yesterday. Hooks Dauss is the loser, but he establishes a little-known and totally ignored record (20th C) by hitting 3 batters for the second consecutive game. He plunked 3 on the 18th and hit one in each of his two previous games. Hooks’ll tie for the AL lead this year with 13 HBPs.

25th In Washington, Babe Ruth clouts a 2-run HR in the 5th off Walter Johnson, but Washington beats the Yankees, 6–4. Bob Shawkey is the loser.

At Baker Bowl, the Giants sweep a pair from the Phillies, 9-4 and 17-4. Catcher Frank Snyder, who did not play in game 1, hits a pair of homers in game 2 to go with the two he hit yesterday. Frankie Frisch has 4 hits and scores 4.

26th George Mogridge (8-4) allows 16 hits in 8 innings in Washington’s 9-1 loss to the Yankees. Bob Muesel homers and Babe Ruth hits his 27th for the second place New Yorkers, while Sam Rice is 4-for-4 for the Nats. Nemo Gaines makes his ML debut by mopping up in the 9th for Washington. Gaines, a 1921 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, will have three more appearances in the next three weeks, allowing no runs, before finishing his ML career as the first graduate of the Academy to pitch in the majors. It won’t be matched this century. Nemo will enter the Navy rising to the rank of captain.

Capped by a 3-run homer by Walter Cruise, the Braves score 5 runs in the top of the 9th to defeat Brooklyn, 7-4.

28th In Chicago, the Cubs sweep a pair from the Pirates, winning 2-1 and 8-6. In game 2 Cubs second sacker Zeb Terry is thrown out trying to steal for the 13th straight time, a NL season record. It will be topped (by Chris Cannizzaro), but his 12 straight unsuccessful steal attempts this year will remain on the books.

30th Detroit drives Jim Bagby from the mound and beats Cleveland, 6–3. But Ty Cobb spikes himself in the left knee sliding into 2B and will be sidelined for two weeks.

1921 July

1st  Casey Stengel is traded from the last-place Phils to the 2nd-place Giants, along with IF Johnny Rawlings and P Red Causey for IF Goldie Rapp and outfielders Lance Richbourg and Lee King. Rapp will start a 23-game hitting streak next week.

At Cincinnati, Pittsburgh’s Johnny Morrison stops the Reds, 5–2. Eppa Rixey is the starter and loser for the Reds. Pete Donohue, fresh from TCU, skips the minors and makes his ML debut for the Reds in relief. He’ll go 7–6 this year.

3rd In the Browns 5–1 loss to the White Sox, Jim Riley makes his ML debut, replacing Jimmy Austin late in the game. The Canadian Riley will go hitless in four games with the Browns and a couple with the Senators, but will finish second next year in scoring in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association. Riley will make his NHL debut with the Chicago Black Hawks on January 19, 1927.

At Griffith Stadium, tablesetters Whitey Witt and Jimmy Dykes each have 4 hits as the A’s down the Senators, 12-4. Clyde Milan has 5 hits for the Nationals.

4th In the 2nd of 2 at New York, the Yankees Carl Mays submarines the A’s, 14–4 for his 14th straight win over Philadelphia. Bob Shawkey wins the opener, 6–4 as Home Run Baker clubs 2 with Ruth on each time. Baker will total 16 home runs for 1921-22, all coming at the Polo Grounds.

Washington sweeps a pair from the Red Sox, 4–1 and 7–2. In the nitecap they score 5 runs in the 9th when Joe Bush runs out of bullets.

In a rarity in the PCL or anywhere, shortstop Henry Sands of Salt Lake City makes an unassisted triple play against Sacramento. Billy Orr and Buddy Ryan are on base for Sacramento. Five years ago, on July 20, 1916 Bill Rodgers of Portland made an unassisted triple play against Salt Lake City with Orr and Ryan the baserunners.

5th The Red Sox drop their AL record 4th straight doubleheader since June 29th. The Yankees beat the Bosox on the 29th and July 2; It Washington’s turn again today, winning 7–5 and 4–2. Walter Johnson wins the nitecap against Myers.

7th The Cards top the Phillies, 15–2, as George Smith goes all the way for the Quakers allowing 20 hits. Jack Smith (no relation) leads the Birds with 4 hits.

8th  In Detroit, RF Harry Heilmann hits a HR off Boston’s Joe Bush that the New York Tribune reports measures 610 feet. The story says the groundskeeper measured the distance. Heilmann, hitting .413 on July 2, is in the middle of a 34-for-58 hitting splurge. But Detroit manages just 3 other hits off Bush in losing, 4–1.

Wilbur Cooper pushes his record to 14-3 with a 5-3 win over the Robins. Charlie Grimm has 2 RBIs and now has hit in 20 straight games. Teammate Carson Bigbee extends his hits streak to 22 games.

In Chicago, White Sox pitcher Dickie Kerr beats the Yankees 4–1 and steals home in the 7th inning on the front end of a double steal. Ruth has a pair of hits.

An order is issued that allows fans to keep balls hit into the stands in Pittsburgh. Robert Alderdice, Director of Public safety makes the ruling following threatened damage suits against three policemen who placed three fans under arrest for refusing to throw balls back on the diamond.

9th Frank Snyder hits a grand slam in the 6th and the Giants hold on for a 6-5 win over the Cubs. Hippo Vaughn slips to 3-8 on the season.

At Ebbets Field, Pittsburgh’s Whitey Glazner runs his record to 8-1 with a 4-2 victory over the Robins. With a single, Carson Bigbee runs his consecutive game hitting streak to 23 games.

In Chicago, the White Sox score 9 runs in the last three innings of regulation, then push across a run in the 16th to edge the Yankees, 10-9. Each team collects 19 hits, with Bibb Falk and Aaron Ward each hit 5 safeties.

10th The Indians tally 10 runs to give Duster Mails an easy 10–0 win in the opener against the A’s. Mails allows 12 hits in the shutout, 2 off the record. Cleveland scores just one run for Guy Morton, but he makes it stand up in a 1–0 nitecap win.

11th At Chicago, Dickie Kerr gives up a pair of 2-run homers to Meusel and Ruth in losing to the Yankees’ Collins, 4–0. For Ruth it is his 32ndhomer of the season and he has now homered in every AL park this year. Later at Comiskey Park, robbers blow off the door of the safe and make off with $3,000, mostly receipts from the game. Tomorrow, the New York Times says, “Owner Charles Comiskey denied reports that the safe contained papers pertaining to the former White Sox players now on trial.”

12th  In St. Louis, Babe Ruth hits 2 homers including his 137th career HR, passing 19th-century star Roger Connor’s record 136. He adds a double as the Yanks win, 6–4.

13th  At the Polo Grounds, New York’s Frank Smith starts the scoring with a 4th inning grand slam and the Giants top the Cardinals, 9-4.

Jim Thorpe hits 3 home runs for Toledo (AA) as the Mud Hens defeat Milwaukee, 17-4.

15th  In a day off in the NL, Pittsburgh’s director of public safety, Robert J. Allardice, rules in the face of another threatened lawsuit that his policemen would no longer try to recover balls hit into the stands. Employees of the Pittsburgh ball club, however, are still free to attempt to recover what they deemed pirated property.

16th  At age 63, Arthur Irwin, pioneer player, manager, and executive who began in the NL in 1880, jumps to his death from a ship headed to Boston. His body is never found. Irwin, manager of the Hartford team, leaves, it turns out, a wife and four children in Boston and a wife and three children in New York.

At Comiskey, Joe Bush scatters 5 hits as the Red Sox crush the White Sox, 10-0. Roy Wilkinson takes the loss to go 0-10, the worst start for a pitcher in White Sox history. Eddie Smith will start 0-8 in 1942 and John Danka will match that in 2011.

18th  The Black Sox trial begins in Chicago.

The Yankees stay a game behind Cleveland with a 10-1 totaling of the Tigers. Babe Rush crushes a homerun at Navin Field that the newspaper accounts estimate at 601 feet, the longest home run hit at the park. Using aerial photos, Bill Jenkinson, who has written about Ruth’s homers, estimates it went 575 feet, the longest homer ever hit. Jenkinson calculates that Ruth hit at least one homerun of 500 feet or more in each of the eight AL parks in 1921.

The Reds take a pair from the Phillies, winning each game by a 9-5 score. Cincinnati loses catcher Ivey Wingo for ten days when he breaks his finger in game 1. Bubble Hargrave takes over.

20th  At Baker Bowl, the Cubs and Phils exchange shutouts, as the Cubs take the opener, 10-0, behind Pete Alexander, and Bill Hubbell then shuts out the Cubs, 8-0. Chicago amasses 23 hits in game 1, led by George Maisel, who collects 5 hits and scores 3 runs. Ray Grimes has 4 hits and plates 3 times. Alexander will total just three shutouts this year, far below his earlier totals, but it will be enough to top the NL.

21st  Chicago’s Red Faber wins his 20th game, but it is not easy. He goes 14 innings before edging the A’s 2–1, on Bibb Falk’s leadoff HR in the 14th off starter Naylor. Red is helped along the way by a Sheely-Johnston triple play. There will be five 20-game winners in the AL, 4 in the NL.

The Indians bang out 9 doubles, and the Yankees 7 for an AL record 16 in Cleveland’s 17–8 win. The Indians, who cling to a 2-game lead, are led by Joe Sewell’s 5 hits.

22nd  Despite it being an exhibition game, the Yankees show no mercy, deflating the Akron Firestones, 23–3.

23rd  In Chicago, Cubs pitcher Hippo Vaughn stalks off the mound in disgust in the 9th inning with Chicago leading the Phillies, 6-3. Hippo is fed up with his fielding support, but the Cubs are forced to put in reliever Paul Carter who pitches without warming up. The Phillies go to work scoring 7 runs in the 9th to win, 10-7. Art Fletcher has a HR and 4 RBIs for Philadelphia. Does Hippo have a beef? The Cubs will end the year with a .965 fielding average, about in the middle of the league. Their pitching staff will lead the NL in errors.

24th Walter Johnson gives up 6 runs to Detroit but Washington scores 14 to makes his win an easy one. Harry Heilmann is 4-for-4 with 3 doubles for the losers.

The Phils lose to the Giants 4–3 in New York as George Kelly drives in all 4 Giant runs. Goldie Rapp is 2-for-4, his 17th straight game in which he’s garnered a hit. Off the field, the Phils do some housecleaning. They fire manager Wild Bill Donovan (25-62 this year) and replace him with Kaiser Wilhelm. Phils owner William Baker accuses Donovan of “knowing a little too much” about the Black Sox scandal after Donovan testified at the trial. Landis will order Baker to apologize and will send a letter to Donovan exonerating him of any responsibility in the scandal. Also moving is OF Irish Meusel, who is traded to the Giants for C Butch Henline, OF Curt Walker, P Jesse Winters and cash. Batting cleanup, Meusel will drive in more than 100 runs a year in 1922-25 while Walker will lead the Phils in 6 offensive categories in 1922. This year, Irish will become the first player to collect 200 hits in a season in which he was traded: only 5 other players this century will accomplish this feat.

25th  Max Carey flags down 11 flies in CF in the Pirates’ 6–3 win over New York, tying 3 others for the NL record.

27th  In an exhibition game in Cincinnati, Babe Ruth is 3-for-5 with 6 RBIs. One of his hits is a homer to dead center, the first ball ever to clear the CF fence at Crosley Field. In his next at bat, Ruth hits an even longer smash that reaches the bleachers in dead CF. The next to clear the CF wall will be Ethan Allen in 1929. Ruth strikes out on 3 change-ups against rookie P Pete Donohue, who is so excited he goes to the wrong bench. For Donohue, he will later say this was one of his most memorable moments.

Before the start of Washington’s game with the White Sox, an 5-4 victory, Senators manager George McBride is knocked unconscious by a thrown ball and when he is revived his lower jaw is temporarily paralyzed. McBride will be sent home to recover from the concussion and, suffering vertigo, will not return full time. Team captain Clyde Milan will take over most of the managing duties assisted by Walter Johnson, and next year he takes the managing job.

28th  Howard Shanks has an inside-the-park grand slam in the first inning for the Senators, and they go on to top the White Sox, 8-5.

29th  As part of Cleveland’s 125th anniversary celebration, Cy Young, 54, makes a 2-inning appearance on the mound in an old-timers’ game. Chief Zimmer, 60, is his catcher. Guy Morton then fires a 2-hitter to beat the Red Sox, 3-0.

At Shibe Park, the Tigers take an 8-0 lead after 2 innings and roll to an 18-6 thumping of the A’s. Detroit collects 19 hits. Philadelphia helps with 9 errors, 4 by catcher Lena Styles to tie an AL record. This is Styles’ 2nd and last game of the year.

The Giants take 3 from the Reds, winning 10-7 today with 3 runs in the 10th, and go into the NL lead for the first time. They will fall back by 7 games before coming on with a rush in September.

30th  In the first of two at Cubs Park, Pete Alexander (13-5) allows 14 hits to the Phillies but emerges with an 8-7 win. Alex also collects 3 hits including a homer off Lee Meadows. The Cubs lose game 2 by a run, as the Phils score 2 runs in each of the first three innings and hold on for a 6-5 win. Leadoff hitter Goldie Rapp has 3 hits and scores twice and runs his NL rookie record for hitting in consecutive games to 23. Pretty good for a .215 hitter. It will be matched by another Phillie rookie Richie Ashburn. Rapp also goes into the rookie record book by being caught stealing 18 times, though this number is a bum Rapp. It will be revised down to 11 by Retrosheet researchers, but his 3 steals remains the same.

At the Polo Grounds, Doc Johnston has a single, triple and homer to drive in 7 runs as the Indians maul the Yankees, 16-1. Five Indians have 3 hits apiece. Babe Ruth accounts for the lone Yankee score with a homer, his 37th of the year. Cleveland now leads New York by 3 games.

31st  After going 5-for-9 in a doubleheader yesterday, Phils’ rookie Goldie Rapp goes hitless against Chicago’s Elmer Ponder to snap his hitting streak at 23 games, a since-topped rookie record. Philadelphia wins, 10–2, behind Jesse Winters.

1921 August

1st At Boston, Red Sox pitcher Joe Bush fires a one-hitter, beating the Browns, 2–0. George Sisler’s single is the lone Brownie hit.

Paced by two hits and stellar fielding by acting manager Clyde Milan, the Senators beat the Tigers, 1-0. With manager George McBride out with a concussion, the Senators are in the midst of an 11-game winning streak.

2nd  A Chicago jury brings in a verdict of not guilty against the Black Sox. That night, jurors and defendants celebrate with a party in an Italian restaurant. Ignoring the verdict, Judge Landis bans all 8 defendants from baseball for life.

4th At Chicago, Braves Billy Southworth leads Boston to a 13–5 scalping of the Cubs by belting 3 doubles and HR and driving in 7 runs. John Watson coasts to the win over Percy Jones.

5th  The first radio broadcast of a ML game is heard over KDKA in Pittsburgh when Harold Arlin announces the Pirates-Phils game. The Pirates score 3 runs in the 8th inning, beating the Phils 8–5. Arlin broadcast the first football game between Pittsburgh and West Virginia. His grandson Steve will pitch for the future San Diego Padres.

George Mogridge stops the Indians, 4-1, as the Senators win their 11thstraight.

6th  At Chicago, Bob O’Farrell’s 4th inning grand slam powers the Cubs to a 7-4 victory over the Giants. Virgil Cheeves goes 9 innings for the win.

7th  The Cubs replace manager Johnny Evers with Bill Killefer. With Pete Alexander, the former batterymate of “Reindeer Bill” on the mound, the Cubs lose to the Giants, 7–2, at Cubs Park. New York third sacker Frankie Frisch is knocked out by a deflected ground ball.

8th  In his first at bat, St. Louis Browns rookie Luke Stuart hits a home run, the first AL rookie to accomplish the feat. His 9th inning blast, good for 2 runs, comes off no less than Washington’s Walter Johnson. Johnson, leading 16–3 after his teammates score 7 runs in the 8th, cruises home with a 16–5 win. Stuart, who appeared in one game on July 28 but did not bat, will play one more game and then leave the majors with this roundtripper as his only hit. The next AL rookie to connect for a homer on his first at bat will be Earl Averill in 1929.

9th  The Browns go 19 innings with the Senators before topping Washington 8–6. It is the longest game in the majors this year. Browns’ star George Sisler is 6-for-9 in the game, while Brownie Dixie Davis pitches the distance allowing 13 hits. Nats star Joe Judge bangs an AL record-tying three triples in the game, all in the first 9 innings. Davis allows no hits over the last 9 innings.

The first-place Indians lose, 4-3 to the Athletics. For the first time since joining the Indians Larry Gardner sits down, doing so in the 9th inning when he is replaced by a pinch runner. He had played every inning of every game.

In New York, the White Sox top the second-place Yankees, 5-4. New York gets all its scoring on a grand slam from Bob Meusel.

10th  The Yankees club the White Sox, 14-8 to move a percentage point ahead of the Indians in the AL. Home Run Baker hits a pair of homers for the second time this season and knocks in 5 runs and Babe Ruth hits his 42nd homer.

11th  The Yankees move four percentage points ahead of the Indians with a 7–3 win over the A’s. The 2 teams will run even through September.

12th The Phillies George Smith allows 12 hits but still manages to shut out the Braves, 4–0.

13th  Boston Braves P John “Mule” Watson hurls 2 complete-game victories over the Phillies, winning by scores of 4–3 and 8–0. It is the 3rddoubleheader he has pitched, the first 2 being with the A’s in 1918.

George Sisler continues his hot hitting, collecting 2 doubles and hitting for the cycle in a 10-inning 7–5 Browns win at Detroit. Sisler is 5-for-5.

In Philadelphia, 33,000 fans—the largest crowd to watch a game in Philadelphia since 1914—see Carl Mays win his 15th straight over the Mackmen as the Yankees prevail, 7–2, in game 1. Bob Shawkey coasts home to a 13–7 win in the nitecap. Meusel homers in each game.

14th The Browns open their home stand with a 7–5 win over Detroit. George Sisler continues his hot hitting, going 4-for-4.

15th  A ML record streak of 10 straight hits by the Browns’ George Sisler is stopped by Detroit in the 4th inning, but he goes 2-for-3 with a 2-run homer in the 6th. The Browns win, 3–2.

16th The Braves Walter Cruise connects off the Cubs Grover Alexander for the 2nd home run hit out of mammoth Braves Field. The first home run, also to RF, was hit by Cruise in 1917. There will be 38 HRs in Braves Field this year: 34 inside-the-park, 3 bounce homers, and Cruise’s missile. Braves pitcher Dana Fillingim is the beneficiary of the offense as he beats Alexander, 8–6.

17th In Cleveland, on the anniversary of the death of Ray Chapman, YWCA members hand out rosebuds to the 6,000 fans as they enter the park. The 2nd place Indians give up 4 runs to the A’s in the 1st, then Cleveland’s Jamieson hits a sharp liner that caroms off the forehead of A’s 2B Johnny Walker, knocking him out and sending him to the hospital. When play is resumed after 10 minutes, the Indians score 5 runs and go on to win 15–8. Cleveland also sets a record—matched in 1952—by racking up 10 assists in the first inning. Rain washes out the 2nd game of the doubleheader.

George Kelly hits a 1st inning grand slam and Dave Bancroft a 2nd inning two-run homer, both off Rube Marquard, and the Giants top the Reds, 6-3.

18th  In the first of two at Detroit, the Red Sox score 4 in the 1st on Shano Collins grand slam, and the Tigers answer with 5 runs. The Sox win it in 11 innings, 6-5. Sad Sam Jones shuts out the Tigers, 5-0, in game 2.

19th  In game 2 at Detroit, Ty Cobb gets hit No. 3,000, off Boston P Elmer Myers. At 34, he’s the youngest ever to do so. Ty has 3 of the 19 hits that Myers allows. Cole gives up 4 to win 10–0. Boston takes the opener, 13–8, as Cobb collects 3 hits.

In the first game of a twinbill in Philadelphia, Dave Robertson has two homers, including a grand slam, and drives in 8 runs as the first-place Pirates crush the Phils, 14-2. Bill Hubbell evens things in game 2, winning, 4-1.

20th  The Tigers waive veteran Donie Bush to the Senators.

At the Polo Grounds, Joe Schultz hits a 5th inning grand slam, off Rosy Ryan, and the Cards top the Giants, 10-1. Milt Stock and Jack Fournier also homer for the Birds.

21st At St. Louis, the largest crowd of the season cheer as the Browns sweep a pair from the Yankees, winning 5–4 and 10–0. Bayne strikes out 7 of the first 9 Yanks in game 2 on his way to a 10 K run.

In Brooklyn, the Robins paste the Cubs with a 19-hit attack to win, 15-5. Hi Myers has 4 hits and 6 RBIs, while Tommy Griffith has 5 hits and 2 RBIs.

24th The Pirates, in front by 7 ½ games, drop a doubleheader to the Giants in New York before 35,000. Art Nehf wins the opener 10–2 handing Babe Adams his first loss in 10 games. Irish Muesel has 2 hits, including a homer, and 4 runs and High Pockets Kelly adds a solo homer and drives in 3. Kelly’s homer comes on a 3-0 fast ball, when McGraw gives him the hit sign, as noted in Marty Appel’s Casey Stengel [Casey remembers it as a grand slam.] Phil Douglas takes the nightcap, 7–0.

25th With Cleveland waltzing to a 15–1 win over the Yankees, NY hurler Harry Harper, pitching in the 8th, plunks OF Charles Jamieson in the ribs, Larry Gardner in the arm, and Steve O’Neill in the back. O’Neill throws the ball back at Harper precipitates a bench clearing brawl. New York OF Bob Meusel contributes 4 errors in the game. Led by Allen Sothoron’s pitching, the Tribe takes over 1st place from the Yankees. Tris Speaker is 4-for-4, Elmer Smith scores 4 runs and Joe Sewell has 4 RBIs. Babe Ruth has 2 hits and drives in New York’s only run. The Babe runs his consecutive-game hitting streak to 26 games.

In a 4–2 win at Boston, the Cards Austin McHenry hits a ball off the LF fence, the first ball to reach the wall. No one has topped it in left yet. On Aug 16th, Walt Cruise hit one into the RF jury box, just the 2nd ball to go over the fence since 1915. Ray Walker is the winning pitcher today.

26th Dolf Luque hurls a complete game and the Reds use a 17-hit attack to down the Phillies, 7-2. For the 4th and last time this year, the Phillies 47-year-old manager Kaiser Wilhelm inserts himself in for mop up duty.

The Yankees launch a 15-hit attack against the Tigers to win, 10-2, behind Carl Mays. Babe Ruth’s 26-game hitting streak comes to an end as the “Khedive of Klout” (NY Times) manages just a walk in the game. Ty Cobb has an inside-the-park homer in the 6th, one of 7 hits off Mays.

At Ebbets Field, Speed Martin (9-14) strikes out 7 in Chicago’s 12-3 win over Brooklyn. Ivy Olson’s single in the 6th with 2 outs is the first hit for Uncle Robbie’s crew. Tom Daly has 3 RBIs and Zeb Terry has 4 hits, 3 RBI and a stolen base for the Cubs. For Zeb, it is his only stolen base in 13 attempts this year, the worst percentage in history of anyone with one steal.

In Philadelphia, several Reds players announce a plan for a 4-team west coast winter league, plus a touring team that will visit South America. The coast league will consist of two teams in San Francisco and two in LA, each playing 70 games over ten weeks. Each team is limited to 4 major leaguers. Rogers Hornsby and Harry Heilmann will manage in SF and George Sisler and Rabbit Maranville will skipper in Los Angeles. The touring team will consist of all major leaguers and will start in Cincinnati and journey to the west coast. It will then go to South America with plans to play in Lima, Caracas, Buenos Aires, Rio and other cities. Grand plans, but no league or tour takes place.

27th The Bucs reel out of New York after dropping their fifth straight loss to the Giants as Art Nehf, pitching with 2 days rest, wins 3–1. The Giants are just 2 ½ games in back.

At Ebbets Field, the Robins score 4 in the 7th and 6 in the 8th to up end the Cubs, 15-5. Tommy Griffith has 5 hits, including 3 doubles, and Hi Myers drives in 6 runs.

28th  Despite 3 doubles by Babe Ruth, the Tigers drop the Yankees, 7–3. Ruth starts a record streak in which he gets at least one extra-base hit in 9 straight games. Into the record books go his 119 extra-base hits, 177 runs, and 457 total bases. His .846 slugging average is one point behind that of a year ago. Rookie Bert Cole (4-0) wins for the third time in his last three starts and has a pair of hits as every starter collects a safety.

At Chicago, Boston’s Sam Jones, pitching in relief, wins his 20th game, beating the White Sox, 6–5, in 11 innings. Roy Wilkinson (3-15), the 5thpitcher for Chicago, is the loser. Wilkinson will lose 20.

Tillie Walker extends his hit streak to 20 games in the A’s 12-4 loss to the Browns. Jack Tobin has 4 hits, Frank Ellerbe drives in 4 runs on 3 hits, and George Sisler has a homer and 3 RBIs. Jimmy Dykes handles an AL record 17 chances at second base for the A’s.

30th  The Cubs and Braves each pull a triple play, but they do not help. The Cubs lose to the Giants 5–3, and Boston falls to the Reds, 6–4, in the second game of their twinbill. Dana Fillingim shuts out the Reds, 5-0, in the first game to win. Tony Boeckel has a grand slam and Ray Powell a solo homer.

At Brooklyn, the Pirates win, 8–2 behind Whitey Glazner’s pitching. Whitey gets help from Dave Robertson, who hits for the cycle.

At Comiskey Park, Urban Shocker wins his 21st as the Browns outhit the White Sox, 20-16, and win, 11-5. George Sisler is 5-for-5 with 4 runs scored. John Michaelson, the third of four pitchers for the Sox, allows 3 runs in two innings. For Michaelson, the only major leaguer born in Finland, it is his second and last appearance.

31st  In the Reds’ 7–3 win over the Braves, the two infields accept 28 chances, tying the ML record.

At Baker Bowl, Jack Smith has 5 hits for the Cards, Rogers Hornsby has a homer and scores 4 times, and Jack Fournier drives in 4 rubs on 3 hits as the Birds overwhelm the Phils, 12-5.

1921 September

1st Maurice Archdeacon of Rochester (IL) establishes a new record for circling the bases by completing the circuit in 13 2/5 seconds.

2nd In Cincinnati, the Cubs Pete Alexander outpitches his former teammate Eppa Rixey to win, 7–0. Chicago is mired in 7th place.

3rd Powered by Babe Ruth’s 50th homer and the pitching of Carl Mays, the Yankees down the host Senators, 9–3.

The Red Sox shrug off a grand slam in the 7th by the A’s Tilly Walker, who drives in 6 runs, and edge the Quakers, 11-10.

Joe Oeschger, a 20-game winner last year, loses his 20th as the Dodgers pummel the Braves, 8-5. Oeschger gives up all 8 runs in his 6 innings. Burleigh Grimes goes the distance to win his 14th.

5th  In the Labor Day afternoon game at Boston, won by the Red Sox, 8–2, the Yankees outfield makes a AL-record 5 assists, 4 by Bob Meusel. Meusel, with one of the strongest arms in baseball, will lead the AL in assists in 1921 and 1922. Meusel is 5-for-5 in game 1, an 8-0 shutout by Bob Shawkey.

Walter Johnson breaks Cy Young’s career strikeout mark by fanning 7 A’s to run his total to 2,287. But he loses to the A’s Bob Hasty, 4–3. Washington takes game 2, 7–1, behind George Mogridge.

Browns pitcher Urban Shocker takes his first loss after winning 9 in a row. Elmer Smith’s 2 HRs pace a 10–5 Indians win in a morning game to back Guy Morton’s pitching. In the afternoon game, a 12–8 St. Louis win, Smith starts off with another one. Having hit one in the 8th in Detroit the day before, Smith has 7 straight extra base hits in 3 games—a ML record—for 22 total bases (3 doubles, 4 HRs + 2 walks). Earl Sheely, in 1926, will make 7 long hits in just 2 games—a ML record—but he will sandwich those around a sac fly. In 1950, Vic Wertz will also collect 7 straight extra base hits.

At Los Angeles; the Angels (PCL) win a pair from Portland, 8-4, 9-3. The teams complete a 13 game series in seven days, with the Angels taking the last 7 games in a row to win the series 10-3. The Angels outscore the Beavers in the series 72-36. The series started the day after the purchase of the Angels by William Wrigley, Jr.

6th  The Cards Bill Bailey makes his last ML start a good one, besting the Cubs Pete Alexander, 1-0.

9th  An AL record for total runs and hits is made when Chicago beats Detroit 20–15. The Tigers amass 20 hits and the Sox collect 22. Earl Sheely has 5 hits and 5 runs for Chicago. Johnny Mostil has 5 RBIs on 3 hits, one of 4 Chicago players with 3. Eddie Mulligan has 3 hits and is caught stealing: he will lead the AL with 18 CS, versus 13 steals. Bob Jones has 4 hits for Detroit, while Cobb and Heilmann chip in with 3 apiece. The 35 runs by two AL teams will be matched but not topped until the Red Sox and A’s combine for 36 in 1950.

Babe Ruth ties his ML homer mark of 54, set last year, as the Yanks spank the A’s, 14-5. Wally Pipp homers, and Tilly Walker bangs 2. Zip Collins is 4-for-4 with 3 doubles for the A’s.

The Cubs top the host Pirates, 8-5, as Tom Daly has 4 hits and Ray Grimes has a double and a triple to drive in 3 runs for the second game in a row. He will lead the Cubs in RBIs with 79, the only time a rookie has led Chicago in RBIs. Rabbit Maranville has 4 hits for the Bucs and Clyde Barnhart drives in 4.

10th Catcher Wally Schang has 5 of the Yankees’ 21 hits as the New Yorkers wallop the A’s 19–3. A ML record-tying five Yankees collect two hits in the 9th inning: Schang, Mays, Miller, Peckinpaugh, and Ruth. Ruth’s 2nd hit, a single, hits Peck for the 3rd out. Winning P Carl Mays gives up 13 hits to Philadelphia in winning his 16th straight over them. Mays has 3 hits to total 8 for the batterymates.

The Indians split a pair with St. Louis, losing 2-0 in game 1 and winning 10-2 in game 2. Bill Wambsganss has half the total with 5 runs scored.

11th The Giants whip Brooklyn 11–3 behind Fred Toney in relief of Phil Douglas. George Kelly doesn’t help as he is caught stealing 3 times. The win moves the Giants into 1st place ahead of Pittsburgh.

12th In the only action in the majors, the Pirates fail to close on the Giants as they split with Boston, winning 5-4 in 15 innings and dropping the second game, 4-3. Babe Adams (13-4) allows 1 hit in 6+ innings of relief in game 1.

13th Walter Johnson wins the AL MVP with 55 out of a possible 64 votes.

14th Washington’s Walter Johnson gives up 3 hits—2 by Jack Tobin—but still faces just 27 batters in edging the Browns 1–0. Following 2 singles in the 4th, George Sisler’s line drive to Donie Bush is turned into a triple play. For Bush, it is the 9th time he has taking part in a TP as a fielder, a ML record. He hit into one once, tying him with Sisler for the all-time mark of 10 triple plays (Sisler: fielded 7, hit 3). Tobin singles in the 7th, but Johnson picks him off. Tobin will set the AL record this year with 179 singles, a mark that Sam Rice will top in 1925. He has 47 hits against the Senators this year, the highest number for any AL hitter against one team this decade. The Senators only run today comes when Dixie Davis hits Picinich with a bases-loaded pitch, forcing in a run.

Boston defeats the Tigers, 1–0, on Herb Pennock’s 2-hitter.

The Cubs trim the Phillies, 10–0, behind Grover Cleveland Alexander. Batterymate Bob O’Farrell has 4 hits—3 for extra bases—as the Cubs amass 21 safeties.

15th  Four A’s pitchers help the Indians win game 1, 17–3, by contributing 16 walks. Among them is the starting pitcher Arliss Taylor, appearing in his only ML game. He fans one batter—Joe Sewell, the hardest batter to strike out in ML history. Charley Jamieson scores 5 runs. Cleveland wins game 2, 6-0, behind Ray Caldwell.

Babe Ruth hits HR No. 55 in New York’s 10–6 win over the Browns. The Yanks take game 2, 13–5, as Wally Pipp pops a homerun. Ken Williams homers in each game, and totals 6 RBIs.

16th     At the Polo Grounds, the Browns down the Yankees, 10-3, as George Sisler hits a grand slam. Babe Ruth hits his 56th as Urban Shocker wins his 25th.

Three days after pitching a 3-hit shutout for the pennant-winning Columbia (SC) Comer (Sally League), Goose Goslin debuts in left field for the Washington Senators in a 2-0 loss to the Indians (as noted by Gary Sarnoff). Goose has one of the four Washington hits as they are shut out by George Uhle.

17th  The Giants win their 10th in a row over the Pirates, and their 10thstraight, 6–1. They will go on to finish 4 in front of the Pirates.

Jack Smith has his 2nd five-hit game in three weeks to pace the Cardinals to a 9-5 win over the Phils at Baker Bowl. Rogers Hornsby has a triple and four RBIs.

Spitballer Allen Sothoron runs his record to 12–4 as Cleveland beats Washington, 8–4. Sothoron, with his 3rd AL team this year, pitches 178 innings allowing no homers, the only post-deadball pitcher to accomplish that. The Reds Eppa Rixey almost matches him, allowing one homer in 301 innings.

20th  At Cubs Park, Pete Alexander gives up 15 hits in 7 innings but escapes with no loss when his replacement Virgil Cheeves allows no runs on one hit in three innings and the Cubs manage a 7-6 win over the first-place Giants in 10 innings. A bad throw by Frisch and a wild pitch by Art Nehf plate the winner. Right fielder Max Flack throws out two Giants at the plate in the 7th, tying a ML mark. The Cubs and White Sox, along with all of the two team cities, are in the same place in the standings: Cubs and Sox are in 7th place; the Yankees, with a win today, and the Giants are in 1st place; the Cardinals and Browns are in 3rd place; the Braves and Red Sox in 4th place; and the Phillies and Athletics in last place.

23rd  Trailing by 2 points, the Indians come to New York for a 4-game showdown. Waite Hoyt’s arm and Ruth’s 3 doubles beat them 4–2.

24th Brown’s pitcher Dixie Davis pitches both ends of the doubleheader against the Red Sox, scattering 9 hits and losing the opener 2–1, then coasting to an 11–0 win in the nitecap.

Harry Heilmann is 3-for-4 against Walter Johnson, but Washington wins the game over Detroit, 5–1. Ty Cobb is so incensed by the umpiring of Billy Evans that he challenges him to a fight. The two future Hall of Famers go at it with Cobb getting the best of Evans. George Hildebrand, the 2nd ump assigned to the game, reports the incident to AL prexy Ban Johnson. When Johnson fails to act, Commissioner Landis steps in and suspends Cobb, but allows him to continue as a non-playing manager.

At the Polo Grounds, George Uhle shuts out the Yankees for a 9–0 win to put the Indians back in a virtual tie with New York for 1st place. OF Smoky Joe Wood has a triple and in 66 games, he will have 60 RBI in 194 at bats, the most ever by a player with less than 200 AB. He won’t play tomorrow.

25th At the Polo Grounds, 38,000 watch the Yankees thrash the 2nd place Indians 21–7 to move a full game ahead of the Tribe. The Yanks knock out Ray Caldwell (6-6) in the 2nd—his final ML start—and dust Mails for 10 runs in his 2 innings. In the 4th the Yankees bat around without an out being record. The 10th batter Peck singles for his 2nd hit of the inning, as manager Speaker watches from CF. Bob Meusel as a triple with 2 on and a homer with 2 on to pace the 20-hit offense. Carl Mays has 3 hits and goes the distance for the win.

The Baltimore Orioles finish the International League season with a pair of wins, 8–5 and 8–7 over the visiting Jersey City Skeeters. The Orioles total 119 wins, an Organized Ball record.

26th  With New York in 1st place by 1 ½ games over Cleveland, and facing the Indians in the 4th game of the series, Miller Huggins polls his players to find out who they’d like to see start. The team elects to go with veteran Jack Quinn, but the spitballer comes up dry giving up 3 runs in the 1stinning before Waite Hoyt relieves. Ruth hits a 1st inning HR, adds an RBI double in the 3rd and a 2-run HR, #58, in the 5th to give the Yankees the lead. Carl Mays, who took over in the 5th, strikes out Steve O’Neill with 2 on in the 9th to end it 5–4. The win increases New York’s lead to 2 ½ games. The four-game series at the Polo Grounds draws a record 147,000 people.

27th The Browns Urban Shocker stops the Yanks, 2–0, racking up his 5thwin in 9 decisions against NY this year. It is his 27th win of the year. George Sisler provides the support with a 2-run homer off Harry Harper in the first inning.

In the first of 2 at Boston, Braves C Ray Powell hits 3 triples, tying the ML mark, in an 8–5 win over Brooklyn. Powell has 8 triples against Brooklyn this year and will lead the NL in three baggers with 18. Dana Fillingim is the winner over Burleigh Grimes. Clarence Mitchell wins game 2 for Brooklyn, 8-0, knocking in 3 runs. A 6th inning triple play helps preserve the shutout.

29th The Bucs drop a doubleheader to the Cardinals allowing the idle Giants to clinch the NL pennant, their 7th under manager McGraw. St. Louis wins 5-4 in 10 innings and 3-1 in 5 ½ innings.

Little Dickey Kerr wins his 19th for the White Sox, shutting out Cleveland, 5-0. Allen Sothoron leaves after an inning with the loss, and Ray Caldwell allows an earned run in 7 innings of relief in what is his last ML appearance. He’ll pitch in the minors until 1933.

30th It is Rogers Hornsby Day at Sportsman’s Park, and the Cardinal star celebrates by pounding out a HR and two doubles against Pittsburgh to lead the third-place Cardinals to a 12–4 win. Hornsby will go hitless in the last two games, dropping his final average to .397 for the year (.405 on the road) still the best in the N.L. Teammates Austin McHenry and Jack Fournier will be 2nd and 3rd in hitting in the NL.

Prior to the Braves-Giants game, the Giants Old Timers take on the Giants regulars in a 5-inning contest. Twenty thousand fans cheer as former stars, Christy Mathewson, Roger Bresnahan, George Wiltse, Art Devlin, Larry Doyle and Fred Tenney whip the current Giants, 2–0. The regular game is called because of rain after one inning, but only 4,000 fans ask for a refund.

In Cleveland’s 3–2 win over the White Sox, Chicago catcher Ray Schalk throws out 3 runners at 1B in the 8th inning to tie a ML record. He is the 2nd AL catcher to register 3 assists in a frame. The victims are Charlie Jamieson, Joe Wood, and Elmer Smith, who hit short hoppers in front of the plate. Stan Coveleski is the winner for the Tribe, besting Red Faber who was looking for his 26th win.

1921 October

1st After clinching the pennant with a 5–3 win over Philadelphia in the opener behind Carl Mays’ 17th straight win over Philadelphia, the Yankees bring Babe Ruth into pitch in relief in the night cap. Ruth, with just one other pitching appearance all season, takes over in the 8th with New York in the lead 6–0. Ruth quickly allows the A’s 6 runs to tie the score, giving up a couple of walks, 2 singles, a double, a triple and a HR by Welch to the wall in CF. But the Babe knuckles down to hold them scoreless till the 11th when New York scores a run to win, 7–6. Ruth finishes the season 2-0 on the mound and drives in his 167th run in the game, besting Sam Thompson’s mark set in 1884. Ruth also plunks Whitey Witt with a pitch, ending Witt’s A’s club record streak of 504 games without being hit by a pitch (as noted by Mike Selleck). It’ll last the century. For Mays, it is his seventh win over Philley this season.

The Giants warm up for the World Series by splitting a doubleheader with the Phillies. Phil Douglas gives up 20 hits in the opener and barely loses, 10-9 to the Phils. Douglas gave up 19 hits in a loss to the Phils on June 27th. New York takes the second game, 3-0.

At Detroit, the Browns beat the Tigers, 11–6, in 11 innings. Detroit is without Cobb who was suspended the last two games of the season for an argument with ump Evans a week ago in Washington (though Detroit has not played since the 26th). Detroit’s Harry Heilmann is 0-for-5 and down to .396. He’ll go 1-for-4 tomorrow, but will lead the AL in hitting with a .394 average.

2nd  The Yankees close the season by beating the Red Sox 7–6. Ruth hits No. 59, off Curt Fullerton; for the team it is No. 134. Boston’s Stuffy McInnis completes his 119th consecutive errorless game at 1B (1300 chances) and finishes the year with an AL record .999 fielding average: his NL counterpart for Boston, Walter Holtke also sets the NL record with a .997 mark. Boston SS Everett Scott plays his 832nd consecutive game, a team record that will not be approached this century. The previous Red Sox mark was held by Buck Freeman (535) and Frank Malzone will accumulate the next highest with 475 games.

At Navin Field, Dixie Davis evens his record at 16-16 as his Browns beat the Tigers, 12-3. Baby Doll Jacobson is 5-for-5 with 3 steals while George Sisler has 2 hits, 3 runs, 3 RBIs, and 4 stolen bases.

At Philadelphia, Walter Johnson coasts to an 11–6 win over the A’s and Roy Moore. Johnson (17-14) strikes out 10 and gives up a 6th inning solo homer to Jimmy Dykes, his 17th homer of the year. Washington finishes a half game in back of 3rd-place St. Louis.

3rd In the first game of an exhibition series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Negro League St. Louis Giants, the Cards win, 5-4, in 11 innings. The St. Louis Argus reports that the stands on the third base side of Sportsman’s Park are for Negroes, and the first base side is for whites.

4th In game 2 of the exhibition between the Cardinals (NL) and the St. Louis Giants (Negro L), Oscar Charleston has a homer and double to lead the Giants to a 6-2 win over Pop Haines. Dixie Drake is the winning pitcher.

5th  In the first one-city WS since 1906, the Polo Grounds will be the site for all 9 games. Carl Mays (27-9) is at his best, needing 86 pitches to set the Giants down with 5 hits—4 of them by Frank Frisch. Ruth drives in the first run of the Series in the opening inning of this 3–0 Yankee win. Mike McNally, subbing for Frank Baker at 3B, steals home in the 5th while Phil Douglas (15-10) is winding up. The game is broadcast on KDKA radio, with Grantland Rice announcing. It is the only game of the season’s WS to be aired.

6th  In the opener, Johnny Rawlings and Frank Frisch collected the only Giants hits. In game 2 it’s the same story. Waite Hoyt (19-13) surrenders 2 singles in another 3–0 Yankee win. Art Nehf (20-10) deserves better, allowing just 3 hits; but 3 errors and 2 mental lapses by the Giants, plus a steal of home by Bob Meusel, put the Giants down 2–0. The 5 hits are the fewest ever in a WS game.

7th  The Giants bats wake up against Bob Shawkey (18-12) and 3 other pitchers. A 20-hit barrage and 8-run 8th sink the Yanks 13–5. Jesse Barnes (15-9) gets the win. Ross Youngs set a WS record with a pair of long hits—2B and 3B—and 5 total bases in the 8th.

Commissioner Landis orders the Pirates to pay a full share from the WS pool to Tony Brottem and to Chief YellowHorse. YellowHorse started well but was injured much of the latter season, while Brottem joined the team in July. The Bucs had voted Brottem $200 and YellowHorse a 2/3rd share.

9th  After a rainout, a Sunday crowd of 36,371 watches Carl Mays and Phil Douglas square off for game 4. Mays works 5 hitless innings, while a run-scoring triple by Wally Schang gives the Yanks a 1–0 lead. Mays then apparently tires and the Giants club 7 hits in the last 2 innings for 4 runs. Ruth’s first WS homer comes in the 9th, but the Giants win 4–2. A group of Prohibition agents cause a near-riot by trying to barge their way into the game by saying they were on “official business.” When ticket takers refuse to let them in the police are called to forcibly remove the agents from the line, “as angry fans look on” (Dry Manhattan). Tomorrow, federal Prohibition Commissioner Roy Haynes will issue orders barring agents from using their badges to gain admission to places of amusement.

In St. Louis, the Cardinals twice beat the Negro League Giants, winning 12-3 and 9-6. Tomorrow, the Cards prevail 10-3 over Lefty Starks. The Cardinals conclude the series with 4 wins against one loss.

10th  In game 5 an unearned run in the first is all the Giants can manage off Waite Hoyt, despite 10 hits and a walk. A 1–1 game is decided in the 4th when Ruth surprises the Giants IF with a perfect bunt, then makes it home on Meusel’s double off Art Nehf. Bob Meusel scores on a sacrifice fly, and 3–1 is the result. The 35,758 spectators bring the players’ pool to a record $302,522.23.

11th  Miller Huggins gambles in Game 6 with lefty Harry Harper (4-3), and the Yankees drive Fred Toney (18-11) to cover with 3 in the first. But the Giants come back with 3 in the 2nd, and continue the attack against Bob Shawkey while Jess Barnes slams the door, striking out 10, including 7 in a row sandwiched around 4 walks. Emil “Irish” Meusel and Frank Snyder homer for the Giants in an 8–5 win. It is Barnes’ 2nd WS win in relief.

12th  Carl Mays and Phil Douglas meet again, and again Mays has perfect control (he gives up no walks in 26 innings). He yields 6 hits, but a 7th-inning error by Aaron Ward at 2B, followed by Snyder’s double, break a 1–1 tie and give Douglas his 2nd win.

13th  Waite Hoyt and Art Nehf come back for game 8 with 2 days rest. With 2 on and 2 outs in the first, Giants 1B George Kelly hits a grounder to short that goes through Roger Peckinpaugh, and a run scores. Not another Giant reaches 3B the rest of the day. After Aaron Ward walks in the 9th, Frank “Home Run” Baker hits a drive toward right, but 2B Johnny Rawlings spears it and throws him out while on the ground. Ward heads for 3B and is gunned down by a throw from Kelly to Frisch to end the Series with a 4-3-5 DP. The Giants win, 1–0. Hoyt does not allow an earned run in 3 complete games. The Giants are the first to lose the first 2 games and come back to win the Series.

16th  In defiance of a Landis ban on WS participants playing post-season exhibitions, Ruth, Bob Meusel, and P Bill Piercy launch a barnstorming tour in Buffalo.

Judge Landis outlaws gentlemen’s agreements and cover-ups of players optioned to the minors without proper paperwork. He declares 6 players free agents, including Heinie Manush, who will ride a 17-year .330 BA into the Hall of Fame in 1964.

1921 November

2nd Judge Landis orders the Yankees to hold up on the WS payments to the barnstorming Ruth, Meusel and Piercy. They stop their barnstorming but Landis will end up fining the players their WS shares—$3,362.26—and suspending them until May 20th of the next season. Landis also orders the Pirates to pay a full share to infielder Tony Brottem, who joined the team July 5. The Bucs had awarded him just $200. Chief Yellowhorse, who was with the team all season (10 games, 5-3 record) and was awarded 2/3’s of a share, is likely to receive a full share. Pittsburgh got $21,939 for second place.

11th PCL President William McCarthy unveils a plan that will give bonuses to the top finishers in the league. The pennant winner will receive #6,000.

1921 December

6th  John McGraw finally gets Heinie Groh from the Reds; it costs him C Mike Gonzalez, OF George Burns, and a reported $250,000. Other figures range as low as $100,000.

19th In a trade that will stretch out for four months, the Chicago Cubs trade Elmer Ponder, John Sullivan, Babe Twombly five players to be named later to Los Angeles (PCL) for Jigger Statz and a player to be named later. Ponder will stay with LA and in 1925 set a PCL season record for most walks (215). In January, the Cubs will receive Vic Aldridge, who was 6-6 for them in 1919. As part of the deal, Los Angeles will receive two veterans, catcher Tom Daly in February and 3B Charlie Deal in April. Both will prove solid performers, hitting over .300 in the PCL.

In the December issue of the Chesterfieldian, Giants manager McGraw makes the case for an expanded world series in an article entitled “In Defense of the Nine Game World Series.” Despite the 1919-21 format of nine games, the World Series will stay at seven.

20th  At the ML meetings, the AL votes to return to the best-of-7 WS; the NL votes to keep the 5-of-9. Judge Landis casts the deciding vote, and the 4-of-7 format is reinstated.

The Yankees raid Boston again, and come away with P Bullet Joe Bush, SS Everett Scott, and P Sad Sam Jones in exchange for SS Roger Peckinpaugh (who goes on to Washington), pitchers Jack Quinn, Rip Collins, and Bill Piercy, and $50,000. The Red Sox aren’t through as they trade Stuffy McInnis to Cleveland for Joe Harris, Elmer Smith and George Burns.

22nd  Socks Seybold, the holder of the AL season HR record before Ruth, dies at 51 when his car plunges over an embankment.


1922 January

10th  The following round-robin deal benefits everyone: Roger Peckinpaugh goes from Boston to Washington; Joe Dugan, from the Athletics to Boston; and OF Bing Miller and P Jose Acosta, from Washington to Philadelphia. Acosta will be sold to Chicago on February 4th.

13th  Buck Weaver, one of the eight Black Sox, applies unsuccessfully for reinstatement.

14th  OF Clyde Milan is named the manager of the Washington Senators. Milan took over for George McBride at the end of last season after McBride was hit in the face with a ball during batting practice. McBride began suffering vertigo and fainting spells and relinquished the manager’s job.

Ben Shibe, half-owner and president of the Athletics since their AL start in 1906, dies at 84. A partner in the A. J. Reach sporting goods company, Shibe invented the machinery that made possible the manufacture of standard baseballs.

17th Benny Kauff’s suit for an injunction to restrain the decision to keep him out of baseball is rejected by the appellate court. Kauff was acquitted of auto theft in 1921, but Commissioner Landis still barred him from baseball, stating, “That acquittal was one of the worst miscarriages of justice that ever came under my observation.”

18th  The Cubs buy OF Jigger Statz and P Vic Aldridge from Los Angeles (PCL) for 8 players and cash.

24th  Brooklyn buys SS Sam Crane from Cincinnati. He will play in 3 games and later be convicted of murder. While in prison he will be visited by Connie Mack, who works for his parole and gives him a job.

1922 February

4th  Joe Harris, formerly with Cleveland, is reinstated by Judge Landis because of his good war record. Harris had been on the ineligible list for having played with and against ineligible players in independent games. “His service in France, where he was gassed after bitter fighting, caused him to do things he might not have done,” says Judge Landis in reinstating him.

9th  Landis cracks down on phony player deals. He fines the Cards and Tigers $150 each, and 3 minor league clubs a total of $1,400 for violating waiver rules. In March, he will assess the Giants $1,764 for the improper transfer of a player.

18th  Judge Landis resigns his federal judgeship, claiming the 2 jobs (judge and commissioner) took up too much time.

The Reds trade P Rube Marquard (17–14) and SS Larry Kopf to Boston for P Jack Scott (15–13).

22nd  Cards C Pickles Dillhoefer, 26, dies from typhoid fever following an operation.

1922 March

6th  Babe Ruth signs for 3 years at $52,000 a year. The-next-highest paid New York player is Home Run Baker at $16,000.

9th Rogers Hornsby signs a three-year contract with Cards owner Sam Breadon calling for $18,500 per season. This makes the young star the highest paid player in NL history.

11th Judge Landis has a busy day. Three players are released to the eligibility rolls; two are consigned to it; and four applications denied. The six players assigned to the ineligibility list must “charge their plight to outlaw practices while under contract with various clubs. They must disassociate themselves from organized ball for a year to regain their eligibility. The six are Bill Haeffner, Pittsburgh, Ray Demmitt, St. Louis Browns, D.J. Hickman, Jim Caton, Norman Plitt, George Dumont, all of Brooklyn, All are taken to task for having been connected in 1921 with a “team harboring and playing against ineligibles.” Frank Miller, Boston, and Art Fletcher, Phillies, are returned to the eligibility list. Both were on the voluntarily retired list.

13th At Dayton, the Dodgers lose, 4-3, to a local team. George Cusack pitches and bats the Florida State entry to the win.

30th  Christy Mathewson is elected the first president of the “B” Club of Bucknell.

31st At San Antonio, the Dodgers batter Waite Hoyt for 7 runs but the Yankees prevail, 12-8. Babe Ruth connects in the 1st for a long homerun over the RF fence, considered by locals the longest homer ever hit in League Park. Frisch hit one over the RF fence earlier in the spring but it did not travel as far as the Babe’s.

1922 April

8th At Sportsman’s Park, the Cardinals wear their new uniforms (two red birds on a bat with the words “Cardinals” across the front) for the first time in an exhibition contest with the Browns. The Browns Urban Shocker tops Willie Sherdel, 3–2, the same result as their matchup a week ago.

9th With a St. Louis record crowd of 29,000 on hand, the Browns beat the Cardinals, 6–3, to win their city series. George Sisler, who will lead the AL in stolen bases, is thrown out at home three times.

11th  In Oakland, the Oaks (PCL) beat San Francisco, 7–2. The Oaks will play all their home games in Oakland for the first time. Previously, they were allowed only 2 or 3 games a week there; the rest were played in San Francisco.

12th  There are no playing managers in the NL for the first time since 1900. Long considered an economic necessity, the dual role is no longer essential. It will be 1930 before the AL has a year with all bench managers.

President Warren Harding throws out the first ball in Washington, and the Senators beat the Yankees, 6–5. Former Yank George Mogridge starts for the Nats against Sam Jones, making his Yankee debut, as rookie manager Clyde Milan passes over Walter Johnson as starting pitcher. The Nats star has been ill most of the spring. Both Ruth and Bob Meusel are out of the Yankee lineup, suspended by the league for barnstorming, and the Babe watches the game from the presidential box. Washington outhits New York, 15–9, and comes from behind to win in the 8th.

At Cincinnati, the Cubs Pete Alexander stops the Reds, 7–3. Eppa Rixey takes the loss. Alexander will rack up 70 career wins over the Reds, the most over one team in ML history.

Giants SS Dave Bancroft handles 2 assists and 3 putouts in a 4–3 Opening Day loss to Brooklyn. He will handle 1,046 for the year, putting him even with Rabbit Maranville’s 1914 record as the most active shortstops of any season.

In an Urban opener, the Browns Urban Shocker tops the White Sox and Urban “Red” Faber, 3–2. The Sox outhit the Browns, 9–3.

13th  Dazzy Vance, 31, makes his Brooklyn debut and loses to the Giants’ Phil Douglas 4–3. In 1915 when Vance made one start for the Pirates, it was Douglas who beat him. Since then Vance has been in the minors. Despite his late start, the 6 foot 2 inch righthander will win 197 in 14 years and a place in the Hall of Fame in 1955.

15th  The Giants pummel three Dodger pitchers for 11 runs in the first inning, winning 17–10.

The Browns pound five White Sox pitchers for 21 hits to win, 14–0, behind Elam Vangilder. Vangilder allows just three hits, the same number he collects himself. Frank Ellerbe homers for St. Louis, his only roundtripper of the year, and McManus adds a 3-run homer.

17th    Charleston and Charlotte (Sally League) play a 17–16 game. In the top of the 7th Charleston scores 11 runs on 3 hits, 5 walks, and 4 errors. Undaunted, Charlotte comes back with 10 runs in the bottom of the frame.

The A’s sell infielder Whitey Witt to the Yankees. Witt made 78 errors at shortstop in 1916, his rookie year.

18th  Willie Kamm makes his debut for the White Sox in a 6–5 loss at Cleveland. He hits a double and handles 2 chances afield. The first $100,000 priced minor league player (bought from the San Francisco Seals), Kamm will be voted by Chicago fans the all-time White Sox 3B.

Bullet Joe Bush gets battered in a 10-8 Yankee win over his former team, the Red Sox. Bush gets whacked for 14 hits but collects 2 hits himself while driving in 3 runs. The score by the Sox will be a predictor of how Bush does the rest of the year against them.

19th At Cleveland, the Browns Elam Vangilder fires his 2nd straight three-hitter and homers to lead St. Louis to a 15–1 win. George Sisler and Ken Williams each steal three bases and Sisler scores 5 runs.

20th The Cubs collect just 3 hits but still beat the Reds and Pete Donahue, 3–1.

21st Detroit Tiger OF John Mohardt gets his only ML hit, a single against Cleveland’s Charlie Jamieson, an outfielder who mops up in the Indian loss. Mohardt will play just 5 games in the major leagues, but the former Notre Dame football star will play with Red Grange and the NFL Bears in 1925.

Down 4–2 in the 9th, the White Sox tie the Browns, then blast two relievers for 6 runs in the 10th and win, 10–5.

22nd  The Browns’ Ken Williams hits 3 HRs, and two singles and drives in 6 runs against the visiting White Sox to lead St. Louis to a 10–7 win. He’s the first AL player to hit three round trippers in a game. George Sisler is on base each time Given a head start on the suspended Ruth, Williams will take the HR and RBI titles and become the first 30-30 man, with 39 HRs and 37 stolen bases. Sisler runs his batting streak to 9 games from the start of the season; he ended last year with a 14-game hitting streak.

23rd The Browns top the White Sox, 4–2, as Ken Williams poles a homer off Clarence Hodge.

24th The Browns trip the Tigers, 6–2, as Ken Williams again homers, a two-run shot off Red Oldham.

It takes 11 innings, but Carl Mays and the Yankees edge the Athletics, 6–4. It is Mays’ 18th consecutive win against the A’s. A 2-run homer by Pipp off Harris decides the game.

Despite setting a team record (since 1911) for errors with 8, the Phillies are just edged out by the Giants, 3–2. The mark will be tied in 1941.

25th  In a 5–3 win over Detroit, Ken Williams smashes his 6th HR in 4 days, off Howard Ehmke, tying Ruth’s 1921 feat. On the 29th he’ll pole 2 more.

Promising rookie outfielder Ralph Shinners is beaned by Phils righty George Smith in a 9–2 Giants win. When Shinners returns in a few days he is not the same hitter. An angry John McGraw accuses Smith of a deliberate beaning and Shinners and Smith will later brawl at the Polo Grounds over the beaning. McGraw will finally send the Giants rookie down on August 3rd.

26th Detroit stops the Browns and Ken Williams, 2–0. Ray Kolp is the winning pitcher.

Assault and battery. Dazzy Vance, 31, posts his first major league victory as Brooklyn beats Boston, 10-1. Rookie catcher Bernie Hungling has his career day with a single, double, triple and 6 RBIs, while Vance has 3 hits and 2 RBIs. Vance, who suffered sore arm problems since first appearing in the majors in 1915, will go on to win 197 games. He’ll lead the NL in strikeouts the next 7 years.

27th Cubs 1B Ray Grimes hits a 2-run homer in the 6th inning onto Waveland Avenue to tie the game 4–4 with Cards, then hits a 2-run single in the 7th. Chicago wins at home, 6–4.

28th In a 3–2 Browns win over Cleveland, Ken Williams provides the edge with a homer off Duster Mails. It is his 7th homer in 6 days.

29th  The New York Giants collect 20 hits, including 4 inside-the-park HRs, in windswept Braves Field in Boston. George Kelly hits 2, one in the 4thand another in the 9th, and Ross Youngs and Dave Bancroft hit the others. Youngs includes the cycle in his 5 hits and scores 5 runs. Phil Douglas coasts to a 15–4 win.

Ken Williams clouts homers #8 and #9, off Stan Coveleski, to lead the Browns to a 6–5 win over the Indians.

30th  Johnny Mostil, fleet-footed White Sox CF, moves over to LF for the only time in his career, and makes two outstanding catches to save Charlie Robertson’s 2–0 perfect game over Detroit. Robertson is the 3rdpitcher in the 20th century to pitch a perfect game. Play is stopped twice after Ty Cobb and Harry Heilmann complain that Robertson is doctoring the ball. The losing pitcher is Herman Pillette, whose son Duane will pitch in the AL.

Ken Williams is homerless, but the Browns beat the Indians, 11–9, despite hitting into a triple play. Urban Shocker is the winner for St. Louis, now tied (11-5) with the Yankees for first place. The game draws 27,000 in St. Louis.

1922 May

1st Making his major league debut, Brooklyn rookie Harry “Pop” Shriver tosses a 2–0 shutout over the Phillies. Shriver is the first Brooklyn hurler to debut with a shutout, but he’ll end his career at just 4–6. Brooklyn first sacker Sam Post has an easy day making just one put out.

At Detroit, the Tigers score a run in the 2nd inning when White Sox pitcher Shovel Hodges tosses a ball into the Detroit dugout without permission. Umpire Evans waves Harry Heilmann in from third base (as noted in Retrosheet). It is decisive as the Tigers win, 6-5.

For the 4th game in a row, the Giants score 10+ runs as they down the host Braves, 10–3. Winning pitcher Jesse Barnes has two of the 14 hits.

2nd With 2 outs, Washington’s George Mogridge serves up consecutive home runs to 3 Philadelphia batters—Tilly Walker, Cy Perkins, and Bing Miller. It has been done twice before: June 30, 1902 and May 10, 1894. The A’s win, 11–2, behind Bob Hasty.

4th  Still pitching, Iron Joe McGinnity is a 5–3 winner for Danville over Peoria.

5th  The Giants evict their AL tenants as of the end of the year, so the Yankees sign a contract to build their own $750,000 stadium on a site they had held an option on since 1920.

Pitching against the Tigers, Browns Bill Bayne takes a no-hitter into the 8th inning. Detroit manager Ty Cobb then sends up 5 straight pinch hitters, the first of whom in the 9th breaks up the no-hitter. One of the pinch hitters Cobb inserts is Bob Fothergill, who bats for Cobb and strikes out, but becomes the only man ever to pinch hit for the Georgia Peach. The Browns win, 6–1, and are tied for first with the Yankees, who beat the A’s, 5-4.

6th Cubs’ pitcher Vic Aldridge collects 5 hits and picks up the victory as visiting Chicago tops the Pirates 11–7.

Brooklyn scores in every inning but the 3rd as they smack the visiting Braves 15–2, behind the pitching of Dutch Ruether. Ivy Olson has 10 assists at second base and goes 3-for-4. Jimmy Johnston has 4 hits and Zach Wheat contributes a homer and 4 RBIs.

Carl Mays allows 2 hits—both to Bing Miller—and faces just 29 batters as the Yankees beat the A’s, 2–0. It is the submariner’s 19th straight win over Philadelphia and his 2nd in 2 weeks.

The Red Sox top the Senators, 1-0, when Nats pitcher Tom Zachary balks in the lone run. Herb Pennock is the winning pitcher, throwing his only shutout of the year.

7th  Giants righthander Jesse Barnes walks Cy Williams in the 5th to spoil a 6–0 perfect no-hitter over the Phils. Williams is erased on a DP and Barnes faces just 27 batters in the no-hitter. Lee Meadows takes the loss.

The Yankees get their second 2-hitter in a row as Sad Sam Jones all0ows 2 singles in New York’s 8-1 win over the Senators. The Yanks are a game ahead of the Browns.

Pirates rookie Walter Mueller hits a HR on the first ML pitch he sees, and it comes from Pete Alexander. Mueller is the first to accomplish this feat. The box score credits the HR to teammate Ray Rohwer. In 4 years Mueller will hit one more HR. Alexander exits in the 2nd inning and the Pirates win, 11–5, over the second place Cubs.

Cobb responsible for killing fan with a home run! In the 7th inning of a game in Detroit, Cobb connects off Chicago’s Red Faber. During the excitement after the hit, 65-year-old fan Alfred Kenning drops dead in the stands cheering for the Tigers’ player-manager. Despite serving up the homer, Faber hangs on for a 9–7 win.

8th  Hasty makes wasty as Cleveland hits a ML record-tying 4 triples in the 5th off the A’s Bob Hasty and roll over Philadelphia, 14–4. George Uhle is the winner.

Sam Breadon buys controlling interest—72%—in the Cardinals. He and Branch Rickey, who owns the rest of the stock, will combine to create one of baseball’s most successful operations. Breadon demotes Rickey to veep, but allows him to remain as field manager.

11th Spitballer Bill Doak faces Shufflin’ Phil Douglas at Sportsman’s Park and allows just one hit, a leadoff bunt by Dave Bancroft that eludes the pitcher and 1B Jack Fournier. The Cards win, 2–0. over the Giants.

At Cincinnati, the Reds score 9 runs in the first three innings and roll to a 9-5 win over the Braves. Boston stanches any more scoring in the 6th with a triple play: Kopf-Ford-Helke-O’Neill.

At Milwaukee a judge orders Charles Comiskey to appear in court regarding an allegation by the lawyer for Happy Felsch that a fund was kept in 1917 to be used to buy games from opposing players. Felsch charges that one of the teams was Detroit.

12th At Cincinnati, Reds’ Cliff Markle relieves in the 9th and induces a ground out on one pitch to Brooklyn’s Hy Myers. The Reds then score 2 runs to give Markle a one-pitch 7–6 win.

At Detroit, the first-place Yankees edge the Tigers, 10-8. Light-hitting Chick Fewster hits his only homer of the year, a grand slam, for New York. Chick will collect just 9 RBIs in 1922.

13th Hank Gowdy hits a grand slam and Tony Boeckel drives in 3 runs with a double and triple as the Braves top the Pirates, 8-5. Hugh McQuillan is the winner.

At Redland Field, the Robins edge the Reds, 6-5, pinning the loss on Dolf Luque (1-8). Dutch Reuther allows 13 hits in 5.1 innings but notches the win. Cincy’s Jake Daubert has 3 hits to run his consecutive game hitting streak to 22.

14th At Boston, the Indians complete a sweep over the last-place Red Sox by scoring 5 runs in the 8th and 9th innings to win, 5-3. Losing pitcher Allen Russell helps with three walks in the 8th. Del Pratt finishes a 23-game hitting streak with 3 hits.

15th  In a 4–1 win at New York, Ty Cobb beats out a grounder to SS Everett Scott. Veteran writer Fred Lieb scores it a hit in the box score he files with the Associated Press. but official scorer John Kieran of the New York Tribune gives an error to Scott. At the season’s end, the AL official records, based on AP box scores, will list Cobb at .401. New York writers complain unsuccessfully, claiming it should be .399, based on the official scorer’s stats. Lieb will reverse himself at the end of the year, but Ban Johnson goes with the hit call.

The Cards score 4 runs in each of the first three innings and score in every inning but the 5th en route to a 19-8 pounding of the Phillies. Specs Torporcer, the first regular to wear glasses, has two triples and his first ML homer to drive in 5 runs, while Hornsby (3), Austin McHenry (4) and Milt Stock (3) contribute to the 23-hit total. Phillies relief pitcher Tom Sullivan, 1-for-4 in his first ML game, homers in the 7th off Clyde Barfoot. These are his only ML at bats.

17th In a 13 inning, 3–1 win, A’s catcher Ralph Perkins has no putouts or assists. A’s starter Fred Heimach and White Sox starter Red Faber go the distance. Perkins will have 2 straight games like today in September.

19th After beating the Cards yesterday, 7–5, the Brooklyn Robins lose today, 10–6, collecting 2 assists to set a ML record for fewest assists in 2 games—6. Their pitchers (Vance and Mitchell) strike out 3 batters in the 2 games while the outfield makes 14 POs in each.

The Giants sign 16-year-old Fred Lindstrom, a student at Loyola Academy in Chicago.

20th  Babe Ruth and Bob Meusel (and since-traded pitcher Bill Piercy), suspended on October 16, 1921, by Judge Landis, are reinstated and return to the New York lineup going hitless in New York’s 8–2 loss to the rallying Browns at the Polo Grounds. The Browns, down 2–0 after 7, score one in the 8th and 7 in the 9th, six of them coming after the game-ending out is called by ump Ollie Chill at first base. Pitcher Sam Jones, taking the throw at 1B from Wally Pipp, apparently makes the 3rd out and fans swarm the field. But Jones does not hold onto the ball cleanly and plate ump Brick Owens instructs Chill to make a safe call. The tying run scores on the play and, when the action resumes 15 minutes later, Wally Gerber singles to make the score 3–2. Walks to Sisler and Williams force home another run, and Baby Doll Jacobson clears the bases with a grand slam into the RF stands to complete the scoring. Winner Urban Shocker allows just three hits, including a two-run homer by second baseman Aaron Ward. The loss to Jones starts him on a 10-game losing streak, while a cold Ban Johnson will let umpire Ollie Chill go after the season.

The Indians, behind Tris Speaker’s first grand slam, beat the Red Sox 5–2. The reinstated Bill Piercy is the losing pitcher.

22nd Down 3–0 to the Browns’ Vangilder, Babe Ruth finally puts the Yankees on the board with a homer in the 8th, his first of the year. The host Yankees win in the 13th when Ev Scott’s single off Hub Pruett scores Bob Meusel. New York now leads the Browns by 3 games. Jack Tobin has a bunt single to run his consecutive game hitting streak to 20. It will finish at 21.

23rd George Sisler and Frank Baker match homers as the Browns and Yankees go into the 7th tied 3-3. Ken Williams #12, with 2 on, gives St. Louis a 6–3 lead, and Browns add 5 more off reliever Lefty O’Doul to win, 11–3. Urban Shocker is the winner as the Browns stay in 2nd place by 2 games. For Sisler, it is his 8th multi-hit game in the last 10. In a 6th inning infield single by Wally Pipp, George Sisler grabs the ball and tosses it to pitcher Urban Shocker, who is supposed to be covering first. When Sisler sees that Shocker is slow covering the bag he hustles over and catches his own throw (as noted in Retrosheet).

25th  Babe Ruth is suspended one day and fined $200 for throwing dirt on ump George Hildebrand after being called out at 2B while trying to stretch a single in the 3rd. Babe then goes into the stands after a heckler and is restrained by GM Ed Barrow. On his way to the CF clubhouse Ruth gestures to another heckler in RF. Babe gets stripped of his title as team captain as a result. New York beats the visiting Nationals, 6–4.

In the 1st inning of game 1 against the Robins, Phillies pitcher Bill Hubbell is hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of Tommy Griffith and fractures his skull. Hubbell will return to pitch in 35 games this year. Brooklyn sweeps a pair, winning 8–7 and 9–6 as Jimmy Johnston hits for the cycle.

26th In the nitecap at the Polo Grounds, Heinie Groh walks 5 times as New York pounds the Braves, 10–2.

In Chicago, White Sox OF Bibb Falk singles with one out in the 8th to break Urban Shocker’s bid for a perfect game. Ray Schalk’s double ties the game, and the Sox score an unearned run in the 10th to win, 2–1. Red Faber is the winner over the Browns Urban Shocker. The Sox win the 2ndgame, 3–2, scoring the winner again on an unearned run.

27th The Phillies end their 12-game losing streak by beating Brooklyn 3–2. The loss ends Brooklyn’s 8-game winning skein.

28th The Giants whip the Phils, 8–1, overcoming 4 errors by New York 2B Frankie Frisch.

29th  The U.S. Supreme Court rules baseball is not interstate commerce, and the Baltimore Feds lose their case. By a resounding 9-0 decision, Major League Baseball is not considered interstate commerce under the Sherman Anti Trust Act. The request for a rehearing will be denied.

The Browns top Detroit, 9–6, paced by Ken Williams grand slam in the 3rdinning. Harry Heilmann and Ty Cobb get into an argument with the umpires and will be suspended, missing tomorrow’s twinbill.

In the 9th inning at Ebbets Field, pinch hitter Clarence Mitchell, batting for starter Leon Cadore, hits a two-run homer, but the Dodgers come up short, losing to Boston, 5-4. Mitchell’s blast is the first pinch homer by a Dodger pitcher.

Against Philadelphia, the Yankees plate 7 runs in the 7th to beat the Athletics, 7–4. Carl Mays is the winner, notching his 20th straight victory over the A’s.

30th  Between games of the Memorial Day a.m.-p.m. doubleheader, the Cubs swap OF Max Flack to the Cards for OF Cliff Heathcote. Flack, who lives just 3 blocks from Cubs Park, went home for lunch between games, and arrived back in the Cubs clubhouse to find that he’d been traded. The players, who both played in the morning game, trade uniforms and play for their new teams in the afternoon. Heathcote is 0-for-3 as a Card, 2-for-4 as a Cub. Flack is hitless in the first game, 1–for-4 in the 2nd, as the Cubs win both, 4–1 and 3–1. George Stueland wins the opener and Vic Aldridge is the winner in the afternoon. In the nitecap, Cubs SS Charlie Hollocher strikes out for the first time this year, on a Bill Doak spitter. A .304 career hitter, he will whiff 5 times in 1922. In 3 years he will fan 33 times in 372 games.

With the score at 8–8 in the bottom of the 10th inning in game 2 of a Giants-Phils twin bill at Baker Bowl, C Butch Henline bats with Cy Williams on 1B and Curt Walker on 3B. Henline lines an apparent 3-run HR into the LF stands, and Walker scores the winning run. Henline reaches 2B before heading for the CF clubhouse, but as Williams had not scored at that point, Henline is credited with just a double, making the final score 9–8. The Philadelphia Evening Bulletin noted that, “it would have been a home run if Henline had completed the circuit, but they were serving ice cream and frankfurters in the clubhouse and when he reached second base his feet naturally strayed through center field.”

George Burns, now a member of the Reds, steals home against the Pirates in the 3rd on the front end of a double steal with Greasy Neale,. It is his 28th career steal of home and gives him a new NL record formerly held by Honus Wagner. The Reds win the opener, 9–3, then lose game 2, 7–3, to Johnny Morrison.

Playing without Heilmann and Cobb, the Tigers down the Browns, 6–5 in the A.M. game. The Browns Urban Shocker then allows just one run in 14 1/3 innings before he and Tobin are tossed out of the game for protesting umpire Owens ball and strike calls. Tobin’s argument gets him a week’s suspension. The Browns win, 2–1, in the 16th on catcher Pat Collins single. Hub Pruett picks up the win, striking out 4 of the last 5 batters.

31st In his first and only ML appearance at the plate, Reds third string catcher Red Lutz doubles in an 11–2 loss at Pittsburgh. Lutz will retire with a 1.000 average.

1922 June

2nd The Browns Urban Shocker scatters 14 hits, while the Browns tally the same number, in beating Chicago, 12–4. Ken Williams homers in the Browns 7-run 3rd.

3rd  In a 5–4 win over Detroit, Indians 1B Stuffy McInnis makes an error, his first in 167 games. The streak began May 30, 1921 and that was his only error of the 1921 campaign. Stuffy handled 1,531 chances during the streak. McInnis will make 4 more errors this year but his .997 fielding average will be good enough for him to lead the league for a 6th time.

4th At the Polo Grounds, Carl Mays collects 3 hits and beats the A’s for the 21st straight time. The Yanks win, 8–3. Ruth clouts a 3-run homer over the RF fence for New York.

5th At Rochester, the Yankees lose to the Rochester Tribe (later the Red Wings), 4-3.

6th Bobby Veach leads the Tiger offense with a grand slam as Detroit overwhelms Philadelphia, 14-1. Ty Cobb drives in another 4 runs on a double and a triple.

8th Red Sox Elmer Smith hits a grand slam off the Browns Elam Vangilder as the Sox build a 7–1 lead, Tobin homers, but the 2nd place Browns fall short, 7–5.

9th  James C. Dunn, who brought Cleveland its first pennant as Indians president in 1920, dies. He is succeeded by former newspaperman Ernest S. Barnard, who will later become AL president.

At Chicago, the Yankees use a courtesy runner against the White Sox (as noted by Retrosheet). On a 2-out single to SS, Wally Schang is injured in the 6th inning when he slides into 1B, and is replaced by Al De Vormer. After the 3rd out, Schang returns to catching. When Schang reaches base in the 8th, De Vormer again runs for him, this time staying in to catch. The Sox win, 6-2, but New York remains 2.5 games ahead of St. Louis.

10th  The Giants raise their WS pennant on George Burns Day; it’s the first appearance at the Polo Grounds for the popular outfielder, now with the Reds after 10 years in a Giants uniform. The Giants win, 3–2.

In St. Louis, Babe Ruth’s 2-run homer in the 3rd, off Urban Shocker, ties the game. Shocker then plunks Frank Baker, and a double, single, two errors on the same play, and sac fly score 4 more. Shocker then sends Carl Mays sprawling on 3 straight pitches before walking him, and fires his 1stpitch right at Whitey Witt. The Yanks score 6 off Shocker, and another 6 off relievers to win, 14–5. A foul fly in the 7th beans St. Louis owner Phil Ball, sitting behind the dugout. He has a slight concussion and requires 4 stitches.

11th Insisting on another start, Urban Shocker is again beaten by the Yankees, 8–4. New York scores 3 in the 7th on a walk, 3 hits, and a Williams throwing error. Gene Robertson, a subs adds the game’s topper in the 7th when he lifts a high fly behind the Browns’ dugout and the ball strikes owner Phil Ball on the cheek giving him a mild concussion and requiring 4 stitches. Following the game, Shocker will miss 3 weeks in June and July because of a thigh injury, but he still racks up 348 innings, 2nd in the AL.

12th  The Cards get 10 straight hits in the 6th to beat the Phils 14–8, tying their own ML record of September 17, 1920. One of the hits is a smash over the short RF fence with 2 men on by SS Specs Toporcer, the first nonpitcher to wear glasses. But Toporcer’s first homer is negated when he passes base runner Doc Lavan. Specs is credited with a single. Rogers Hornsby is 4-for-4 with 5 RBIs, and Jack Smith has 4 hits. Roy Walker is the winner.

Irish Meusel’s grand slam and triple sparks the Giants to a 9-3 victory over the Reds. The Giants open a bit of room and now lead the NL by 3 games.

Brown’s rookie Herb Pruett K’s Babe Ruth 3 times en route to a 7–1 win over the Yankees. He allows 6 hits. Ruth will go 4-for-12 with 7 K’s against the less-than-hard throwing southpaw, who will finish his career with a 29–48 record. The Browns collect 9 hits including 2 homers off Bullet Joe Bush—a 2-run homer in the 1st by Williams and a solo by John Tobin—in pinning the only loss that Bush will suffer against St. Louis. Bush will get revenge on his next outing, running up a winning streak of 17 against the Browns.

13th In the final game of the 4-game series in St. Louis, the Browns earn a split by pasting the Yankees, 13–4, behind Dave Danforth. George Sisler’s base-loaded triple in the 5-run 6th is the big blow. St. Louis trails the Yankees by 2.5 games.

14th At St. Louis, the Browns spot the Senators’ Walter Johnson a 5–0 lead, then come back on George Sisler’s grand slam to win, 7–6. Bill Bayne takes the loss while Rasty Wright is the winner.

Despite 3 errors by SS Harvey McClellan in the 8th inning, the White Sox edge the A’s, 6–5. Red Faber beats Fred Heimach. McClellan fumbles one ball, makes a wild throw and fails to cover 2B on a throw for his three errors.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants demolish the Pirates, 13–0, behind the pitching of Phil Douglas, and now lead the NL by 5 games. For the Buccaneers, it is their first shutout of the year. They’ll suffer only one more whitewash to lead the NL, after being shutout the most (14) last season.

15th The Browns beat the Senators, 3–2, on Marty McManus’s bounce home run.

16th In a 7–6 12-inning loss to the Cubs, Braves OF Fred Nicholson racks up 4 errors today, one short of the ML mark set in 1902 by Kip Selbach. While the NL mark is 5 errors in a game, Nicholson’s mark is the most in the NL since 1893. Ray Grimes hits a homer in the top of the 12th for the Cubs to win it.

17th The Yankees lose at Detroit, 9–8 as both teams combine for a AL record 9 triples. Detroit has six three-baggers. Huggins protests the game in the 7th when umpire Hildebrand refuses his claim for a triple on Ward’s drive that Cobb went back into the crowd to catch.

19th  In the Yankees 8th straight loss, a 3–2 decision to the Indians, Babe Ruth explodes at umpire Bill Dinneen and gets tossed. He’ll receive a two-day suspension, his 4th suspension of the year, when he continues to complain tomorrow about the umpire. Again, it was a call at 2B that sets the Bambino off, although he was in the field this time.

The host Robins score 4 runs in the 9th to tie the Pirates, then plate the winner in the 14th on a Zach Wheat single to win, 6-5. Art Decatur pitches 5 innings of shutout relief for the victory. In the 3rd, Pirate catcher Johnny Gooch steals home on the front end of a double steal; Gooch will have 11 steals in his 11-year career.

21st The Robins collect 19 hits to Pittsburgh’s 25 but Brooklyn wins, 15–14, scoring three runs on three errors in the 10th. Burleigh Grimes wins in relief. For the Bucs, Carson Bigbee has 5 hits, including 2 doubles and a triple, while Ross Barnhart has 4 hits and 4 RBIs. Three players have 3 hits for Brooklyn. Pittsburgh loses for the 8th time in 9 contests and are now in 4th place.

23rd    At Chicago, Harry Hooper lines a 10th inning inside-the-park homer to give the White Sox a 6-5 victory over the Indians.

24th In a doubleheader sweep of the Yankees at Fenway, Boston’s Ev Scott plays in his 900th straight game. Boston wins the opener, 12-7, as Reb Russell goes 8.1 innings in relief of Rip Collins. Bill Piercy, with the Yankees last year, wins the second game, 5-2, for his first victory of the season. George Burns helps the win by nabbing Chick Fewster with a hidden ball trick at 1B. The 2nd place Yankees have now lost 12 of their last 14 games, but stay a half game ahead of the Tigers, losers today.

27th In the White Sox 9-5 win, catcher Ray Schalk hits for the cycle against the Tigers. He’s just the 2nd ML catcher to cycle. Not until 1977 will another White Sox player match him.

Despite a grand slam by the Cubs Kettle Wirtz, off Whitey Glazner, the Pirates sweep a pair winning, 6-1 and 7-6.

28th  Walter Johnson wins another 1–0 battle, this one over the Yankees, for his 3rd straight shutout and 97th in all. Johnson strikes out 9. Waite Hoyt losses a tough one, allowing just 2 hits in the first 8 innings. Earl Smith’s double in the 9th drives home the winner.

Christy Mathewson, in a Saranac sanitarium for treatment of tuberculosis, throws out the first pitch for a game at Saranac Lake, NY.

29th  In an 8–5 Cardinals win over host Pittsburgh, Rogers Hornsby connects for a home run between the RF bleachers and the scoreboard. He is the first slugger to put one out there at Forbes Field.

30th Brooklyn and Boston play 9 innings in one hour: 12 minutes, with Boston winning 3–2. Neither pitcher, Leon Cadore or Dana Fillingim, record a strikeout or walk a man, and neither catcher, DeBerry and Gowdy have a putout or assist, though each have passed balls.

1922 July

1st At Chicago, the White Sox are victorious over the Tigers, 7-3, with Bibb Falk providing the margin with a grand slam in the 1st inning, off Hooks Dauss.

At Boston, Robins hurler Dutch Ruether bats and pitches Brooklyn to a 1-0 win in 10 innings. His 10th-inning double, off starter Mule Watson, drives in batterymate Hank DeBerry. Ruether is now 14-3.

2nd  A’s OF Tilly Walker hits 2 HRs, giving him 4 in 2 days, as the A’s lose to New York 9–3. He will finish with 37 for the year, 2 ahead of Ruth. The Athletics, with the AL’s winningest pitcher in Eddie Rommel (27-13) and losingest in Slim Harriss (9-20) will lead the AL with 114 HRs and climb out of the cellar.

3rd Bob Meusel hits for the cycle for the 2nd time in his career to pace the Yankees to a 12–1 whipping of the Athletics. Meusel and Ruth go back-to-back in the 7th as Carl Mays cruises to his 22nd straight win over the Athletics. As noted by historian Ted Farmer, all of the wins have been complete games.

5th  The Cards’ Rogers Hornsby hits his 20th HR, tying Ken Williams of the AL for HR leadership. and the Cards whip the Reds, 12–4.

In the Cubs 6-run 2nd, catcher Bob O’Farrell steals home on the front end of a double steal, and the Cubs roll to an 11-5 win over the host Pirates.

The first game ever played in Hungary takes place in Budapest.

6th  Red Sox owner Harry Frazee cancels today’s doubleheader with the Browns for no apparent reason. Browns VP Walter Fritsch, traveling with the team, is furious and as quoted in the St. Louis Post Dispatch accuses Frazee of doing this so that the Browns will have to play three doubleheaders in 3 days and thus aid the Yankees, a team the Browns play on July 11. The rules will be changed at the winter meetings to put the decision to cancel games in the hands of the umpires rather than the owners.

The Yankees move to a game in back of the idle Browns by beating visiting Cleveland twice, 10-3 and 11-3. Babe Ruth contributes a grand slam off Duster Mails.

7th  George Kelly of the Giants hits a homer in the 18th as New York outlasts Pittsburgh, 9-8. Pirates OF Max Carey is the busiest man on the field as he gets 6 hits, and draws 3 walks. His two-day binge garners him a consecutive hits streak of 9 straight, the second of his career. He adds 3 SBs, including one of home, and catches 7 flies. His 51 stolen bases in 53 attempts is the highest success rate ever achieved by a SB leader, remarkable in a season where the league average success rate on steals is 54%. His record of 31 straight steals without being caught will be broken by Davey Lopes’ 38 in 1975. Johnny Gooch also has 6 hits in the losing effort.

At Washington, the Tigers sweep a pair from the Senators, winning 7-6 and 11-9. Tiger pinchhitter Larry Woodall becomes the first American Leaguer to collect two hits in an inning when he connects in the 9thinning rally in game 2.

Commissioner Landis bars ML teams from playing in Montreal.

8th  Reds righthander Pete Donohue beats the Phils 7–1. A 3-time 20-game winner in 9 years with the Reds, Donohue will beat the Phils 20 straight times.

The Giants score 5 runs in the 1st inning, 4 on a grand slam by George Kelly, but that’s all they can do against Wilbur Cooper. The Pirates win, 7-5.

10th The Giants unleash a 28-hit attack in game 1, to squash the Pirates, 19-2. Pitcher Art Nehf has three hits as does his batterymate Frank Snyder, who has a pair of triples, and drives in 5 runs. Frankie Frisch has 4 hits, Irish Meusel is 4-for-4 with 6 RBIs, and Dave Bancroft has 5 hits. A footnote in the game is Bucs pinch hitter Art Merewether, who goes hitless in his one ML at bat. He will later graduate from MIT, the only big leaguer to do so, and captain their baseball team. Pittsburgh wins game 2, 5-4, scoring two runs in the 8th and one in the 9th.

11th In the first of 4 games in New York, the Yankees edge the first-place Browns, 2–1, as the Browns hand New York two “home runs.” Aaron Ward hits a liner that bounces off the glove of a leaping Ken Williams and goes into the LF stands for a home run. In the 6th Tobin makes 2 errors on one play as he drops a Babe Ruth fly ball near the RF foul line allowing Babe to take second. Babe continues to 3B and a surprised Tobin then bounces his throw into the stands behind third allowing Ruth to score the tie breaker. Urban Shocker is the loser as the Browns lead is cut to a half game.

12th Hub Pruett fans Babe Ruth 3 times as the Browns top New York, 7–4. Two bases-loaded singles in the 8th score 4 runs for the Browns. Tomorrow’s game will be rained out and the Yankees will win on the 14thto stay a half game back.

13th Cardinal P Bill Doak misses a no-hitter when he neglects to cover 1B on an infield single by Phillie OF Curt Walker in the 7th. Jack Fournier, playing 1B, fields the ball but Doak fails to cover the bag. Doak still wins the game 1–0. This is the 2nd time Doak has lost a no-hitter by failing to cover 1B, and his 2nd one hitter this year. Rookie John Singleton is the loser.

At Chicago, Heinie Groh of the Giants gets a three-run homer when the ball rolls under the fence. But the Cubs win 5-4, in 12 innings.

14th Cleveland pushes across 5 runs in the last two innings to trip the hapless Red Sox, 5-3, at Fenway. Eddie Foster has 4 hits for the Hubmen while Del Pratt has 3 hits to extend his hitting streak to 23 games. This is the longest by a Sox second sacker until Dustin Pedroia tops it in 2011. The game draws a record low attendance for Fenway of just 68 fans (as noted by Red Sox historian Bill Nowlin. He cites the Chicago Tribune as the source. All five Boston papers report no less than 2,800 in attendance, Nowlin says.).

16th George Sisler drives in the first run with a sac fly against Walter Johnson and the Browns top the Senators, 2–0.

17th  At Boston, Ty Cobb gets 5 hits (and a walk) in a game for the 4th time this year, setting an AL mark. His previous 5-hit contests were on May 7th, July 7th, and July 12th. Only Willie Keeler has done it before. The Tigers roar, 16–7. overcoming a 5–0 deficit after one inning.

18th Ray Grimes celebrates his return to the Cubs lineup with a HR, double, and 2 singles as Chicago thrashes the Phils 6–3. Grimes, who missed 10 days with an injury, has now driven in runs in 12 consecutive games.

At Fenway, Bobby Veach hits his second grand slam of the year but his Tigers still fall to the Red Sox, 6-5.

19th At Sportsman’s Park, Rogers Hornsby belts a 2-out 9th inning HR with two men on the give the Cards a 7–6 win over Boston. It is the Rajah’s 25th HR of the year, breaking Gavvy Cravath’s NL home run mark (post-1900). In two weeks, Hornsby will break the record of 27 homers set in 1884 by Chicago’s Ned Williamson.

20th In the third game of a four-game sweep—all come-from-behind victories—the Cardinals edge the Braves 5-4 in 10 innings.

At the Polo Grounds, the Reds edge the Giants, 2-1, as Eppa Rixey tops Fred Toney. Rube Benton pitches the 9th in what is his last appearance as a Giant. New York will hand Benton (5-2) is unconditional release and he will, surprisingly, pass through waivers. Benton’s admittance in the Black Sox scandal is assumed to be the cause, but nothing is ever stated. When Otto Knabe and Kansas City (AA) express interest in signing Benton, John McGraw suddenly pulls back the unconditional release and sends Rube to St. Paul (AA) where he will win 19 games this year.

21st The Cubs edge Brooklyn 1–0 as Grover Cleveland Alexander wins the duel with Dutch Ruether in just 73 minutes. Ray Grimes, who drove in 3 runs yesterday, doubles in the only Cub tally. Grimes now has RBIs in 15 straight games.

With Jack Fournier hitting a grand slam, the Cards score 6 runs in the 8thoff Mule Watson and beat the Braves, 6-1. The Birds are now four percentage points behind the Giants.

22nd  The Cards go into first place by a ½ game by beating Boston while the Reds are downing the Giants. It is the first time both St. Louis teams are ever on top together. St. Louis overcomes an 8–3 deficit in the 8th, to win, 9–8, again scoring 6 runs in the 8th. The game was halted to clear hundred of straw hats off the field. For the Cards, it is their 23rd win in 29 games, but from here on out they will slide.

23rd  When umpires Brick Owens and Tom Connolly miss a train, the Detroit and St. Louis trainers, Bits Bierhalter and Howley, are pressed into service. Detroit wins, 10-7.

The Yankees start planning for the Series when they pick up 3B Joe Dugan and one-time Cleveland WS hero Elmer Smith from Boston, giving up OF Elmer Miller, SS Chick Fewster, SS John Mitchell, and, later, P Lefty O’Doul, as well as $50,000. The contending Browns and other western clubs howl in protest and this deal will lead to a rule barring nonwaiver trades after June 15th.

Edd Roush ends his holdout and signs with the Reds.

Cubs 1B Ray Grimes homers in Chicago’s 4–1 win over the Dodgers, giving him at least one RBI per game for 17 in a row, a ML record. He’ll fail to drive in a run on the 25th against Boston. Grimes will hit .354 and drive in 99 runs for the year.

24th At Fenway, the Red Sox make it three in a row over the Yankees by sweeping a doubleheader, winning 12-7 and 5-2. Joe Dugan and Shano Collins combine for 6 hits and 5 RBIs in the opener, and total 10 hits in game 2 off Joe Bush. For Bush, it is his second loss to Boston in two days. He’ll have four losses to Boston this year, the first Yankee to do so.

26th In several pregame fights between Yankees teammates, Bob Meusel and Wally Schang duke it out in the dugout. Then Babe Ruth and Wally Pipp take a turn. The players then turn on the Browns, beating them 11–6. Ruth bangs two homers, Pipp adds another, and Schang chips in with a two-run triple.

Hugh McQuillan scatters 5 hits and scores the winning run after doubling in the 10th as the Braves beat the Cubs, 2-1. Pete Alexander is the loser sending his record to 12-10.

Patsy Gharrity hits a tie-breaking 9th inning homerun and his Senators edge the Tigers, 5-4, in Detroit.

27th Vangilder gives up a HR to Pipp in the 4th but leads, 2–1 going in to the 8th inning. The Yankees jump on the Browns starter and Kolp for 4 runs before the Browns tie with 3 in the 9th. Dave Danforth comes on Fred Hofman on a pitch “that sailed a foot.” When Brick Owens exams the ball, he rules it was doctored, earning Danforth an automatic 10-day suspension. Reliever Wayne Wright comes on and serves up a game-winning HR to Wally Schang. Yanks win, 6–5.

28th The AL announces plans to erect a $100,000 monument to baseball in East Potomac Park, Washington. It never gets built.

At Ebbets Field, the Robins edge the Pirates, 3-2, behind Dazzy Vance. Max Carey has 4 steals for the Pirates, the first National Leaguer to do so in a game since Carey stole 4 in a 1913 contest.

The Yanks move back into first when Sad Sam Jones beats Ray Kolp, 7–3. Kolp lasts just 2 innings before Bill Bayne takes over for the final 7 and allows 2 runs. Ken Williams hits his 23rd but Whitey Witt counters with a 3-run HR.

29th At the Polo Grounds, the under-performing Pirates crack 5 homers and trounce the league-leading Giants, 8–3. Max Carey hits two and starter Wilbur Cooper another.

The Browns host the Red Sox and beat them, 4–1, behind Urban Shocker. However, both George Sisler and C Hank Severeid are injured, the latter with a split finger on a foul tip. Sisler is spiked in the 4th.

30th  The Pirates again top the Giants, 7–0, as Max Carey bangs another two home runs. The Pirates will win 2 more to sweep the four-game series with the Giants.

The Giants send pitchers Fred Toney and Larry Benton and Harry Hulihan to the Braves with $100,000 for righthander Hugh McMillan. Toney refuses to report and stays in New York. When Benton develops into a consistent pitcher, the Giants will buy him back. The Giants also sell P Rube Benton to the Reds, though he will not play for Cincinnati until 1923. Benton is under suspension for activities related to gambling. Rube testified about the 1919 World Series, and said that Buck Herzog and Hal Chase offered him money to throw a game between the Giants and Cubs during the 1919 season. He said a bartender would back up his story, though the bartender could not be located. Benton also said that he had won money on the Reds after being tipped off by Chase. Benton missed last season as well.

The Browns move to a 1½ game lead, beating the Red Sox, 4–1, as the White Sox beat New York. Ken Williams hits #26, one of 3 Brownie bombs.

31st  Behind the 4 RBIs of Reb Russell, the Pirates swat the Giants, 12-5. Russell, a former pitcher, was picked up 10 days ago from the Minneapolis Millers after he hit 17 homers in 77 games. Reb will platoon with Clyde Barnhart and will finish the season with 12 HRs, 75 RBIs, and a .368 average in 60 games.

1922 August

1st At the Polo Grounds, the Pirates pummel the Giants for the fourth straight game, beating the NL leaders, 10-2. The margin of the losses in the four games is 27 runs, a mark that the Giants won’t approach until 2017 (22 runs in a 3-game set with the Reds). New York is now tied with the Cardinals for first place. In the AL, the Browns lead by two games.

3rd The first place Browns beat the visiting A’s, 9–5 behind Wright. Bill Jacobson homers twice to drive in 5 runs and Pat Collins adds a 3-run homer. 3B Herm Bronkie contributes 3 errors for St. Louis, and Jimmy Austin will take over the hot corner tomorrow.

4th  The Cards pass New York and move into first again, as the Cubs score a 3–2 win over the Giants, scoring 3 runs in the 9th inning. The Giants split for the afternoon, winning the 2nd game of the doubleheader, 2-1.

5th  Tommy McCarthy, a top outfielder in the 1890s, dies at 58. He will enter the Hall of Fame in 1946. On the 14th, an all-star team will beat the Red Sox in a benefit game that raises more than $5,000 for his family.

Pittsburgh roughs up Boston starter Rube Marquard and beats the last place Braves 9–3. Johnny Morrison is the winner as all 9 Pirates in the lineup have a hit.

George Kelly has 5 hits to pace a 27-hit barrage by the Giants, who swamp the visiting Cubs, 19-7. Irish Meusel has 4 hits and 4 runs.

The Brooklyn Dodgers sweep a pair from the visiting Reds, as Dazzy Vance beats Dolf Luque in the opener, 5–0. In the nitecap, pitcher Leon Cadore hits a game ending homer in the 10th to win, 3–2.

6th In St. Louis, Walter Johnson gives up the first grand slam of his career, a 3rd inning shot by Jack Tobin, as the Browns top the Senators, 8–4. George Sisler is 2-for-2 against the Big Train, as Urban Shocker picks up the victory.

At Columbus (AA), Charles Pechous of the Senators pulls off an unassisted triple play against Minneapolis, but they still lose, 15-5.

7th  Ken Williams hits 2 HRs (#29 and #30) in the 6th inning, off starter George Mogridge and reliever Eric Erickson, as the Browns score 9 times against Washington in a 16–1 win. Williams is the first to do so since Bobby Lowe in 1894. Both homers follow doubles by Baby Doll Jacobson, also tying a ML record, as the Browns establish a ML record (since 1893) of 7 extra base hits in the frame. Jacobson also gets called out in the 1stinning for batting out of turn.

A NL record ten Pirates collect 2 or more hits as the Pirates tally 22 hits to pound the 7th-place Phillies, 17–10. The Phils knock out the Bucs ace Wilbur Cooper, scoring 6 runs in 2 2/3 innings, but the Pirates score 8 in the 4th to take the lead. Three Pirate pitchers are 5-for-5 at the plate, including Whitey Glazner’s home run, and the only Buc batter to not contribute two safeties is cleanup hitter Clyde Barnhart. Vet infielder Jimmy Smith homers off of Cooper, his last ML roundtripper.

8th  Pittsburgh makes a ML record 46 hits in a doubleheader against Philadelphia. Pittsburgh sweeps, winning 19-8 and 7-3. With their 27 hits in game one, and 22 the day before, a two-game ML record (49) is set. In today’s double pounding, the hitting stars are Reb Russell and Cotton Tierney, each of whom collect 8 hits (Both with 5 in game 1) and each scores 5 runs in game 1. Russell collects 7 RBIs. The Phillies are no slouches in game 1 either as Frank Parkinson and Curt Walker have 4 hits apiece and Johnny Mokan hits a grand slam.

The Red Sox collect 21 hits against Cleveland in a 15–6 win at Fenway. Cleveland manager Tris Speaker retaliates by hitting two homers over the RF wall.

Tom Zachary and the Senators beat the Browns Dixie Davis, 3–1, cutting the St. Louis lead in the AL to a game.

The Giants Shufflin’ Phil Douglas is suspended and fined $100 by John McGraw. (Douglas, an alcoholic, and McGraw did not enjoy the best of relationships after McGraw forced Douglas to undergo a terrible treatment for alcoholism.) Douglas writes a letter to St. Louis Cardinals OF Les Mann, his former roommate at Chicago, offering to disappear if they make it worth his while, lest he help McGraw win the pennant. Mann turns the letter over to Branch Rickey, who relays it to Commissioner Landis. In Pittsburgh on the August 16, Douglas admits he wrote the letter, and Landis bars him from baseball for life. Sadly, when Douglas sobered up he asked Mann to destroy the letter, but Mann had already passed it on. Douglas was 11-4 at the time, with the lowest ERA on the club (2.63).

9th With the score even at 6 apiece, the Browns score 2 in the 7th off reliever Walter Johnson to beat the Senators, 8–6. The Browns finish an 11–5 home stand.

10th The Pirates continue their hot hitting, crushing the Phils 14–4 on 16 hits. Today’s hitting stars are LF Carson Bigbee with 5 hits, and starter Hal Carlson, who lofts his first ML homer. The remarkable team effort results in the 5th game in a row in which every Pirate in the lineup collects a hit. The Bucs have now won 11 straight and their team average is .309. The Bucs will win 2 more to run their streaks to 13 games—good enough for 3rd place behind the Giants. In tomorrow’s game, only SS Jim Tierney will fail to collect a hit.

11th  At Fenway, the Red Sox execute a 9th inning triple play (2-5-3-5) against Washington, but the Senators still prevail, 5-4.

12th  The Wichita Falls Spudders (Texas League), winners of 24 games in a row, face a tough opponent in grandfathered Dallas spitballer Snipe Conley. Halfway through the game, Conley complains of a burning sensation on his lips and mouth, limiting his ability to throw his specialty. The Spudders eventually win, 4-3, but when the ball is examined later its revealed that a creosote compound was rubbed into the seams, Dallas protests the game. League prexy J. Doak Roberts upholds the protest, ending the Spudders streak at 24, 3 short of the record.

Babe Adams allows 4 hits as the Pirates shut out the Reds, 6-0, for their 13th straight win.

On a damp day, the Giants take over first place by twice beating the host Robins, winning 11-5 and 3-1. Kelly has a homer, double and 2 singles in the opener, and Earl Smith adds a 2-run homer.

13th  The New York Yankees Everett Scott nears 1,000 consecutive games played, but it takes an extra effort to keep the streak alive. He spends $40 to hire a car to get to Chicago in time for the game after a train he is on is wrecked. Washington wins, 3-2.

Led by SS Charles Hollocher’s 3 triples the Cubs cook the Cardinals, 16–5. Hollocher is in the middle of his best season, and will hit .340 while leading the loop in fielding for the 2nd straight year.

14th  Lizzie Murphy of the Providence all-stars, plays 1B for an AL all-star team in an exhibition game against the Boston Red Sox, making her the first female to play for a ML team. Other all-stars are Chick Shorten, Tillie Walker, Frank Bruggy, Bootnose Hoffman, Jim Bagby, Nick Altrock, and Donnie Bush. The all-stars win 3–2 when Doc Johnson triples home Pep Young in the 10th. The proceeds benefit the family of former Sox player and manager Tommy McCarthy. The future Hall of Famer passed away August 5.

15th  In a game between Chicago and Boston, 35 singles are hit—21 by the White Sox, 14 by the Red Sox—an AL record. Chicago wins the hit parade, 19–11.

16th The Browns beat Walter Johnson and the Senators again, 11–2. Brownie star George Sisler is 1-for-5 with a run scored.

In Philadelphia, the A’s hang on for a 10-9 win over the Indians. Cleveland pinchhitter Bill Gardner collects 2 hits in an 8th inning rally, tying a league record set last month.

In Pittsburgh, trailing 7–6 the Pirates load the bases with two outs before Walter Schmidt drives a ball to deep left center. Giants LF Casey Stengel makes a dramatic catch on the dead run to preserve the New York win.

18th Irish Meusel leads the offense for the first-place Giants as he drives in 5 runs on 5 hits, including a homer, in 17–11 victory over the Cubs. The Giants score 10 runs in the 5th inning. Burleigh Grimes has 4 hits and 6 RBIs for the Cubs.

19th In Philadelphia, the Browns and A’s split a pair, with St. Louis taking the opener, 9–5. Urban Shocker is backed by Ken Williams 31st HR. He hits his 32nd in the nitecap, but the A’s win, 6–5, when Bing Miller bangs a 2-run HR in the 8th off Rasty Wright. The split allows the Yankees, winner over Chicago, to move back into first place.

20th The Reds sweep a pair from the visiting Robins, winning 10-5 and 4-3 in 10 innings. In game 1, Brooklyn P Burleigh Grimes combines with his batterymate Bernie Hungling on a double steal, with Hungling swiping home as the Robins do all their scoring in the frame. Grimes will have 15 stolen bases in his career. In the 2nd game Ray Schmandt hits leadoff doubles in the 4th and 10th for Brooklyn, but he is stranded on the latter and caught with a hidden ball trick on the former.

Ban Johnson hands out fines to the Yankees and White Sox for their play during a game on August 1, eventually rained out in less than five innings. The Yanks gets their fines for stalling, the Sox get theirs for deliberately making outs to speed up the game. Huggins gets a $100 fine, while $25 fines are handed out to Faber, Schalk, Falk, Scott, Meusel, Hoyt and Schang.

21st With homers by Welch and Perkins in the 1st inning, the A’s jump to a 5–0 lead over the Browns, and hold on for a 7–6 win. George Sisler has a pair of hits to stay in the batting lead and Ken Williams runs his consecutive batting streak to 25 games. The idle Yankees lead by a full game.

In Boston, the Tigers score 10 runs in the 6th inning to blast the Red Sox, 16-3. Emory Rigney reaches base twice in the frame on errors, the first player to do that. Veach is 3-for-3 with 4 runs scored.

22nd At the Polo Grounds, Indians P George Uhle singles in the 6th inning and the Yankees (as noted by Retrosheet) allow a courtesy pinch runner Les Nunnamaker while Uhle gets his shoe repaired. Uhle returns to mound to finish the game, winning, 6–2. The loss drop New York to 2ndplace behind St. Louis. Everett Scott keeps his consecutive game streak alive with a $40 cab ride (as noted by historian Craig Wright). Scott was involved in a train wreck and needed the expensive taxi ride to get to the Polo Grounds.

At Boston, the Browns beat the Red Sox behind reliever Elam Vangilder, who takes over for Wright in the 4th inning with 2 on and a 4–1 lead. Williams and Sisler each have 2 stolen bases.

The Tigers claw the A’s winning, 6-4 and 17-3. Lu Blue scores 5 runs in the second game.

23rd Shortstop Bobby LaMotte hits his first ML homer, a grand slam off Dixie Leverett, and the Senators beat the Tigers, 11-3.

24th The Browns collect 20 hits and score 9 runs in the first 2 innings to stun the Red Sox, 13–2. Ken Williams extends his hitting streak to 28 games, but it will be stopped here.

Love them Philley cheese dogs. Harry Heilmann and Lu Blue each hit a triple and homer and score 3 runs as the Tigers outslug the host A’s, 11-8. For Heilmann it is his 10th homer in 12 games in Philadelphia this year, a ML record that won’t be matched this century.

Les Mann hits a 6th inning grand slam as the Cardinals hold on for a 12-11 shootout with Boston. Walter Holke is 4-for-4 with 4 RBIs for Boston.

25th  You can’t blame it on the wind as one of the most poorly pitched ML games ever played takes place in Chicago. The Cubs edge the Phils 26–23 in a game that features 51 hits, 23 walks, and 10 errors. The Phils have the bases loaded in the 9th when the game ends, making a total of 16 left on base; the Cubs leave 9. When the Cubs score 14 runs in the 4th to take a 25–6 lead, OF Marty Callaghan bats 3 times (a since tied record), getting 2 hits and striking out. Modern ML records are set or tied for total runs (49, by two teams) and hits, most players scoring runs (Phils, 13), and most players scoring 2+ runs (Cubs, 9), most plate appearances (66, by the Phils including 8 by Frank Parkinson). The 14-run inning ties the Yankees’ mark of July 6, 1920; The Phils add a run in the 4th to make the two-team total of 15 a record for the inning, as is the 2nd inning total of 13—ten from the Cubs side and 3 from the Phils. Cliff Heathcote of the Cubs sets a modern NL record by reaching base 7 times in the 9-inning game. Hack Miller helps run up the Chicago total with 3-run homers in the 2nd and 4th innings. His first blast is just the 2nd homer to reach the centerfield scoreboard, located at ground level in Cubs Park: Hornsby hit the first last year. A team-record 13 players score runs for the Phils. Tony Kaufmann is the winner over Jimmy Ring, who allows 10 runs in the 2ndand is not lifted until the 4th. Ring allows 16 runs, 6 earned: on the 10thhe gave up 14 runs, 6 earned. Today’s game is a surprisingly short 3:01.

In the first of a doubleheader before a sold-out Polo Grounds, the Browns beat the Yankees, 3–1, behind Urban Shocker. Waite Hoyt is the loser, but stops Ken Williams hit streak at 28 consecutive games. George Sisler hits in his 24th straight game. In game 2, the Yankee jump to a 2–0 lead on Ruth’s 2-run triple, then extend it to 6–1 behind Joe Bush. The Browns close to 6–5, but that is it. St. Louis is a half game ahead of New York.

26th The Yankees take over first place by beating the Browns, 9–2, behind Carl Mays. Rasty Wright is the loser.

At Washington, the Tigers beat the Senators, 8-5, but suffer a severe blow to their pennant hopes when Harry Heilmann breaks his right shoulder and will miss the rest of the season. Heilmann had 2 hits today and an 11 game hitting streak to go with .355 batting average. Shortstop Topper Rigney is 4-for-4 today and manager Cobb is hoping the rookie will help fill in the loss of Heilmann. The Tigers are in 3rd place, 5.5 game behind the Yankees.

Pittsburgh beats visiting Brooklyn, 7-5, as Reb Russell runs his consecutive game hitting streak to 20. It stops here. Rabbit Maranville has a pair of triples and 3 RBIs.

27th The Yankees increase their lead by beating the Browns, 2–1, in 11 innings on Meusel’s sac fly. Hank Severeid’s HR is the only score for the Browns. An apparent 2-run double off the LF wall by Eddie Foster in the 10th is ruled foul by George Moriarty. The Yanks take the series, 3–1.

29th In Washington, Wally Pipp in the 3rd and Babe Ruth in the 4th, hit solo HRs off Walter Johnson as New York wins, 3–1. Sam Jones is the winner.

30th  After hitting HR No. 28 in the first inning, Babe Ruth argues too strongly over a called strike on his next AB, and he is thrown out of the game by Tommy Connolly. He’ll be suspended for the 5th time this year, and will be out for 3 days. New York wins today’s battle with Washington, 5–4, overcoming a pair of homeruns by Frank Brower.

1922 September

1st  Ed Rommel goes 11 innings to win his 21st as his A’s beat the Red Sox, 4-3. Chick Galloway’s homer in the 9th ties the score for Philadelphia. George Burns has 3 hits for the Sox to run his hit streak to 23 games. This is the longest by a Sox first sacker, and will be matched in 2007 by Kevin Youkilis.

At Sportsman’s Park, the Pirates and Cardinals split a pair. The Pirates win the opener, 14-4, as Reb Russell has a single, double and 2 homers to drive in 4 runs and score 4. Russell hits another homer in game 2, an 11-6 Cards retort. Cotton Tierney is hitless in game 2, stopping his consecutive game batting streak at 21 games.

2nd Behind Alex Ferguson and Bill Piercy, the Red Sox twice shut out the Senators, winning 3–0 and 1–0. Piercy bests Walter Johnson in game 2 when the Sox score in the 9th. The two games are played despite a 5+ inches of rain soaking the D.C. area, the biggest deluge since 1878. President Harding cancels a 6 p.m. golf outing upon learning that the Connecticut bridge, which he would have to cross, is a two-foot viaduct.

Carl Mays wins his AL record 23rd straight game over the Athletics, although the Mackmen knock him out of the box for the first time in his win streak. He leaves with one out in the 6th and the Yankees winning, 7–2. New York prevails, 11–6, in game 1, but the A’s win the nitecap, 4–0, behind Bob Hasty.

At Chicago, Pete Donohue is backed by a 21-hit barrage as the Reds beat the Cubs, 17-5. Pat Duncan homers in each of the first two innings and the Reds build a 15-0 margin. Duncan has 5 RBIs.

At Detroit, the Browns win their 2nd in a row over the Tigers, 5–4. Hub Pruett allows 3 hits in 4 innings to win in relief. George Sisler hits in his 30th consecutive game.

3rd The Giants pull off a 2nd inning triple play against the Phils. With runners on 1B and 2B, Jimmy Smith, in his last ML game, pops up and the infield fly rule is called. Although Smith is called out, Frisch fails to catch the ball, and the runners take off. Giants right fielder Ross Youngs picks the ball up and the relay catches runner Cliff Lee at 3B for out #2. 3B Heinie Groh’s throw and relay catch Sam Leslie at 1B for the 3rd out. The Giants then break a 7–7 tie in the 9th when Frankie Frisch scores from 2B on a muffed 6–3 play that Phils pitcher Jimmy Ring bobbles.

4th  At the start of the day, both New York teams are on top, and both Boston teams are on the bottom. But today, the Red Sox will take 2 and knock the AL leaders off their perch as they sweep the Yankees, 4–3 and 6–5. Babe Ruth hits his last regular season HR, in the Polo Grounds. He gets it off Herb Pennock, who also gave up Ruth’s first Yankee homer, also at the Polo Grounds.

At home, the Browns win decisively, beating the Indians, 10–3 and 13–2. Urban Shocker wins his 23rd in the morning and Ken Williams hits his 33rd. Sisler is 4-for-4 in the opener and 3-for-5 in game 2 to run his hit streak to 34 straight games. Vangilder is the winner in the nitecap.

5th The Browns take over 1st place by beating the Indians, 10–9 as Urban Shocker wins his 23rd, in relief. He’ll win no more. Ken Williams hits his 34th, a grand slam.

After beating the Robins twice yesterday, including a 16-inning game 2 win, the Phillies unload with an 11-3 game 1 win. Cy Williams has a pair of homers and drives in 5 runs. Jimmy Ring is the complete game winner. Brooklyn wins game 2 by an 8-7 score, overcoming a pair of homers by the Phils’ John Peters. The Phillies second baseman Frank Parkinson records 11 assists in each game and recorded 11 assists in yesterday’s game 2; 33 assists in three straight games.

8th  The Yankees go back on top, this time to stay, beating the Senators, 8–1, behind Carl Mays. while the Browns lose to Detroit, 8–3. New York’s win is triggered by Wally Pipp’s 6th inning 3-run homer of Walter Johnson, the 2nd homer Wally has dinged off the Senator’s ace in 9 days.

Detroit beats the Browns, 8–3, on Bobby Veach’s 2 homers off Urban Shocker. First baseman Lu Blue pulls off two unassisted DPs, tying the AL record, and both are off line drives by Johnny Tobin.

9th  Danville’s Otto Pahlman (III League) has his 50-game hitting streak stopped. Now in 2nd place, he’ll end the century with the 4th longest streak ever in the minors.

Baby Doll Jacobson collects 3 triples to lead the Browns to a 16–0 whitewash of the Tigers. The victory, the most lopsided in Browns’ history, goes to pitcher Elam Vangilder. St. Louis totals 20 hits with Ken Williams hitting a homer in his 5th straight game, his 37th of the year. Sisler has 3 hits to keep his hit streak alive, as the Browns keep pace with New York, winners in 10 innings against Washington.

10th  The Yankees play their farewell home game in the Polo Grounds. An estimated 40,000 overflow the stadium with another 25,000 turned away. Joe Bush beats the Philadelphia A’s 10–3 in the opener, and Waite Hoyt edges the A’s in the second 2–1. Plans are in the works to expand the park to 56,000 capacity, but this is the last regular season AL game at the Polo Grounds. The Yanks will play their next 18 games on the road, and then open in Yankee Stadium next spring.

The Reds move ahead of the Cardinals into third place as they down St. Louis, 13-8. Pete Donohue (16-8) is the winner. Bill Pertica gives up 5 runs in 2+ innings to take the loss. Pertica will make one more brief appearance, ending the year by allowing 17 baserunners per 9 innings, a Cardinal record.

Beals Becker of Kansas City (AA) is 8-for-8 in a doubleheader against Minneapolis.

11th The Browns, down 4–3 to the Tigers in the 9th, but a walk and a George Sisler triple ties the game. Marty McManus lines a single to win it 5–4 for reliever Hub Pruett. Sisler falls on his shoulder in the 7thstretching for a ball but stays in the game.

13th  The Browns announce that George Sisler has severely strained ligaments and cannot lift his right arm over his head. He might be out for the remainder of the season, jeopardizing the Browns’ pennant chances and Sisler’s 39-game hitting streak. Ironically, the injury occurred when Sisler tried to catch a throw on a hit by Ty Cobb, whose streak he is trying to break. Without Sisler, the 2nd place Browns rally to beat the Tigers, 8–6. Jacobson, playing 1B, makes 2 errors.

The Yankees split a pair with the host White Sox, losing 7–3 before winning 6–3. Ev Scott barely keeps his consecutive games played streak alive when he is delayed because of a train wreck. Scott hires a car and arrives at the ball park in the 7th inning of game 1.

Pittsburgh sweeps a pair from the visiting Braves, winning 8–1 and 6–1. Wilbur Cooper and Johnny Morrison are the winners. Joe Genewich makes his ML debut in relief for the Braves. Genewich jumped from the sandlots, where he was making $5 a game pitching, directly to the Braves, bypassing the minors.

The powerful Baltimore Orioles win their 4th straight International League pennant, sweeping a doubleheader from Newark, 6–3 and 15–10. Jack Bentley has 3 homers. The O’s are paced by Lefty Grove (18–8), in his 3rd of 5 seasons (108–36) in Baltimore.

15th     The Cardinals take a comfortable 7-0 lead over the Phillies after Rogers Hornsby hits a 4th inning grand slam and drives in 6 runs. But the Phillies shake off the torpor and come back to win, 10-9. as catcher Butch Henline becomes the first NL player to hit 3 homers in a game since 1897: Henline hit no homers last year. He drives in 6 runs and his 3rd HR ties the game in the 9th inning before Cliff Lee hits the game-winning HR. Lee ends the year with 17 homers—all at Baker Bowl. Only Gavvy Cravath, in 1914, and Mel Ott will have more homers in a season this century coming all at home.

The Browns pull to within a half game of the Yankees—losers to the White Sox—by rallying to beat the Red Sox, 7–1. Vangilder scatters five hits to win. St. Louis trailed 1–0 after 6 ½ innings before coming back.

Frank Brower hits a grand slam for Washington but the Senators still lose, 6-5, to the Indians at Cleveland.

16th  Pennant fever rages in St. Louis, as the Yankees come to town with a half-game lead. Bob Shawkey outpitches Urban Shocker 2–1, as Sisler ties Cobb’s 1911 record by hitting in his 40th straight game. While chasing a fly ball in the 9th, New York OF Whitey Witt is hit in the head and knocked cold by a soda bottle thrown from the bleachers. Ban Johnson will initially offer a $1,000 reward for the name of the bottle-thrower. Then, to calm the crowds, the AL offers the theory that Witt stepped on the bottle and it flew up and hit him. The incident leads to a ban on the sale of bottled drinks in ballparks.

In Philadelphia, the Pirates and Phillies split a pair. Wilbur Cooper wins his 22nd for Pittsburgh in the opener, 11-6. Carson Bigbee and Willard Schmidt each have 4 hits for the Bucs, while Goldie Rapp and Butch Henline match it for the Phils. Cliff Lee hits his 17th homer of the year in the 8th, all at home. Lee will finish with a .388 home batting average and .227 on the road (courtesy of Retrosheet). The Phils take game 2, 8-6.

In Detroit, the Tigers claw the Senators, 9-5, as Cobb goes 2-for-3 and is caught stealing for the 13th time. Ty has just 9 stolen bases, the first time since his rookie year he’s stolen fewer than 10.

17th  Browns southpaw Hub Pruett is reached for a HR by the Bambino, but he still beats the Yankees, 5–1. Whitey Witt receives an ovation but the partisan crowd is CF is quick to wave white hankies in the 8th inning for Yanks PH McMillan. Police make them stop. George Sisler has a single to extend his streak to 41 games.

At the Polo Grounds, catcher Bubbles Hargrave has 2 RBIs and steals home on the front end of a double steal to lead the Reds to a 4-3 win over the Giants. Eppa Rixey wins his 22nd of the year.

A’s catcher Ralph Perkins has his 2nd consecutive game with no putouts or assists, a ML record. Today, he catches Bob Hasty in a 4–2 loss to Cleveland’s Dan Boone. Yesterday, he caught Eddie Rommel in a 6–1 win over Cleveland. Perkins also had no POs or assists in a 13-inning game on May 17.

18th  Whitey Witt, his head bandaged from being hit by a bottle, drives in 2 in the 9th for a 3–2 New York win, and they leave St. Louis 11⁄2 in front. They will finish one game on top, clinching the pennant on the 30th with a 3–1 win in Boston. Sisler’s 41-game hit streak is stopped by New York’s Joe Bush, the same pitcher he had started the streak against on July 27th.

19th Against the Senators Walter Johnson, Ken Williams hit his 39th HR of the year in the 4th, and Pat Collins, subbing for Sisler at 1B, adds another solo HR in the 7th to give the Browns a 2–1 lead. But the Senators rally to win, 4-3, with Walter Johnson earning the win over Elam Vangilder. Sisler pinch hits and strikes out. Washington will win again tomorrow, 5–0.

20th Brooklyn’s Burleigh Grimes stops the Cardinals on 3 scratch hits to win the opener, 6–1, of twinbill against St. Louis. Grimes also snaps Rogers Hornsby’s hit streak at 33 games, which still stands as a Cardinal record. Hornsby recovers his stroke in the nightcap and hits 2 HRs as the Cards outslug the Robins, 13–7. St. Louis scores 8 runs in the 9th inning, off a tired starter Leon Cadore, who allows 20 hits.

21st  At Dunn Field, Red Sox pitcher Jack Quinn hits a 3-run homer in the 4th inning, and scores 3 times as Boston trounces the Indians, 15-5. Boston scores 6 runs against rookie Doc Hamman in the 9th inning without making an out. It is Doc’s only ML appearance as he finishes with an infinite ERA.

The AL reinstates the MVP award, last given in 1914, appointing a committee of one writer from each city, headed by I. E. Sanborn of the Chicago Tribune. As a player-manager, Ty Cobb is not eligible, and the trophy goes to George Sisler. The NL will pick up the idea 2 years later.

22nd At Navin Field, the Tigers top the Red Sox, 5-3, as Ty Cobb goes 4-for-4 to raise his batting average to .398.

23rd Rogers Hornsby belts his 40th homer, a solo shot in the 6th at the Polo Grounds, but the Giants hang on to win, 7–5. Ross Youngs saves a homer in the 9th when he leaps to snag Jack Smith’s drive. Jack Scott hits 4-for-4 and pitches all the way for the win to keep the Giants six games in front of Pittsburgh.

Brooklyn makes the fading Pirates walk the plank, beating Pittsburgh 9–5 and 5–1.

24th  Rogers Hornsby hits his 41st and 42nd HRs of the year, connecting off brothers Jesse and Virgil Barnes of the Giants. The one off Virgil is inside-the-park. Rosy Ryan, in relief of Hugh McQuillan, picks up the 10–6 Cards win.

25th  The Giants beat St. Louis, 5-4 in 10 innings, to clinch John McGraw’s 8th pennant and the Giants’ 10th in 41 years in the NL.

26th In Detroit, during an exhibition game against the Pirates, Ty Cobb pinch hits in the 5th and is struck on the leg by a pitch from Chief YellowHorse (some accounts have YellowHorse beaning Cobb). Cobb is carried from the field but will play in the Tigers next regular season game on 30th when he goes 2-for-4. The general assumption is that Cobb was hit by the pitch because of his relentless bench jockeying of YellowHorse. The Tigers sweep the two-game set at Pittsburgh, winning yesterday, 5-1, and today, 5-4.

At Boston, the Braves drop 40 games behind first place as the Robins trounce them, 12-5. Bert Griffith has 4 hits, Hi Myers drives in 3 runs with a double and triple, and Dazzy Vance drives in 2 runs as he wins his 18th. Vance also combines with his catcher Hank DeBerry on a double steal with DeBerry swiping home. It is Vance’s only career steal. It is the fifth time this year a NL catcher has stolen home, a little-known and disregarded NL record for the 20th Century. The next swipe of home by a NL catcher will be 1954.

Jesse Haines of the Cardinals blows a 3-1 lead over the Giants and is lifted in the 5th inning after allowing an inside-the-park homer to Heinie Groh and a single, double and triple. Incensed, he throws the ball over the Polo Grounds roof and is hooted off the field by the Giant fans. New York wins, 6-3.

At Pittsfield, MA, the New York Yankees beat the local Hillies, 9-3, to even their season series at one game apiece. They split a pair last year as well.

27th In the Giants, 3–2 win over the Phils, rookie Travis Jackson debuts, going 0-for-2. Jackson will play 15 years for the Giants, eventually going to the Hall of Fame.

28th At Fenway Park, Rip Collins allows 4 hits as the Red Sox beat the Yankees, 3-1. The loss goes to Bullet Joe Bush (26-7), whose record against the Red Sox is 4-4; he’s the first Yankee pitcher to lose 4 times in a season to the Sox.

30th  The Yankees clinch their second pennant by beating Boston 3–1 behind Waite Hoyt and Joe Bush. The last-place Sox finish the year 33 games behind the Yankees, but have a winning margin (13-9) for the year against New York. They lost the season series to every other team.

In the 2nd of two at Cubs Park, the Cards whip the Cubs, 5–3, in a game stopped after 5 innings. The big blow for the Birds is a 3-run homer in the 1st inning by journeyman infielder Del Gainer off Cubs lefty Percy Jones. When Jones is lifted, so is Gainer, who closes out his career with the home run. The Cards also take the opener, 9–8.

1922 October

1st  In the Cards 7–1 win at Chicago, Rogers Hornsby’s 3-for-5 on the last day puts him at .401, the first .400-hitter in the NL since Ed Delahanty in 1899. His NL-record 250 hits top Willie Keeler’s 243 in 1897. Hornsby wins the Triple Crown with 152 RBIs and 42 HRs. His 102 extra-base hits will be the NL’s tops until Chuck Klein’s 107 in 1930.

The second place Reds sweep a pair from the visiting Pirates, winning 5-4 and 5-1. Wilbur Cooper (23-14) takes the opening loss, as he’s done in by 4 unearned runs and maybe being a bit tired at the end of the year: the workhorse has averaged 301 innings pitched over the last six years. The Reds Pat Duncan is caught stealing for the 28th time in 40 attempts.

In the 2nd of two games in Boston, Giants OF Hy Higbee clouts a 6thinning 2-run homer off Al Yeargin to pace New York to a 3–0 win. It is Higbee’s 3rd game as a Giant and his HR comes in his last ML at bat. Art Nehf is the winner. Boston’s Tim McNamara wins the opener by the identical 3–0 score.

4th  For the first time, the entire WS will be broadcast over the radio. Writer Grantland Rice does the announcing for station WJZ, Newark; it is relayed to WGY in Schenectady.

For the first time since 1908, two repeaters meet in the WS. The Yankees get there with an all righthanded starting pitching staff; the Giants on a .305 BA. In a return to the 7-game format, the Giants will win 4 games while scoring in only 5 innings. The Yankees’ Joe Bush (26–7) leads Art Nehf (19–13) 2–0 when Irish Meusel’s 2-run single and Pep Young’s sacrifice fly score 3 runs in the 8th for a 3–2 win in game 1. Rosy Ryan (17–12) gets the win in relief.

5th  Bob Shawkey (20–12) goes the route, with the Giants scoring 3 in the first and the Yanks getting single tallies in the first, 4th, and 8th. A near-riot erupts among the 36,514 fans when umpire George Hildebrand, acting on umpire Bill Klem’s advice, calls the game, a 3–3 tie, due to darkness after 10 innings. The fans think there’s light enough to continue. It takes a police escort to get Judge Landis out of the park and away from the unruly mob. That night he bends over backwards to negate the public’s opinion that the game might have been called to provide an extra day’s gate by donating the $120,554 receipts to charities. Half will go to New York charities, and half to disabled soldiers.

6th  The Giants Jack Scott (8–2 with the Giants) fires a 4-hitter as a surprise starter in game 3, after Hugh McQuillan (6–5 with NY) warms up to face Waite Hoyt (19-12). Scott gets the Yanks to hit 18 grounders. Frank Frisch’s 2 RBIs are more than enough in the 3–0 win. With 2 hits in each game so far, Frisch will bat .471. Heinie Groh, hitting safely in every game, will be at .474.

7th  Judge Landis insists game 4 be played despite a heavy rain. Again one big inning—a 4-run fourth off Carl Mays (13–4)—is enough for McQuillan to squeeze out a 4–3 win. Aaron Ward’s 2nd HR of the Series is all the long-ball clout the Yankees will display. Mays’s brief collapse today, coupled with his two losses in the 1921 series, leads to rumors that he took money to throw the games. The accusations will persist for decades.

8th  The Yanks score first, but the Giants score 2 in the 3rd and 3 in the 8thto win the WS finale 5–3, as Art Nehf hands Joe Bush his second loss.

9th  Wickey McAvoy hits a one-out grand slam in the 9th inning to give Baltimore a 7-3 win over St. Paul in the Little World Series. His hit gives Lefty Grove the victory. Baltimore leads the series, 3-1. Wickey had but one homer in six years with the Philadelphia A’s.

18th  The Tigers trade pitchers Carl Holling and Howard Ehmke, along with infielder Danny Clark, outfielder Babe Herman, and $25,000 to Boston for 2B Del Pratt and P Rip Collins. Pratt has 2 more .300 seasons left; Collins and Ehmke provide long-term benefits to their clubs. Herman, 19, won’t make it to the big leagues until 1926, and then it will be with Brooklyn.

30th  The Giants pay $65,000 and 3 players to Baltimore for Jack Bentley, “another Babe Ruth.” Bentley hit .349 and was 13–1 as a pitcher in 1922 (41–5 since 1920). The 3 players are to be delivered by March 20, 1923, and if not satisfactory to Baltimore, the Giants will pay $2,500 per man instead.

1922 November

1st  Former A’s C Ira Thomas buys the Shreveport club in the Texas League for $75,000. Other former players who own pieces of minor league clubs include Ty Cobb (Augusta), Eddie Collins (Baltimore), and George Stallings (Rochester).

5th Jim Bagby is waived by the Indians to Pittsburgh. Bagby won 31 games in 1920.

6th  Morgan G. Bulkeley, first president of the NL and later governor of Connecticut and U.S. senator, dies. As president of the Hartford club, he presided over the NL’s first meeting and headed the league for one year

7th  The Phils fire manager Kaiser Wilhelm. Veteran SS Art Fletcher succeeds him.

15th  Former Providence OF Paul Hines is arrested on charges of pick pocketing. The 69-year-old Hines made a famous play in a game on May 8, 1878—the disputed first unassisted triple play.

27th  Cards OF Austin McHenry, 27, dies from a brain tumor. After hitting .350 with 17 HRs in 1921, he became ill during the 1922 season and was hitting .303 when forced to quit.

1922 December

5th  Connie Mack spends money to begin building another winner. He sends $40,000 and several players to Portland (Pacific Coast League) for 3B Sammy Hale.

12th  Jake Ruppert agrees to buy out his partner Colonel Huston and gains full control of the Yankees.

13th  The Phils buy IF Heinie Sand from Salt Lake City (PCL) for 4 players and cash. A competent SS, Sand will be the object of an alleged bribery scheme that causes another scandal.

Alarmed at the increase in HR hitting (1,054 in the major leagues, up from 936), some AL owners back a zoning system setting a minimum of 300 feet for a ball to be called a HR. The motion dies. In another action, the league requires each club to furnish 2 home uniforms per player, plus extra caps and stockings on the road, to improve the players’ appearance. In NL meetings, Charles Ebbets proposes putting numbers on players’ sleeves or caps. It’s left to each club to do as it wishes.

14th  In a joint meeting, the ban on nonwaiver trades after June 15th is approved. The NL favors a 50-player limit until June 15th, the AL votes for 40. Judge Landis breaks the deadlock in favor of 40. Compensation of WS umpires is changed from a percentage of the players’ pool to a flat $2,000.

Still smarting over the rejection of the official scorer’s decision in the Ty Cobb case, the national baseball writers’ group meets and votes to back the New York group’s protest. Fred Lieb, who had filled in the AP box score giving Cobb the disputed hit, asks Ban Johnson to revise the records to .399 for Cobb. Johnson complains of not receiving box scores from some writers, who are appointed by the clubs as official scorers.

16th  The Eastern Colored League (chartered as the Mutual Association of Eastern Colored Baseball Clubs) is formally organized. The league will complete 5 seasons before folding in midsummer of 1928.

23rd   The American all-star team lose a game in Japan when Zensuke Shimada hits an out-of-the-park homer against Waite Hoyt and the Mita Club defeats the All-Americans, 9-3. It was the first loss by a team of touring U.S professionals in Japan. The Japanese press suggest the Americans, who made four errors, of not playing hard to encourage fan interest.

25th On their tour of the Far East, the Herb Hunter All-Americans, with Casey Stengel and Waite Hoyt among its members, beats a team of U.S. servicemen, 12-5, in Manila. In other games, the All-Americans are the first team of major leaguers to play a Chinese team, in Shanghai, and also play a Korean all-star team in Seoul, whipping them, 21–3.

1923 January

3rd  The Yankees pluck 2 rookies from the Red Sox, P George Pipgras and OF Harvey Hendrick, in exchange for 2nd-string catcher Al DeVormer. Pipgras will blossom in ’27.

30th  The Red Sox continue to feed the Yankees, sending P Herb Pennock to New York in exchange for IF Norm McMillan, P George Murray, OF Camp Skinner, and $50,000.

1923 February

10th  C Muddy Ruel and P Allen Russell go from the Red Sox to Washington for catcher Val Picinich and outfielders Howard Shanks and Ed Goebel. Shanks will start at 3B for the Sox while Goebel will head for the minors.

11th  The Dodgers trade Clarence Mitchell, the only lefty spitter, to the Phils for Columbia George Smith. Smith, a 20-game loser last year, must breath a sigh of relief since he lost 14 straight to Brooklyn (September 3, 1920–June 25, 1922).

15th  With rookie Jim Bottomley in the wings, the Cards send 1B Jack Fournier to the Brooklyn Robins in a trade for C Hy Myers. The veteran Fournier says he’ll quit if he has to move (he has a successful insurance business), but gives in and plays another 5 years. Fournier, with 22 homers in 1923, will finish 2nd in the NL, but his 20 steals in 43 attempts, the century’s worst percentage for anyone with 20 steals, will barely qualify him for the 20-20 club. The trade is criticized in The Sporting News which says that Fournier is “an uncertain performer at first base” and that he was probably “bound for the bush” before the trade.

20th  Christy Mathewson becomes president of the Boston Braves after buying the club for $300,000 with New York attorney Judge Emil Fuchs and Bostonian James McDonough. The deal does not include Braves Field, which still belongs to James Gaffney. There are also 85 minority stockholders.

1923 March

6th  The Cardinals announce that their players will wear numerals on their uniforms, and number them according to the batting order. It doesn’t happen this season.

7th  After sitting out most of last season, 35-year-old Fred Toney signs for one more year with the Cards.

The New England American Legion appeals to Commissioner Landis to discontinue morning games on Memorial Day. The request is turned down.

8th  Judge Landis allows former Giants lefthanded pitcher Rube Benton to return to the NL. Benton had admitted prior knowledge of the 1919 WS fix, but he remained in baseball, winning 22 for St. Paul (American Association). NL President Heydler disagrees with Landis, calling Benton “undesirable,” but does not stop the Reds from signing him. Benton, 35, will be 14-10 for the 2nd-place Reds.

30th The Red Sox announce that they are filing a $15,000 suit against the Tigers because P Carl Holling, acquired in a trade last October, has not reported. Holling never does pitch.

1923 April

3rd  Two “Black Sox” sue the White Sox. Swede Risberg and Happy Felsch seek $400,000 damages and $6,750 back salary for conspiracy and injury to reputation, but their suit will be unsuccessful.

5th  Reflecting the strength of corporate baseball teams, an article (noted by Carlos Bauer) in today’s Beloit Daily News reports that “Beloit Fairy pitchers (Hippo) Vaughn, Cashion, (Win) Noyes, (Zip) Zabel, and Dave Davenport (all ex-major leaguers) leave Beloit today for Hot Springs, Arkansas, where they will take a week-long conditioning drill before being joined by the remainder of the factory squad, due to leave for the southland April 11. Manager Chubb will accompany the pitchers to Hot Springs, and will be on hand to pray for less rain at that resort than has been the portion of the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Boston Red Sox—which clubs have been wallowing through three weeks of soggy weather there.”

17th  Record Opening Day crowds turn out in Chicago—more than 33,000—for the Cubs’ dedication of their greatly enlarged and remodeled park. But the fans are disappointed as Johnny Morrison stops the Cubs, 3–2, to give Pittsburgh the win. Charlie Grimm drives in all 3 Pitt runs to start a hitting streak of 25 games. This is the Pirate record for a hitting streak to start the season and is the club batting streak record until Danny O’Connell breaks it in 1953.

In Cincinnati, 30,338 watch the Reds win an 11-inning 3–2 contest over the Cards. Pete Donohue tops Les Sell. The Redbirds are wearing uniform numbers corresponding to the position in the batting order.

At Boston, Heinie Groh cracks a triple and an inside-the-park homer to lead the Giants to a 4-1 Opening day win over the Braves. Hugh McQuillan scatters 4 hits in the win.

In the longest NL opener to date, Brooklyn and Philadelphia battle to a 14-inning 5–5 tie. Dutch Ruether, who beat the Phils 7 straight in 1922, goes the distance.

18th  On a balmy spring day, the debut of Yankee Stadium is a huge success with an announced attendance of 74,217. Another 25,000 are turned away. Police arrest two for scalping: one man for trying to sell a $1.10 grandstand ticket for $1.25, while another tries to get $1.50. Governor Al Smith throws out the first ball. Bob Shawkey, aided by Babe Ruth’s 3-run clout in the 3rd inning off Howard Ehmke, beats Howard Ehmke and the Red Sox 4–1. Ruth hits the first home run in the Stadium and also makes the first error. Shawkey allows 3 hits, including a run-scoring triple in the 7th by former Yank Norm McMillan.

In the Opener at Sportsman’s Park, the Tigers outslug the Browns, 9-6. Ken Williams has 3 hits including a homer, and 3 RBIs, but he’s got little support. On Detroit’s side, Ty Cobb has 3 hits and scores 3, while Harry Heilmann, last year’s batting champ, begins a 1923 21-game hitting streak by stroking 4 hits, including a homer and double, and driving in 4 runs. Heilmann missed all of September last season with a broken collarbone, but ended the year with an 11-game hitting streak intact.

In Philadelphia, the A’s beat Senators, 3–1. The big blow is Jimmy Dykes’ 2-run HR off Walter Johnson in the 2nd inning to give Slim Harriss the win. Johnson allows six hits in 8 innings of work.

20th  The Cubs win 12–11 over the Pirates on Gabby Hartnett’s 9th-inning HR, his 2nd of the game. There are 8 HRs in the game, 6 by the Cubs, who had hit 4 the day before. Bernie Friberg has a pair of homers for Chicago, while Charlie Grimm has a single, triple and homer for the Bucs. The Cubs will hit 90 homers for the year, more than double their team total of 42 last year.

Dolf Luque pitches the Reds to a 10-2 win over the Cardinals, as Rogers Hornsby helps with 3 errors for the Birds. Bill Pertica pitches 2+ innings for St. Louis in his last ML appearance. It is the first win this season for Luque, as the Cuban Cutie will have a masterful year with a 1.93 ERA and 27 wins.

At Yankee Stadium, Red Sox rookie Dick Reichle hits his only ML four bagger, a 2-run bounce homer in the 1st off Waite Hoyt, but the Yankees plate a run in the 8th and 2 in the 9th to win, 4-3. Ruth is a homer shy of the cycle as his bases-loaded double in the 9th wins it for New York. Reichle will play 122 games this year for the Red Sox, then resurface as a tight end in 1926 with the NFL Milwaukee Badgers.

22nd  The first Sunday game at Yankee Stadium draws an estimated 60,000, but the Yankees, despite an 8th inning HR by Everett Scott, suffer their first loss of the year, 4–3, to Washington’s Walter Johnson.

At Dunn Field, pitcher Stan Coveleski scores in the 10th to give the Indians a 1-0 win over the Tigers. Coveleski will pitch 27 straight scoreless innings before giving up 2 runs in the 9th inning of an April 30thwin.

23rd   At Pittsburgh, the 1st-place Pirates top the Cardinals, 8-4. Jimmy Sebring leads the way by racing around for two inside-the-park homers.

In a 7-7 14-inning tie with the Browns, White Sox pitcher Red Faber swipes home in the 4th inning.

24th  President Warren G. Harding attends the game at Yankee Stadium and sees Babe Ruth hit a 440 foot homer in a 4–0 win over the Senators, the first shutout in the new stadium. Sad Sam Jones applies the calcimine. Reb Russell serves up Ruth’s homer. The Babe adds 2 singles as he drives in 3 runs.

26th  The Giants receive their 1922 WS rings, then beat the Braves 7–3 in their home opener, despite a record-tying 5 double plays by Boston. Giants 1B George “Highpockets” Kelly ties a record, handling 21 chances in the field. Pitcher Art Nehf allows just one hit, a double by Tony Boeckel, as all three Boston runs are unearned.

With 20,000 on hand at the opener at Fenway, Boston mayor James Curley tosses out the first pitch to his catcher Governor Channing Cox, and the proceedings get under way between the Yankees and Red Sox. The Yankees trail most of the game against the Fenway Fusileers before Babe Ruth ties the game in the 9th with a sac fly off reliever Lefty O’Doul. A double by Joe Harris and a single by George Burns gives Boston a 5-4 win. O’Doul wins his only ML game, but will give up the mound for the outfield and prosper.

28th  In a PCL game between Oakland and Salt Lake, Oaks pitcher Harry Krausse hands out an intentional walk with the bases loaded in the 9thinning to Paul Strand, the PCL’s leading hitter in 1923. The walk forces in a run making the score 5-4, and brings up Joe Wilhoit. Wilhoit flies out to end the game. (Baseball Records-PCL. From 1923-1940)

30th  Phils OF Fred “Cy” Williams starts an unprecedented slugging spree, going 2-for-4 in a 12–3 loss to the Braves. In 15 games in the Baker Bowl, he will accumulate 65 total bases on 11 singles, 5 doubles, 11 home runs, and 29 RBI. He will lead the NL with 41 HRs, equal to Ruth’s AL top total, but his BA will drop to .293, his only sub-.300 mark during a 7-year stretch. Ray Powell leads Boston today with 5 hits, including a double and homer, to drive in 4 runs.

At Griffith Stadium, the Yankees come back from a 4-2 deficit after 5 innings to blast the Senators, 17-4. Irish Meusel has 4 hits, including a double and homer, and drives in 5 runs. Wally Pipp has 4 hits and drives home 6, while Babe Ruth and pitcher Sam Jones each score 4 runs.

1923 May

2nd  Walter Johnson gets his 100th shutout, and New York SS Everett Scott gets a gold medal from the AL for playing in his 1,000th consecutive game. Scott’s skein began on June 20, 1916. Washington defeats the Yankees 3–0, as Big Train allows just 3 hits.

At the Polo Grounds, Dazzy Vance strikes out 15 but the Giants emerge with a 7-6 win over Brooklyn in 11 innings. Dazzy allows 15 hits, 4 by Frankie Frisch, before being lifted. Al Mamaux pitches the 11th and takes the loss.

3rd  In a 3-1 win over the Reds, Pirates 1B Charlie Grimm starts a 25-game hitting streak that will be stopped by Dick Rudolph, the 1914 Braves hero, who comes off the coaching lines to make 4 starts for Boston.

4th In St. Louis, Marty Callaghan’s swipe of home in the bottom of the 10th wins it, 2–1 for the Cardinals. Virgil Cheeves is victorious over the Cubs Fred Toney.

7th   In an 8–4 win over Chicago, Tigers 3B Bob Jones ties an AL record with 9 assists; Willie Kamm will match it for the White Sox on September 30th.

Brooklyn edges the Boston Braves, 12–11, although Phil Weinert and Casey Stengel are not around for the finish, as both are ejected for fighting. Weinert plunks Casey his first time up and, after a close pitch in his second at bat, Casey charges the mound. They meet half way with both swinging. Dazzy Vance (1-3) wins with 2 innings of relief. Jimmy Johnston is 5-for-5 and Zack Wheat scores 3 and has 2 hits to start a consecutive game batting streak that will reach 20 games.

9th At St. Louis, A’s pitcher Walt Kinney relieves in the 3rd with his team down 3–0, and helps tie the score in the 6th by reaching Urban Shocker for a solo HR. The Browns rock Kinney for 4 runs in the 7th and he is lifted, and St. Louis goes on to win, 10–5. For Kinney, his HR comes on his last ML at bat.

At a frigid Polo Grounds, the Cubs outlast the Giants to win, 9-6, behind Vic Aldridge. Marty Callaghan’s triple with the bases loaded is the feature of Chicago’s 5-run 5th. George Grantham has a double and his first ML homer to make up for his three errors. The rookie second baseman will lead the league in putouts, assists and errors. His 55 errors is the most since 1900 and will not be topped in the NL. He will also lead in caught steals and in strikeouts: his 92 K’s will out distance the runner-up who will have 65.

11th  The Phils and Cards bash an NL record 10 homers (tied in 1947, topped in 1967) out of cozy Baker Bowl as the Phils outkick the Cards, 20–14; Cy Williams has 3 homers and 7 RBIs while teammate Johnny Mokan adds two homers, a double, and 7 RBIs. Les Mann a pinch homer + another for St. Louis, and losing pitcher Bill Sherdel connects. Mann is the first major leaguer to hit two homers in a game, one a pinch homer. In all, 23 batters hit safely with the two teams combining for 79 total bases. Williams now has 12 homers, tops in the Majors.

In St. Louis, Jack Tobin drives in 6 runs to back Rasty Wright’s 4-hitter, as the Browns down the Athletics, 14-3.

OF Pete Schneider strokes 5 HRs, including 2 grand slams, in a game for Vernon (Pacific Coast League). He also adds a double that hits 2 feet from the top of the CF wall. The former ML pitcher, who won 20 for the Reds in 1917, drives in 14 runs on 22 total bases in a 35–11 victory over Salt Lake City. Schneider sets 6 of the 12 league records made today.

12th  P Hollis “Sloppy” Thurston goes from the Browns to the White Sox for cash.

13th  In a 5–2 Cleveland win, Washington rookie Wally Warmoth strikes out Cleveland SS Joe Sewell twice. It is the first of only 2 times in his 14-year career that Sewell will fan twice in the same contest.

Chicago’s Pete Alexander beats Brooklyn’s Dazzy Vance, 5–2. For Alexander, it is his 6th straight game without walking a batter since the season’s start. He’ll walk 3 in his next outing, ending his streak at 52 straight innings.

Playing for Salt Lake City (PCL), teammates Oscar Vitt and Paul Strand each connect for 2 homers in the same inning.

14th Paced by Wally Pipp’s extra inning grand slam, off Syl Johnson, the Yankees score 8 runs in the 12th against the Tigers, to put the game away. Detroit comes back with three runs in the bottom of the inning to set an AL mark (later tied) for most runs in that frame. The final is 16-11 as Pipp collects 4 hits. He is in the middle of a 21-game hitting streak.

15th At Boston, the Cards trim the Braves 10–5. The Birds are led by Jim Bottomley’s three triples.

The Indians overcome a record-tying three errors by 2B Bill Wambsganss in the 4th inning to edge the Senators, 10-9.

16th  At Boston, the Cards score 5 runs in the 8th and 9th to send the game with the Braves into overtime. Boston puts runners on 1B and 3B in the 11th with no outs but Tony Boeckel lines into a 6-3-5 triple play. Boston finally ends it, 7-6, in the 14th when Billy Southworth lines a walkoff inside-the-park homerun. St. Louis pulled off the only other triple play in extra innings this century three years ago (the KC Packers of the FL executed one in 1915).

17th  When the Giants return big southpaw Rube Walberg to Portland (PCL) after a 2-game trial, the A’s buy him. He’ll be 4-8 in the first of his 15 ML seasons.

Grover Alexander finally issues a walk after starting the season with 52 IP without a pass for the Cubs. He walks 3 in a 7–4 win over the Phils.

Herman Pillette and the Tigers win, 6–2, at Detroit, as Cobb has a double and 3 RBIs. Harry Heilmann goes hitless dropping his batting average below .500 as his 21-game streak is stopped by Red Sox P George Murray. Heilmann finished last season with an 11-game hitting streak, so the combined streak is 32 games.

The Braves Dick Rudolph wins 1–0 over Pittsburgh’s Wilbur Cooper in 10 innings. This is the only win of the year for the 35-year-old coach. He stops Charlie Grimm’s 25-game hit streak. Grimm finished the 1922 campaign with hits in 5 games, so his two-season total is a 30-game hit streak.

18th  At Detroit, former Tiger pitcher, Howard Ehmke pitches his Boston Red Sox team to a 6-2 victory in 10 innings. The Sox hand Hooks Dauss (6-1) his first loss of the season, despite Hooks getting 3 of the Bengals 8 hits. Cobb is 0-for-3 and caps the day with a heated argument (under the grandstand), reportedly because Ehmke hit him with a pitch.

19th  At Chicago, the Senators edge the White Sox, 6–4. Walter Johnson slams a decisive 2 run single in the top of the 9th, then allows 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th before getting relief help from Allen “Rubberarm” Russell. Johnson fans 6. Ossie Bluege homers for Washington.

For the third game in a row in St. Louis, Babe Ruth hits a homer, this time connecting in the first inning with a man on against Herb Pruett. The Yanks win, 6-5.

20th  With the Polo Grounds newly expanded, the Giants set a NL attendance record with 42,000+ fans on hand. The Giants clip the Cardinals, 14–4, on 20 hits.

Stanley Coveleski and the Indians beat Boston, 1–0. Coveleski makes 10 assists.

21st  Formal transfer of T. L. Huston’s interest in the Yankees to Jake Ruppert is completed for $1.5 million. Ten days later Ruppert buys 2 more sets of uniforms so his players can wear a clean outfit every day, an unprecedented move.

22nd Babe Ruth breaks a 1–1 tie between the Yanks and White Sox by clouting a 2-run homer in the 15th inning. The blow breaks up a tense pitching duel between little Mike Cvengros and Herb Pennock, who goes all the way giving up just 4 hits. The Yanks have now won 12 of 13 contests in their western swing.

In a Negro League NL game at St. Louis’ Stars Park, Chicago American Giants CF Cristobal Torriente hits for the cycle, scoring 3 and batting in 7 runs, He finishes his offensive outburst with a homer in the top of the 9thto give the American Giants an 11-10 lead. In the bottom of the ninth, Jack Marshall gets into a jam and Torriente comes in with two out and runners on 2B and 3B. With Cool Papa Bell at the plate, Torriente promptly goes from hero to goat in the space of two pitches, both of them wild, allowing the tying and winning runs to score easily.

23rd  The Red Sox down the Indians, 5-1, behind the pitching of Howard Ehmke and 3 RBIs by Ike Boone. Cleveland’s George Burns has a safety to run his hitting streak to 22 games.

Pittsburgh sends 2B Cotton Tierney and P Whitney Glazner to the Phils for 2B Johnny Rawlings, whom the Phils picked up on waivers on May 11, and P Lee Meadows. Meadows will win 85 games over the next 5 years as Glazner’s replacement in the Pittsburgh rotation.

25th  In Detroit, Ty Cobb scores his 1,741st run, passing Honus Wagner’s record, but his Tigers lose to Chicago, 5–3.

26th  Babe Ruth hits a 3-run homer off Bob Hasty in the 3rd, the hit traveling over the right CF fence onto 20th street in Philadelphia. The Yanks top the A’s, 10-8.

27th At New York, Phillies slugger Cy Williams cracks his 15th HR of May, a new record for the month, and his 18th of the season. The homer comes off Giants’ P Rosy Ryan in a losing cause, as the Giants win, 12–4. The 15 homers in May will not be topped by any Phillie this century.

28th Houston Buffalo slugger Les Bell ties a minor league record for most doubles in a game by clanging 5 straight in a Texas League game against Dallas.

30th  After playing before the NL’s biggest crowd (41,000) in the p.m. game of the holiday twin bill split against Brooklyn, the Giants head west with a 4-game lead over the Pirates. Five regulars will bat over .300, and three will top 100 RBI, led by NL leader Irish Meusel’s 125. At 3B, rookie Travis Jackson takes over for gimpy Heinie Groh. With 5 future Hall of Famers in the lineup and 8 on the roster during the season, the Giants will be the first team to hold first place from opening to closing day and the only NL team to have done it. With average pitching, they win just 95 games, but it’s enough for a 4 1⁄2 game margin over the Reds.

In first of 2 games in Washington, Ruth’s homer in 1st inning off Walter Johnson propels the Yankees to a 6–4 win over Washington. The hit travels over the LF wall and lands in back of a house. Herb Pennock is the winner. New York takes game 2 by a 9-5 score as Ruth adds another homer, hitting it over the scoreboard off George Mogridge.

31st  Zach Wheat has his 20-game hit streak stopped by Rube Marquard, but Brooklyn still beats Boston, 5-2.

1923 June

1st  With 5 hits apiece by Heinie Groh, Ross Youngs, and Jimmy O’Connell—a first in the 20th century, the first-place Giants score in all 9 innings, also tying a ML record, beating the Phils 22–8 at Baker Bowl. The Giants are the first 20th C team to score in all 9 innings: It was done five times in the 19th century. It will be 41 years before a NL team scores in every frame (no AL team in the 20th century scores in all 9 innings: four do it in 8 innings without playing the 9th).. O’Connell has 3 doubles, a homer, and a single in his 5 safeties, good for 7 RBIs. Youngs also drives in 7 runs. The winning pitcher is Claude Jonnard.

Boston Red Sox spitballer Jack Quinn holds New York’s Wally Pipp hitless, ending Pipp’s 21-game hit streak. Boston wins, 5–0.

In the 3rd inning at Detroit, Indians Frank Brower attempts to break a 1–1 tie by bunting with runners on 1B and 2B and no outs. Brower pops into a triple play, 1–6–3. Undaunted, Cleveland then goes on the warpath, scoring in 5 of the next 6 innings to win, 17–4. Led by pitcher George Uhle, who goes 4-for-4 with 3 doubles and 4 RBIs, the Tribe collects 16 hits and 11 walks. Uhle will lead AL pitchers in hitting this year with .361 and .472 SA. His 3 doubles ties the ML mark for a pitcher. No hurler will match it this century.

3rd After pitching a CG win yesterday, Tiger P Herman Pillette relieves today in the 8th against Cleveland with Detroit up, 7–5. Pillette allows both inherited runners to score, but the Tigers tally a run in the bottom of the 9th to give him his 2nd win in 2 days (as noted by Retrosheet).

4th  Johnny Mokan has 4 hits, including a homer as the Phillies use three homers to help beat the Braves, 9-7. Stuffy McInnis has 4 hits, including a grand slam for the Braves.

6th  At Fenway, the Indians go on the warpath winning, 17-4. Joe Connolly hits his first ML homer, a 4th inning grand slam off Sox pitcher George Murray. Charlie Jamieson collects 4 hits and scores 4, while Bill Wambsganss has 4 runs, 3 hits and 4 RBI.

7th  John McGraw trades P Jesse Barnes and C Earl Smith to the Braves for P Mule Watson and C Hank Gowdy. Casey Stengel is told he was included in the deal but he argues his case with McGraw to stay in New York. McGraw agrees and Braves owner Judge Emil Fuchs goes along with it (as noted in Marty Appel’s Casey Stengel).

8th  Browns C Pat Collins leaves the game after pinch-running in the 3rdinning, but, as a courtesy, A’s manager Connie Mack gives the okay to allow him to come back as a pinch hitter for starting P Ray Kolp in the 9th. He walks, setting an odd ML mark of being the only player to pinch run and pinch hit in the same game. He is also replaced with a pinch runner Cedric Durst! But St. Louis loses, 6–5, to reliever Rube Walberg.

Reb Russell’s 3-run homer and 4 RBIs are the difference as Pittsburgh beats New York, 9-7. The Giants now lead the Pirates by 5 ½ games in the NL.

9th  The first-place Yankees drop a 13-3 decision to the visiting Indians. Tris Speaker hits a grand slam for the Tribe, off Carl Mays.

At Detroit, Harry Heilmann hits a solo homer and Ty Cobb homers and drives in 2 runs, but that is all the scoring for the Tigers as they lose, 10-3, to the A’s.

12th  All of Hack Miller’s 7 RBIs are needed as his Cubs edge the Braves 12–11 at Cubs Park. Miller’s grand slam in the 5th, off Frank Miller, ties the game 7–7, and his 2-run shot in the next inning gives them a lead. The Cubs win their 7th straight game, while Boston absorbs its 11th straight loss.

Boston scores 10 runs off Chicago White Sox ace Red Faber, toasting him for 6 runs in the 4th and adding 4 more in the 6th.

In Washington, Browns Jack Tobin hits a lead off HR off Walter Johnson and St. Louis goes on to beat the Nationals, 3–1. Dave Danforth is the winning pitcher.

14th  Rogers Hornsby returns to action with a home run in the Cardinals 3–2 win over the Braves. Hornsby tore something in his knee in a game on May 8th, and his knee was in a cast for two weeks. He’ll leave tomorrow for 5 days to visit his ailing mother.

The Cubs upend visiting Brooklyn, winning 9-6. Bob O’Farrell has 4 hits, including a grand slam and a solo homer for Chicago, and scores 4 runs. Brooklyn’s 6 runs all come in the top of the 9th. Jigger Statz and Bernie Friberg also homer for the Cubs.

15th In Washington, Bibb Falk of the White Sox pinch hits a 3-run HR off Walter Johnson, in relief, in the 7th. But Washington holds on for an 8–6 win with the victory credited to Cy Warmoth.

17th  Reds IF Sammy Bohne spoils Brooklyn’s Dazzy Vance’s no-hitter with a 9th inning two-out pop-fly single. But Vance wins, 9–0, stopping the Reds’ 9-game winning streak.

At Chicago, the Phils Whitey Glazner notches a 6–4 victory over Tiny Osborne. The Tribune will report tomorrow that when a elevated passenger train is delayed at Addison Street, the conductor jumps off. When the motorman realizes he has no conductor, he notifies officials, who find the conductor in the bleachers at Cubs Park.

The problem is its Sunday. In his first game for Washington, Nationals starter Skipper Friday walks 14 White Sox batters to help Chicago to a 5–3 win in 11 innings. The victory goes to Dixie Leverett. Ossie Bluege ties a ML mark by striking out 5 times.

19th At Yankee Stadium, Tiger 1B Lu Blue singles in the first inning, then is replaced by a courtesy runner (as noted by Retrosheet). Blue was hit in the head by a batted ball in pregame practice and is still woozy. Blue then returns to 1B in the bottom of the first and plays out the game, collecting 3 hits in a 6–5 loss to the Yankees. Wally Pipp has a homer for New York and Whitey Witt singles and scores to keep his consecutive-game hitting streak alive. It will eventually reach 20 games.

Bubbles Hargrave drives in the lone run of the game in the 11th to give the Reds a 1–0 win over the Dodgers. Dolf Luque, in the midst of a 29-inning scoreless skein, beats Burleigh Grimes. Grimes will set a post-1900 record this year with decisions in all 39 of his starts (21-18.

24th  At Cubs Park, Dolf Luque (9-2) allows 2 runs to end his scoreless innings streak at 29 innings. That is all the scoring Pete Alexander (9-5) needs as the veteran allows 3 hits in beating the Reds, 2-0.

25th  After pitching 21 straight scoreless innings Guy Morton is lit up for 6 runs in the 6th inning by the Browns, who beat the Indians. 9–4.

At the Polo Grounds, Cotton Tierney leads the Phillies with 5 RBIs on 4 hits, including a homer and double in the 7-run 8th inning. But the Giants respond with 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th to pin the 11-10 loss on reliever Whitey Glazner.

After going 1-for-2 with a walk in yesterday’s 9-4 win, Brooklyn’s Jimmy Johnston goes 5-for-5 against Boston to start a remarkable hitting streak of six straight games with three or more hits. The Robins lose 7-4.

27th  The Robins top the host Phillies, 15-5, and are led by the hot hitting of Jimmy Johnston, who goes 3-for-4 with two walks. Against Philadelphia tomorrow, he will go 4-for-5 in an 8-7 loss.

28th  Down 7–0 going into the bottom of the 9th inning, the Phillies score 8 runs to top Brooklyn 8–7.

St. Louis tops the Chicago Cubs, 1–0, with Fred Toney getting the decision over Pete Alexander. On a comebacker with the bases loaded, Alexander tries for a 1–6–3 double pay but the runner beats the throw and the lone run scores.

29th   In a 14-5 victory at Philadelphia, Brooklyn collects 25 hits with everyone in the lineup having 2 or more hits except for C Zack Taylor, who has one. Jimmy Johnston is 3-for-5 with a walk, and Jack Fournier has 6 hits, including a pair of doubles and a homer. Ivy Olson has 2 doubles and a homer and winning pitcher Burleigh Grimes collects 2 hits. For the Phils, Cotton Tierney has 3 doubles and is now hitting .400. He runs his consecutive game hitting streak to 18 on the way to 21 straight games.

30th  In a doubleheader split against the Phillies, Brooklyn’s Jimmy Johnston makes an out then collects 8 straight hits, including 3 doubles and a HR, as the Robins win the 1st game 10–4, and lose the 2nd, 6–2. Johnston has hit safely 24 times in his last 34 at bats. Johnston finishes with a remarkable hitting and on base streak (as noted by Trent McCotter). He is the first player since Sam Thompson in 1895 to record 3 or more hits in six straight games (George Brett will do it in 1976); he has the most hits in 5 games (19) and 6 games (23) since Cal McVey in 1876; his 25 times on base for 30 plate appearances will be topped only by Barry Bonds; and he has the most times on base in 4, 5, 6, and 7 games since Billy Hamilton in 1894.

At Cleveland, the White Sox sweep a pair from the Indians, winning 3-1 and 5-4. Tris Speaker supplies all the scoring in game 2 with his second grand slam of the month, a 9th inning blast off Ted Blankenship.

1923 July

1st In Washington, the Senators down the Red Sox, 8-1. Patsy Gharrity drives in half the runs with an inside-the-park grand slam in the 8th. No patsy, he totals 3 hits and 5 RBIs to back rookie Paul Zahniser’s 3-hitter.

In the opener of a Western League doubleheader, the first 4 batters for Wichita all hit homers. The sluggers include Lyman Smith, Jocko Conlon, Wes Griffin, and Jim Blakesley off Wichita’s Karl Black. Only Jocko will make it to the majors.

2nd   Clarence Mitchell wins his first game of the year as the Phillies beat the visiting Giants, 10-3. Mitchell drives in 3 runs with a pair of triples.

3rd   For the 2nd time this season, Babe Ruth clouts a game-winning homer in the 15th inning, this one off former Yankee George Mogridge. The Yankees beat the Senators, 2–1. The winner is Joe Bush, who pitches all 15 innings and accounts for the other New York run with a homer.

In a 4-2 loss to the Pirates, Cardinals first baseman Rogers Hornsby goes 1-for-4 to drop his batting average to .331. It is the start of a 20-game batting streak for Rajah that will see him go 43-for-80 and raise his average to.407.

4th In the 10th inning at Cleveland, Detroit C Larry Woodall is forced out at 2B. He protests the call and gets tossed, leaving manager Cobb with no catchers available (as noted by Retrosheet). In comes 41-year-old coach Fred Carisch, who last played in 1914 (for the Indians). Manager Speaker protests, saying Carisch is not on the eligible list, but 2 walks and a home run by Indian pinch hitter Glen Myatt leave Tris speechless. Cleveland wins, 10–7, and drops the 2nd game, 15–3.

At Philadelphia, the last-place Phils drop a pair to the Giants, 7-3 and 5-3. Veteran Frank Snyder contributes a grand slam for New York, connecting off Jimmy Ring in the 2nd in game 2.

In the 2nd game in New York, the Yanks Fred Hoffman hits a homerun off Walter Johnson as the Yankees veto the Senators, 12–2. Johnson doesn’t make it out of the 2nd inning, giving up 6 runs. Dave Danforth is the winning pitcher. New York scores 12 in the opener as well, winning 12–6, as Everett Scott has a solo homer and a grand slam and drives in 6 runs for New York.

5th  The visiting Cardinals take a 10-1 lead after 4 innings against the Phillies, but with the help of a grand slam by Russ Wrightstone, the Phils close to a 12-11 deficit after 8 innings. St. Louis scores four in the 9th and the final tally is 16-12.

7th  Cleveland scores in every inning against the Red Sox, but playing at home they don’t bat in the 9th. It’s hardly needed as they roll to a 27–3 win in a game known as “the Indian massacre.” In their 8 innings, they run up a then AL-record 27 runs, including 13 in the 6th (another record), and tie the record when 9 players score 2 or more runs. Riggs Stephenson and Rube Lutzke drive in 11 runs between them. The Cleveland outfield scores an AL record 10 runs. Boston’s Bill Piercy leaves the game with 2 outs in the 6th after being hit by a line drive off the bat of Tris Speaker. Reliever Lefty O’Doul comes on and faces record-tying 16 batters in the 6th, walking 6 and allowing 13 unearned runs before recording the final out. Bosox manager Frank Chance, annoyed at O’Doul’s off-field antics, leaves Lefty on the mound. O’Doul gives up the record-setting 13 unearned runs on 11 hits and 8 walks, all with two out (again, a record). The inning ends when Stephenson is thrown out trying to steal 2B, after the previous batter Joe Sewell had swiped 2B. O’Doul is relieved in the 7thin this, his last season as a ML pitcher, but he will return to the majors in 1928 as an good-hitting outfielder. The Indians keep it up, scoring 3 in the first inning of the 2nd game en route to a 8–5 win. Homer Summa, who was 2-for-3 in game 1, goes 4-for-4, while Charlie Jamieson, who had 3 hits and 4 runs in the opener, goes hitless to stop his consecutive-game hitting streak at 21.

At St. Louis, Elam Vangilder shrugs off two gopher balls to Babe Ruth and the Browns bury the Yankees, 13-3. Babe’s homer in the first inning went over the right center field bleachers and breaks a window across the street. His homer in the 8th clears Grand Avenue (according to homer historian Bill Jenkinson).

There is scoring in the National League as well as the Pirates massacre the Phillies, 18–5. Reb Russell scores 5 runs and Pie Traynor hits for the cycle, including a grand slam, and drives in 6 runs. Traynor is in the middle of a 24 game hitting streak that will end on July 19.

10th  Cardinals rookie P Johnny Stuart hurls 2 complete-game victories over Boston, winning by scores of 11–1 and 6–3, and striking out nary a batter. He allows 3 hits in the opener and 10 in the nitecap.

In St. Louis, the Browns beat the Washington Senators, 9-1, as Hank Severeid hits a grand slam off Paul Zahniser, the second slam he has served up in a week.

11th  Harry Frazee, owner of the Red Sox since 1916, sells out for over $1 million to a group of Ohio businessmen, who bring in veteran front office man Bob Quinn from St. Louis to run the club. Frazee’s departure is welcomed by Boston fans who are fed up with the sale of Frazee’s best players over the years. However, one of the major backers of the team, Indiana glass tycoon Palmer Winslow will pass away shortly, leaving Quinn with shallow pockets.

At Braves Field, the Cardinals use 18 players as they beat the Braves, 10-4. Doc Lavan has 3 RBIs and Rogers Hornsby is 3-for-3 and drives in 3 runs. The Braves have 18 runners left on base to tie the ML record.

Detroit takes two from visiting Boston, winning 7-3 and 5-1. Fred Haney has a grand slam for the Tigers, in the 4th off George Murray in game 2.

12th  At Chicago, the first-place Yankees turn back the White Sox, 10-6, behind Bob Shawkey. Shawkey ties the AL record for long hits in an inning by a pitcher when he connects for a double and triple in the 3rdinning. Ironically, the next pitcher to match Shawkey is Ted Lyons, who is in the game as a reliever and serves up a two-run homer to Babe Ruth in the 6th.

13th In Philadelphia, the Reds score in bunches to beat the Phils, 21–7. Cincy scores 5 in the 1st, 5 in the 3rd, 4 in the 5th, one in the 6th and 6 in the 9th. With the game out of hand the Phillies look into the stands for relief, bringing in Leo “Red” Miller, a former Phillies batboy, clubhouse attendant, trainer, and batting practice pitcher, Miller, who pitches semi-pro ball, throws a scoreless 8th inning. In the 9th, however, he surrenders six hits, a walk, and six earned runs in 2/3 of an inning. This will be Miller’s only big league appearance, leaving him with a 32.40 ERA (as noted by Charlie Weatherby from an article in The Sporting News, December 8, 1938, p. 5.)

14th In the first of two at Cleveland, the Indians George Uhle (13-9) allows 4 hits in topping the Yankees, 4-2. Herb Pennock (10-3) takes the loss. Uhle will go 6-1 against the Yankees this year, with 6 complete games, and end his career with a 16-5 record versus New York. The two teams combine for 30 hits in game 2, as the Yankees win, 10-7. Babe Ruth is 2-for-2, including a homer and 4 bases on balls. The Babe will have four 4-walk games this year as he amasses an AL-record 170 bases on balls.

15th At the Polo Grounds, Cubs outfielder Bernie Friberg breaks a 5–5 tie by belting a 10th inning grand slam off Claude Jonnard to give Grover Alexander a 9–5 win. Pete is now 29–28 lifetime versus the Giants.

17th Miller Huggins’ antipathy towards P Carl Mays surfaces as the manager keeps Mays in the entire game against Cleveland. The Indians light up Mays for 20 hits in the 13–0 win behind George Uhle. Mays’ record will be a decent 5–2 in 81 innings, but the Yankees will sell him at the end of the season. Yankee teammates Ev Scott and Wally Pipp protest the Indian scalping of Mays, by exiting the game.

At Boston, Reds ace Dolf Luque starts and wins both games of a doubleheader against the Braves. In game 1, the Cuban cutie is lifted for a pinch hitter losing 2–0, but the Reds score 4 times to win, 4–3. Luque then pitches a complete game in game 2 to win, 9–5. He is now 15–2, and will finish the season with a 12–2 road record.

18th In a 4–1 win at Detroit, Yankee RF Elmer Smith snags a hit-and-run line drive by Del Pratt and jogs to 1B to get Harry Heilmann, who had been running. The unassisted DP by an outfielder is the only one in Yankee history, but for Smith it is his 3rd, putting him behind Tris Speaker on the all-time list. He’ll add a 4th in 1925 when patrolling the outfield for the Reds.

Cleveland’s Guy Morton allows 2 hits in beating Washington, 4–1.

21st At Philadelphia, the Phils score 12 runs in the 6th inning, a NL record for the frame, to ease home 17–4, against Chicago in game 1. Jimmie Wilson and Walter Holke each hit 3-run homers and drive in 4 runs. The Cubs retaliate in the nitecap, winning 16–9, scoring in 7 of the 9 frames. Bernie Friberg has 4 hits, 4 runs and 4 RBIs.

The first and last balls pitched are hit for home runs in a Vernon-Oakland PCL game. Vernon leadoff hitter Rod Murphy hits a homer on the first pitch and Ray Kremer, Oakland pitcher, homers on the last pitch of the game as Oakland wins, 4-3.

22nd  Washington’s Walter Johnson notches his 3,000th strikeout on the way to 3,508. He fans 5 in beating Cleveland 3–1. The Tribe has to pack, ending their extended 31 game home stand that began on June 23. Their record for the stay was 16–15.

At the Polo Grounds, the first-place Giants edge the Phillies, 5-4. Cotton Tierney has a homer and drives in all 4 runs for the Quakers.

23rd  At Pittsburgh, the Cubs score 9 runs in the top of the 12th to beat the Pirates, 12–3. The 9 runs is a NL record for the inning. Otto Vogel’s 3-run triple is the big blow in the scoring spree.

24th In Philadelphia, Yankee pitcher Carl Mays beats the Athletics, 9–2 for his AL record 24th straight win over Philadelphia. (the record was listed for years at 23 wins, but historian Lyle Spatz recalculated it at 24. This matches the ML high of Christy Mathewson, who won 24 straight). He started with doubleheader victories on August 30, 1918, while pitching for the Red Sox. The Yankees score 5 in the 8th and another 3 in the 9th on Ruth’s 3-run homer, which lands on the roof of a house across 20th street. His 23rd homer ties the mark of Cy Williams.

At St. Louis, Cleveland’s Jim Joe Edwards and the Browns Ray Kolp face off for 13 innings before Charlie Jamieson’s leadoff HR in the 13th decides it, 3–2. Kolp faces 52 batters, at one point retiring 19 straight.

25th Bob Shawkey stops the A’s, 5–4, to give the Yanks their 2nd win in a row in Philadelphia. Ruth is given 3 intentional walks to bring his walks for the season to 100.

27th At the Polo Grounds, the Cubs overcome a 7-RBI performance by Irish Meusel to edge the Giants, 11-10. The Cubs need 4 runs in the 9th to do it as Jigger Statz drives in 2 runs to tie and Sparky Adams brings the Jigger home with a single. The loss leaves New York 3 ½ games ahead of Cincinnati.

29th At Cubs Park the Giants maul the Cubs, 15-3, behind Rosy Ryan (9-1) who tosses a complete game and drives in 2 runs. This is Rosy’s 10th start of the year and the Giants have scored 104 run in those games. No other pitcher this century will have such support.

30th At Chicago, the Braves ride a grand slam by light-hitting Hod Ford to a 6-5 win over the Cubs.

1923 August

1st  Stepping in against the Indians Sherrod Smith in the 9th inning, Babe Ruth starts off batting righthanded. After taking a strike, he switches to LH and hits his 25th HR of the season. The Indians still win, 5–3. The Babe will again bat righty 4 days later.

2nd The Browns drop a pair to the Senators, losing 5–0 to rookie Monroe Mitchell, then losing 2–1 to George Mogridge. Mitchell will go just 2–4 in his only ML season. The Browns help the recruit by twice batting out of turn (as noted by Clifford Blau). In the first inning, Ken Williams hit in Jacobson’s place. Then, in the ninth, Hank Severeid batted when Gerber was supposed to, and the latter was called out. Coincidently or not, the Browns will fire manager Lee Fohl in a few days and replace him with Jimmy Austin.

3rd  No games are played in the majors following the death of President Harding in San Francisco on August 2nd. The schedule will also be canceled a week from now on the day of his funeral.

In the PCL game between Vernon and Los Angeles a base hit results in an odd triple play. In the 7th inning with McDowell and Griffin on base, Vernon’s Gordon Slade hits a line single to left-center. Left fielder Hood picks up the bounding ball and fires home, and McDowell stops at 3B. Griffin rounds 2B and heads for 3B as pitcher Payne intercept’s Hood’s throw and fires to second baseman McAuley who runs down Griffin. McAuley then throws the ball to catcher Jenkins, who tags out McDowell trying to score. Griffin evidently doesn’t think he was called out and trots back to 2B only to find to find Slade occupying the base. Slade then ambles back to 1B. Simultaneously, catcher Jenkins tosses the ball to Payne and the pitcher quickly relays it to SS Clyde Beck, who tags out Slade for the third out.

The Cubs lose shortstop Charley Hollocher. According to historian Charley Weatherby, Hollocher was plagued by mysterious ailments and left spring training and did not begin the season until mid-May. For the past several days, Hollocher has been absent from the lineup, but manager Killefer anticipated the shortstop’s return. But Killefer finds a note from Hollocher in his office this afternoon: “Dear Bill, Tried to see you at the clubhouse this afternoon but guess I missed you. Feeling pretty rotten so made up my mind to go home and take a rest and forget baseball for the rest of the year. No hard feelings, just didn’t feel like playing any more. Good Luck. As ever, Holly.” In 66 games this year, Hollocher was hitting .342, two points above his .340 of 1922. He’ll come back to play part of 1924 but hit just .245.

4th Travis Jackson drives in 8 runs on 4 hits, including a double and homer, to lead the Giants to a 14–4 win over Cincinnati. Irish Meusel has 4 hits and scores 4 as the Giants total 20 hits to help Rosy Ryan extend his record to 10-1. Jackson is the only rookie shortstop to register 4 hits and 8 RBIs in a game

5th  Against the Browns, Ruth again bats righthanded. After the Babe hits his 26th and 27th HRs off of Ray Kolp, relief P Elam Vangilder takes no chances with Ruth and walks him intentionally in the 11th and again in the 13th inning. Ruth bats righty against Vangilder. Bob Meusel’s single wins the game 9–8.

7th The Giants beat the Reds, 6–2, to sweep the five-game series with second-place Cincinnati. Reds starter Dolf Luque (17-5) endures heckling all afternoon from the Giants bench before confronting the New Yorkers and punching out Casey Stengel [he went after Stengel in 1920] landing a punch on the shoulder. Luque and Stengel are ejected and the pitcher is suspended [he will miss one start and still win 27]. Collier’s Eye, a sporting sheet, will allege that Reds’ players Pat Duncan and Sammy Bohne had been approached by gamblers who offered them $15,000 to lose the series. The players will be called before NL head John Heydler, and later the two will sue the publication for slander before settling out of court.

The Indians roll over the Washington Senators, 22–2, collecting 26 hits. Frank Brower is 6-for-6, while Homer Summa and Charlie Jamieson have 4 apiece and score 7 between them. Pitcher George Uhle has 3 hits. Down 13–1 in the 7th, the Nats bring in Squire Potter, but his only ML appearance is not pretty. Potter walks the first 2 batters on 8 pitches, and finishes the game allowing 9 runs on 11 hits in 2 innings, walks 4, with a wild pitch. The Indians mercifully get caught stealing 2B three times and have another runner out at 3B trying to stretch a double. Potter’s brother Dykes will have a similar record in 1938 (as noted in Retrosheet).

9th At Shibe Park, the A’s gang up on the White Sox, banging out 22 hits for a 21-5 victory. Sammy Hale does the most damage with 4 hits, 4 runs, and 5 RBIs to back Rollie Naylor (9-4).

At Sportsman’s Park, Frankie Frisch hits a 3-run homer in the 1st and adds two doubles, but the Cardinals hang on to beat the league-leading Giants, 13-12 in 15 innings. After New York scores a pair in the 11th, Rogers Hornsby ties it with a 2-run homer. Lou North is the winner with 4 hitless innings.

11th The Tigers lose to the Yanks, 10–4 and 9-8 in a series that features the top 2 AL hitters. Babe Ruth goes 3-for-8 against the Tigers, while Harry Heilmann is 5-for-10 against the Yanks. The two are neck and neck at .390 for the year. After the doubleheader, AL President Ban Johnson rules that Babe Ruth must give up his Sam Crawford bat, made for him by the future Hall of Famer. The bat is “four pieces of seasoned wood, carefully glued together.” On August 21, Johnson rules that only one-piece bats will be allowed, a rule that also affects Ken Williams, who is using a plugged bat.

At Philadelphia, the Indians beat up on the A’s winning 9-5 and 10-2. Tris Speaker has his third grand slam of the year for the Tribe, clubbing the four bagger in the 11th inning of the first game. Despite the sweep, the Indians remain 12 games in back of the Yankees.

12th In the first of two at Ebbets Field, the Dodgers collect 16 hits, including 3 homers, in beating the Pirates, 11-2. Brooklyn ace Dazzy Vance coasts to his 10th straight win. He’ll slide to 3-7 the rest of the way to finish at 18-15. Burleigh Grimes completes the sweep with a 3-hitter in the second game as Brooklyn wins, 6-0. Pittsburgh is now tied for 2ndplace, 8 games back.

13th In the 2nd game of the afternoon in Washington, Chicago’s Earl Sheely hits a 2-run homer in the 8th inning to beat Walter Johnson, 3–2. Dixie Leverett is the winning pitcher. Washington wins game 1, 5–4.

15th  Senators southpaw George Mogridge becomes the only hurler to steal home in extra innings when he scores an insurance run in the 12thin a 5–1 win over the White Sox.

17th  The Cardinals stop Brooklyn’s Dazzy Vance after his 10 straight wins, 8–5.

The Yanks edge the Browns, 5–4 at St. Louis. Ruth hits his 31st homer in the 1st and adds a double in the 8th. His first-inning homer, off Elam Vangilder, is into the RF bleachers and lands in a water barrel. After 111 games, Babe Ruth is hitting .401 with 31 HRs. He’ll wind up with his highest BA, .393. With 205 hits, a ML record 170 walks, and 4 times hit by pitches, Ruth will reach base a record 379 times.

18th  In Chicago, Babe Ruth clubs a 9th inning three-run homer off Chisox starter Mike Cvengros, and the Yankees prevail, 6-5. The homer over the RF bleachers is estimated to be 460 feet, according to Ruth historian Bill Jenkinson. It is the Babe’s third off Little Mike this year. Babe has 2 other hits and totals 5 RBIs.

At Baker Bowl, the Pirates edge the Phillies, 9-8, in 10 innings as Babe Adams (10-4) picks up the win with 3 innings of scoreless relief. Max Carey has 5 hits, 3 RBIs and 3 steals. Carey will lead the NL with 51 steals this year, the same number he stole last year.

In a Pacific Coast League match at Salt Lake City, the host Bees sting Vernon, 25-12, coming from a 10-6 deficit with one out in the 6th. The Bees then notch a 16-run, 6th inning, totaling 13 hits. Six Bee hitters have 3 hits in the game.

19th  At the Polo Grounds, Ross Youngs ends a pitching duel by lining a 12th inning inside-the-park homer off Wilbur Cooper to give the Giants a 2-1 victory over the Pirates. The Bucs manage just three hits off Jack Scott. Youngs is the second Giant (George Burns, September 11, 1917) to hit an extra-inning IPHR, and the last to do so this century.

20th  At Comiskey Park, the Yanks are winning a laugher, 16–5, when a dog wanders onto left field in the 9th inning. Babe Ruth briefly plays with the pup, then tosses his mitt to chase it away. The dog promptly grabs the mitt and takes off at the same moment that Sox rookie pitcher Paul Castner lofts a fly to left. Babe casually catches the fly bare handed.

21st A 4-piece bat used by Ruth is banned by AL president Ban Johnson because of the glue used on it. A protest is made against the Browns’ Ken Williams for using a bat with a wooden plug in it. Johnson rules that all bats must be one piece with nothing added except tape extending to 18 inches up the handle.

22nd Against the A’s, White Sox P Sloppy Thurston strikes out the side on 9 pitches in the 12th inning. Sloppy is the 2nd AL hurler to pitch a perfect inning and the only ML hurler in history to do it in extra innings. But great pitching by Eddie Rommel allows the A’s to win it in 13 innings, 3–2.

23rd  Reds 2B Sammy Bohne and OF Pat Duncan deny under oath that they have been approached to throw games with the Giants.

Red Faber holds the A’s to 4 singles and the White Sox roll, 10–0, making pudding of starter Bob Hasty. The Sox swipe 6 bases, 5 in the 3rd inning.

24th Two and a half weeks after the Indians put a whupping on Washington, the Senators return the favor, beating the Tribe, 20–8. Sam Rice scores 5 runs on 4 hits for the Nats while Joe Judge drives in 5 runs on 4 hits. Goose Goslin has 4 runs and 4 hits. Senator pitchers hand out 14 walks.

At Brooklyn, the Reds Dolf Luque (20-5) shuts out the Dodgers, 4–0, for his 20th win. The Havana hotshot will lead the NL in wins with 27 and ERA with a nifty 1.93.

25th White Sox rookie pitcher Clark Gillenwater makes his first ML start after getting bombed in his first appearance as a reliever. Gillenwater allows 4 hits to the Red Sox as he wins, 3-0, beating Howard Ehmke. Gillenwater will start and lose three more games, ending his ML career with this one lone shutout victory (as noted by J.G. Preston).

26th At Dunn Field, the Indians score 3 runs against Joe Bush in the bottom of the 9th to beat the Yankees, 4-3. George Uhle earns his 22nd win by scattering 10 singles and a double. Tris Speaker has 2 hits to start a 23-game hitting streak that will raise his average from .363 to .375,

30th At Boston, Red Sox ace Howard Ehmke beats the A’s, 2–1, for the 5thtime this year. Boston will finish in last place, but Ehmke will win 20 games.

31st  Giants owner Charles Stoneham is indicted by a federal grand jury for perjury. He will also be indicted for mail fraud. He had denied any ownership in 2 bucket-shop operations that had been found guilty of stock frauds; creditors of the 2 firms claimed he retained financial interests in both. Other NL owners are rumored to be forming a pool to buy him out, but Stoneham stays out of jail and in the NL.

1923 September

2nd  After playing 238 games without being shutout, Kansas City is stopped by Milwaukee’s Nelson Potts, who wins 5–0. The string of scoring games ties the AA record set by Minneapolis between September 1920 and June 1922.

4th  Yankee Sam Jones no-hits the Athletics, 2–0, beating Bob Hasty. Babe Ruth makes the only strikeout of the game as he slips a point behind Detroit’s Harry Heilmann in the batting race. Not till Ken Holtzman’s no-hitter in 1969, will another pitcher record a no-hitter with no strikeouts.

In a twilight charity game, Ruth plays 1B for Philadelphia’s Ascension Catholic Club. Ruth scores the only run in a 2–1 loss to the Lit Brothers.

7th  The A’s are hit with a no-hitter for the 2nd time in 4 days as Boston’s Howard Ehmke strikes out one while pitching a 4–0 no-hitter against them. “Ehmke’s zippy crossfire came out of the shortstop’s chest like bad news from a gatling gun” (Philadelphia Public Ledger). Preserving the no-hitter is rival pitcher Slim Harriss, who hits the ball to the wall in the 7thand winds up on 2B, but he is called out for failing to touch 1B. An 8thinning liner by Frank Welch is fumbled in LF and he reaches 1B. The liner is initially ruled a single but changed before the inning is over. Ehmke has now won 6 straight over the A’s this season. For Ehmke’s batterymate, Val Picinich, it is his 3rd no-hitter, each with a different team.

9th At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees roll to a twinbill sweep over the Red Sox, winning, 6-2 and 4-0. Whitey Witt has a homer in each game and Babe Ruth homers in the second contest to back Bob Shawkey’s 3-hitter. In game 1, Sox RF Ira Flagstead starts two DPs, his 6th and 7th of the year. He’ll start one more next week. In April 1926 he’ll start three in one game to set the AL mark.

In an IL game, the Syracuse Stars are leading 3–2 in the 7th and final inning when ump George Magerkurth calls a Baltimore runner safe, giving the Orioles a last chance at bat. Stars manager Frank Shaughnessy protests and the fans agree with him by pouring out onto the field, and the ump awards the forfeit win to the O’s.

11th Four days after tossing a no-hitter, Howard Ehmke almost does it again. After Yankee leadoff hitter Whitey Witt reaches first base on a controversial infield hit that is ruled a single, Boston P Howard Ehmke retires the next 27 batters for a 3–0 win, his 20th of the year. The Yankee crowd exhorts the scorer Fred Lieb to reverse his call on the hard grounder that 3B Howard Shanks booted, but the one hit stood. Ehmke has now given up just one hit in his last 2 games.

Minor league head M. H. Sexton fines the president of the Norfolk club $1,000 and suspends the team indefinitely for an attack on umpire. Barry led the attack by fans on umpire Harper. Sexton also accused the Virginia League president of laxity in that this is the 2nd attack on an ump in the league this year. Since the season is closed the suspension of the team does not affect the standings.

13th  The Senators win 7–3 over Detroit, with Walter Johnson picking up the victory. Harry Heilmann is 2-for-4 and scores a run for the Bengals.

The White Sox buy OF Maurice Archdeacon from Rochester (International League) for $50,000. After batting .402 in 22 games, including two 5-hit games, the little speed merchant will drop to .319, then to .111, then out of sight.

14th  The Sox beat the visiting Indians, 4–3 in 12 innings on Ira Flagstead’s bases-loaded single to left. George Burns, 1B for the Boston Red Sox, makes an unassisted triple play in the 2nd on a line drive hit by Cleveland’s Frank Brower. He tags out Rube Lutzke returning to first and rushes to 2B sliding in to the bag for the 3rd out before Riggs Stephenson returns. Burns also finishes off a 9-4-3 DP started by Flagstead, Ira’s 30thoutfield assist. Flagstead won’t play the last two weeks of the season and in just 102 games will still end up with 31 assists, four short of the AL record. The Sox will set an ML record for outfield assists (87) as a record five fielders total 10 or more outfield assists (as noted by Clem Comly): Ira Flagstead 31; Shano Collins 17; Joe Harris 11: Mike Menosky 12: Dick Reichle (10). Howie Shanks (1) Nemo Liebold (1) and John Donahue (4) add assists as the group starts 14 double plays. Today’s triple play hit into by Cleveland is the 4th triple play they’ve hit into this season, a ML record. No team in the 19th or 20th century will match it.

The Cubs Vic Keen stops the Giants, 7–1, cutting the NL leaders lead down to ½ game. The lone Giants score is a George Kelly homer off Vic Keen.

15th  Paul Strand, RF for Salt Lake City (PCL), makes his 290th hit, a pro baseball record. He will play in 194 games, make 325 hits, including 66 doubles, 13 triples, and 43 HRs, for a .394 BA, with 180 runs and 187 RBI. He also has 612 total chances in the OF. Strand, 30, had come up to the Braves as a pitcher in 1913 and was 6-2 for the 1914 pennant winners, mostly in relief. The Athletics will pay a reported $100,000 (which Mack later says was really $40,000) for him, but he will hit just .228.

16th The Cubs lose 10–6 to the Giants in Chicago, despite the hitting of Hack Miller who collects 3 doubles and a triple. A riot occurs in the 8thinning when umpire Charlie Moran makes an out call at 2B on Sparky Adams. Moran is pelted by hundreds of pop bottles. Judge Landis, in attendance at the game, shakes his cane at the angry mob, and play is held up for 15 minutes. John McGraw and the umpires need a police escort at the conclusion.

17th  The Giants’ George Kelly sets a ML record by homering in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th against the Cubs Vic Aldridge as New York rolls to a 13–6 win. Kelly adds a single and double to run his total bases to 15 for the game plus 7 RBIs. Kelly has now hit a record 6 homers off cousin Aldridge this year, a mark off one pitcher that will be tied by Ted Williams (in 1941, off Johnny Rigney) and Ted Kluszewski (in 1954, off Max Surkont). Kelly is the first player to homer in 3 successive innings.

At Washington, Walter Johnson notches two wins against the Browns, winning one game in relief, and the other as a starter. Game 1 is 5–4 in 10 innings and game 2 is 12–2 in 7 innings.

19th The Reds sweep the visiting Phillies, winning 1–0 behind Eppa Rixey, and 6–5 as Pete Donohue notches his 20th win. Rixey will record his 20thwin in 2 days, beating the Dodgers, 4–3, in 11 innings. With Luque already over 20, the Reds have three 20-game winners. The pennant winning Giants will have one pitcher with more than 16 wins.

20th  The Yanks clinch their 3rd straight pennant, beating St. Louis 4–3 to lead by 18 games. Their final margin is 16.

Now pitching: Lou Gehrig. According to the Bridgeport Telegram, “‘Lefty Lou’ Gehrig, heavy hitting Hartford first baseman, went to the mound for the first time in the Eastern League today and defeated New Haven, 6 to 4, displaying a fine curve ball. Both teams played great ball in the field. The Hartford infield cut off runs in several instances with brilliant plays.” Showboat Fisher, who started the year with the Washington Senators, said in a 1930 interview (as noted by historian Stew Thornley) that when he played for New Haven, he faced Gehrig (in this game). The New Haven catcher was a friend of his who asked what kind of a pitch he’d like. Fisher said a curve, and Gehrig’s curve came in and hit him in the head, finishing his season.

21st  Babe Ruth is the unanimous choice of the AL committee of baseball writers for the MVP award.

Detroit and Boston split a pair with the Sox taking the opener, 4-3, then losing 15-6. Ty Cobb scores 5 runs in game 2 for the 3rd time in his career.

23rd In Atlanta, the wooden Ponce De Leon Park, home of the Crackers (South Association) burns down in a spectacular blaze. There is only one injury—a secretary who had fallen asleep in the front office is rescued but suffers burns. The park will be rebuilt in steel and concrete, renamed Spiller Park after the club president, and reopen for the 1924 season.

24th  Bill Terry takes his first swings in a Giants uniform as a pinch hitter. On September 30th he will play his first game at 1B and get his first hit in a 4–3 win over Boston.

Detroit pitcher Ray Francis, with a 3–0 lead over the Yankees, issues a bases loaded walk to Babe Ruth, but hangs on for the victory.

25th Rogers Hornsby is fined $500 and suspended indefinitely by the Cardinals when, feeling ill, he refuses to take the field for a game against the Robins, despite the team doctor’s opinion that he is in condition to play. Raj is not needed as Haines tops Brooklyn, 4–1, for his 20th win.

Pittsburgh wins 18-5 over the Phillies as rookie Eddie Moore scores 5 runs in his ML debut.

26th  At Yankee Stadium, the Tigers score 5 runs in the top of the 10th to whip New York, 8-3. Lu Blue has 3 hits, including his first homer of the year, and drives in 3. Wally Pipp is 1-for-3 and then sits down to rest for the World Series. Young Lou Gehrig takes over and drives in 2 runs. Gehrig will make is first ML start tomorrow. The loss goes to starter Bullet Joe Bush who is bushed by the 10th inning.

At Forbes Field, Pirate ace Johnny Morrison (24-12) fires a one hitter in beating the Phillies, 6-0. September callup Andy Woehr has the lone hit for Philadelphia.

Cleveland sweeps a pair from the host Athletics, winning 5-3 in 11 innings, and .6-2 Rube Walberg goes the distance in the first-game loss and is almost matched by winning pitcher James Edwards. Tris Speaker has hits in both games to run his hitting streak to 23.

27th  Signed in June for a $1,500 bonus, and recently brought up from Hartford (Eastern League), Lou Gehrig hits the first of his 493 HRs. It comes off Bill Piercy at Fenway Park in an 8–3 New York win.

Red Sox owner Bob Quinn announces that Frank Chance will not manage the team next year.

The International League fare well in exhibition games as Baltimore beats the New York Giants, 4–3, behind Lefty Grove, and Reading and the Philadelphia Athletics battle to a 12-inning 6–6 tie.

28th  Three weeks after both pitchers have thrown no-hitters versus the A’s, Sam Jones of the Yankees and Howard Ehmke (20–17) of the Red Sox clash. It is not Ehmke’s day; he is routed after facing a AL record-tying 16 batters in an 11-run 6th inning, as manager Frank Chance declines to relieve his ace in mid-inning. The Yankees beat the Red Sox 24–4 with 30 hits in 55 at bats, both AL records. Ruth is 5-for-6 with two doubles and his 28th HR, Wally Schang adds 5 hits and 5 RBIs, and Gehrig 4 hits, including 3 doubles. Gehrig will not have a 5-hit game in his career. Winning pitcher Sam Jones has 3 hits to combine with his batterymate for 8; it is the second time in Schang’s career he has had 5 hits and his batterymate had 3.

In another slugfest, the Tiger maul the Indians 17–3. Harry Heilmann is 4-for-4 to raise his average to .398 and Ty Cobb scores 4 runs.

The Giants beat Brooklyn 3–0 behind Art Nehf to clinch the NL flag. Bob Meusel’s single off Grimes in the 1st inning scores 2, and he scores on the front end of a double steal. The Giants are the first NL team to lead or tie for first place the entire season.

29th The Reds Dolf Luque ends his campaign in style beating the visiting Cardinals, 11–1. He leaves after the game for Havana with a ML-leading won-loss record of 27-8, still the best single-season mark ever posted by a Latin American pitcher in ML play. Last year his 23 losses led the NL.

In Boston, the Red Sox take two from the Yankees, winning 5-4 and 3-2 in 16 innings. Jack Quinn spits his way to a win in the opener, allowing 14 Yankee hits, all singles. George Murray pitches 16 innings in game 2 to earn the victory. George Pipgras takes the loss in relief of Bob Shawkey, who toils 14 innings.

The Tigers (77-69) beat the Indians (76-68), 3–0, and move into a tie for 2nd place in the AL each with a .527 winning percentage. Rookie Earl Whitehill (2–0) wins in relief of starter Dauss, who is given the hook. (as noted by Retrosheet) Umpire Holmes stops the game and rules that Ty Cobb is using an illegal bat. Cobb chooses 3 others, then asks if he may go back to his locker and find another.

30th On Zack Wheat day in Brooklyn, the Phils Cy Williams ties the score in the 7th with his 39th homer and seals the win in the 12th with his 40th. The Phils win 6–4. Wheat has 2 hits and receives an automobile. Wheat finishes last in fielding this year with a dismal .908 percentage after leading the circuit with a .991 last season.

At Chicago, Hack Miller hits a 2-run HR in the 8th to give the Cubs a 5–4 win over the Pirates. Reb Russell hits a 2-run HR for the Bucs, his ball rolling under the screen in RF in the 6th inning for an inside-the-park homer.

The NL champion New York Giants wrap up their home season with a 4–3, 10-inning win over the Braves. Moses Solomon, the “Rabbi of Swat,” drives in Frisch with a double in the 10th. Solomon, who hit a minor-league record 49 homers at Hutchinson this year (a 50th was washed out August 26th), breaking Perry Werden’s 1895 record of 45 at Minneapolis, is 2-for-4 in his ML debut. But this is his only ML season. Hack Wilson, who made his ML debut yesterday, is 2-for-4. Young Bill Terry, who debuted on the 24th, is 1-for-3. Solomon will hold the home run record for just a year: Clarence “Big Boy” Kraft will hit 55 at Ft. Worth next year.

1923 October

2nd In a 7–5 Detroit win over the White Sox, Harry Heilmann goes 2-for-2 to put his average over .400. He will sit for the rest of the season, except for a pinch single on the final day, and will win the batting title with a .403 average. Cobb helps out today with a steal of home in the 7th inning, his first steal of home in more than three years. Playing in just his 16thML game, prize rookie Maurice Archdeacon notches his second five-hit game for Chicago. He did the same thing on September 22 in the second game of a doubleheader, his sixth game for the Sox.

3rd Babe Ruth, playing in an exhibition game for John McGraw at the Polo Grounds, bashes the first HR ever hit over the RF roof.

At Shibe Park, the A’s trip the Senators, 12-8, clubbing three pitchers making their last ML appearances. Clay Roe starts and loses his one ML appearance and Fred Schemanske finishes the game in his lone appearance. In between, Cy Warmoth toils in his final appearance. Collecting his final ML hit is Tillie Walker, who triples and drives in 3 runs. Walker appears in just 52 games this season after hitting 37 homers and compiling 99 RBIs in 1922, but is mostly forgotten as Connie Mack goes for a faster outfield. Walker will retire to Kentucky where he’ll be a state trooper and ump in the Appalachian League.

In the Indians 9-2 win at St. Louis, Homer Summa lives up to his name with a grand slam in the 4th. The win keeps the Tribe one percentage point ahead of Detroit for 2nd place.

4th  Cleveland’s Tris Speaker connects against the Browns for a homer and his 57th double as the visiting Tribe win, 5–1. His final total of 59 is a record that will be beaten in 1931 by Earl Webb (67), but his career-high 793 (later revised down to 792) is still tops. Speaker will set an American League record with his 4th straight year of leading in doubles and lead for the 8th season overall. He collects 5 hits today for the third time this season.

Tigers P Herman Pillette loses 9–6 to Chicago for his AL-high 19th loss of the season. His son Duane will tie for the lead in the AL with 14 losses in 1951.

Allen “Rubber-Arm” Russell pitches in his 52nd game for Washington, a 7–6 loss to Boston. A record 47 are in relief. He also works 145 innings as a “fireman,” another new mark. He finishes the season with a 9-4 record, 9 saves, and a 2.55 ERA in relief.

In his last appearance for the Yankees, Carl Mays has no magic left as the A’s finally sink the submariner, 7–6, knocking him out of the box with 4 runs in the 5th He had won 24 straight games against the A’s. Mays strikes out none, and gives up 10 hits and 3 walks. He will not appear in any of the WS games. Ruth, filling in for Pipp at 1B, clubs his 39th HR in the 1st, off Bob Hasty. Eddie Rommel, in relief, is the winner.

5th In his season finale, Walter Johnson K’s 12 Red Sox to win his 17th, 4–2. The 12 strikeouts are the highest in the majors this year and boosts Johnson’s total to an AL-high 130.

In a 9-1 victory over the Browns, Detroit C Johnny Bassler, the slowest runner in the AL, steals home. With pitcher Bert Cole on 1B in the 8th, St. Louis pitcher Dave Danforth throws over and Bassler breaks from third shocking 1B Dutch Schleibner, who throws late to home.

At Yankee Stadium, the A’s lose to New York, 8-4. First baseman Babe Ruth lines a pitch off Rube Walberg in the 3rd that skips by the center fielder for an inside-the-park homerun. Bullet Joe Bush (19-15) is the winner with 5 innings of one-hit relief.

6th  Braves rookie SS Ernie Padgett, playing in his second ML game, pulls an unassisted triple play against the Phils, the first in the NL since 1878. Walter Holke lines out, Cotton Tierney is forced, and Cliff Lee is tagged out. It is the first unassisted TP in the NL since 1878. The Braves win the 5-inning nitecap, 4–1, to sweep the twinbill. Joe Batchelder picks up the W over Lefty Weinert.

Against the Indians, Chicago rookie Ted Lyons (2–1) picks up his first two wins in the majors, both in relief. Lyons tosses 4 2/3 inning in the opener and three innings in the nitecap as the White Sox sweep, 6–3 and 7–6. They’re his only wins this year.

7th  At New York, Yankees SS Everett Scott runs his consecutive-game streak to 1,138 in a 9–7 season finale loss to the A’s. Rookie Harvey Hendrick hits a grand slam for New York, and Babe Ruth hits his 41st of the year to tie with the Phillies Cy Williams for tops in the ML. Ruth adds a single and finishes with a record 379 times on base, a number that will be challenged by Barry Bonds in 2004, but not topped. The Babe also swipes his 17th base to go along with the 21 times he’s caught stealing.

10th  It’s an all–New York WS for the third time. In the first WS game at Yankee Stadium, the home team takes a quick 3–0 lead, but Heinie Groh triples in 2 runs in a 4-run 3rd that drives Waite Hoyt (17-9) to cover. A 4–4 tie is broken in the top of the 9th by the Giants when Casey Stengel’s blast rolls to the OF wall. The sore-legged veteran hobbles around the bases to score the winning run against reliever Joe Bush (19-15) before 55,307 spectators. This is also the first WS to be broadcast on a nationwide radio network. Graham McNamee, aided by baseball writers taking turns, is at the mike. Grantland Rice had broadcast an earlier WS, but not nationally.

11th  Babe Ruth hits 2 HRs, and Aaron Ward one, as Herb Pennock (19-6) scatters 9 hits for a 4–2 Yankee win at the Polo Grounds.

12th  Yankee Stadium fills with 62,430 fans to see an old-fashioned pitching duel. Once again a Stengel home run into the RF bleachers is the difference, as Art Nehf (13-10) bests Sam Jones (21-8) 1–0 in game 3. Stengel’s homer comes in the 7th inning.

13th  The Yankees score 6 runs in the 2nd off 3 Giants hurlers to help a shaky Bob Shawkey (16-11) to an 8–4 win. Whitey Witt has 3 hits and 2 RBI; for the losers Frank Frisch has 2 hits for the 3rd time, and Ross Youngs has 4.

14th  In game 5, the Yankees score 3 in the first and 4 in the 2nd off Jack Bentley (13-8), and Joe Bush spins a 3-hitter for an 8–1 win. Joe Dugan has 4 hits, including a homer.

Outfielder Paul Strand of Salt Lake City (PCL) sits out the last two games of the season and despite going hitless in his previous two games sets an Organized Baseball record with 325 hits. He leads the PCL with a .395 average.

15th  After Babe Ruth’s first-inning HR, the Giants peck away at Herb Pennock for 4 runs and take a 4–1 lead into the 8th. With one out, Art Nehf loads the bases on 2 singles and a walk, then walks in a run. Reliever Rosy Ryan forces in another run with a walk to Joe Dugan. Ruth strikes out, but Bob Meusel raps a single plus an error that tallies 3 runs. Sam Jones holds off the Giants, and the Yankees have their first World Championship. Rookie Hinkey Haines scores the tying run in the 8thinning, his last pro baseball appearance. Haines will move over to play for the New York football Giants from 1925-28 and be a key player on their 1927 NFL Championship team. The former two-sport All-American is the only player to have played on a pro championship team in both baseball and football.

16th  Soon after Babe Ruth receives his WS winner’s share of $6,160.46, insurance agent Harry Heilmann, who beat Ruth for the batting title by 10 points, sells him a $50,000 life insurance policy. Beneficiaries are Mrs. Ruth and adopted daughter Dorothy.

19th  Citing the unsavory characters associated with the sport, AL president Ban Johnson persuades AL owners to prohibit boxing matches in their parks. The NL declines to go along with it.

22nd The Red Sox name Lee Fohl as their new manager. Fohl was fired in July as the Browns manager.

23rd  Babe Ruth makes a post-season appearance in a Giants uniform, as the Giants defeat the Baltimore Orioles, 9–0. Ruth hits a HR over the RF roof at the Polo Grounds. The game is a benefit for destitute former Giants owner John Day.

26th  Frank Chance signs to manage the White Sox replacing Kid Gleason, but he will resign February 17, 1924, because of illness. Coach Johnny Evers, named acting manager, will fill the job the entire season.

1923 November

12th  John McGraw sends OF Casey Stengel, 2B Dave Bancroft, and OF Bill Cunningham to the Braves for P Joe Oeschger and OF Billy Southworth. Bancroft will be named player-manager, one of three players in the swap who will skipper the Braves.

1923 December

6th  While in Paris, John McGraw announces plans for a tour of Europe by the Giants and White Sox in 1924, as world interest in baseball grows. In Romania, Queen Marie will throw out the first ball to mark the game’s debut in July.

9th  Traveling to Chicago for the ML meetings, Wild Bill Donovan, New Haven manager, is killed when the 20th Century Limited train crashes at Forsyth, New York. Donovan was a pitcher for Detroit and respected ML manager for the Yankees and Phils. New Haven president George Weiss had swapped berths with Donovan, taking the top bunk, and he escapes with a minor injury. Phils owner William F. Baker and NL president John Heydler are also on the train, but they are unhurt. In all, nine die.

11th Considered a troublemaker, the Yankees sell Carl Mays (5–2) to the Reds for $7500. The submariner, who was not used in the WS, will win 20 for the Reds next season.

13th The Braves acquire 2B Cotton Tierney from the Phils for SS Hod Ford and OF Ray Powell. Powell is later replaced by OF Al Nixon.

15th  Al Szymanski, 21, who signed with his hometown Milwaukee club in the spring and was farmed out to Shreveport, is traded. Connie Mack secured the rights to his contract while he was at Shreveport; at the end of the season he reported to Milwaukee and hit .398 in 24 games. Scorekeepers change his name to Simmons. The A’s send IF Heinie Scheer and outfielders Wid Matthews and Frank “Beauty” McGowan to Milwaukee for the Simmons sleeper.


1924 February

9th       Washington owner Clark Griffith names SS Bucky Harris, last year’s team captain, as the new Nationals’ manager. Harris had annoyed Griffith by playing pro basketball over the winter, in violation of his contract, but the owner still tabbed him the job. Harris, 28, team captain, was at spring training when he received the offer by letter.

12th  The NL decides to go along with the AL in offering a $1,000 prize to the player named MVP by a committee of writers.

16th  Boston Braves SS Tony Boeckel, 31, dies of injuries received the day before in an automobile accident. He is the first active ML player killed in a motor accident. Heinie Peitz, 19th century infielder with the Baltimore Orioles, died in 1914 when struck by a car.

17th Frank Chance, signed as White Sox manager three months ago, resigns because of illness. Coach Johnny Evers is named acting manager until Chance returns, but the former Cubs star never recovers, and dies on September 24, 1924.

26th  In a golf tournament in Hot Springs, Babe Ruth is eliminated in the first round. Ruth, one of five major leaguers in the tourney, has recently taken up golf. Surviving their round are two Senators, Muddy Ruel and Paul Zahniser.

1924 March

7th  At Orlando, Reds manager Pat Moran, 48, dies at spring training of Bright’s disease. Coach Jack Hendricks replaces the popular Moran. Hendricks, a graduate of Northwestern Law School, is a lawyer off-season.

22nd  In a spring training game in Tampa, Rogers Hornsby faces Walter Johnson for the second and last time in his career, this time popping up and hitting into a DP. The Senators top the Cardinals, 8-6. They will play again on the 27th with St. Louis prevailing, 3-2.

23rd At Winter Haven, the White Sox shut out the Reds, 4-0, behind Roberson, Cadore and Lavere.

24th  In Leesburg, FL, the Cardinals bounce the Phillies, 17-10.

31st In Los Angeles, the Pirates edge the Cubs, 7-6. Tomorrow, the Cubs retaliate with a 17-2 victory in Kingman, AZ, and Pittsburgh will be victorious on April 3 in Albuquerque as the teams make their way East.

1924 April

3rd In Ashville, the first game ever played in McCormick Field is a smashing success as the visiting Detroit Tigers beat the Ashville Skylanders, 18–14. A sparse crowd of 3199 watches as Harry Heilmann bangs 3 homers, two off the top of the LF grandstand. Ty Cobb adds a homer. When the Dodgers leave Ebbets Field, the scoreboard will be relocated to McCormick Field.

8th In Nashville, the Giants lose an exhibition game 9–8 to the White Sox on a scorekeeper’s error. The Sox scored 8 runs in the early innings, but the scorekeeper posted a 9. When the Giants came back to score 8 runs, the scoreboard indicated New York was a run down, and that’s the way it ended. Both managers were furious after the game when the error was pointed out by several writers traveling with the teams. The American League will finish with a 28-21 record against the Senior Circuit.

15th  The Giants open before the NL’s biggest Opening Day crowd, more than 45,000 fans, but lose to Brooklyn, 3–2.

The Reds beat the Pirates 6–5 before a crowd of 35,747, a record for Redland Field. Tom Sheehan is the winner over Lee Meadows. Bubbles Hargrave is 4-for-4 with a pair of triples, the first major leaguer to hit a pair of triples in a season opener: Arky Vaughan will match it in 1941. This is the first Reds game broadcast on the radio, on WLW and WSAI: KDKA also broadcasts the game back to Pittsburgh.

After President Coolidge tosses out the first ball, Walter Johnson shuts out the A’s 4–0 on Opening Day, his 99th shutout. Slim Harriss, who topped Walter in last year’s Opening Day game, is the loser. One of the 4 hits off Johnson is a single by rookie Al Simmons, who hit .360 at Shreveport (Texas) and .398 in Milwaukee (AA) last season. Another A’s rookie (of sorts), Paul Strand, goes 0-for-4. Strand, the PCL’s top hitter the past two seasons, collected 325 hits in 1923, still an all-time record, and then was a high-priced purchase by Connie Mack. Strand last appeared in the majors in 1915 as a pitcher with the Boston Braves, and he’ll play just a third of the season before he and his .228 average will go back west.

George Sisler returns after missing a full year due to impaired vision caused by severe sinusitis. He is 2-for-4 in the Browns’ 7–3 win over the White Sox, but his years as an extraordinary player are over. Sisler agrees to take on the managerial job.

The opener at Fenway Park draws 25,000 (23,856 paid) but the Red Sox lose a heartbreaker to the Yankees, 2–1. The Sox lead, 1–0, after 8 innings, with Howard Ehmke driving in the lone run. But two 9th-inning errors by 2B Bill Wambsganss allow two unearned runs and pin the loss on Ehmke. Bob Shawkey pitches 8 innings and is replaced by Waite Hoyt, the winning pitcher.

The Cards beat the Cubs, 6–5, as Jeff Pfeffer is the winner over Vic Aldridge. Despite the victory, St. Louis will waive the veteran to Pittsburgh next month. The Cards’ Rogers Hornsby is the only batter who ever goes 2-for-5 on Opening Day and improves on his BA for the rest of the year. His .424 will be the highest ML BA in the 20th century. The Cardinals open the season with the players wearing small numbers on their sleeves, an experiment that will continue in 1925, then be dropped.

16th At Philadelphia, the Braves edge the Phils, 4-3, in 10 innings as Casey Stengel hits a homer and two singles. Boston (1-0) is the only undefeated team in the NL.

17th Baby Doll Jacobson cycles for Browns at Chicago, but the White Sox deflate the Browns, 6–3. The winner is Sarge Connally in relief.

19th The Red Sox score 10 runs in the bottom of the 2nd against the A’s, then cruise home, 12–0, behind Howard Ehmke.

At Washington, Whitey Witt hits a towering leadoff homer over the newly heightened RF wall. He is the first accomplish the feat but he will be matched by Ruth and Sisler this year. It is Whitey’s last ML homer as the Yankees fall to the Senators, 7-2. Serving up the Whitey wallop is John Martina, making his ML debut.

20th In Washington, Walter Johnson picks up an easy 12–3 win over the Yankees. Babe Ruth scores 2 of the New York runs on a triple and an 8thinning home run, then also adds a 90-foot high bat toss (as noted by bat-toss expert Frank Vaccaro). It comes after a third strike call by Billy Evans in the 9th and earns the Babe an ejection.

21st The Reds edge the Cubs, 2–1 in 10 innings as Tom Sheehan bests Pete Alexander.

22nd With the help of a Cobb steal of home in the 3rd inning, the Tigers edge the Browns, 4-3.

24th Detroit pitcher Lil Stoner gives up 9 hits to the Indians. but helps beat them 8-2 when he clouts a three-run homer off James Edwards.

25th In Philadelphia, the A’s Al Simmons hits his first ML homer, a 3-run shot in the 6th, off the Nationals’ Walter Johnson. The A’s win, 6–5.

26th At Yankee Stadium, New York edges Boston, 4–3, when a squeeze bunt in the 11th inning scores Ernie Johnson. Both teams score a pair in the 10th; the Sox on a homerun by Bobby Veach and a Joe Harris double, his 4th hit of the game. Harris scores on a single. The Yankees answer when Wally Pipp hits an apparent single that bounces over the centerfielder’s head for an inside-the-park homer. Ruth is a non-factor, receiving three IBB. The win gives the Yanks a 4-game sweep of the Red Sox.

At Detroit, the Tigers move into 1st place by pummeling the White Sox, 16-7 as the 2 teams commit 8 errors. The most dramatic error occurs with the bases load in the 9th and two out when Maurice Archdeacon hits a little roller in front of the plate and beats it out. First baseman Lou Blue doesn’t see the out call and flips the ball into Detroit’s dugout as the Tigers head for the dugout and the fans flood the field. Archdeacon gets as far as 3B before Cobb comes out to inquire what is going on. An argument ensues and finally the police are called to clear the field. Hooper then grounds out to end the game.

27th For the 2nd time in five days, Ty Cobb steals home in a 4–3 Tiger win. This time it’s against the White Sox in the 7th. During a White Sox double steal in the top of the 6th, Willie Kamm bumps heads with Detroit SS Bill Rigney, and both are dazed. Kamm crawls to 2B before second baseman Del Pratt can retrieve the ball. When Kamm discovers he’s been spiked, player/manager Cobb allows Bibb Falk in as a courtesy runner (as noted by Retrosheet).

28th Pittsburgh’s rookie SS Glenn Wright hits his first ML homer, off Vic Keen, in a 7–4 victory over the Cubs. Wright will set a ML record in 1924 with 601 assists: no one will top 600 till Ozzie Smith, 621, in 1980.

29th At Cubs Park, Pete Alexander wins his own game, 2–1, with a double in the 11th off Pittsburgh’s Specs Meadows.

30th At Chicago Pittsburgh’s Rabbit Maranville lines a triple in the 14thinning off Elmer Jacobs, then swipes home to beat Chicago, 2–1. Johnny Morrison is the winner.

1924 May

1st White Sox SS Bill Barrett steals home twice, in the 1st and the 9th, in a 13-7 win over Cleveland. He ties the ML mark.

In St. Louis, Jack Tobin and Ken Williams each hit 3-run homers, Baby Doll Jacobson has 4 hits, including a homer, as the Browns edge the Tigers, 8-7. Ernie Wingard, with 7 innings of relief, wins his first game in his ML debut. The University of Alabama graduate will win 13 games as a rookie, the most wins this century by a pitcher with no minor league experience. However, from 1928-41, Ernie will toil in the minors. Jim Abbott, in 1989, will win 12 ML games in his first pro season.

7th  Babe Adams makes his first start of the year for the Pirates and lasts just 7 pitches before retiring with a sore arm. Four more pitchers follow but the Cubs are the winners, 5-1. Adams will not return to the mound until late August.

8th  At Boston, Shano Collins hits a 2-run triple off Walter Johnson in the 1st inning as the Red Sox beat the Senators, 4-2. Johnson strikes out 8 but his three walks all come around to score. Howard Ehmke is the winner on a 5-hitter.

11th  Behind Stan Coveleski, the Indians beat the A’s, 8-5, sending the Athletics to their 11th loss in a row. The A’s will drop another to the Tribe before winning in Detroit.

12th  Cincinnati edges past New York into first place in the NL. They’ll swap places until June 13th, when a 5–1 win over the Braves boosts the Cubs into the top spot.

13th Pitching for the Reds, Carl Mays picks up his first win, 4–3 over the Phillies. The submariner will have a 13–0 streak against the Phillies, never losing.

14th It is Babe Ruth Day at Yankee Stadium, as Ruth receives the AL MVP Award for 1923. He is then held to a single as the Browns spoil the occasion with an 11–1 win.

At Chicago, Charlie Hollocher, playing in his first game after holding out for a month (as noted by historian John Snyder) has three hits, including a homer. The homerun comes when the ball rolls through a hole in the right field fence. The Giants shrug it off and win, 6-4.

16th The visiting Giants club the Cubs, 16–12, with Claude Jonnard winning over Sheriff Blake. Young Bill Terry rips his first ML homer, off Rip Wheeler, and adds another to drive in 5 runs. George Grantham counters with a grand slam for Chicago.

Vernon and Salt Lake City combine to hit a PCL-record 11 homers in a 14-11 Tigers win.

23rd  Walter Johnson strikes out 14, a career-high, including 6 in a row, in a 4–0 one-hitter over the White Sox for his 103rd shutout. Harry Hooper, who had the lone hit in a 1915 game against Johnson, does it again. Johnson will have his best season in 5 years, going 23–7. His 6 consecutive strikeouts ties the AL record and will next be matched in 1938 by Bobo Newsom and Bob Feller.

24th The At Salt Lake City, San Francisco (Pacific Coast League) outslugs the Bees. 30–14. The Seals outhit the Bees 37-17 with Paul Waner, Bert Ellison and Joe Kelly recording 6 hits apiece. Three of Ellison’s hits are homers and he will have two more tomorrow. He will set PCL marks for homers in two games (5), homers in three games (8), homers in a seven-game series (10) and most hits in a seven-game series (25) going 25-for-37. Pete Kilduff and Sam Agnew, with three doubles and two triples, each have 5 hits.

The Reds trade George Harper to the Phils for Curt Walker.

25th  The Red Sox’ 6–5 win over the Yankees deadlocks the 2 at the AL top. They’ll run neck and neck until June 14th when the Sox begin to unravel.

28th In the first game of a twinbill in St. Louis, Reds P Allen Sothoron beans Cards 1B Jake Daubert in the 1st inning. Daubert homered yesterday against the Cards. The veteran star is able to walk to the dugout and is quickly taken to a hospital where X-rays show no fracture. Daubert will be out 2 weeks and at the end of the season will die of a failed appendectomy. The doctor who signs the death certificate will list as a secondary cause: “a concussion resulting from pitched ball.” A few years later Daubert’s widow will file a lawsuit against the Reds. Sothoron wins, 6–0, today and the Reds take the nitecap, 5–3.

The Red Sox and A’s split a doubleheader with the A’s winning the opener, 2–1, and Boston the second game, 1–0. Ira Flagstead’s leadoff homer off Roy Meeker is the only score of the game. With the Yankees splitting, the Sox and New York remain tied for first.

30th The Red Sox split a pair with the Senators, winning 9-4 before losing 10-5. Ike Boone has a grand slam for Boston. With the Yankees sweeping two, New York and Boston are tied for first place in the AL.

In Philadelphia, the Giants sweep the Phils, winning 11-5 and 6-5. Catcher Frank Snyder has two homers in the opener and drives in 6 runs as the Giants total 20 hits.

After 5 relief appearances, Hi Bell makes his first start and the Cardinals rookie makes it to the 15th inning before the Pirates ring him up for the winning run in a 3-2 victory. The 14.1 innings in a first start is a major league record (as noted by Tom Ruane).

1924 June

ight for the center field clubhouse. Umpire Ernie Quigley warns Kelly about not touching all the bases but head ump Hank O’Day overrules Quigley and says it is the call of the official scorer. NL Prexy Heydler later rules the hit a home run, but admonishes Kelly for not rounding the bases and promises a clarification of the rules. Kelly’s one-man offensive—a ML record for all runs driven in by one player—will be matched by Bob Johnson on June 12, 1938. The grand slam is his 7th, a ML record since topped. The win allows the Giants to move into a first-place tie with the Cubs.

The Yankees regain first place with a 6–2 win over the Tigers, but 10 days later the Senators will pass both of them.

The Red Sox snuff a Cleveland rally in the 4th inning with a 3-3-6 triple play, the third time this year they’ve executed a triple play. It is an AL record that will be tied this century but not topped. The Indians Pat McNulty swipes home in the 11th inning to give the Tribe a 3–2 victory and Stan Coveleski is the winner in relief.

15th Washington brings back funnyman Al Schacht, not as a player, but as a coach. Washington will promptly go on a winning streak, though they lose today to Chicago, 6–4.

In a 10-3 loss to the Indians, Yankee rookie Earle Combs breaks his ankle trying to stretch single into a double, catching his spike on the bag. Combs, hitting .412, will make one appearance this year, in September.

16th In Chicago, reliever Walter Johnson is nicked for his 2nd career grand slam, a 7th inning shot by Sox star Harry Hooper. The Sox win over Washington, 9–8.

Backup catcher Pat Collins hits a grand slam as the Browns club the visiting A’s, 10-2. Its Collins’s lone homer of the year.

17th Playing for Hartford, Lou Gehrig, who will hit a record 23 bases-loaded homers in the majors, hits his only minor league grand slam. Hartford wins, 5–2, over Worcester.

19th At Detroit, Cleveland wins the first game of a twinbill, 16-5 as George Burns collects four extra base hits. Detroit comes back to win the second game, 3-2.

21st In Philadelphia, the A’s Joe Hauser hits 2-run HR in the 1st, his 2ndhomer off Walter Johnson in 3 weeks. Rookie Al Simmons solos in the 4thoff Johnson—he hit his first ML homer off the Big Train last month—but that’s all the scoring for the A’s as Washington wins, 11–3. A’s OF Tilly Walker, hitting .275, quits the team after 52 games to go back to Kentucky where he’ll be a state trooper and ump in the Appalachian League. Walker hit 37 HRs and 100+ RBI in 1923, but Mack benched him for a faster outfielder.

In St. Louis, the Browns and White Sox split a pair with Chicago taking the opener, 8-5, and the Browns scoring a run in the 9th to win game 2, 7-6. Sloppy Thurston is the game 1 winner as the Sox spot him a 5-run lead in the 1st when they jump on George Lyons. Tony Rego makes his ML debut at catcher for the Browns; at 5’4” the diminutive Hawaiian is the shortest ML catcher in history. He and Lyons were obtained by St. Louis in a lopsided PCL trade that sent pitcher Charley Root, Cedric Durst, catcher Josh Billings, Bill Whaley and Rasty Wright to the Angels. All the players involved in the trade made the majors.

23rd The Phillies take two from the visiting Braves, winning 7-3 and 11-7. Backup catcher Joe Schultz, acquired two weeks ago from the Cardinals, hits two homers, including a grand slam, in game 2. He adds a triple as he drives in 6 runs.

24th Eppa Rixey retires the first 24 batters, but the Reds pitcher then allows a run in the 8th and 3 in the 9th to lose to the visiting Pirates, 4–3.

In the tight American League race, the Browns sweep a pair from the visiting Tigers, winning 7-5 and 5-1. Shortstop Topper Rigney hits a grand slam in game 1 for Detroit. Seven teams are within 4 ½ games of the first-place Senators.

25th  Pittsburgh relief hurler Emil Yde doubles in the 9th inning against Chicago to tie the game, then triples in the 14th to win it, 8–7. Pete Alexander takes the loss, his first in 9 decisions, struggling to the end after being hit by a line drive on the wrist. Upon returning to Chicago, X-Rays will show a fracture of Alex’s wrist. He will return to action in late August. Denver Grigsby has 5 hits for Chicago.

In game 1 at Redlands Field, Jess Haines (4-9) scatters 11 hits but his Cardinals edge the Reds, 3-2. Curt Walker has 4 of the Reds safeties. Carl Mays gives up 10 hits in game 2, but his Reds nick the Cards, 2-1, with a run in the 9th. Edd Roush is 3-for-3 to run his consecutive-game hitting streak to 27.

26th President and Mrs. Coolidge are on hand in Washington as Walter Johnson shuts out the A’s, 5–0. For the front-running Nationals, it is their 10th straight win.

In Chicago, the Yankees edge the White Sox, 5-4, in 14 innings, beating Sarge Connally who goes the distance for the Sox. Maurice Archdeacon has his fourth five-hit game since his debut in September 1923 (as noted by Tom Ruane). Hitting .390, he’ll finish the year at .319 and after 9 at bats in 1925, he’ll be through.

In the first pitching matchup of brothers in ML history, Jesse Barnes of the Boston Braves opposes his younger brother Virgil of the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds. Virgil receives a no decision while Jesse takes the loss as the Giants win, 8–1. The Barnes will match up four more times during their careers, including three days from now.

28th Eppa Rixey has 4 hits, including a HR and two doubles, and pitches the Reds to a 5–2 opening win over the Cards. The Reds complete the sweep, winning game 2, 8–7.

29th The Barnes brothers match up for the 2nd time in 4 days, with Jesse beating Virgil. The Braves beat the Giants, 4–1.

30th  In the first game of a doubleheader in Philadelphia, Babe Ruth clubs his 19th homer in the 1st inning and scores 3 times as the Yankees prevail, 10-4. Winning pitcher Bullet Joe Bush has 3 hits and 2 RBIs. In game 2, second baseman Max Bishop and 3B Sammy Hale, the first 2 men in the A’s batting order, draw 8 of the 9 walks issued by New York pitchers in the A’s 10–3 win. A .271 hitter for 12 years, “Camera Eye” Bishop will draw 1,153 bases on balls, giving him a walk percentage of .204, which is higher than Ruth’s and just behind Ted Williams’ .207.

The White Sox defeat the Tigers, 14-4, as Johnny Mostil scores 5 runs.

The Phillies and Boston split, with the Braves taking the opener, 9-4, as Casey Stengel and light-hitting Ernie Padgett hit homers off Johnny Couch. For the good field-no hit Padgett, it is his lone ML homer. The Phils win the 2nd game, 6-4.

1924 July

1st The Braves’ player–manager Dave Bancroft ruptures his appendix. The future Hall of Fame SS will not play again until September 10.

New York’s Waite Hoyt allows 11 but still blanks the Philadelphia A’s, 7–0.

4th  In a twinbill split, Phils SS Heinie Sand handles 18 chances against the Giants, falling one short of Danny Richardson’s record set on June 20, 1892. The Giants win, 8–2, then fall, 5–2.

In the first of two at Sportsman’s Park, the Cards batter Vic Aldridge for 18 hits in 8 innings as they beat the Cubs, 11-0. Allen Sothoron is the victor. The Cubs respond with a 6-5 win in game 2.

5th In the first game of two in Washington, Babe Ruth is knocked unconscious trying to snag a 4th-inning line drive by Joe Judge down the right field line. Ruth runs into the pavilion wall, knocking himself out with a blow to the solar plexus. He also sustains an injury to his right leg but insists on staying in the game. Babe Ruth is 3-for-3 with two doubles and a run scored to lead New York to a 2–0 win over Walter Johnson and Washington. Herb Pennock tosses the shutout. Though noticeably limping, Ruth plays in game 2—New York’s third doubleheader in four days and one of ten they will play in July—a 7-2 loss to the Nationals. Ruth goes 0-for-3. He will play every game this season.

The Red Sox sweep the A’s winning 6–3 and 7–2. In the second game Boston’s Ira Flagstead is 5-for-5 with a double and triple.

For the second time in 4 days, an AL hurler allows 11 hits in a shutout. This time Detroit’s Earl Whitehill gives up 11 Brownie hits in beating St. Louis, 3–0.

8th At Cincinnati, the Phils play 25 innings in a doubleheader without making an error. The Phils win game 1 in regulation, 3–1, behind Bill Hubbell. The Reds win the 2nd game, 2–1, in 16 innings when Edd Roush drives in the winner. Eppa Rixey goes the distance and scores the winning run. From today’s game through July 18, Rixey will throw 31 straight scoreless innings. Hal Carlson gives up 19 hits in 15 innings. In the opener, Hubbell, on instructions from his manager, issues an intentional walk to Curt Walker by throwing 4 balls to 1B Walt Holke. There is a runner on 3B at the time. The ump allows this but it is later repudiated by NL president Heydler who calls it farcical. Heydler will send out a bulletin stating that the practice is illegal.

9th Carl Mays and the Reds submarine the Phillies, 6–3. May will go 13–0 against the Phillies, after racking up a 23-game win streak over the Philadelphia Athletics.

10th  The Yankees sweep a pair from the White Sox at Yankee Stadium, winning 6-1 and 18-5. Little-used Harvey Hendrick hits a grand slam in game 2, his only homer of the year. The sweep coupled with Washington’s loss in game 1 and tie in game 2 with Detroit, leaves the Yankees tied for first place.

11th  Cubs 1B Lee Cotter equals a ML record when he makes 21 putouts and one assist in a game against Brooklyn, but Chicago loses, 9–1. Brooklyn’s Jack Fournier has his 4th two-homer game of the season as he drives in 6 runs.

The Yankees overcome a grand slam by Bibb Falk and outscore the White Sox, 12-9. With Washington losing to Detroit, the Yankees have sole possession of first place.

13th  Washington upends the visiting Indians, 15–11 in a game the local fans think is badly umpired. At the end of the game, a fan leaps on the field and punches umpire Ducky Holmes before ump George Moriarty intervenes. Firpo Marberry and Paul Zahniser walk 11 Cleveland batters. Bart Griffith bats for Marberry in the 5th and grounds out in his final ML at bat, dropping his average below .300 (.29948) (as noted by Bill Deane). Four Indian pitchers parade to the mound before first baseman Turkey Brower pitches the final two scoreless innings.

16th  Giants 1B George Kelly hits his 7th HR in the last 6 games and becomes the first to hit HRs in 6 consecutive games. He will finish with 21. The Giants edge the Pirates, 8-7.

The Tigers score 8 runs in the first inning off Boston’s Bill Piercy and beat the Red Sox, 11–3. Piercy will be fined $100 for his alleged indifferent pitching.

17th  On Tuberculosis Day at Sportsman’s Park, the Cards’ Jesse Haines hurls his only shutout in 2 years, a 5–0 no-hitter over the Braves. “While the majestic northpaw was realizing his lifelong pitching ambitions, the Cardinals were making merry with the right-hand shoots of [Tim] McNamara” (St. Louis Globe-Democrat). It is the first no-hitter by a St. Louis hurler since 1876, and the first-ever NL no-hitter in St. Louis.

At Forbes Field, Pie Traynor lines an inside-the-park homer in the 13th off George McQuillan to give the Pirates a 4-3 win over the Giants. Johnny Morrison goes the distance for the victory.

With two outs in the bottom of the 9th, and the Phils Bill Hubbell on the mound, the Cubs Cliff Heathcote steals home to give the Cubs a 3-2 win. The Cubs will win 7 of their next 8 games.

18th  At Cincinnati, Eppa Rixey shuts out the Dodgers, 4–0, to run his consecutive scoreless innings pitched to 31. No Brooklyn runners reach 2B against the Reds hurler. Rixey will lose his next start.

19th  Cards rookie righthander Herman Bell, who will win just 32 games, wins a pair today. He holds the Braves hitless until one out in the 8th of the first of 2 games. Then he does the same until one out in the 5th of game 2, winning both 6–1 and 2–1. He allows only 6 hits in the twin-bill wins. Bell will total just 3 wins this year. He is the last pitcher in the NL to throw two complete games in one day.

At Fenway, the Tigers sweep a pair from the Red Sox, winning 18-1 and 5-1. Heinie Manush has a grand slam in game 1. With the two wins the Tigers move into second place, a half game behind the leading Yankees.

20th   In Washington, George Sisler hits a 1st inning solo HR off Walter Johnson, but the Senators come back to win, 5–4. Allen Russell is the winner in relief.

A fire completely destroys the Dallas Texas League park, with damage estimated at $40,000. The cause is a cigarette butt.

21st Cleveland’s George Burns clouts 2 homers and 2 doubles to lead the Indians to a 16–12 slugfest over the Red Sox. Burns had 4 long hits (3 doubles and a HR) on June 19th and is the first player to accomplish the feat twice in a season.

22nd In the first inning a game 1, the Cubs catcher Bob O’Farrell fractures his head when hit by a foul tip which strikes his mask driving the top of one of the steel ribs into his forehead, knocking him out. He’ll be out about a month. The Braves take the opener, 3–1, then lose the nitecap by the same score.

Sloppy Thurston wins his 10th straight and 16th overall as the White Sox stop the Senators, 4-0, in the first of two games. Sloppy allows 5 hits. Washington wins game 2, 4-1.

23rd At Fenway, the Indians lose 16-12 to the Red Sox, but it is not the fault of George Burns who slams four extra base hits for the second time this season. The only other player to accomplish the feat was Henry Larkin, in 1885. Jimmie Foxx, in 1933, will do it next.

In the battle for 2nd place in the NL, the visiting Robins edge the Pirates, 4-3, in 10 innings. Reliever Art Decatur is the victor over starter Wilbur Cooper. Zack Wheat records his second five-hit game of the season and Rabbit Maranville and Jack Fournier swap homers.

25th The Phils slam the Cubs, 10–4, as George Harper leads the way with an inside-the-park grand slam. Jimmy Ring is the winner over Elmer Jacobs. Umpire Moran clears the Cubs bench in the 3rd after a dispute about balls and strikes.

26th At Chicago, Babe Ruth strikes out with the sacks full in the 9th, then belts a game-winning HR in the 14th, off Sam Jones, to give the Yankees a 5–4 win over the Sox.

28th The Yankees take a pair from the White Sox, winning the opener, 8–3 behind Bush. They score 10 runs in the first inning in the nitecap, then hang on for a 12–10 win. After the Yanks bat around, Babe Ruth greets reliever Mike Cvengros with a 3-run HR, his 31st.

29th Art Nehf does it all, pitching the Giants to a 5–2 win over the Cardinals and adding 2 consecutive HRs for good measure.

Keep the ball down, right? The A’s infield and batter combine for 21 assists, called a major league record, but still lose to the Tigers, 4–3.

30th  With no outs in the 8th and runners on 1B and 2B, Bill Sherdel is called out of the Cardinals bullpen to pitch to PH Johnny Mokan of the Phillies. Sherdel throws one ball, and Mokan bunts it in the air to Jim Bottomley coming in from 1B. He throws to SS Jimmy Cooney, who doubles the runner at 2B and throws to Hornsby covering 1B. A triple play on one pitch. Hornsby adds a HR and Sherdel picks up the win, 9–8 over the Phillies.

1924 August

1st  At Brooklyn,  Dazzy Vance (17-4) strikes out 7 Cubs in a row—14 in all—in a 4–0 win for the Robins. It is Dazzy’s 5th win in a row en route to 15 straight wins. Vance will lead NL pitchers with 28 wins, a 2.16 ERA, 30 complete games, and 262 strikeouts, as rare a triple crown for a pitcher as the batting version. With Burleigh Grimes’ 22-13, Zack Wheat’s .375, and Jack Fournier’s league-leading 27 HR, the Robins will nip at the Giants’ heels all season and finish just 11⁄2 games back.

The A’s edge the Indians, 4-3, behind Eddie Rommel. Philadelphia pulls off 4 double plays, three started by Rommel, who will set an AL-record this year with 12.

Kalamazoo (Michigan-Ontario L) hurler Russell Haines beats Muskegon, 5–0. The Celery Picker pitcher also stops Bud Claney’s 40-game hitting streak.

2nd  A’s 1B Joe Hauser sets an AL record when he hits 3 HRs and a double for 14 total bases in a 12–4 win over host Cleveland. It’ll be broken by Ty Cobb’s 16 total bases on May 5, 1925. His first 2 HRs come off Joe Shaute in the 2nd and 3rd and his double in the 6th bounces off the screen in RF.

The Reds sweep a pair from the Braves, winning 2–0, then collecting 24 hits to win 19–2.

3rd  A base hit results in a triple play in the 7th inning of a PCL game between Vernon and Los Angeles. With McDowell and Griffin on base, Gordon Slade of Vernon lines a single to left-center which is run down by Hood. On the throw home, McDowell stops at 3B, but Griffin rounds 2B and heads for 3B as well. Payne, the pitcher, cuts off the throw home and throws to 2B where McAuley runs down Griffith for the first out. McAuley then fires to the catcher Jenkins who puts out McAuley attempting to score for the second out. Griffith, thinking he had not been called out, runs to 2B—only to find it occupied by Slade. Slade then ambles back to 1B but a throw to SS Clyde Beck and a tag completes the triple play.

4th Young Ernie Wingard wins his 13th game for the Browns, beating Washington and Firpo Marberry, 3–1. This is Wingard’s first pro season and not until Jim Abbott wins 12 in 1989 will anyone come close to winning that many ML games in his first pro year. Wingard will not improve on his 13, losing his next 8 decisions this season to finish 13–12.

8th  Ruth has a pair of homers—his 37th and 38th—plus a triple and 2 walks, but it is not enough as the Yankees fall to Cleveland, 10–8. Bush and Shawkey do the bleeding. George Myatt’s 2-run homer is the difference in the 3-run 9th. Myatt also has a single and double.

The Washington Potomacs of the Eastern Colored League connect for 14 consecutive hits in one inning against South Philadelphia of the Penn-Jersey League.

At Philadelphia, Lee Meadows wins a pitching duel, 1–0, over Jimmy Ring by hitting an 8th inning homer over the LF wall. At 1 hour: 12 minutes, it is one of the fastest games of the year.

9th  At Boston’s spacious Braves Field, Chicago’s Hack Miller lines a two-out single in the 9th to drive in the tying run. In the 10th, Jigger Statz hits a long drive with the bases jammed, and legs out an inside-the-park grand slam. The Cubs add another run to win, 11–6.

At Philadelphia, Pirates rookie Kiki Cuyler starts a sweep in game 1, a 16–4 win over the Phillies, collecting 6 hits, including 4 long hits—3 doubles and a triple. Wilbur Cooper is the easy winner. The Bucs take the second game, 7–0, behind Ray Kremer.

Jim Bottomley totals five RBIs, on a three-run homer and two-run double, as the visiting Cards beat Brooklyn, 5-1. Leo Dickerman is the winner.

10th  Ty Cobb steals 2B once, 3B twice, and home once (in the 7th) in the Tigers’ 13–7 win over Boston. It is the 5th time he’s had four steals in a game. The Tiger manager also scores 4 times. The win puts them on top in the AL, as the Indians beat the Yankees 7–1.

11th  The Cubs edge last-place Boston, 3–2 behind the pitching of Tony Kaufmann. For Kaufmann, it is his 11th straight win over the Braves going back to September 9, 1921.

12th  High priced rookie Earl McNeely debuts in CF for Washington, as Johnson shuts out Cleveland 4–0. McNeely will hit .330 over the last 45 games of the year.

13th  The Yankees regain the AL lead with 1–0 and 2–1 wins over the Browns.

Red Sox righthander Howard Ehmke has the White Sox popping up all day in his 6–0 win. Only one assist is made by Boston, none by the infield. Red Faber takes the loss. Boston comes back in game 2 to win, 4–1, as Curt Fullerton beats Sloppy Thurston for the sweep.

14th  Brooklyn’s Dazzy Vance stops the Reds, 3–0, on 3 hits and reaches 20 wins. His 7 strikeouts gives him a NL-high 177.

16th  Behind Jim Bottomley’s homer and 3 RBIs, the Cardinals whip the visiting Braves, 9-2. Johnny Stuart is the winning pitcher.

At Forbes Field, the Pirates edge the first-place Giants, 5-4, in 12 innings. A week after collecting 6 hits, Kiki Cuyler has 5 hits and is hitting .385.

17th  Walter Johnson beat the Tigers 8–1 as Washington will reclaim second place in the AL by taking 4 out of 5 games with Detroit.

18th   It takes 17 innings, but the Reds prevail, 8–7, over the visiting Giants. Cincinnati overcomes a 6–0 deficit to tie, then score 2 in the 17thto win. Carl Mays was rear-ended in a car and knocked unconscious hours before game time, but gamely starts and is lifted with no outs in the 2nd, having giving up 4 runs. Tom Sheehan pitches 16 innings in relief.

The Senators whip the Tigers, 6-3. The Washington Post will note that William Drury was arrested during the game for catching a foul ball and refusing to return it. He is issued a citation for petty theft.

20th  Braves hurlers Joe Genewich and Jesse Barnes each toss shutouts against the Cubs. Genewich wins the opener, 2–0 and Barnes the nitecap, 5–0. It is the first twinbill shutout in five years. Casey Stengel has 5 hits in the two games and drives in 4 runs.

21st At Redlands Field, the Reds whitewash the Phils, 11–0, behind Eppa Rixey’s 14th win. As noted by historians Greg Rhoades and John Snyder, the Reds were delayed as the train they were on was involved in an accident and the engineer was killed. They arrive in Cincinnati at 3:00 p.m., the scheduled game time, and rush to the park to play at 3:45.

22nd For the second time this year, a triple and steal of home helps decides an extra inning game. At Yankee Stadium, Detroit’s Frank O’Rourke triples in the 12th and then steals home to help beat the Yankees, 8–6.

23rd Dazzy Vance fires perhaps the best game of his career, beating the Cubs 6–5 at Chicago. Vance wins his 10th in a row and strikes out 15, the most in the NL since 1909, and one more than he did on August 1. He strikes out 6 in a row. Vance will record 15 games of 9+ strikeouts this season: only two other pitchers will strikeout 9 or more.

24th The Cards nip the Robins 7–6 in the first of two at Sportsman’s Park. Rogers Hornsby’s leadoff HR in the 9th provides the edge. In the 4thinning of the opener, Cards P Leo Dickerman breaks his left arm when he is hit by a pitch from Brooklyn’s Dutch Ruether. The nitecap is a Cardinal cakewalk as P Eddie Dyer drives in 3 runs and benefits from 25 Cardinal hits to win 17–0. The loser is Jim Roberts. Verne Clemons has 5 hits, while Jim Bottomley and Specs Torporcer each have 4.

25th  Walter Johnson hurls his 6th shutout of the year, a 7-inning rain-shortened no-hitter against the Browns, winning by a score of 2–0. For the Nats, it is their 9th win in a row and they are now even with New York. The scheduled nitecap is postponed.

In St. Louis, the Robins peck the Cardinals, 5-3, behind Bill Doak. Rogers Hornsby has his 21st homer and Jim Bottomley hits in his 22nd straight game.

26th Despite a homer and three doubles by Rogers Hornsby the Cardinals lose to Brooklyn, 7–4. It is Hornsby’s 24th homer of the year.

At Cubs Park, the Giants score 4 runs in the top of the 9th to tip the Cubs, 11-9. Pete Alexander (9-4) pitches 8 innings of relief and gives up 16 hits in the loss. Ross Youngs has 5 of the 20 hits for New York.

27th With Harry Hooper hitting his second grand slam of the year, the White Sox top the A’s, 12-9. Philadelphia comes back in game 2 to win, 9-1.

The Cardinals Allen Sothoron shuts out the Cubs and Rogers Hornsby has an extra base hit, the 11th straight game he’s done so. The streak began on August 20th and includes 9 doubles, a triple and 6 homers. From that date through August 29 Hornsby will go 34-for-51. The streak will end when the Rajah wrenches his back in the 4th inning of a 12-5 loss to the Cubs. He’ll miss 9 days.

28th  Babe Ruth belts two HRs, but the Senators beat the Yankees 11–6 by scoring 8 runs in the 8th inning, and move into sole possession of first place. Goose Goslin hits for the cycle for Washington. The Yankees will tie the Nationals for 2 days in September, but otherwise the Senators stay on top till the end.

Behind Vic Aldridge and Elmer Jacobs, the Cubs sweep a pair from the Cardinals, winning 5–2 and 8–3. Cards teenager Ed Clough makes his ML debut in relief in game 2. The 18-year-old was on the team last year but didn’t appear in a game. He’ll go 0–1 next year.

29th With most of the 30,000 fans at Yankee Stadium cheering the underdog Senators, Walter Johnson holds New York scoreless for 7 innings. In the 8th, a line drive clips his pitching hand and he is lifted, but still wins 5–1. Goslin has another three hits and scores 3 runs as the Nationals now lead by 1 ½ games.

30th In the first of two at Braves Field, Dana Fillingam outpitches the Reds Dolf Luque to win, 5-0. Tony Boekel puts the Braves on the scoreboard with a 6th-inning grand slam. In game 2, Heinie Groh has 4 hits and Rube Marquard pitches 7 solid innings as the Reds rebound, 6-4, scoring 3 in the 9th.

31st Sam Rice laces a 10th inning double with the bases loaded to drive in 2 runs and Washington tops the Yankees, 4-2. The pace-setters take 3 out of 4 in New York and depart with a 1.5 game lead over them.

1924 September

1st In the second twinbill whitewash in the NL in 2 weeks, the Reds shut out the Cardinals, 5–0 and 9–0. Carl Mays submarines the Birds in the opener and Rube Benton coasts in the nitecap.

At Boston, the Giants split with the Braves, while the Pirates win two to cut New York’s lead to a game. Boston wins, 5-4, in 11 innings, then falls, 10-2, as the Giants unleash a 17-hit attack. Stuffy McInnis strikes out in game 1 ending a NL record streak of 93 games without a strikeout.

2nd At Yankee Stadium, Danny Clark hits a grand slam and drives in 5 runs as the Red Sox whip the Yankees, 14-6. Joe Harris has 4 hits and 4 runs for Boston. Sensational Earl Combs, out with a broken ankle since June 15, makes a pinch-hitting appearance, his last game of this season. New York asserts itself in game 2 to win, 5-2. The Yankees are in second place, a game and a half out.

3rd   The Pirates stay a game and a half in back of the Giants with a 14-1 win over the Cardinals ringing Hi Bell for 6 runs in the 1st inning. Wilbur Cooper (19-10) is the victor as every Pirate starter records an RBI. Cooper has two hits and has now hit in 16 straight games he’s appeared in (as noted by Trent McCotter), believed to be a ML record for pitchers. Cooper made no pinch-hitting appearances in his streak.

After winning 7-6 behind Burleigh Grimes’s 20th win, the Robins complete a sweep of Philadelphia, 7-0, behind Bill Doak. Zack Wheat is the offense in game 2 as he drives in 6 runs with two homers and a double. Jimmy Ring walks 12 for the Phils in game 1, four going to Jack Fournier. Jack will take 4 walks tomorrow and will lead the NL with 86. Brooklyn is 2 games in back of New York.

Walter Beall, the Yankees $50,000 purchase from Rochester, makes his debut for New York, and pitches a solid 7 innings, allow 4 Red Sox hits. In the 8th he walks 3 and allows a single before exiting, but the Yankees prevail, 11-6. Aaron Ward has a triple and homer for New York, and Ruth has a pair of hits before twisting his ankle and leaving. The win puts the Yankees a half-game behind the Senators.

The Browns split with the Indians, winning, 7-6, behind Ernie Wingart and then losing, 9-5, to Stan Coveleski. Wingart wins his 13th and helps his cause with a 3-run homer. He will lose his next two decisions but his 13 wins is a post-1900 ML record for a pitcher in his first professional season.

In an exhibition at Baltimore, the A’s manage just 2 hits in losing to the IL-leading Orioles, 5-0. Baltimore ace Lefty Grove, in his 5th season with the Birds, is the winner. Grove strikes out 1108 batters in his stay at Baltimore, a minor-league record. He will be with the A’s next year when Dunn sells the star to his old friend Connie Mack for $100,600, topping the $100,000 offer of the Cubs and Brooklyn.

4th  Dazzy Vance (24-4) chalks up his 12th straight win, and 24th on the year, beating the Braves, 5–1 and striking out 11. It’s also the Robins’ 12thstraight win. Dutch Ruether then wins the nitecap, 9–1, giving Brooklyn a NL-record four doubleheader sweeps in four days. The Phils were swept for six straight on September 1, 2, and 3. In the second game, Brooklyn batters Tim McNamara for 18 hits in 8 innings.

The Phils keep the pennant race close with a 10-6 win over the visiting Giants. Cy Williams’ first four-run homer in 11 years, a walkoff grand slam in the 10th off Rosy Ryan, is the difference. Brooklyn and Pittsburgh are within a game of the Giants.

5th In Philadelphia, the Giants sweep 2 from the hapless Phils, winning 6–5 and 15–3. Harry Baldwin and Hugh McQuillan are the winners. George Kelly and Travis Jackson hit grand slams in the game 2 rout. The Phils have now lost 4 doubleheaders in 5 days. For Kelly, it is his second grand slam of the season and the 7th of his career, giving him the ML record for slams in a career.

The Tigers swamp the Indians, winning 7-3 before turning it on in game 2 to win, 20-1. Don Holloway allows an unearned run. Cobb has a single, double, triple and a pair of steals; Manush and Rigney each score 4, while Pratt and Bassler each drive in 4. The 20 runs is high in the AL this year. Cleveland’s Charlie Jamieson has his 23-game hitting streak stopped in game 2.

6th  Spitball hurler Bill Doak pitches the Robins into first place with a 1–0 win over Boston. It is Brooklyn’s 15th win in a row, and their 12th straight road win. The 12 in a row on the road will not be topped by a Dodger team this century. The 2013 Dodgers will win 13 on the road. The win streak ends in a 5–4, 10-inning Braves victory in the 2nd game, and Brooklyn will fall back to 3rd place behind the Giants and Pirates.

Travis Jackson hits his second grand slam in two days as the Giants and Phils slug their way to a split. The Phils win the opener, 8–7, scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the 10th. In the second game, the Giants score 9 runs in the 6th to come back to win, 16–14, stopping a Phillies threat with a 9th inning triple play (4-4-3) Harry Baldwin, in relief, wins his 2nd in 2 days. For the Phils, Cy Williams collects 5 hits and scores 4 runs, while Walter Holke has 4 hits.

Urban Shocker of the Browns hurls 2 complete–game victories over the White Sox, winning each contest by a score of 6–2. He fans only one batter in the 2 games.

7th  The Giants bring a half-game lead into Ebbets Field. With the park already packed, some 7,000 fans batter down the LF exit gate with a telephone pole and break into the field. The Giants win the thriller, 8–7, despite 3 Robin runs in the 9th, and lead Brooklyn by 1 ½ games.

Behind Carl Mays and Dolf Luque, the Reds sweep a pair from the visiting Pirates, 4–1 and 4–3. The two teams combine to tie a ML record as only one walk is issued in the twinbill.

8th Washington, with a 2-game lead in the AL, beats the A’s 8–4. Despite giving up solo HRs by Joe Hauser and Bing Miller, Walter Johnson’s wins his 10th straight and his 20th of the year, For Hauser, trailing Babe Ruth in the home run race, it’s his 3rd four bagger of the year off Johnson.

At the Polo Grounds, Brooklyn ace Dazzy Vance wins his 13th in a row, beating the Giants Art Nehf, 7–2, and pulling the Robins within a half game of the top.

9th In St. Louis, the Cards sink the Pirates, winning 7-4 and 6-4. Chick Hafey has a single, triple and homer in the opener to drive in 6 runs as the Birds knock out Emil Yde (13-2) in 3 innings.

10th At the Polo Grounds, the Giants rip the Braves 22–1 in the opener of a doubleheader. Frankie Frisch goes 6-for-6 before grounding out. Irish Meusel has 5 hits as New York totals 27. They let up a bit in game 2, winning just 8–0, behind George McQuillan.

Brooklyn tops the visiting Phillies, 5-1, behind the pitching of rookie Rube Ehrhardt (5-1). Zack Wheat has 3 hits, including a double and a homer, and drives in 3, and now has a 24-game consecutive hitting streak.

11th Light-hitting Frank Ellerbe, purchased by Cleveland from the Browns in June, hits his lone homer of the year, a game 1 9th-inning grand slam, as the Tribe sweep a pair from St. Louis, 12-7 and 10-6.

At Fenway, Babe Ruth cracks a 2-run homer in the 8th, off Howard Ehmke, as the Yankees tie the Red Sox, 3-3. Another run in the 9th gives them a 4-3 game 1 win. A 16-hit attack in game 2 produces an 8-3 win as New York moves to a game behind the front-running Senators.

12th Chicago’s Hack Miller hits a pinch home run in the 8th to tie the game with the Phils at 6 apiece. The Cubs go on to win 10–8.

13th Detroit’s Emory Rigney hits a 7th inning solo off Walter Johnson, but the visiting Senators chug their way to a 6–4 win. Hours later, Johnson receives word he’s been elected AL MVP with 55 points. White Sox 2B Eddie Collins is a distant 2nd. He was runner-up to Ruth last year.

Aaron Ward bashes a grand slam and the Yankees roll over the Tiger, 16-1, at Yankee Stadium. The victory keeps the Yanks one game behind the first-place Senators.

In Brooklyn, the Reds edge the Robins, 6-5, in 10 innings to drop Brooklyn 1.5 games behind the first-place Giants. Rube Bressler and Bubbles Hargrave each have 3 hits for the Reds, while Eddie Brown has a pair for the Brooks to run his hitting streak to 20 straight games.

The Cubs outlast the Phils, 10-8, as Pete Alexander garners the win and Sheriff Blake corrals the last out. Alex has 3 hits, including a homer, as the Cubs hit 3 homers and the Phils total 2.

14th  Brooklyn’s Dazzy Vance shuts out the visiting Reds, 2–0, for his 14thwin in a row. Dazzy strikes out 9 and walks none.

Heinie Manush hits his second grand slam of the year to pace the Tigers to a 5-2 win over the leading Senators. The Yanks fail to capitalize, losing by the same score to the White Sox.

Clarence “Big Boy” Kraft hits his 55th homer of the year in Fort Worth’s 5-2 win over Beaumont. The previous Texas League HR mark was 35 homers, set by Hack Eibel of Shreveport in 1921. Big Boy will set league marks in RBI (196), long hits (96), extra bases on long hits (211), total bases (414), and most games in a season with 2 or more homers (9). The 37-year-old Kraft, with one ML hit (1914), will retire after this season, turning down a 2-year contract offer from Ft. Worth, as well as major league overtures, to return to his automobile dealership, He will later serve as president of the Ft. Worth club.

16th  At Ebbets Field, Cards 1B Jim Bottomley’s 3 singles, a double, and 2 HRs produce a ML record 12 RBI in the St. Louis 17–3 win over the pennant-chasing Robins. Willie Sherdel coasts home for the win. Bottomley starts the rampage with a 2-run single in the 1st, doubles home a run in the 2nd, hits a 4th inning grand slam off Art Decatur, and a 2-run HR off Decatur in the 6th. He follows with a 2-run single in the 7th, off Tex Wilson, and a run-scoring single in the 9th, after which he’s removed for a pinch runner. Brooklyn manager Wilbert Robinson, watching from the dugout, set the previous record with the Orioles in 1892.

The Pirates and Phils split a pair in Philadelphia, with the Quakers winning the opener, 6-5 and the Corsairs take game 2, 13-7. Veteran Pitt receiver Walter Schmidt hits his first homer since 1916, a grand slam, in game 2, to drive in 5 runs. Glenn Wright has 5 hits to drive in 4 for the Bucs.

17th  With the Senators and Yankees deadlocked at 83–59, Walter Johnson edges the Indians 3–2. Washington will win tomorrow to sweep the three-game series.

18th Dazzy Vance, in his only relief appearance of the year, notches his 15th straight win in a 7–5 victory over the Cardinals. Vance comes in for the 9th inning and pitches 4 innings, winning in the 12th on Zack Wheat’s 2-run homer. Bill Doak then gives Brooklyn a 4–2 win in the nitecap. The Robins trail by just a half game.

19th The Senators coast to a 15–9 win in St. Louis to stay even with the Yankees.

Behind Emil Yde, the Pirates beat Rube Ehrhardt, 4–2, and drop the Robins 1 ½ games off the lead.

20th  Pete Alexander slows the pennant-bound Giants and earns his 300thcareer victory in the process. The Cubs top the Giants in 12 innings at the Polo Grounds, 7–3. Hartnett has 4 hits while Pete is 1-for-6 at the plate.

The Pirates nip Brooklyn, 5–4, in 11 innings, stopping Dazzy Vance’s 15-game winning streak. Pie Traynor hits a 2-out single in the 11th, and Maranville follows with a liner to center. Eddie Brown’s try for a shoestring catch misses and Traynor scores. Wilbur Cooper goes the distance to win his 20th.

Pitching on 2 days rest in St. Louis, Walter Johnson is pounded out of the box by the Browns and pinch hit for in the 2nd. Each team collects 18 hits as the Browns prevail 15–14. Goose Goslin gives the Nats a 14–13 lead in the 10th with his 2nd HR of the game, but a wild throw to 2nd by reliever Firpo Marberry gives the win to the Browns. Roger Peckinpaugh has 3 doubles and 5 RBIs for the Nats, while Muddy Ruel drives in 4. Ken Williams belts a 3-run homer, his 18th, for the Brownies.

Eager Beavers. Portland, scoring in every inning except the 1st, beats visiting Salt Lake City, 18-8. Emmett McCann of Portland sets a PCL record collecting seven hits, all singles, as Portland has 34 hits. Portland (88-110) will finish in 7th place while Seattle (91-109) will take the PCL crown by a game and a half over Los Angeles. The PCL will draw a record attendance of 2,235,510 in 1924, a number that will not be surpassed until after WW2.

21st Brooklyn keeps its pennant hopes alive with a 9–1 win over Pittsburgh.

22nd  The Senators open a 2-game lead as Walter Johnson wins his 13th in a row, 8–3, over Chicago. It’s his 23rd win of the year. Washington will take the next two games in Chicago to sweep.

24th Brooklyn’s Burleigh Grimes dusts 6 batters in the first two innings and bests the Cubs, 6–5. Reliever Rip Wheeler takes the loss. 30,000 Brooklyn fans celebrate the team’s showing at the 160th Street Regiment Armory where each player receives a gold watch. Manager Robinson predicts that the Robins will overtake the Giants in the next few days.

Carl Mays wins his 20th for the Reds 9–6 over the hosts Phils, becoming the first pitcher to win 20 for 3 different teams in his career. Grover Cleveland “Pete” Alexander’s 21 wins for the Cards in 1927 will make him the 2nd; Gaylord Perry will be 3rd in 1978.

Washington stays two games ahead of the Yankees by topping Chicago’s 20-game winner Sloppy Thurston, 6-3. Tom Zachary wins his 15th in relief of Curly Ogden, who walks the leadoff batter and then is lifted. Ogden was making his only start of the year. Zachary also drives in 2 runs. Sam Rice has a safety to extend his hitting streak to 31 games.

25th At Baker Bowl, Huck Betts pitches 8 2/3 inning of scoreless relief to give the Phils a 5-3 win over the Cardinals. Vince Shields (1-1), in his last ML appearance, hits 3 batters in 7 innings. It is the first game in 21 outings that the Phils have allowed their opponents fewer than 5 runs. The 20 straight games allowing 5 runs or more runs is a ML record that the Orioles of 2017 will match.

In a raucous game at the Polo Grounds, the Giants edge the Pirates and Wilbur Cooper, 5-4. Max Carey hits a 2-out 3-run homer in the 9th to make it close. Winning pitcher Art Nehf (14-4) clubs his 5th homer of the year. With this loss, their 3rd straight to the Giants, Pittsburgh is eliminated from the race.

26th With the Yankees beating the A’s, Boston tightens the race by edging the Senators, 2–1. September call-up Wade Lefler drives in Nemo Leibold in the 8th with a pinch double for the Nats only run. Washington now leads by a game. For the Senators, the loss stops Walter Johnson’s 13-game win streak and Sam Rice’s 31-game hit streak.

27th  Behind Jack Bentley’s 4-hitter the Giants clinch their 4th straight pennant, beating the Phils 5–1, while Brooklyn is losing 3–2 to Boston. Bentley ends the year with a NL-record .406 batting average in 52 games.

Down 4–0 in the first, the Senators rally to top the Red Sox 7–5, as the Fenway crowd of 20,000 cheers the Washington win. Rookie pinch hitter Wade Lefler, who had one at-bat with the Braves previously, drives in 3 runs with a bases loaded double to win it. Lefler drove in Washington’s only run in Friday’s loss, but his five games with Washington (5-for-9 with 3 doubles) and one with Boston will sum up his ML career.

In Philadelphia, the A’s beat the Yankees 4–3 to give the Senators a 2-game lead with 2 to play. Eddie Rommel wins his 18th and starts his 12th DP of the year, a new AL record. Scott Perry started 11 for the A’s. Bob Lemon will top both in 1953.

Rookie Pedro Dibut (3–0) hurls the Reds to a 10–1 win over the Cardinals. Except for a brief relief appearance next year, that’s it in the majors for the chunky Cuban, who played in the Negro Leagues for the Cuban Giants (West) before the Reds. He sets an oft-tied NL record for most wins without a loss in a career, a mark that will be eclipsed by Ben Shields (4–0 in 2 leagues).

28th Dazzy Vance fires a 5-hitter at the Phillies, beating them 5–1, for his 28th win. He strikes out 9, including 5 in a row, to run his season total to 277. Vance will win the MVP over Rogers Hornsby and his .424 average as one sportswriter, Jack Ryder, will leave the cranky Hornsby off all 10 spots on his ballot. Vance also wins a preseason bet with Brooklyn teammate Jack Fournier. He bet that he would win more games than Fournier would hit HRs; the first sacker tops the NL in round trippers with 27.

The Cubs top the visiting Pirates, 7-2, as Cliff Heathcote swipes his 26thbase. Two other Cubs are caught stealing to give Chicago 148 caught steals and 137 stolen bases, a success rate of 48%.

29th  With the blue law preventing any games yesterday in Boston or Philadelphia, the Senators clinch the pennant by beating the Red Sox, 4–2, finishing 2 games in front of the Yankees, rained out in Philley. The win goes to Firpo Marberry with 6 innings of scoreless relief. With the last out, the Fenway fans cheer the Senators off the field.

With yesterday’s game in Chicago ending in a 10-inning 10-10 tie, Tigers manager Cobb agrees to replay the game today. Detroit then puts the White Sox into last place for the first time with a 16-5 win. For Detroit, veteran Del Pratt is 1-for-4 in his last ML game. Despite hitting .305, the Tigers will release the infielder who “has slowed down to a walk

The Pirates trip the Cubs, 5–4, with the help of Jigger Statz, who plays second base for the only time this season. Jigger has three errors to aid the Bucs. Emil Yde goes 6 innings to run his record to 16-3. Pie Traynor has 3 hits to finish the year with a 22-game hitting streak. He’ll add one game at the start of the 1925 season.

In the next-to-last game of the Western League season, Lyman Lamb of Tulsa hits his 100th double of the year. It is 25 doubles higher than any other season total in organized baseball.

30th In the only game scheduled, the Series-bound Senators lose a laugher 13–1 to the Red Sox. Coach Nick Altrock, 48, pitches the last 2 innings for the Nats and gives up a run, while driving in the lone tally with a triple. With the Red Sox outfielders making little attempt to run the ball down, Altrock is the oldest player in ML history to hit a triple. Howard Ehmke is the winning pitcher but still leads the AL in losses with 17, the same number of losses he’s had the previous 2 years.

1924 October

1st  Another bribery scandal clouds the WS atmosphere. Judge Landis bans Giants OF Jimmy O’Connell and coach Cozy Dolan from the WS after they admit an attempt to bribe Phils SS Heinie Sand on the 27th to “go easy” in their season-ending series against the Giants. O’Connell implicates Frank Frisch, George Kelly, and Ross Youngs, who deny everything and are cleared by Landis. O’Connell is out of baseball at 23. AL President Ban Johnson, an enemy of the Giants John McGraw, proclaims that the World Series should be canceled because of the scandal, a pronouncement that the owners will ignore. Johnson, however, decides not to attend any WS games. Frisch, who should have been angry at O’Connell’s charge, wrote in his autobiography in 1962, “O’Connell seemed like a fine young man. The Giants had paid $75,000 to get him from the Pacific Coast League and he was a great prospect. I never had any feelings for Dolan. He certainly didn’t act like an innocent man. I would have made a poor commissioner, I guess. I would have wanted to give that poor O’Connell kid a second chance.”

In Washington, a crowd estimated at 100,000 lines Pennsylvania Avenue to cheer the Senators.

In Cubs Park, Sen Kaney, announcing for WGN, calls Chicago’s first radio broadcast from a grandstand behind home plate. The Chicago Tribune will note “This is the first time a big league baseball game has been broadcast by a station in the same city in which the game is being played, and the first time a radio station has succeeded in broadcasting a game in Chicago.” The Cubs beat the White Sox, 10–7, in a City Series game as George Grantham contributes a 2-run homer and a 2-run single. The Cubs’ regular season broadcasts will start next year.

4th  For the 4th straight year, the Giants are in the Series. At 3B is Fred Lindstrom, at 18 years, 10 months, the youngest ever to play in a WS. President Calvin Coolidge is among 35,760 who jam the DC stands in game 1 as an Army band greets the two teams by playing Sidewalks of New York and Dixie. George Kelly drops a HR into the temporary bleachers in the 2nd, and Terry does the same in the 4th for a 2–0 New York lead. Art Nehf (14-4) gives up one in the 6th. In the last of the 9th, the Senators score to send the game into extra innings. The Giants net 2 runs in the 12th. In the last of the 12th, Washington scores one, but the rally falls a run short, and Walter Johnson (23-7) loses his WS debut. Johnson strikes out 12 in the loss. Nehf becomes the 5th pitcher to get 3 hits in a WS game, a feat that will not be repeated until Orel Hershiser does it in 1988.

5th  A 2-run HR in the first by Goose Goslin and a solo blast by manager Bucky Harris in the 5th give Tom Zachary (15-9) a 3–0 lead. The Giants tie it in the 9th, but a double by Roger Peckinpaugh scores Joe Judge with the winning run in the bottom of the 9th.

6th  Washington’s surprise starter Firpo Marberry (11-12) and the Giants starter Hugh McQuillan (14-8) will be gone by the 4th. The Giants lead 3–0 after 3 and are never caught, for a 6–4 victory. The only HR is hit by Giants reliever Rosy Ryan; it is the only HR he hits in 6 years at New York.

7th  The preceding day’s record attendance is topped when 49,243 show up in New York to see what turns into Goose Goslin day. The Senators’ top batter has 3 singles and a HR for 4 RBI in a 7–4 victory.

8th  Walter Johnson tries for a WS win again, but he’s far from invincible. Fred Lindstrom is 4-for-5 with 2 RBI, and Johnson’s pitching opponent Jack Bentley (16-5) clouts a 2-run homer for a 6–2 New York win.

The Senators multitask and pick up 39-year-old lefty Vean Gregg from Seattle (PCL) for $10,000 and three players. Gregg last pitched in the majors in 1918, then took three years off to farm, then came back to hurl three years in the PCL, winning 25 games in 1924. He’ll appear in 26 games in 1925, going 2-2 out of the bullpen, before being optioned to New Orleans.

9th  In the WS, Tom Zachary is touched for a run on 2 hits in the first, but scatters only 5 more hits and issues no passes the rest of the way. The Senators win 2–1.

In the second death to strike the Cincinnati team this year, Reds 1B Jake Daubert dies at 40 from complications from an October 2 operation for gallstones and appendicitis. The death is controversial: years later, Daubert’s son will contend that the doctors missed a spleen condition that later was common in several family members, including the son. The death certificate will note a secondary cause of death is due to concussion caused by a beaning (May 28). This will be enough for the widow to start a law suit against the Reds. Daubert’s teammates, barnstorming in West Virginia when they hear of his death, cancel the rest of their games.

10th  President and Mrs. Coolidge and 31,665 others thrill to the 2nd 3-hour battle of the Series. Bucky Harris starts 23-year-old righthander Curly Ogden (9-8) against Virgil Barnes (16-10), then pulls him after he fans Fred Lindstrom and walks Frisch. In comes lefty George Mogridge (16-11), a move intended to keep lefty Bill Terry on the Giants bench. Bucky Harris lifts one into the temporary seats in LF for a 1–0 lead. In the 6th a single ties it at 1–1, and Harris brings in Firpo Marberry for his 4thappearance. A base hit and 2 costly errors give the Giants a 3–1 lead. In the 8th, PH Nemo Liebold doubles and C Muddy Ruel singles. A walk loads the bases and up comes Harris, who hits a hard bounder to 3B that strikes a pebble and skips over Lindstrom’s head and down the LF line as the tying runs score. Walter Johnson, pitching on one days rest, then comes in to hold New York. With one out in the last of the 12th, Giants reliever Jack Bentley gets Muddy Ruel to pop up near home plate, but veteran C Hank Gowdy steps on his discarded mask, which he cannot shake from his shoe, and the ball falls to the ground. Ruel then gets his 2nd hit, a double. Walter Johnson reaches 1B on SS Travis Jackson’s error. Earl McNeely hits a grounder at Lindstrom, and improbably, the ball again takes a bounce over his head. Ruel tears home with Washington’s first WS championship.

In a PCL game, Vernon pitcher Ed Bryan fires a one-hitter against Salt Lake City, giving up a homerun to Johnny Frederick.

20th  Kansas City Monarchs manager Jose Mendez takes the mound to spin a 3-hit, 5–0 shutout over the Hilldales to win the final game of the first Negro League World Series. Nip Winters had pitched the first 3 Hilldale wins.

Following a drunk and disorderly party in Wenatchee, Washington yesterday, the barnstorming Brooklyn Dodgers are no match for a semipro team in Everett, losing 15-3. The Dodgers make 8 errors including 3 by starting pitcher Burleigh Grimes. Bernie Neis, Johnny Mitchell, Eddie Brown and Milt Stock spent last night in jail following the brawl in Wenatchee, and did not make the train to today’s game (as reported by Dave Larson). Charles Ebbets paid the costs of damage at the Elham hotel and the medical costs for injured bellboy William Weaver, who was slugged by one of the Dodgers. He also paid the fine of $200 each for the four players.

27th  The Cubs trade P Vic Aldridge, 2B George Grantham, and 1B Al Niehaus to Pittsburgh for 1B Charlie Grimm, SS Rabbit Maranville, and P Wilbur Cooper. Grantham will hit .300 for 6 seasons with the Bucs, while Grimm will play 11 seasons with Chicago, eventually becoming player-manager. In 1925, Maranville will be named a player-manager as well. Cooper, who has averaged 20 wins a year over the past 6 seasons, will drop to 12–14 with the Cubs. This past season he picked off 7 runners at 3B.


1924 November

9th  At Colombes Stadium in Paris, a small crowd, estimated to fill 3% of the stadium, braves the cold weather to see the New York Giants beat the Chicago White Sox, 1-0. The game last one hour and 12 minutes, leaving the crowd disappointed that they did not get their money’s worth. The New York Times reports, “French opinion seems to be that sport at the present time is having a hard enough time in the country without the necessity of trying to learn a new game that seems to have little appeal to the people.”

12th  At the joint meetings in Chicago between the two major leagues, the Athletics propose that on sales over $10,000 of players from the minor league teams to the majors that the players share in the sale. The players are for it; the minor league owners not so much.

The Yankees propose that the size of the rosters be at 50 players up till June 15 and then gradually reduce down to 25 by August 31st. This goes nowhere.

18th  Oakland Oaks (PCL) owner Cal Ewing announces that he has sold the team to Washington Senator star Walter Johnson, represented by George Weiss, who deposited a check for $5,000 towards the purchase. Last month, Ewing announced that the sale price was an enthusiastic $450,000 (the St. Louis Cardinals recent sale was for $275,000). Nothing will come of all the talk, and Johnson will return to the Washington team.

1924 December

10th  The 2 leagues agree on a permanent rotation for WS play proposed by Charles Ebbets: first 2 games at one league’s park, next 3 at the other leagues park, last 2 if needed back at the first league’s park, with openers to alternate between leagues. Next year’s WS will commence at the NL city.

11th  Eddie Collins signs as player-manager of the White Sox.

12th The Senators pick up 35-year-old Stanley Coveleski from Cleveland in exchange for Byron Speece and Carr Smith. Coveleski, a future Hall of Famer, will go 20–5 and lead the AL in ERA.

17th  The Yankees get 4-time 20-game winner Urban Shocker from the Browns for pitchers Milt Gaston, Joe Giard, and Joe Bush. Shocker led the Browns in wins in each of the past 5 seasons and will be a mainstay on 2 pennant-winning staffs for New York. Bush had beaten the Browns 17 straight times after losing to them on June 12, 1922.

The Senators add another veteran pitcher to its staff by purchasing Dutch Ruether from Brooklyn. Ruether will go 30–13 for his year and a half in Washington.

1925 January

5th  During the White Sox’ and Giants’ tour of Europe, the French Baseball Federation awards silver medals to John McGraw, Charlie Comiskey, and Hugh Jennings for their efforts to advance the game in France.

1925 February

2nd  The NL inaugurates its Golden Jubilee Year by holding its spring meeting in the same room in New York’s Broadway Central Hotel where the league was organized on February 2, 1876.

4th Brooklyn acquires OF Cotton Tierney from the Braves for OF Bernie Neis.

10th  At the AL meeting, a plan is adopted to alternate the site of future World Series openers by league rather than deciding it by a coin toss, with games 1, 2, 6, and 7 in one park and 3, 4, 5 in the other, unless a ban on Sunday baseball interferes in one city. The clubs finishing 4th in the AL will henceforth share in the WS pool. WS umps get a raise to $2,500, while umps in city series will earn $700. The plan was proposed in 1924, but formally adopted at this meeting.

25th  John McGraw arrives in Florida and is installed as president of a real estate development near Bradenton called Pennant Park. With streets named for early Giants heroes, and lots offered for $2,500 to $5,000, McGraw hires a fleet of salesmen and heads north. NY newspapers run a series of full-page ads featuring a picture of John McGraw with the bold caption “You’ve followed me in baseball, now follow me in real estate.” A year later, the boom will go bust, washed away by two hurricanes. McGraw will incur a loss of $100,000 after paying off close friends, players, and other investors, and will be hounded by creditors.

1925 March

15th Cubs SS Rabbit Maranville fractures his ankle sliding into 3B in an exhibition game in Los Angeles. At 33, the injury threatens to end his career, but the Rabbit will be back in the lineup by May 24.

20th In a reprise of the 1924 WS, the New York Giants edge the Senators, 2–1, at West Palm Beach’s new Municipal Athletic Field.

26th In Ft. Myers, Florida Babe Ruth plays left field for Connie Mack’s Athletics in an exhibition game between Philadelphia and Milwaukee. The 5,000 fans see an A’s victory, but Ruth fails to produce a hit. The idea of Ruth Day was Mack’s, who wanted the fans of Lee County to see the Bambino. Mack has just signed a 10-year agreement to play in Ft. Myers.

The Cubs lose another starter to exhibition-game injuries, when Denver Grigsby fractures his collarbone diving for a line drive in a game against PCL Vernon. The good fielding left fielder had 14 assists and 4 DPs, both NL-highs, last year when he hit .299. Worrisome to the Cubs is that Denver has broken his collarbone twice before. He’ll come back to hit .255 in this his final ML year.

1925 April

2nd Good night, Gracie. The Reds sell George Burns to the Phillies.

7th  In an exhibition game, the Yankees whip the Dodgers 16–9 but the headlines are about the Babe. Ruth collapses in the railroad station in Asheville, NC, and winds up in New York’s St. Vincent Hospital. He’ll undergo an operation for an ulcer on April 17th and will be in bed till May 26th.

During an exhibition game, A’s long-ball-hitting 1B Joe Hauser is standing still near 1B, minding his own business, when his knee gives way suddenly and the kneecap shatters all by itself. He is out for the season. His knee will give out in July 1934 when rounding 3B after hitting a homerun for Minneapolis.

11th  Before 15,000 at the Polo Grounds, the Senators and Giants reprise their World Series competition. The Nats take this contest, 9–4, and will win tomorrow to even the pre-season series at 6 games apiece.

In their first match against each other since 1907, the visiting Red Sox lose to the Braves, 4–3, before 12,000. Johnny Cooney is the winner over Jack Quinn. The match in 2 days is called because of the weather.

13th  Stuffy McInnis is released by the Braves. He’ll sign with the Pirates, bat .368 in 59 games, and get into his 5th WS.

14th  Before 38,000 in the first regular-season game, Pete Alexander pitches the Cubs to an 8–2 over the Pirates. Alex homers in his first at bat and adds a single and double. It is Pete’s 301st win. Gabby Hartnett also homers, one of five he’ll clout in the first four games. Pie Traynor has a pair of hits for the Bucs to run his consecutive game hitting streak to 23 over two seasons, but he will go hitless tomorrow. The game is broadcast on the radio, as Quin Ryan announces from the grandstand roof for WGN.

Cleveland defeats St. Louis 21–14, with the Indians winning it with 12 runs in the 8th to set a ML record for the most runs in an opener. Fred Spurgeon ties a 3-year-old ML record by reaching base twice on errors in the inning and Pat McNulty, who enters as a pinch runner in the inning, hits a 3-run homer. Charlie Jamieson has 4 hits and scores 4 runs. The usually sure-handed Browns manager George Sisler makes 4 errors at 1B, tying a ML record, and CF Herschel Bennett adds his name to the record books with 3 errors in the 8th. Included in the 39 hits this afternoon is a home run by Cleveland’s Tris Speaker, who drives in 4 runs. Ken Williams has a single, two doubles and a homer as the Browns total 20 hits.

Before 22,000 in Philadelphia, two future Hall of Famers make their ML debuts for the A’s. Lefty Grove starts against Boston and leaves in the 4thafter walking 4 and striking out nobody. He gives up 5 runs on 6 hits. In the 8th, Mickey Cochrane pinch-hits for catcher Cy Perkins, singles and stays in behind the plate while the A’s go on to score 9 runs in the last 4 innings to win 9–8 in 10 innings. Grove, known as Groves in Baltimore and to Connie Mack, is also listed that way in the New York Times box score. Grove will become the first pitcher to lead the AL in strikeouts and walks in the same year.

With Ben Paschal filling in for the ailing Babe Ruth in RF, the Yankees defeat the Senators, 5–1 before 45,000 at Yankee Stadium. Paschal fills the Babe’s shoes by belting a two-run homer and an RBI single. Urban Shocker, back with New York after 7 years, is the starter and winner for New York. Because of the cold weather, the Nats go with George Mogridge, instead of Walter Johnson, and he allows 9 hits in 7 innings while taking the loss.

At Cincinnati, Reds ace Pete Donohue wins his second opener in 3 years, shutting out the Cards, 4–0. Jess Haines is the loser. The game takes 1 hour: 20 minutes.

15th At Navin Field, the White Sox trip the Tigers, 9-6, with a little help from the Bengal pitching staff. Earl Whitehill surrenders 7 earned runs in 4 innings and reliever Bill Moore allows 2 runs, walking all three batters he faces. It is his only ML appearance.

17th With the newspaper headlines blaring “The bellyache heard round the world”, Babe Ruth undergoes surgery for an intestinal abscess.

At Yankee Stadium, Joe Judge hits a 4th inning grand slam and the Senators beat the Ruthless Yankees, 6-1.

The Giants trade Rosy Ryan to the Braves for righty Tim McNamara.

18th  Charles Ebbets, Dodgers president, dies on the morning of the opener at Ebbets Field, won by New York 7–1 before 25,000. Both teams wear black arm bands and line up before the game in silent tribute. No NL games will be played on the 21st, the day of Ebbets funeral. At the rainy funeral, Ed McKeever, the new club president, will catch a cold that turns into pneumonia. He dies on May 27th. Manager Wilbert Robinson will take on the job of president as well.

Collecting 22 hits, the Cardinals defeat the Cubs, 20-5. Rogers Hornsby scores 5 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks, as 7 homers are hit at Cubs Park. Les Bell rings up 2 of them for St. Louis as he totals 5 hits, including two doubles to go with his dingers. He scores 4 runs and clangs home 6. Jim Bottomley also drives in 6 runs on 3 hits. The bright spot for Chicago is Gabby Hartnett who homers in his 4th straight start (one other game he appeared as a pinch hitter and doubled in a run) and drives in 3 runs. Gabby has 5 homers, the only NLer with more than 2, and his 13 RBI leads the majors.

In St. Louis, the White Sox beat the Browns, 14-5, as a crowd of several thousand storm the field after the game confronting owner Phil Ball in his box seat. The fans shout “Jake, Jake” for Baby Doll Jacobson, who is holding out. The police finally come to Ball’s rescue and he leaves with his dignity.

In the A’s home opener at Philadelphia, Bill Lamar belts an 8th inning 2-run HR off Walter Johnson and the A’s whitewash the Senators, 3–0. Slim Harriss fires the shutout.

20th  Cleveland goes to 5-0 with a 15-inning, 5–4, win over the Tigers. Detroit P Syl Johnson walks in the winning run.

22nd  The Senators play their home opener with President Coolidge throwing out the first ball, caught by Walter Johnson. Behind Johnson, the Senators trounce the Ruth-less Yankees 10–1. Rookie Lou Gehrig is in RF in place of the ailing Babe. Coolidge stands in the top of the 7th, despite the sleeve tugging of Mrs. Coolidge, who eventually stands as well. The President’s entourage then stands. Coolidge rises for the bottom of the 7th also.

At Baker Bowl, Brooklyn’s pitcher Burleigh Grimes has 4 of the Robins 17 hits but the Phillies prevail, 8-7.

The Pirates win their home opener, 6-1, over the Cubs as Johnny Morrison tosses a 5-hitter, and hits a pair of triples. The Bucs will give one buck to charity for each ball hit into the stands that is returned to the club. The Forbes Field scoreboard has “Charity Balls Returned” daily and seasonal totals.

Eddie Collins is presented with a chest of silver by the a delegation of Elks and then the White Sox beat the Tigers, 3–1, in their home opener at Comiskey.

The Cardinals open at home and treat their fans to a post-1900, NL-record, first-inning barrage of 12 hits, scoring 11 runs to beat the Reds 12–3. Holm, Hornsby and Bottomley each have 2 hits in the big frame.

The Cards sell popular veteran Hi Myers to the Reds.

23rd In the 3rd inning at St. Louis, Roger Hornsby is hit on the head by a pitch from the Reds Dolf Luque (as noted by Retrosheet). A groggy Rajah is replaced with a courtesy runner, Specs Toporcer. Hornsby returns to the field in the 4th but after 2 innings is taken to the hospital. He’ll miss 2 games with a slight concussion. The Reds win, 7–2.

Yankee ace Herb Pennock holds a 1–0 lead into the 9th when Washington loads the bases. Nats manager Harris wants Walter Johnson to pinch hit, but the Big Train is in showering when he gets the call. It takes him ten minutes to dress and enter the game, all the while Yankee manager Huggins is screaming about the delay. Johnson justifies the wait by hitting the first pitch for a 2-run single to win the game for Washington, 2–1. Six weeks late, Ban Johnson will rule that only players on the bench or sidelines may be used as substitutes.

24th   Charlie Grimm, playing in his first series in Pittsburgh since the Cubs acquired him, bangs out 4 hits, including 2 triples and a double, to lead Chicago to a 7–2 win. Lefty Emil Yde is the victim of the Grimm reaper, with Pete Alexander taking the win.

25th  The Giants (7-2) stay in first place with a 2–1 win over the Braves, as Frankie Frisch’s homer breaks a 1–1 tie. Hugh McQuillan allows just five hits, including a homer. Kyle Graham takes the tough loss for Boston.

26th  With the Indians leading 7–2 at Chicago, the umps forfeit the game to Cleveland when the crowd storms onto the field and refuse to get off.

27th  With the Indians leading 4–3 in the 8th inning, the White Sox erupt for 9 runs to coast home, 12–4.

Down 8-3 going into the 9th, the Browns score 7 runs to beat the host Tigers, 10-8. Pinchhitter Harry Rice ties the AL mark with two hits in the inning.

Ed McKeever, Dodger president for just two weeks, dies after catching a cold at the funeral service for Charles Ebbets two weeks ago. The cold turned into influenza. Wilbert Robinson will take over as president while continuing to manage the team.

29th  At the Polo Grounds, the Phillies score 7 runs in the last 2 innings—6 off Virgil Barnes—to down the Giants, 13-9. Lew Fonseca has 5 hits for the Quakers, and collects 4 RBIs.

The Red Sox trade Joe Harris to the Washington Senators for Paul Zahniser and Roy Carlyle. Harris hit over .300 in three straight years in Boston, but was just 3-for-19 this season. He’ll hit .323 for the Nats and help them win a pennant, then hit .440 with three homers in the World Series.

30th In one of two games played because of bad weather, the Pirates top the Cubs in the 14th inning, winning 2-1. Rabbit Maranville hits a 2-out triple, then steals home with rookie starter Elmer Jacobs on the mound. Pitt starter Johnny Morrison, a 25-game winner last year, is the winning pitcher.

1925 May

1st  The A’s introduce another future Hall of Famer, 17-year-old C Jimmie Foxx, who pinch-hits and singles against Washington. But the A’s lose, 9–4.

Detroit reliever Lil Stoner makes just one pitch, a wild one, to allow the winning run to score as Cleveland wins, 8–7.

2nd Boston and the Phillies split a pair, with Joe Genewich winning the opener, 4–1 for the Braves. Hal Carlson is the Phillies winner, 12–6, in the nitecap. Boston’s Dick Burrus, back in the majors after a 5-year hiatus, hits his 1st ML homer, off Carlson. Burrus will collect 200 hits and post a .340 average.

4th Still got my locker? The Cardinals reacquire OF Hi Myers from the Reds, after selling him to Cincinnati on April 22. Myers played 3 games for the Reds, will play one more with St. Louis, and finish his 5-game season and 14-year career.

George Sisler leads the Browns to a 5–4 win over Detroit. Sisler hits a homer to keep his batting streak going at 19 games, and also steals home in the 8th inning.

On the White House lawn, Washington manager Bucky Harris is presented with a gold watch by Calvin Coolidge. The presentation of the watch, a gift from friends and admirers, was originally scheduled to be at the ball park but the President could not make it. The watch is engraved on the back “Presented by Calvin Coolidge, President of the United States, to Stanley Harris, White House, May 4, 1925.”

5th  Ty Cobb is 6-for-6, including three HRs, in Detroit’s 14–8 win over the Browns. All three homers are off different pitchers. Cobb’s 16 total bases tops Joe Hauser’s 14 of August 2, 1924 and sets a new AL record.

Everett Scott is benched by New York manager Miller Huggins, ending his record 1,307-game playing streak. Pee Wee Wanninger replaces him at SS in the 6–2 loss to the A’s. Scott will soon go to Washington on waivers. The Yanks send lefty P Ray Francis to the Red Sox for OF Bobby Veach and P Alex Ferguson. The 2 will be waived together in August.

The Red Sox acquire pitcher Ray Francis from the Yankees, where he rang up a 7.71 ERA. He’ll post the same ERA for Boston before they waive him on June 17.

6th Ty Cobb belts two more homers, off Dave Danforth and Chester Falk, giving him five round trippers in 2 days, tying Cap Anson’s 1884 feat. His 1st inning single gives him 9 straight hits, and two other drives in the game are barely caught. His 6 RBIs lead the Tigers to a 11–4 clawing of the Browns. Mickey Cochrane hits his 1st ML homer, off Sam Jones.

The Senators score 7 runs in the 1st inning to give Walter Johnson a 7-1 lead against the A’s, but the Big Train runs out of fuel and loses, 10-8. Phil Todt belts a 2-run homer in the 9th over the towering RF fence to beat Johnson. No Senator has hit a homer over the RF fence since it was heightened before the 1924 season, but Ruth, Speaker and Witt did it last year.

7th  At Pittsburgh, the Pirates SS Glenn Wright pulls off a unassisted triple play at 2B in the 9th, grabbing Jim Bottomley’s liner, stepping on the bag before Johnny Cooney can get back, and tagging Hornsby coming down from 1B. But the Cards still win 10–9 after scoring 6 runs in the 8th.

The Phils game with New York is rained out, the 8th postponed game in a row for Philadelphia.

8th  Every NL city will have a Golden Jubilee Day celebrating 50 years of organized baseball. The first, between two of the original teams left from the 1876 season, at Boston, sees former Boston players George Wright and Jack Manning from 1876 on hand as the Braves beat Chicago 5–2. Also present is William McLean, the umpire in that first game.

The Red Sox beat the Tigers, 15-7, as Ira Flagstead walks 5 times, scores 5 runs and Ike Boone drives home 5.

At the Polo Grounds, Billy Southworth hits a 9th inning 2-out walkoff grand slam, off Dickerman, to give the Giants a come-from-behind victory, 5-2. Southworth knocks in the other run in the 5th.

9th Behind Jess Barnes, the Braves beat the visiting Cubs, 2–1, in 11 innings. Dave Harris’s walk off homer in the 11th wins it.

11th  In a feat heavily promoted in the Tribune, Chicago C Ray Schalk holds on to a ball dropped 460 feet from the top of the Tribune Tower in Chicago. It takes him three tries. The lunchtime stunt stops traffic on Michigan Avenue for 20 minutes. Schalk sits out the afternoon game with the Senators, a 9-0 shellacking by the Nats’ Walter Johnson. It is his 108thshutout, and he runs his strikeout total to 3,232.

In a Mississippi Valley League game, 55-year-old former Giants star Joe McGinnity hurls Dubuque to a 7–3 victory over 18-year-old John Welch of Ottumwa.

12th  A record to date 20 homeruns are hit in the ML this day. Phils pitcher Jimmy Ring collects one of them, a grand slam off Pittsburgh’s Vic Aldridge in an 8–5 win before the Pirates win, 13–8. Kiki Cuyler scores 5 runs for the Bucs in game 2.

Al Simmons of the A’s has 3 hits, including a homer, as Philadelphia scores a run in the 9th in a 4–3 win over Detroit. Sam Gray goes to 6-0.

13th   At Ebbets Field, the Robins score 7 runs in the 7th inning to come back and beat the Cardinals, 9-8. Eddie Brown’s grand slam is the big blow in the 7th.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants win, 3-0, on Art Nehf’s one hitter. Reds 1B Rube Bressler connects for the lone hit.

14th  At Dunn Field, the Indians score a pair in the 9th to edge the Red Sox, 4-3. Ike Boone has a hit and an RBI to extend his batting streak to 20 straight games.

17th  A 9-game winning streak propels the A’s past Washington into first place. The A’s will hold the top spot through June with the Senators always at their heels.

Washington’s lefty Tom Zachary throws the pitch that Cleveland’s Tris Speaker socks for his 3,000th hit. Zachary still is victorious today, 2–1, over George Uhle.

Travis Jackson hits a 3rd inning grand slam at the Polo Grounds as the Giants whip the Cubs, 10-3.

The Browns roll by the Red Sox, 11–6, behind the pitching of Milt Gaston. Red Sox Pitcher Buster Ross doesn’t help his cause, committing 4 errors for an AL record, walking 8 and hitting a batter in 7+ innings. He gives up 11 runs on 3 hits, but just one of the runs is earned. George Sisler extends his hitting streak to 32 games with a hit, just one of 4 that the Browns collect.

18th At Baker Bowl, the Phillies collect 22 hits but still lose to the Cardinals, 10-9, in 11 innings. Chicken Hawks pecks out 5 hits, including 3 doubles, for the locals.

19th In the top of the 9th at Cleveland, pinch hitter Walter Johnson clouts a 2-run HR over the 45-foot right field wall at League Park to give the Senators a 4–3 win. The only other RH hitter to clear the wall is pitcher-turned-outfielder Smoky Joe Wood. Johnson, a good hitting pitcher, will have an extraordinary year at the plate, hitting a ML record .433.

The Phillies ride a 4th inning grand slam by George Harper to an 8-4 victory over the visiting Cardinals.

20th  George Sisler’s 34-game hitting streak, stretching back to Opening Day, is stopped by the A’s Lefty Grove and Slim Harriss. Browns teammate Ken Williams bangs a grand slam, but the A’s win, 8–6.

Casey Stengel buys the Worcester club in the Eastern League and arranges for the Braves to send 7 players down to his club.

The Indians score 6 runs in the last of the 9th to beat the Yankees, 10–9. Tris Speaker scores the winning run from 1B on a single.

Chicago and Boston pitchers combine to walk 20 batters, as the White Sox stroll to a 10–7 win.

21st  Behind the hitting (3-for-4) and pitching of Walter Johnson, the Senators tame the Tigers 6–2. The two teams combine for 9 double plays, setting a record (since tied) for a 9-inning game. The Reds and Braves will turn a record 10 double plays in 12 innings on June 7.

In Brooklyn, Hack Miller pinch-hits in the top of the 9th and triples home Sparky Adams with the Cubs 4th run. But Brooklyn still wins 5–4. It is Miller’s last appearance for the Cubs, who will release him on the 24thand he will sign with the Oakland Oaks.

A’s rookie Mickey Cochrane hits three homers to lead Philadelphia to 20–4 rout over the Browns. His first two clouts come off Milt Gaston, and the third off George Blaeholder. He will hit just another two all year to total six. Bill Lamar and Al Simmons each have 5 RBIs. Sam Gray (8-0) coasts home for the win.

In the Texas League, Ft. Worth completes a three game thrashing of San Antonio by winning 24-12. This follow victories of 29-8 and 19-8. Ft Worth scores 72 runs on 65 hits, while San Antonio has 28 runs on 46 hits.

22nd In Philadelphia, Reds pitcher Pete Donohue has 5 hits—4 singles and a homer—in beating his cousins the Phils, 11–2. Teammate OF Curt Walker also has 5 hits, including a homer. Mel Stottlemyre, in 1964, will be the next pitcher to collect five hits in a game.

At Ebbets Field, Cubs pitcher Percy Jones makes his first start of the year a good one, beating the Robins, 2-0, on a one-hitter. Jimmy Johnstone’s single is the only hit for Brooklyn.

23rd The Reds score 4 in the 9th to win 9-7 in Philadelphia, but the featured blows of the day occur when Reds C Astyanax Douglass breaks in on an argument between Philadelphia starter Jimmy Ring and Reds starting catcher Ivey Wingo and lands a punch to Ring’s jaw. Ring and Douglass are ejected, After the game the two fight round 2 in the clubhouse. Ring then follows Douglass to the railroad station where they tangle again. Next week the Reds will release Douglass, who had a total of 24 at bats.

The Cards trade C Mike Gonzalez and infielder Howard Freigau to the Cubs for catcher Bob O’Farrell. O’Farrell, who suffered a fractured skull from a foul tip, played just 71 games in 1924 and lost his job to Gabby Hartnett. But O’Farrell will have a banner year for the Cards, hitting .293 and catching 146 games, and then take over as manager in 1927. Freigau, a former batboy and mascot for the Cards, will hit .307 for the year.

25th  Clyde Barnhart has a pair of hits and an RBI as the Pirates edge the Cubs, 5-3, behind Johnny Morrison. Barnhart has now hit safely in 25 straight games.

26th  In the Tigers’ 8–1 win over the White Sox, Ty Cobb becomes the first to collect 1,000 career extra-base hits. He will finish with 1,139.

In Philadelphia, the Robins sweep a pair from the Phils, winning 10-4 and 3-1. Dazzy Vance strikes out 10 in the opener as Brooklyn breaks away with 7 runs in the last two innings. Burleigh Grimes takes game 2 and clips Chicken Hawks’ hitting streak at 20 games. Hawks will hit .322 in his second and final ML season, but the Phils will still sell him to Newark after the 1925 campaign. He’ll finish up in the PCL for the 1931 season.

27th  In Philadelphia, the Senators nip the A’s 10–9, as Walter Johnson wins his 7th in row. Al Simmons clocks one in the 4th inning with no one on that lands on 20th street. In five of Johnson’s wins, Washington has scored 9 or more runs.

At Forbes Field, the Pirates use a seven-run 4th to down the Cubs, 13-3. Glenn Wright hits a grand slam in the big inning.

The Browns have 26 assists in a 10-inning 4–2 loss to the Indians. They have 24 in the first 9 innings for an AL mark.

28th   The Cubs tally 11 hits and score 12 runs in the 7th inning to break open the game and win 13–3 at Cincinnati. In the 7th, Barney Friberg doubles and triples, Charlie Grimm has a single and double, and Arnie Statz and pitcher Wilbur Cooper each have two singles.

At Braves Field, Giants catcher Frank Snyder breaks an 8th inning tie with a 430-foot drive over the left field wall, the first home run ever hit over the left field barrier at Braves Field. New York wins, 8–6.

In Chicago, Willie Kamm hits an 8th-inning grand slam to give the White Sox a short-lived 4-2 lead over the Tigers. Detroit scores three in the 9th, the Sox one run, and Detroit ends it with two runs in the 10th to win, 7-5. The Tigers outhit the Sox, 17-8.

Despite pitching yesterday, Johnson comes back to pitch the 2nd game today in Philadelphia and opposing pitcher Bill Harriss pops a 2-run 2ndinning homer off the Big Train. The A’s win, 9–4 after losing the opener, 11–3.

In a Pacific Coast League game at Oakland, George Boehler of Oakland pitches 9 1/3 hitless innings over Sacramento. Boehler then allows 2 hits and loses 2-0 in 10 innings. Boehler strikes out 15 Senator batters. Boehler, with a 5-12 ML record, will earn another cup of coffee next year.

In a 7-3 victory over the Red Sox, Goose Goslin has 2 hits and 2 runs to extend his consecutive game batting streak to 21 games. Pitcher George Mogridge scatters 10 hits and starts one of the Nats 5 DPs.

30th  Between games today, Rogers Hornsby is named manager of the Cardinals by Sam Breadon, replacing Branch Rickey, who remains as general manager. An angry Rickey will sell his shares in the team to Hornsby. St. Louis, in last place, drops two games to Pittsburgh, losing 4–1 in the morning and 15–5 in the p.m. contest, despite a homer by the new manager. Playing in front of an overflow crowd at spacious Forbes Field, the Pirates sets a modern NL record by stroking 8 triples in the 2nd game, off pitchers Pea Ridge Day and Eddie Dyer; Max Carey and Clyde Barnhart each have 2, while Eddie Moore, Kiki Cuyler, Glenn Wright, and Pie Traynor have one apiece. Traynor adds a pair of doubles while Earl Smith completes a 20-game hitting streak with a homerun. The Cards tally one triple for a combined record-tying 9 triples. The normal rules about balls hit into the crowds being ground-rule doubles is expanded to make them triples today: eight of the three-baggers are ground-rule triples. The Pirates will lead the majors in triples this year with 105.

For the first time in ML history, two pinch hitters hit homers as Phillie subs Jimmie Wilson and Hal Carlson connect off the Giants Jack Bentley in game 2. The Phils win the opener, 7–4 before losing 14–5.

Former Red Sox 20-game winner Hugh Bedient ends his pro career in an unusual way (as noted by Greg Peterson). Pitching for Atlanta against the hometown Memphis Chicks, the 2–0 Bedient becomes upset by the ump’s decision. The Memphis fans shower the field with bottles, cushions and programs and the upset umpire then forfeits the game to Atlanta. Bedient’s pro career ends shortly after the game.

31st  At Ebbets Field, the Giants Jack Scott gets the better of Dazzy Vance, beating the Robins ace, 2-0. Vance allows just 5 hits and strikes out 13 in the loss.

1925 June

1st  At a Monday game at Yankee Stadium, 18,000 are on hand to see the Babe make his first appearance of the season. He goes 0–2 with a walk against Washington’s Walter Johnson before leaving in the 6th inning. The Nats win 5–3. In the 9th inning, Lou Gehrig begins a consecutive-game streak that will surpass Everett Scott’s mark by pinch-hitting for Pee Wee Wanninger, the SS who replaced Scott in the Yankees lineup.

At Dunn Field, the Browns break a 2-2 tie after 6 innings by scoring 8 in the last three frames to beat the Indians, 10-2. Ken Williams, with a single, triple and homer, drives in 6 runs.

At Forbes Field, Jack Fournier hits a 2-run homer in the 7th as the Cardinals edge the Pirates, 3-2. Max Carey is caught at home in an attempted steal, the first of just two times he’ll be caught stealing this year. He will be thrown out at 3B on the 4th of July. His 51 steals will top the circuit.

2nd 1B Wally Pipp is hit on the head in batting practice, resulting in a severe headache. It’ll only get worse as Lou Gehrig takes over at first and goes 3-for-5 against the Senators. Reliever Alex Ferguson gets the win for New York in the 8–5 victory, with Allen Russell taking the loss.

Jim Bottomley has a pair of homers, including a 5th inning grand slam off Neal Brady, as the Cards whip the visiting Reds, 8-2. Bottomley will hit 5 or more RBIs in 4 games this year.

At Detroit, the White Sox overcome a 10–run deficit to tie the Tigers at 15 runs apiece. All is for naught as Ty Cobb drills a 3–2 pitch for a game-winning homer in the bottom of the 9th

The Red Sox release Shano Collins who will take over as manager of the Pittsfield (MA) team.

3rd In a 12–7 win, White Sox player/manager Eddie Collins singles of Detroit’s Rip Collins for his 3,000th hit. The 38-year-old is the 6th player to reach 3,000.

4th  Veteran hurler Joe Bush, playing RF for the Browns, is called in to pitch to Cleveland pinch hitter Harvey Hendrick with the bases filled and 2 out in the 9th. Hendrick hits the first pitch for a triple, and the Indians win 11–10.

Trending up? The Pirates score once in the 1st, twice in the 2nd, three times in the 3rd and four times in the 4th as they whip the visiting Phillies, 16-3. Kiki Cuyler hits for the cycle to pace the 18-hit attack.

In Chicago, the Robins get a grand slam from catcher Zack Taylor and a three-run 9th but it is still not enough as they fall to the Cubs, 11-9. Charlie Grimm has 4 hits, including a homer and double, to drive in 4 runs for the Cubs.

At Fenway, the first-place A’s rip the Red Sox 12-2, Al Simmons has 2 hits and 3 runs to extend his consecutive game batting streak to 23 games.

5th At Cubs Park, Dodger outfielder Zack Wheat lines into a 7th inning triple play, the play going 1B Barney Friberg to SS Rabbit Maranville. But Wheat also harvests 2 homers to help the Dodgers to a 7–6 win over the Cubs. Red-hot rookie Mandy Brooks drives in 3 for Chicago.

In St. Louis, Frank Snyder has two homers and drives in 6 runs as the Giants whip the Cardinals, 11-5. Jack Scott (8-2) is the winning pitcher.

Cuban cutie Dolf Luque pips the Braves, 1–0, in 10 innings for a Reds win.

6th  Fred Clarke and Honus Wagner are in the lineup of a 1901 Pirates team that plays a brief game as part of Golden Jubilee Day in Pittsburgh. A week later Clarke will join the Pirates as assistant to the president, a move that will lead to a player revolt in which heads roll and pennants are lost. After the ceremony Emil Yde pitches the Bucs to a 9-3 win over the Phillies.

Visiting Brooklyn scores 8 runs in the 6th inning and holds on for a 12-9 win over the Cubs. Burleigh Grimes is the winning pitcher and also homers as the Robins collect 18 hits. Mandy Brooks has 4 RBIs for Chicago, his 4th successive multi-RBI game, and has now driven in 11 runs in his first 6 games, a club record.

For the second successive day the temperature in Philadelphia hits a record (for the date) 100 degrees, as Detroit beats the A’s, 6-4. Frank O’Rourke has 4 hits for the Tigers, while Sammy Hale has a double, triple and homer for the A’s.

The temperature is a record 98 in New York, the hottest June 6 of the century, as a continuing heat wave envelopes the country. In the metropolitan area, 67 people die in heat-related deaths. At Yankee Stadium, a crowd of 12,000 watch the Yankees outslug the Browns, 11-9, with the teams combining for 29 hits. Ken Williams homers in the 7th, his third in two days, and an out later, Leo Dixon bounces a homer into the bleachers for his first and only round tripper. Dixon makes the games final out on a grounder to Dugan at 3B. Jumpin’ Joe makes a spectacular catch and throw and then collapses on the ground as his trick knee gives out. With hundreds of fans crowded around, a seemingly unconscious Dugan is revived and carried off the field by his teammates. The Yankees are in 7th place, 2.5 games ahead of the Red Sox.

7th  The Reds and Braves turn 5 double plays apiece in a 12-inning game for a ML record. The Giants and Reds will match it in a 16-inning game on May 1, 1955. The AL record is 9 twin killings, set two weeks ago by Detroit and Washington; it will be matched by a number of teams. Pete Donohue, who will lead the NL in innings pitched with 301, goes the distance for the Reds win.

After collecting 18 hits yesterday, Brooklyn has 19 hits today as they edge the host Cubs, 10-9. Zack Wheat and Dick Cox each drive in 3 runs. Mandy Brooks is held to one RBI and now has 12 RBIs in 7 games for Chicago, the best start for a Cubs rookie this century (Soler, in 2014, will have 10 in 7 games). He’ll add 2 tomorrow before his streak pauses, but will finish his first 10 games with 16 RBIs, a club mark.

8th  Herb Pennock, in relief, notches the victory as the Yankees edge the Browns, 6-5, in 10 innings. Starter Waite Hoyt lines a pair of triples and Lou Gehrig has a pair of homers and 3 RBIs.

11th  Four days after his average tops .400, Rogers Hornsby buys 1,167 shares in the Cardinals at $42.85 a share. Hornsby pays $5,000 in cash and borrows the rest from the bank with owner Sam Breadon endorsing his note. Breadon retains the right to buy back the stock at 6% interest.

In pre-game ceremonies, the World Series flag is raised in Washington. Then Ty Cobb drives in 2 runs in the 1st inning off Walter Johnson to lead the Tigers to a 7–4 win.

12th  In a 6–2 loss to the Pirates, the Giants make a triple play that goes from SS Travis Jackson to C Hank Gowdy to 3B Heinie Groh to RF Ross Youngs to 2B George Kelly to 1B Terry. In the first inning, with Max Carey on 3B and Johnny Rawlings on 2B, Kiki Cuyler taps a slow roller to SS that gets away from Jackson for a few seconds. Carey starts home and is caught, Jackson to Gowdy to 3B Groh. Rawlings, on his way to 3B, heads back to 2B and is run down. Cuyler tries for 2B and gets caught in a rundown.

13th  At Chicago, the Cubs beat the Braves, 2–0, with Charlie Grimm’s two homers providing all the scoring. Elmer Jacobs applies the calcimine.

At Sportsman’s Park, the Cardinals edge the Phillies, 10-9, in 10 innings. Rogers Hornsby has a homer and 4 RBIs and Jack Smith collects 5 hits and 2 stolen bases. Smith will steal 20 this year and be caught twice, a remarkable percentage in the run-anytime early 20’s. Eddie Dyer (1-0) is the winner in relief. He’ll win again tomorrow against the Phils.

Joe Judge’s inside-the-park grand slam is the big blow in Washington’s seven-run 2nd inning as the Senators top the visiting Tigers, 11-3. Harry Heilmann has a single to complete a 20-game hitting streak.

15th  In Shibe Park, with the Indians leading the first-place A’s, 15–3, after 7 innings, many fans (and starting pitcher Stan Baumgartner) leave and miss the greatest rally of the century. The A’s score a run in the 7th and then plate a club-record 13 in the 8th for a 17–15 win and making up a 12–run deficit, tying a record set in 1911. Led by Al Simmons with a single and 3-run homer, the A’s collect 9 hits and 4 walks in the rampage. The outburst gives Tom Glass, the 5th pitcher for the A’s, his lone ML victory (and the last game he ever pitches) as he allows a run and 7 hits in 3 innings. Glass makes the first out in the 8th, and is lifted for Sammy Hale when his turn comes up again. Rube Walberg closes out the Indians in the 9th. George Uhle, one of four Tribe pitchers in the 8th, takes the loss. The Indians tally 24 hits, 5 by Charley Jamieson, and 4 each by R.H. Knode and Joe Sewell. Bill Lamar, in the middle of a 16-game hit streak, leads the A’s with 4 hits, and an intentional walk. The latter loads the bases in the 8th for Al Simmons, who parks one on the roof of the upper deck in left for a grand slam.

16th With the Phillies ahead 4–0 in the 6th inning in St. Louis, Phils P Jimmy Ring calls time and asks the plate umpire Cy Pfirman if he can leave the field to change into a dry undershirt. Pfirman refuses and catcher Jimmy Wilson begins arguing with the ump. Wilson then gets tossed and Butch Henline replaces him at catcher. Henline continues the argument and he too gets thumbed. Phils manager Art Fletcher then takes his turn arguing and Cards manager Hornsby joins him at the plate. When Fletcher turns on Hornsby, Rogers decks him, and Pfirman then tosses Hornsby out of the game. Ring, who managed to change his shirt while the scene was going on, then gives up 2 runs to the Cards in the 6th, and 4 more in the 7th to lose 6–4. The Cards sweep the five-game series from Philadelphia. NL Prexy Heydler hands down a $50 fine to Fletcher and $100 to Hornsby for the fight.

The Senators top the Browns 3–0, as Walter Johnson becomes the first AL pitcher to win 10 games this year.

17th  In the third record runs-scored-in-an-inning to occur within 2 ½ weeks, the Tigers score 13 runs in the 6th and beat the Yankees 19–1 at Yankee Stadium. It takes 49 minutes to play the top of the 6th, in which there are 7 walks and 6 hits, one a grand slam by Ty Cobb. John Tavener walks twice in the frame and Johnny Basslet ties a ML record by reaching base twice on errors in the inning. Eleven runs score before the first out is made. The score is the most runs ever racked up by an opponent in the House that Ruth built, though it will be topped in 2004 by Cleveland. Coach Oscar Stanage comes on the catch for the Tigers and goes 1-for-1 in his last appearance as a player. His first at bat came in 1906. Lou Gehrig has two of the four hits off Dauss, a homer and a triple.

The Yankees waive iron man Ev Scott to the Senators for $4,000. Scott holds the consecutive games played record with 1,307.

At Fenway, the White and Red Sox split a pair, With Chicago taking the opener, 5-3, behind Red Faber. Boston rebounds in game 2 as Roy Carlyle has a homer and 6 RBIs and Ike Boone has a double and two triples.

The Reds Dolf Luque shuts out the first-place Giants winning, 1-0.

Tom Zachary pitches Washington to a 2-1 win over the Browns. Manager Harris has a single to extend his hitting streak to 23 games.

18th In Washington, Browns infielder Bobby LaMotte hits a grand slam in the 6th inning and the Browns top the Senators, 9-6. For LaMotte, it is his first homer since 1922, when he was with Washington. He drives in 6 runs today. Bucky Harris hits a triple to extend his consecutive game batting streak to 24.

In a first, President Hickey of the American Association trades umpire Gerald Hayes to President Tools and the American Association for umpire Doll Dorr. Hickey has coveted Dorr for years.

20th  The Reds IF makes 6 double plays against the Giants, winning 4–2 for Eppa Rixey’s 7th straight win.

The Pittsburgh Pirates swamp Brooklyn, 21–5, behind the hitting of Max Carey and Kiki Cuyler. Carey hits for the cycle and Cuyler slugs a triple and two homers, one a grand slam. Cuyler drives in 6 runs, and scores 5. Glenn Wright has a homer and 5 RBIs to make the win easy for Babe Adams. Nelson Greene allows 15 earned runs in 6.2 innings of work.

22nd  After a day of rest, Pittsburgh again wallops St. Louis, winning 24–6. Max Carey collects 2 hits in an inning twice, in the 1st and 8th frames, the first player to ever accomplish the feat, and Kiki Cuyler and Pie Traynor hit grand slams. The Pirates collect 21 hits, 6 for home runs. Grantham, with a pair of homers, and Carey score 4 times each as the Cards help with 7 errors. Eddie Moore has a hit and 2 RBIs to extend his hitting streak to 21 straight games. Pittsburgh scored 21 runs in their previous game with the Birds, to set an NL scoring record (20th C.) for 2 games. Reliever Johnny Stuart allows 16 of the runs in 8+ innings, including a club mark 4 homers. The next Card reliever to serve up 4 homers will be Todd Burns, in 1995.

The Cardinals pick up Pete Alexander on waivers from the Cubs.

24th In a 5–3 Yankees win over Washington, Lou Gehrig steals his first base; a swipe of home, as Wally Schang steals 2B on the double steal. Goose Goslin has a pair of triples for Washington and will hit 8 of his league-high 20 against New York.

26th Before 30,000 fans in Philadelphia, Walter Johnson and rookie Lefty Grove square off in a battle of the AL leaders. Grove, a winner of 108 games in 5 years at Baltimore, was Mack’s high-priced purchase last October. Al Simmons slams a 2-run HR in the 3rd for the A’s, but Goose Goslin rips a 3-run HR off Grove in the 7th to give Washington a 5–3 win.

27th In Brooklyn, The Phillies score 5 runs in both the 6th and 7th innings to clip the Robins, 10-6. Lew Fonseca, acquired off the waiver list in March, has 4 hits, including a grand slam, for the Phils.

Cards rookie Art Reinhart, who made a relief appearance in 1919 and another 2 days ago, throws a 5-0 shutout over the Cubs in his first start. He allows 7 hits, 3 by phenom Mandy Brooks. In his first 25 games, Brooks is hitting .398 with 9 homers and 34 RBIs.

28th The Cards sweep a pair over the visiting Cubs, winning 3-1 and 8-3. in game 2, Jim Bottomley hits his second grand slam of the month, a 5thinning shot off Wilbur Cooper. Bottomley drives home 5.

29th  The Senators beat the A’s, 4–2, to move within a half game of the top. A’s OF “Broadway” Bill Lamar has 3 hits but will go hitless against Walter Johnson tomorrow after hitting in 29 straight games; he’ll hit .356 for the year.

30th Walter Johnson blanks the A’s 7–0, allowing just 2 scratch singles and no walks, to knock the A’s out of the lead. The A’s take just one of 5 games in the series. Philadelphia drops out of 1st place for the first time since May 7th, but will soon be back on top.

1925 July

1st  The Giants move back on top of the NL, taking 2 from the Phils. In the 2nd game, young Hack Wilson hits 2 HRs in the 3rd inning of the 16–7 rout. Hack totals 12 bases in the power outage. Tomorrow, the Pirates edge back on top with a 2–1 win over the Reds while New York is rained out.

2nd  At St. Louis, Pinky Hargrave hits a grand slam and drives in 7 runs and the Browns take a 15-3 lead over the White Sox after four innings. St. Louis eases up to win, 18-3.

At Ebbets Field, the Robins score 10 runs in the first inning en route to a 20-7 kicking of the Boston Braves. Jack Fournier has 4 hits to drive in 7 runs as starter Burleigh Grimes is the easy winner. Grimes tires in the 9th, allowing 5 runs.

At Yankee Stadium, Wally Pipp is knocked unconscious in batting practice by pitcher Charlie Caldwell. He regains consciousness in the clubhouse but will be taken to the hospital where he will remain for several weeks. The Yankees lose to the A’s, 6-3.

3rd  In a 6–3 win over the Giants, Brooklyn 2B Milt Stock sets a modern ML record by getting 4 hits in his 4th consecutive game. He is 16-for-23 in the streak and, with 2 hits tomorrow, will come one hit short of having 12 consecutive multi-hit games.

In Philadelphia, Jimmie Wilson’s first inning grand slam off Jesse Barnes jump starts the Phils to a 10-6 win over Boston.

At Boston, Washington’s Stan Coveleski (10-1) shuts out the Red Sox, 11–0, as his DP combo of Peckinpaugh and Harris chip in with 22 chances accepted. The Nats collect 21 hits, 19 of them off Paul Zahniser (0-4). Earl McNeely has a pair of homers, half his career total.

4th  The Athletics’ Lefty Grove battles the Yankees’ Herb Pennock 15 innings before taking a 1–0 loss. Pennock is a model of control, issuing no walks and giving up 4 hits. He retires the first 18 batters as well as the last 21 batters in what he later calls the best game of his career. Grove allows 14 hits and walks 5.

5th In Chicago, the Pirates edge the Cubs, 3–2, behind Ray Kremer. Guy Bush takes the loss.

6th Following yesterday’s loss, the 7th-place Cubs install the fun-loving Rabbit Maranville as manager, replacing Bill Killefer. The experiment will last less than two months.

Radio broadcasting is prohibited from the parks of the American League. This comes out when Chicago Daily News station WMAQ is denied permission to broadcast from the White Sox park. “The club owners voted to prohibit broadcasting presumably because they figured it would affect patronage.” Cleveland Plain Dealer.

7th Rabbit Maranville leads the Cubs to 10–5 win over Brooklyn at Ebbets Field, with veteran Wilbur Cooper the winner over Tiny Osborne. Celebrating his first victory that evening, Maranville gets into a fight with a cab driver.

The Giants nip the Pirates, 7-6, as veteran pitcher Jesse Barnes hits a two-run homer, off Art Reinhart. It is Barnes’ first homer in ten years and his only one in the majors.

9th Pittsburgh 3B Pie Traynor starts 4 DPs to help Emil Yde and the Pirate win game 1 against the Giants, 12–3. New York takes game 2 by a 7–5 score with Wayland Dean the winner.

10th Irish Meusel has three hits and drives in three runs to lead the Giants to 10–3 win over the Cubs. The Giants make 11 hits off John Blake while Virgil Barnes gives up 8 hits, including Gabby Hartnett’s home run.

In Chicago, Babe Ruth’s two run homer, his 8th of the year, is enough as the Yankees top the White Sox, 5–3 in a game stopped by rain in the 9thinning. Herb Pennock bags the win over Mike Cvengros.

The Red Sox waive good-bye to veteran P Jack Quinn, who goes to the A’s.

11th  George Sisler drives in 7 runs in 2 innings, tripling with the bases full in the 3rd and hitting a grand slam in the 4th, in a Browns 10–5 win over Washington. Sisler sets the AL record with his 2 hits in consecutive innings. Nats reliever Spencer Pumpelly gives up a homer to the first ML batter he faces.

Twenty Red Sox batters go to the plate in the 4th and 5th against Cleveland, scoring 5 runs each inning. Boston wins, 14–7.

13th In Boston, RF Elmer Smith pulls off an unassisted DP to help the Reds beat the Braves, 4–1. With the runner on 1B, Dave Harris, running with the pitch, Davis snags Jess Barnes short fly and easily beats Harris to the bag for the DP. It is the 4th time in Smith’s career he’s had an unassisted DP; only Tris Speaker has more. Gus Felix has a single for Boston to extend his consecutive game batting streak to 23 games.

14th  Tiger manager Ty Cobb shows his animosity towards his veteran pitcher Dutch Leonard by leaving him in for 9 innings against the A’s, who pummel him for 20 hits in a 12-4 win over Detroit. Even Connie Mack’s plea to take Dutch out is ignored by Cobb. At the end of the month the Tigers will sell Leonard to Vernon (PCL) but he won’t report, quitting baseball instead to grow grapes in California. It will be payback time next year when Leonard accuses Cobb and Speaker of throwing a game in late 1919.

In a 6-3 loss the Giants, the Cubs Hoard Freigau extends his consecutive game batting streak to 21 games. The Giants trail Pittsburgh by a game.

15th  The A’s go back into the lead with a sweep over the White Sox 9–7 and 11–5.

The NL owners meet in NYC and take no action on the so-called “rabbit ball.” They concluded that more frequent replacement of balls and better stitching is the cause of the home runs. One decision is approved: rosin bags will be placed behind the mounds. According to Burt Solomon, this practice started in the Southern Association.

18th Braves INF Bob Smith, relegated to the bench, tries his hand at pitching against the Pirates, winning 2–1 in 11 innings. Johnny Morrison takes the loss. Smith will go 5–3 this year and pitch till 1937 in the majors.

At Cleveland, the Washington Nationals roll to a 19-6 win amassing 25 hits. Goose Goslin, who has a double and a HR, takes exception to a close pitch by King Cole in the 6th and heads towards the mound with a bat. Umpire Connolly tackles him. Goose then grounds out 3-1 and barrels into Cole covering 1B. Ump Evans steps between the two. The crowd showers Goose with pop bottles as he heads towards the dugout and Connolly mercifully banishes Goslin from the game. The Nats lead 11-4 at the time.

In Philadelphia, the Cubs score 5 runs in the 10th inning to take a comfortable 7-2 lead over the Phils. Cy Williams hits a grand slam in the bottom of the 10th but that is it as Chicago wins, 7-6. As David Vincent notes, it is the first of three times in the 20th century that an extra inning grand slam is hit in a losing cause.

Playing for Salt Lake City, Lefty O’Doul sets a PCL record for hits in a three game series (16-for-17) and for a four-game series (19-for-21).

20th  Washington veteran Stan Coveleski wins his 12th straight, beating Cleveland 9–1, to keep the Senators near the top.

Dazzy Vance fans a career-high 17 in a 10-inning 4–3 Brooklyn win over the Cardinals. Dazzy ties the NL mark for the 20th century set by Jack Pfiester (17 innings) on May 30, 1906. Maloney and Short will reach 18 in 1965.

21st In a game 1 split with the White Sox, Boston’s Roy Carlyle becomes the first AL rookie to hit for the cycle. The Hubmen win the opener, 6–3 before losing 8–3.

In St. Louis, George Sisler has two hits, including a homer off Jack Quinn, as the Browns edge the A’s, 6-5. Sisler runs his hit streak to 21 straight games

22nd  The Yankees buy SS Leo Durocher from Hartford (Eastern League).

23rd  With an assist from the Yankees, the A’s seesaw back into first with a 5–4 win over the Red Sox.

The Yankees and Lou Gehrig, who hits the first of his ML-record 23 grand slams, beat Firpo Marberry and the Senators, 11–7. Gehrig’s slam is a fly ball in the 7th that LF Goose Goslin thinks will drift foul, but it drops fair behind 3B and bounds into the seats scoring Ward, Meusel, and Ruth. The bounce homer is good for 4 runs; Gehrig also hits a 2-run homer in the 5th and totals 7 RBIs.

A Pittsburgh 3–2 win over the St. Louis, and a Giants split with the Phils lifts the Pirates back on top.

25th The Robins waive popular Andy High to the Braves, desperate for infield help. In a deal worked out ahead of time, High is placed on waivers and claimed by five teams. But since the Braves are the lowest in the standings, they pick first. Before next season, Brooklyn will receive a pitcher plus cash as part of the deal. Manager Robinson won’t reveal who the pitcher (The rumor is Johnny Cooney but it will turn out to be Jesse Barnes) is but says he will be a big help to the Robins. Barnes will be part of a package October 6.

28th Cincy’s Dolf Luque tosses his 4th shutout of the year, topping the visiting Phillies, 3–0. This follows Jakie Mays’ 3-0 shutout of the Cards in game 2 yesterday. Neither Mays nor Luque walk a batter, a feat not matched in consecutive shutouts by Reds pitchers this century.

In St. Louis, Rogers Hornsby hits a grand slam off Burleigh Grimes in the Birds 5-run 8th, but Brooklyn wins, 12-9. Hornsby will hit 24 of his league-leading 39 homers at home this year.

In a Chicago sweep of the Senators, 10–5 and 6–2, White Sox’ Spencer Harris hits his first ML HR, a grand slam off Washington’s Curly Ogden. He’ll hit just 2 more homers in the majors, but he will end up as the career minor league leader in runs, hits (3,617), doubles (743) and TB (5434). Incomplete records give him the high in walks as well. Ted Lyons is the winner over Walter Johnson in game 1 and Sarge Connally wins game 2.

30th  The White Sox stop Stan Coveleski’s win streak at 13, beating Washington 11–1.

1925 August

1st  The Yankees buy Tony Lazzeri from the Pacific Coast League for spring delivery. Lazzeri will hit a minor-league record 60 HRs with 222 RBI at Salt Lake City, and earn the nickname “Poosh-em-up” from his legion of Italian admirers.

Brooklyn faces its 10th lefty in 11 games, but pounds out 17 hits against Cubs Percy Jones to win, 7–1. Zach Wheat has 5 of the hits, the second time this season he’s had 5 hits in a game. He’ll be stopped tomorrow after racking up 9 straight hits.

2nd  Walter Johnson, who has been ailing with the flu, recovers to give the Senators a 5–1 win over the Tigers on the 18th anniversary of his first appearance, also against the Tigers.

4th  Every player in each team’s lineup has at least one putout in the Indians-Yankees game. New York wins 4–1 behind Urban Shocker.

5th  Cards RF Jack Smith charges in for a short fly ball and keeps on running, tagging 1B to double up the Braves base runner before he can get back, for a rare unassisted double play. The Cards roll to a 14-2 win.

Irwin Hayes files a lawsuit against the Cardinals seeking $7500 in damages after being struck by a ball on June 2. The St. Louis Star reports tomorrow that the petition charges that James Bottomley, first baseman on the team, “deliberately and with the intention to create a situation known as a home run, struck and drove a baseball which hit the plaintiff’s nose, causing severe nervous shock.”

7th In the top of the first at Philadelphia, Indians batter Pat McNulty is injured at 1B when P Jack Quinn, covering the bag, spikes him. (as noted by Retrosheet) Connie Mack allows Luke Sewell as a courtesy runner, though Sewell doesn’t appear in the box score. A bandaged McNulty returns to action but is replaced by a pinch hitter in the 8th. Cleveland wins, 10–4, then loses game 2 to Ed Rommel, 2–0.

8th  The 2nd place Giants make two deals to help in the pennant race. Hack Wilson goes to Toledo for Earl Webb, and Freddie Fitzsimmons is picked up from Indianapolis for cash and two players to be named later. Fat Freddie will be a fine addition, but Webb is soon back in the minors. Wilson, sent to Toledo for seasoning, will be left unprotected by the Giants front office, and the Cubs will swipe the fireplug slugger for $5,000

9th Babe Ruth is lifted for a pinch hitter. Bobby Veach hits for the Babe, suffering from a sore back, and flies out, and New York loses 4–3 in 12 innings. The Yanks will waive Veach (.353), along with P Alex Ferguson, on August 17th, and the Senators will pick him up for pennant insurance.

15th  Little Dickie Kerr, the southpaw who won 2 games for the White Sox in the 1919 WS, makes his first ML appearance since 1921. He has been playing semipro ball rather than accept Charles Comiskey’s salary offer. When he relieves Red Faber in the 3rd inning against the Tigers, play is stopped while admirers present him with a floral horseshoe. In 2 innings, he gives up 3 hits and walks 2. The White Sox go on to win, 12–5. Kerr starts twice, loses once, and after 10 relief chores, quits for good.

At Fenway, the A’s top the Red Sox, 3-1, then lose, 5-0, to Red Ruffing. Ruffing stops Al Simmons hitting streak of 22 straight games, his second streak of 20+ this season.

At Forbes Field, the Reds jump to a 5-0 lead in the 1st when Edd Roush and Hughie Critz hit 2-run homers. In the 5th, Pirate second sacker Eddie Moore hits a line drive to RF Curt Walker who runs to 1B to double up runner Glenn Wright for an unassisted double play. The Reds win, 8-1, behind Pete Donohue.

18th  At Boston, the Braves sweep a pair from the visiting Cardinals, winning 5-2 and 6-2. Andy High has a hit in game 1 to extend his consecutive game batting streak to 22 games, but is shut out in game 2. His batting streak started right after his trade to Boston.

19th  The Phils finally solve Reds righthander Pete Donohue, topping him 5–4, after losing to him 20 straight times. The losing streak began in 1921.

Host Salt Lake City (PCL) splits a pair with Portland, winning 29–9 and losing 9-4. In the first game, the Bees RF Lefty O’Doul is 5-for-6 while catcher John Peters is 4-or-6 with 2 doubles and 6 runs.

20th  Tom Zachary and reliever Firpo Marberry combine to give Washington a 12–inning, 1–0, win over the Indians. The victory puts the Senators back on top to stay.

22nd  After a disastrous western trip, the Giants trail the Pirates by 3 as the leaders come to the Polo Grounds for a 5-game series. Before crowds of more than 50,000 at 2 weekend doubleheaders, the Pirates take 3 out of 4. The Bucs sweep the first day, winning 7–4 and 3–2, then on Monday they beat Wayland Dean 9–2 to go up by 6 games. When the Giants go west again, McGraw will stay home. The Pirates boast a team BA of .307 and a deep pitching staff of 5 pitchers winning 15 to 19 games.

Brooklyn and the Cubs split, each winning by a 9–2 score. Rube Ehrhardt beats Sheriff Blake in the opener, while Mort Cooper tops Jesse Petty in the nitecap.

At Baker Bowl, Hal Carlson tosses a 3-hitter and Cy Williams cracks a grand slam as the Phillies down the Cardinals, 5-0.

The first place Senators, behind Walter Johnson, romp, 20–5, over the Tigers. Johnson, hitting .432 going into the game, has 2 hits including a homer while pitching 5 1/3 innings. He walks 7. Detroit pitchers hand out 10 walks and 19 hits.

Syracuse (IL) pitcher Al Grabowski pitches a no hitter to beat Providence 1-0.

24th  In the first of two at Ebbets Field, the Robins score 9 runs in the 2ndinning, 4 on a grand slam by Zach Wheat, and beat the Cubs, 13-6. Burleigh Grimes tires in the 9th and gives up the 6 runs. Chicago plates 9 runs in the 4th and 5th innings of game 2 to even the day with a 11-6 win. Art Jahn, with 3 hits in the opener, has 3 more while Tommy Griffith has 3 hits and 4 RBIs.

25th  Despite being out-homered 4-1, the Cubs outscore the Phillies, 19-10 on 22 hits. Seven players have 2 or more hits. The lone homer for Chicago is a 9th inning grand slam by rookie Mandy Brooks, who drives in 6 runs. George Harper matches him with his second grand slam of the year.

The Indians top the A’s, 4–3 with the help of a triple play in the 2ndinning. The play goes 4-2-6, with Spurgeon starting it with tag and a throw to Luke Sewell who throws back to his brother Joe.

The Tigers top the Red Sox, 14-4, and would have scored more except for an unusual unassisted DP pulled off by Sox catcher Al Stokes in the 7th in which he tags out two Detroit runners. With Johnny Bassler on second and Fred Haney on first, Topper Rigney hits a long fly to center. Ira Flagstead runs it down but drops it. Bassler holds up until the ball hits the ground, but Haney, running hard all the way, is nearly to second when Bassler starts running. Haney slows down rounds 3B just behind Bassler. Meanwhile, Flagstead throws the ball to SS Jack Rothrock who relays the ball to Stokes. As the Washington Post (1/19/1926) states, “The two Tygers, looking over their shoulders, saw the ball coming and hit the dust simultaneously. Stokes stood his ground, and with one sweep of his arm, tagged them both before their spikes hit the rubber. Not to be outdone, the umpire shot both arms upward, indicating the double play.”

26th  For the 2nd time in 3 years, Pittsburgh’s Max Carey swipes 2B, 3B, and home in the same inning. Lee Meadows does the rest, shutting out Boston, 2–0.

27th  The Braves get shut out for the 2nd game in a row, Pittsburgh’s Vic Aldridge winning 1–0.

In St. Louis, Bullet Joe Bush fires a one-hitter as the Browns defeat the Senators, 5-0. The lone Nats hit is a double by opposing pitcher Walter Johnson.

28th  Although Baker Bowl is considered a bandbox by some, the aggressive Kiki Cuyler of the Pirates hits 2 inside-the-park HRs there in a 10–9 victory over the Phils. Kiki hits one in the first and another in the 8th. Cuyler will hit 8 inside the park this year, tied for 3rd only to Cobb (8-1909) and Crawford (12-1901).

29th  After a night on the town in St. Louis, Babe Ruth shows up late for batting practice. Miller Huggins suspends Ruth and slaps a $5,000 fine on him for disobeying orders on the field and team rules off the field. In the showdown between the Bambino and the tiny manager, Jake Ruppert backs up his manager. Ruth is forced to apologize before he’s reinstated 9 days later. The day after his return to the lineup, Ruth hits HR number 300. Playing Ruthless ball today, the Yankees prevail, 4–1.

Following a 14–4 pasting of the Boston Red Sox, the city of Detroit gives a dinner for Ty Cobb honoring his 20 years in a Tiger uniform. He’s given a trophy by the city and $10,000 by the club.

Good-hitting pitcher Jack Bentley hits a game-ending homer in the 11thinning to give the Giants a 7–6 win over the Cardinals.

1925 September

1st In the first of 5 games in Washington, Johnson gives the Senators a 7–3 win over the A’s. Roger Peckinpaugh drives in 3 runs for the Nationals. The Nats now lead the A’s, who are in a 12-game losing streak, by 4 ½ games.

2nd After losing game 1 by a 6–3 score to the Phils, the Giants unload in a nitecap, 24–9 shelling. The hits keep coming—30 to be exact in a record 58 at-bats—at Baker Bowl. Four New Yorkers—Southworth, Frisch, Irish Meusel, and Lindstrom—each collect 4 hits apiece, while a ML record-tying ten batters each collect 2 hits each. Doc Farrell (2-for-3) who takes over for Travis Jackson at short in the 6th is the 10th. Ex-Phil Meusel drives home 9 runs, while Rookie Fred Fitzsimmons allows 14 hits, including homers by Cy Williams, Johnny Mokan and Hal Carlson in the 8th frame. Phils starter Art Decatur is the loser.

3rd After a recent incident on a train, when Cubs manager Maranville anointed various passengers from a spittoon, Chicago relieves the Rabbit of the burdens of managership. Chicago hastily appoints George Gibson, former skipper of the Pirates, as manager for the remainder of the season. The Cubs were 23–30 under Maranville, and Chicago will cut the last tie when they waive the veteran in November.

The Cardinals score 5 runs in the 9th to break the first-place Pirates 9-game win streak, winning 9–3. Rogers Hornsby, the majors leading hitter at .387, has 3 hits including his 37th homer of the year to pace the attack. Babe Adams, who takes over for Emil Yde in the 9th, is hammered for 4 hits and five runs, but the loss goes to Yde. Art Reinhart is the winner.

The second-placed Giants top the Phillies 5–4 on Billy Terry solo homer in the 10th inning. Starter Dutch Ulrich tees up the homer, losing to Art Nehf who pitches the last 6+ innings.

The first place Senators continue their march toward a second straight pennant with a 9–3 roughing up of Red Ruffing and the Red Sox. Roger Peckinpaugh leads the way, going 3-for-4 with a triple. Alex Ferguson, Yankee castoff, is the winner. The idle A’s drop six games off the pace.

5th En route to an 18-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels (PCL), Seattle manager Red Killefer looks to the stands for help and inserts a local fan Wally Krauklis into the lineup. Krauklis goes 0-for-3 and catches a fly ball in left field.

7th In an a.m.-p.m. doubleheader, the Senators win the morning contest with the A’s, as Johnson tops Lefty Grove 2–1, and goes 3-for-4, the 2ndconsecutive game he’s collected 3 hits. A record crowd of 36,000 watch the A’s drop the afternoon game, 7–6, for their 12th straight defeat; they are now 9 games in back of Washington.

After apologizing to his teammates yesterday, Babe Ruth makes his first appearance in a week, collecting one hit in a 5–1 loss to the Red Sox.

8th In the first game of a doubleheader, Dazzy Vance tosses a one-hitter over the Phils to give Brooklyn a 1–0 win. Chicken Hawks, with a 2ndinning single, is the only Phillie to reach base. The Dodgers complete the sweep with a 4–3 game 2 win, as pitcher Burleigh Grimes drives in all 4 runs. The two teams combine to leave 32 on base, a NL record for a 10-inning game.

The Yanks top the Red Sox, 7–4, as Ruth pounds his 300th career homer, off Chester Ross.

At Forbes Field, the Cubs edge the Pirates, 3-2, as Pete Alexander tops Emil Yde. Art Jahn drives in 2 runs for Chicago while Max Carey scores 2 for the Bucs. Carey loses a homerun when his line drive bounces off a grand stand seat and back onto the field. He ends up on 3B. The Pirates lose a chance to score in the 2nd when, with runners on 1B and 3B, Johnny Gooch hits a pop foul behind home plate that Mike Gonzalez catches. He throws to 2B to try to catch the runner Larry Grantham from 1B. Shortstop Glenn Wright returns the throw to home to catch the runner coming in from 3B.

The Browns put 18 men on base against Detroit’s Lil Stoner, but only one of them scores in the 11–1 loss. St. Louis has 13 hits, 4 walks and a hit batsman to reach base.

9th At Shibe Park, Roger Peckinpaugh has a pair of homers and 6 RBIs, but it is not enough as the A’s veto the Senators, 9-7. Al Simmons has 3 hits and 4 RBI’s for the Mackmen.

10th  Bob Meusel, Babe Ruth, and Lou Gehrig hit successive homers in the 4th inning of game one versus the A’s, all off Sammy Gray. New York wins, 7–3. Then, Ruth and OF Ben Paschal hit back-to-back homers in the 4th of game 2, but New York loses, 5–4.

In St. Louis, Jim Bottomley makes it respectable with a 9th inning grand slam, off Vic Aldridge, but the Pirates prevail, 9-5.

Cleveland splits a pair with Detroit, losing the 1st by a 6-1 score, then taking the 2nd game 7–2 behind Garland Buckeye. Buckeye hits a pair of homers good for 5 RBIs to help his cause.

12th In Detroit’s game 1 loss to Cleveland, 4–1, in 13 innings, Detroit’s Jackie Tavener hits ML-record tying 3 triples. Benn Karr goes the distance for the win. Detroit then takes the nitecap, 3–2, in 5 innings.

The first-place Senators roll over the visiting Red Sox, 13-3, as Stan Coveleski coasts to his 18th win. Sam Rice has 3 hits and 3 RBIs and Muddy Ruel has 3 hits and 4 RBIs. Making like his uncle Tris Speaker, Tex Jeanes clubs his lone ML homer, a 3-run shot in the 8th.

13th  Brooklyn’s Dazzy Vance narrowly misses back-to-back no-hitters over Philadelphia, pitching a 10–1 no-hitter 5 days after a 1–0 one-hitter. The Phils’ lone run is scored by Chicken Hawks, who reaches 2B on an error. Five days earlier it was Hawks’ 2nd-inning single that ruined Vance’s no-hitter. On June 17, 1923, Vance lost a no-hitter with 2 out in the 9th. In the 2nd game, the Phils win, 7–3, behind Hawks’ grand slam.

Reds ace Pete Donohue wins his 20th, beating Chicago, 5–2, at Wrigley.

16th In the first of two games, Cubs veteran Grover Alexander wins 3–0 over Boston. Boston comes back to take game 2, 8–6.

John Bates of Nashville (Southern) goes hitless ending his 46-game hitting streak. He hit .371 during the streak.

17th The Tigers beat Walter Johnson, handing Washington a 12–9 loss.

Behind hurlers Ted Wingfield and Paul Zahniser, the Red Sox shut out the Browns twice, winning 2–0 and 4–0.

18th “Abadonna, the fallen angel, never crashed with such force as did Dazzy Vance today” the New York Times intones in its writeup of Vance’s first start following his one-hitter and no-hitter. Reporter Richards Vidmer continues, “the routs of Warsaw, Waterloo and the Argonne combined were not as destructive as the Cardinal fury that swept him into the wastebasket of lost ideals.” All that purple prose added up to a 9-5 Cardinal win over Brooklyn as Vance is pounded for 12 hits and all the runs.

At Pittsburgh, the Pirates stop the Braves, 9–7. Kiki Cuyler is 4-for-4 with a double and triple and 2 runs to start a hit streak.

Five days after making a start in a 4–3 loss to the Browns, White Sox pitcher Dickie Kerr loses his only decision this year, 11–6, to Washington. It’s the last decision of his brilliant but short career. Kerr (21-17 in 1920: 19-17 in 1921) turned down Sox offer of $4,500 in 1922 and signed with a Texas semi-pro team for $5,000. Commissioner Landis suspended Kerr, and he didn’t return to the ML till this month. Kerr was the winner of two games in the 1919 series

19th The Pirates pip the Braves, 2–1, as Cuyler has his second straight 4-for-4 game. The two teams total 23 hits —Pittsburgh 13—but score just 3 runs.

In the 2nd game of a twinbill, the White Sox take a 15–0 lead against Washington after 5 innings, but Chicago P Ted Lyons will have to pitch to 18 different batters as Senators manager Bucky Harris juggles his lineup and sends in pinch hitters. With a no-hitter going, Lyons continues to bear down. Finally, with 2 out in the 9th, Washington’s Bobby Veach gets a base hit to break the no-hitter. The final is 17-0 for Lyons with Tom Zachary taking the loss. Washington outfielder Sam Rice’s streak of 9 hits in a row is stopped, but he will end the season with 182 singles, an AL record until 1980. Washington takes the opener, 3–2, behind Dutch Ruether.

In St. Louis, the Cardinals roll over Brooklyn, 15–3, behind Wee Willie Sherdel. In the 7th inning, the Red Birds rub it in with two steals of home, tying a ML record. It’s the last time it’s been done in the NL. Oakland will steal home twice in the 1st inning in May 28, 1980.

At Chicago, the Cubs beat the Giants, 6–2, behind Sheriff Blake. Taking the loss is Jack Scott, the first of 10 straight losses the Cubs will hand him.

Eppa Rixey becomes the second Reds pitcher to win 20, this season, beating the Phillies, 7–2. The Reds big three of Donohue, Rixey and Luque will finish 1-2-3 in innings pitched.

The St. Louis Browns sweep a pair from the Yankees, 9–6 and 4–3, one of 8 doubleheaders the Yankees will play in a three-week stretch. Sad Sam Jones loses his 20th in the opener; in the rest of the century, only Mel Stottlemyre, in 1966, will lose 20 games in a Yankee uniform.

20th  In Cleveland, the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland old-timers play a 6–6, 8-inning tie. The lineups include Three Finger Brown, Jimmy Archer, Artie Hofman, Mort Scanlan and Dutch Meier for Chicago; For Cleveland, Larry Lajoie, Dode Paskert, Chief Zimmer, Cy Berger, Cy Young, and Joe Delahanty. The game benefits the Amateur and Old-timer’s Baseball Association of Cleveland: “This association employs a doctor to look after the injuries of any boy hurt in baseball in that district.” Before boarding the train for Cleveland, Brown throws batting practice for the Cubs at Chicago.

At Ebbets Field, Dazzy Vance (27-4) and Wilbur Cooper (19-13) square off with Cooper besting Vance, 5-4, in 11 innings. The Pirate ace wins his 20thas both pitchers go the distance.

21st  Pittsburgh OF Kiki Cuyler ties the NL record by getting his 10thconsecutive hit, singling in his first 2 at bats, off Decatur and Ulrich, before he fouls out in his 3rd at bat, against the Phils’ Art Decatur. The Pirates win the opener, 9–7. In the nitecap, a 14–4 Pirates win, Cuyler has his 3rd 4-for-4 game in his last 4 outings. He clouts 2 homers to back Kremer’s pitching. Phils utility player Barney Friberg catches the 8thinning in the game, thus playing every position during the year; he will be featured in a Ripley’s Believe it or Not cartoon.

22nd  Pitcher Burleigh Grimes of Brooklyn has only himself to blame for losing 3–2 to the Cubs in the 12th. While he masterfully scatters 16 hits, he not only goes hitless at the plate but bangs into 2 double plays and an 8th-inning triple play. The tri-killing starts as a standard 6-4-3 DP ,but when Chuck Corgan, tries to score he is thrown out at home. It is a NL record-tying third triple play that Brooklyn has hit into this year and the first of two triple plays that Grimes will hit into. Cleveland (1923) holds the ML record with 4 triple plays hit into; Brooklyn matches the NL mark of 3 TPs hit into set by Brooklyn (1899) and Cincinnati (1905). No other NL team will hit into 3 this century.

The Yankees’ Ben Paschal hits 2 inside-the-park homers and collects 6 RBIs, in an 11–6 first-game win over the White Sox at Yankee Stadium. The Sox take the nitecap, 4–2. Paschal will have 7 homers this month, a Yankee rookie record for September that will stand until 1998.

In a doubleheader loss (11–8 and 7–2) Ramon Herrera, a Cuban IF, makes his debut with the Boston Red Sox. He will bat .385 in 10 games, but will hit only .257 in 74 games in 1926. Herrera is probably the first player of this era to play in both the major leagues and the Negro leagues.

23rd The Pirates clinch the NL pennant, making 6 double plays in beating the Phils 2–1. Cuyler is 1-for-2.

Washington SS Roger Peckinpaugh, a .294 hitter, is named the AL MVP with 45 points; A’s OF Al Simmons is 2nd with 41. After Peck makes 8 errors in the WS, supposedly trying to live up to his MVP status, Ban Johnson will state that the MVP announcement will subsequently be made after the WS.

24th  Washington takes two from Cleveland 4–3 and 6–2 while the A’s lose to St. Louis 6–4, and the Senators clinch their 2nd pennant.

At Yankee Stadium, Babe Ruth hits a 10th inning walkoff grand slam with the Yankees down by 3 runs to give New York a 6–5 win. It is the first so-called ultimate grand slam this century, and the only one in the AL that will come in extra innings (according to David Vincent). The next ultimate HR by a Yankee will also come in extra innings—Jason Giambi’s 14th inning blow in 2002. Ruth’s blow, off Sarge Connally in relief of Red Faber, makes a winner of starter Ben Shields. Ruth had 4 RBIs in yesterday’s 1-run victory over the Sox.

25th The Reds tie the NL record of two bases-loaded triples in the same game as catcher Curt Walker, in the 3rd, and Rube Bressler in the 5thconnect at home in the 18–7 win over Brooklyn. Jakie May is the winning pitcher before just 534 fans at Redlands Field. The A’s will accomplish the feat next season.

26th  With the pennant clinched, the Pirates get shut out for the 2nd time in 3 days, losing twice to the visiting Giants. Fred Fitzsimmons stops the Bucs 3–0 in the nitecap, beating Johnny Morrison. Zeke Barnes outpitches Vic Aldridge, 4–3, in the opener. To the dismay of the 25,000 on hand, the Bucs leading batter Kiki Cuyler is hitless.

Cleveland sends rookie Ray Benge against Philadelphia and, in his first ML start, he stops the A’s, 6–0.

Philadelphia fans chip in to buy a new automobile for the A’s player chosen by the press as MVP. The winner: Al Simmons with 30 points. Mickey Cochrane, a .331 hitter in his first year, is 2nd.

27th  In a doubleheader split with the Braves in St. Louis, the Cards player-manager Rogers Hornsby hits his 38th and 39th HRs of the year, along with a single, double, and triple to push his average to .403. In batting practice tomorrow, Hornsby will foul a ball off his foot splitting his toenail, and will sit the last three games. The Rajah calls reporters into the club house to view his bloody toe, “because some of those in the East may say I’m stallin’ because I want to save my .400 average.” Hornsby will be the only player-manager to win the triple crown, which he does by topping .400 for the 3rd time in 4 years, while his 39 HRs and 143 RBI are NL highs. His .756 slugging average is the NL’s best for the 20thcentury. The Cards take the opener, 6–5, and lose the nitecap, 7–6.

28th At Yankee Stadium, the Tigers take game 1, 6–2, behind Ken Holloway, and the Yankees rebound to win the nitecap, 7–6, behind Ben Shields. Shields gives up a pair of homers to relief pitcher Jess Doyle, his only 2 ML round trippers.

29th In Los Angeles, LA beats San Francisco, 10-8, in the first PCL game at the Angels new Wrigley Field. There are 18,000 fans on hand and they cheer as the Angels Jigger Statz hits for the cycle.

1925 October

2nd The A’s roll over the 7th-place Yankees, 10–0, in Philadelphia behind Stan Baumgartner, who tosses his first shutout in 11 years. Rookie Leo Durocher makes his debut as a pinch hitter in the 8th against Baumgartner and the Lip flies out. Jimmy Dykes is 5-for-5 for the A’s, with a triple and homer, hitting the first pitch each time. Four of his hits are off Garland Braxton. For the Athletics, it is their 88th win of the year as they have improved their win total for seven straight years. No team will match them until the Royals in 2015.

The Senators close out the season with a 3–1 win over the Red Sox. Ted Wingfield is the victor. Washington’s Firpo Marberry finishes the season with 55 mound appearances, all in relief. He becomes the first exclusive relief hurler appearing in more than 40 games and launches a growing trend that will extend to the present day.

At Cubs Park, the Cardinals nip the Cubs, 4-3, pinning the loss on Wilbur Cooper (12-14) in relief of Pete Alexander. Ray Blades and Specs Torporcer hits first-inning homers off Alex. The Cubs manage just 4 hits off Johnny Stuart in his final ML game. One of the hits is an RBI-double by Gale Staley, also in his last ML game. Staley hit in all 7 of the games he played and rung up a batting average of .423 (11-for-26).

3rd The Yankees get back-to-back homers in the 5th inning from Babe Ruth (#25) and Bob Muesel (#33) to overcome an 18-hit attack by the Athletics and win, 9-8. The Yankees finish in 7th place at 69-85, while the A’s finish in second, with a record of 88-64. Philadelphia improves its won-lost record for six straight years, a record that will not be matched this century.

4th  Harry Heilmann gets 6 hits in Detroit’s doubleheader sweep over the Browns, 10–4 and 11–6, to edge out teammate Ty Cobb for the batting crown, .393 to .389. Cobb bats over .300 for the 20th time. In the 2nd game, the final game of the season, managers George Sisler of the Browns and Ty Cobb of the Tigers both pitch in relief in for the 2 clubs, won by Detroit, 11–6. Cobb is perfect in his one inning, while Sisler holds the Tigers scoreless in two. They are the last position players to oppose each other on the mound in the 20th century.

In the nitecap following an 8–1 loss, the Phils Dutch Ulrich shuts out the Giants, 3–0. The NL tallies a National League record-low of 49 shutouts this year.

The series-bound Pirates end the season splitting with the Reds, winning, 4–2, before losing, 4–1. Marv Goodwin, who as player/manager for Houston (Texas League) won 20 this year, takes the loss in the opener. Goodwin will die in two weeks as the result of a plane crash.

6th Brooklyn sends OF Eddie Brown, INF Jimmy Johnston, and C Zack Taylor to the Braves for righty Jesse Barnes, OF Gus Felix, and C Mickey O’Neil. As part of a waiver deal that sent Andy High to Boston in late July, the Braves agreed to send a pitcher (Barnes) to Brooklyn after the season.

7th  Christy Mathewson dies of tuberculosis at Saranac Lake, NY, at the age of 45. At the time of his death he was part owner and president of the Boston Braves.

Before the start of the World Series in Pittsburgh, the crowd stands and sings “Nearer My God To Thee” in honor of Christy Mathewson. Walter Johnson (20-7) is strong for the Nationals. A 5th-inning HR by Pie Traynor is the only damaging blow, as Johnson fans 10 of the heavy-hitting Bucs for a 4–1 win over Lee Meadows (19-10). Sam Rice, Joe Harris, and Ossie Bluege, with 2 hits each, drive in the Senators’ runs. The Pirates’ charity ball sign, which during the year totaled how many fans had returned foul balls for $1, remained at 829 as no fouls were turned in today (NY Times).

In a cold opener of the annual City Series between the Cubs and the White Sox, the Cubs Grover Alexander and the Southsiders Ted Blankenship each labor 19 innings before darkness stops the game with the score 2–2. The Cubs then win 4 of the next 5 to win the series.

The Philadelphia Bobbies, a women’s professional team, sets sail for Japan where they will play a number of exhibition games against men’s teams. Using a male battery, the Bobbies will win 60% of their games, according to an article in the Philadelphia Bulletin of July 8, 2000.

8th  In game 2 of the World Series, Kiki Cuyler’s 2-run HR in the 8thbreaks a 1–1 tie and gives the Pirates’ Vic Aldridge (15-7) a 3–2 win over Stan Coveleski (20-5).

9th  Picking first in the rule 5 draft, the Cubs select Hack Wilson from Toledo (American Association). Cubs manager Joe McCarthy will later say, “Do you know how we got him? We stole him from the Giants. That’s right. They had sent him to the minors and then forgot to recall him. A clerical mistake. So he was unprotected when the draft came around. The Cubs finished in the cellar that year, so we got first pick.”

10th  At the third game of the World Series, in Washington, President Coolidge throws out the first ball. The Pirates hold a slim 3–2 lead after 6. Goslin’s bounce homer leading off the 6th, and a walk and 3 singles score 2 in the 8th for Washington. Firpo Marberry (8-6) closes it. Joe Harris has 2 hits for the 3rd time; he’ll lead the Senators with .440. Sam Rice makes a controversial game-saving play in the 8th, tumbling into the stands in the right corner to spear a long drive by Earl Smith. About 15 seconds later he emerges with the ball. Despite the Pirates’ arguments that a fan might have given it to him, ump Cy Rigler calls Smith out. Questioned about it for the rest of his life, Rice leaves a letter, to be opened after his death (in 1974), in which he states: “At no time did I lose possession of the ball.”

11th  Before a home crowd of 36,000, Walter Johnson wins his 3rd straight WS contest over 2 years. He blanks the Bucs on 6 hits, only 2 out of the infield, and fans just 2. A 3-run HR by Goose Goslin in the 4th followed by Joe Harris’s round-tripper–the first back-to-back HRs in WS history—give the Senators a 4–0 win and 3–1 Series advantage. Veteran Babe Adams gives up 2 hits but pitches a scoreless 9th for the Bucs: Babe’s last WS appearance was winning game 7 in the 1909 World Series.

12th  Louisville manager Joe McCarthy (American Association) is named to manage the Chicago Cubs.

In game 5, Stan Coveleski goes out to finish off the Pirates, but a lapse of control costs him 2 in the 3rd. Joe Harris’s 3rd HR ties it in the 4th. In the 7th, a walk and 3 hits net 2 runs and drive Coveleski off the mound. The Pirates’ 13-hit attack produces a 6–3 win.

13th  Back home for game 6 before 43,810, the largest crowd of the Series, Pittsburgh’s Ray Kremer (17-8) gives up a first-inning HR to Goose Goslin and a run in the 2nd on Roger Peckinpaugh’s RBI double. Joe Ferguson is touched for 2 in 3rd. The tie is broken by 2B Eddie Moore’s HR, the 11th in the Series, and Pittsburgh wins 3–2.

The Pirates buy SS Hal Rhyne and OF Paul Waner from San Francisco (PCL).

15th  A steady downpour yesterday and today has left the field a muddy mess as the 7th game is played in the rainiest conditions ever. It’s a short day for Vic Aldridge: 3 walks and 2 hits, and he’s out of there with one out in the first. Walter Johnson takes a 4–0 lead to the mound. The Bucs clobber him for 15 hits, good for 24 total bases. Max Carey’s 4-for-5 gives him a Series-high .458. The Senators make the most of 7 hits, scoring 7 runs, including Roger Peckinpaugh’s HR, the 12th of the Series, a WS record. Johnson would have fared better but for 2 more errors by SS Peckinpaugh, the MVP’s 7th and 8th, still the WS record for any position. The Senators made only one other error. Ray Kremer picks up his 2ndwin with a 4-inning relief effort, as the Senators lose 9–7. The Series breaks all financial records, grossing almost $1.2 million. Winning shares are $5,332.72; losers’ $3,734.60.

When the Senators arrive in Washington, a telegram is waiting from AL president Ban Johnson, who boycotted the series again because of his feud with Landis. In a veiled criticism of Bucky Harris’s decision to keep Johnson in the game, Johnson wire reads: “This I admire. Lost the Series for sentimental reasons. This should never occur in a world series.” Bucky Harris calls the words, “gratuitous.”

Vernon pitcher Clyde Barfoot pitches 15 innings in a PCL victory over Los Angeles. Barfoot’s 2nd homer of the game wins it 6–5. Barfoot will win 25 games this year and 314 in his minor league career. His ML career mark will be 8–10.

17th  In San Francisco’s 18-1win over Oakland, Paul Waner has 4 hits including two doubles, his 74th and 75 doubles of the season. His 75 doubles is the still-standing PCL record.

18th  It is a busy day on the final day of the season in the PCL. With a little help from his friends, Salt Lake City 2B Tony Lazzeri hits his 60th homer of the season in a 12–10 victory over Sacramento. In the 7th, pitcher Frank Shellenback grooves a pitch and Lazzeri lines it over 2B where CF Bill Cunningham misses it and trots leisurely after the ball as it goes for an inside-the-park homer. Cunningham is Lazzeri’s neighbor in San Francisco. Lazzeri’s PCL record was accomplished in 197 games.

San Francisco’s Paul Waner goes 2-for-4 against Oakland to finish with a batting average of .401, the first .400 hitter to lead the PCL. His average is the highest in Organized Ball.

Good hitting PCL pitcher Fred Lucas of Seattle plays all nine positions, one in each inning, in a game against Portland. Lucas, hitting .386 has two hits, including a homer.

21st  Two weeks after losing to the Pirates, 4-2. veteran Reds pitcher Marv Goodwain dies as a result of a plane crash on October 18 at Ellington Field, Texas. Goodwin, an air force pilot took the plane up and it stalled at 200 feet and crashed. His mechanic suffered only slight injuries, but Goodwin was critically injured. He is the first active major leaguer to die in a plane crash. (Alex Burr, who played one game with the Yankees in 1914, died when his U.S. Army Air Service plane went into a lake in Cazaux, France just before the end of World War I. (Noted by SABR Bioproject)

22nd  Marv Goodwin, 34, former righthander for the Cards who joined the Reds at the end of the season, is killed in a plane he was piloting. He is the first active player to die from injuries sustained in an airplane crash. Goodwin was one of the original spitballer who was “grandfathered.” The tragedy becomes a controversy when the Cards’ Branch Rickey asks for the full payment from the Reds for Goodwin; Cincinnati answers that the agreement was that Goodwin had to stick with the club for 30 days into the new season. Landis steps in and rules in favor of the Reds.

1925 November

9th  Two days before his 34th birthday, Rabbit Maranville is waived to the Dodgers from the Cubs. He’ll have 9 more years in the NL.

19th  Today’s issue of The Sporting News lists the Baseball Writers All-star team, made up of players from both leagues. The NL dominates with Hornsby and Vance polling the most votes. First team is: Goose Goslin, Was, LF: Max Carey, Pit, CF: Kiki Cuyler, Pit, RF: Pie Traynor, Pit, 3B: Glenn Wright, Pit, SS: Rogers Hornsby, StL, 2B: Jim Bottomley, StL, 1B: Mickey Cochrane, A’s, C: pitchers are Dazzy Vance, Bro, Walter Johnson, Was, and Ed Rommel, A’s. The only player from the 7th-place Yankees on the second team is pitcher Herb Pennock. The 2nd-place Giants place 2B Frankie Frisch.

1925 December

9th  The AL extends Ban Johnson’s contract to 1935 and gives him a raise to $40,000.

Nap Lajoie is named commissioner of the Ohio-Pennsylvania League.

Cards’ player-manager Rogers Hornsby is named the MVP in the NL, gathering 73 out of a possible 80 votes. Hornsby was runner-up in 1924 to Dazzy Vance. Other strong contenders are Kiki Cuyler, the Pirates top hitter at .357; the Giants’ George Kelly; Pirates’ SS Glenn Wright; Brooklyn’s Dazzy Vance; and Dave Bancroft, who hit .319 and topped NL shortstops in fielding average while managing the 5th-place Braves.

10th  The A’s pick up veteran SS Bill Wambsganss from the Red Sox.

The AL goes on record as opposing the use of resin by pitchers, but the joint rules committee finally votes it in, 5-3. The committee also agrees that future WS games are set to start at 1:30 p.m.; 2nd-place money withheld from the 8 Black Sox in 1920 is distributed to the other 1920 White Sox; and players signed by August 31st are declared eligible for WS play. Finally, no times at-bat will be charged in a fly ball advances a runner to 2B or 3B, as well as home.

23rd The New York Times reports that “Shufflin’ Phil” Douglas filed a $100,000 lawsuit against a Pittsburgh sportswriter named Joe Ward for an allegedly libelous article he wrote about Douglas in the January 1925 issue of Baseball Magazine.

30th At the ML Winter Meetings in New York, the Phils trade P Jimmy Ring to the Giants for pitchers Jack Bentley and Wayland Dean. The Giants had originally purchased Dean out of the American Association for $50,000, and Bentley from the Baltimore Orioles for $65,000. The Phils plan on using Bentley as a pitcher/first baseman, but he’ll prove a dud at both and be waived back to New York next September. Ring will ring up 11 victories for New York before going to St. Louis with Frisch. Dean will be no Dizzy in Philley.

ML owners agree to end the season by September 26, but the scheduling committee will run into problems, mostly with the Sunday ban, and they will end up agreeing that September 29 is the best finish they can do.

The Browns beat out the Giants in signing Ernie Nevers, Stanford football all-American. The much-heralded Nevers, a college pitcher, will go 6-12 in three years with St. Louis, but make both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In January, he plays with the Jacksonville All-Stars against Red Grange and the touring Chicago Bears. The Bears win, 19-6, but Nevers out-plays Grange, rushing for 46 yards, completing 8 of 16 passes, punting for a 53.3 yard average, and intercepting two passes. He scores Jacksonville’s only touchdown. Later this winter, he plays professional basketball in Chicago.

31st The Browns claim Charley Robertson on waivers from the White Sox. Robertson has never been the same since his 1922 no-hitter, and age will not change that.

1926 January

11th The Pacific Coast League initiates 2 franchises shifts moving the Vernon, CA team to San Francisco where it becomes the Mission Club. The Salt Lake City, UT franchise is transferred to Hollywood.

16th The Yankees sell popular first baseman Wally Pipp to the Reds for the $7500 waiver price. Pipp had lost his job to Lou Gehrig.

19th The woes continue for Giants pitcher Hugh McQuillan, who is diagnosed with three broken bones in his pitching hand and is projected to miss the first half of the season. McQuillan broke his hand punching a cabbie in an altercation a week ago. McQuillan was suspended once last season by John McGraw for being out of shape, and then had his marital affairs aired in divorce court.

30th  The ML Rules Committee, with the backing of Judge Landis, agrees 5 to 3 that pitchers may have access to a resin bag. On February 8th the AL will refuse to permit its use and will be joined by the American Association and the International League: but on April 28th the league will give in and allow a resin bag on the field, but discourage its use by players. Sam Breadon, a member of the NL rules committee states that “it is common knowledge that many pitchers have been using resin taken from the resin bag which many teams keep in the dugout.” The use of a resin bag on the field “will not lead to a revival of trick pitches. What is to prevent a pitcher from holding a bag of resin and tapping it against his trousers? Then on the mound he rubs his hand against his trouser leg and has resin on his hand? This is cheating and making a rule permitting the use of resin on the mound will give the honest man an even break against the cheater. It also makes for better control.” Connie Mack thinks that the use of a resin bag on the mound will lead to an immediate decline in hitting [Maybe Mack is right. Both leagues hit .292 in 1925 and this will drop to .282 in 1926]. The issue will flare up in a spring training game in Lakeland where an NL ump insists that a resin bag be present on the field in a game between the Indians and the Braves. The game will be delayed for an hour.

In an unrelated issue, the Committee also passes the elimination of the intentional walk, a topic that has come up before, by making the pitcher throw to the batter. Calling a catcher balk has not eliminated the intentional walk as intended. In the coming season if the pitcher purposely tries to walk a batter after a warning from the umpire, he will be thrown out of the game.

The rules committee also agrees on increasing the minimum distance from home plate to the wall for a homerun. The distance will now be 250 feet, an increase from the 235 foot distance set in 1892. In 1888, the distance had been set at 210 feet (as noted by Dave Vincent).

1926 February

1st  Wally Pipp, 33, has lost his Yankee 1B job to Lou Gehrig after 101⁄2 years; the Reds buy him for $7,500. Pipp had been the Opening Day first baseman for the past 11 seasons.

The Browns trade P Joe Bush and outfielder Jack Tobin to Washington for P Tom Zachary and Win Ballou, both of whom will be gone by July. Zachary will be back with the Senators next year in time to serve up Ruth’s 60th HR.

2nd  The NL holds its Golden Jubilee Banquet in New York. Among nearly 1,000 invited guests are 10 players from the 1876 season and 2 umpires, including Billy McLean, who was the umpire for the first NL game.

6th The Browns acquire 37-year-old catcher Wally Schang from the Yankees for pitcher George Mogridge and cash. The veteran, considered over the hill by New York, will backstop for the Browns for three seasons, outhitting his Yankee replacements each year (as noted by Lyle Spatz).

The Yankees put 22-year-old left Ben Shields, 3-0 in 1925, on the voluntary retired list. Shields has been advised by doctors that he needs rest to recover from an illness. He’ll be back in the majors in 1930, but with the Red Sox.

7th The Reds acquire C Val Picinich from the Red Sox for cash.

24th  Southpaw Eddie Plank, winner of 327 games in 17 years, dies at 51 in his native Gettysburg, PA.

28th Arriving for spring training, a chastened John McGraw announces that he is through with the real estate business. McGraw’s involvement with Pennant Park last year cost him more than $100,000. He turns his real estate interests over to a trust.

At Crescent City, Florida, a train carrying several Cleveland players derails. No players are injured and pitcher George Uhle sleeps through the incident.

The Dodgers sign Zack Wheat to a one year contract worth $16,000, which is $167 more than Dazzy Vance’s salary. Wheat wanted a two-year contract.

The Pittsburgh Pirates announce an increase in seating prices: with tax included box seats will be $1.75; Reserved $1.50; Grandstand $1.10. Bleachers will remain at $.50.

1926 March

3rd   Wally Pipp informs the Reds that he will not report unless the Yankees give him a portion of the $20,000 sale price.

5th When rookie SS Moe Berg is missing from the White Sox camp, the team explains that he is taking a law course at Columbia and will not be available until May 15. This was previously known by the Sox and the reason they signed veteran SS Ev Scott when he was released by the Senators.

At the new Wrigley Field in Los Angeles, 3,000 fans are on hand to watch the Cubs drop their spring training opener, 5-2, to the PCL Angels. The Cubs are the first ML team to play in the new field.

6th   In the Pirates camp, Art Traynor, brother of Pie, and Phil Morrison, brother of John, are trying to win a place on the team. Pie says that his brother, who spent the last year in Europe, is a better player than he is. Neither stick.

11th     In a spring training fashion note, The Sporting News observes that “ . . . Babe Ruth has started an eye-shade fad among the Yankees. The Bambino is wearing a shade a la Helen Willis [20’s tennis star] to protect his peepers from the sun.”

13th The Yankee regulars lose their 3rd straight to the Yannigans, 2–0. It is the second game in a row that the regulars have been shut out. Today most of the Yannigan innings are tossed by Bob Shawkey.

The Chicago White Sox lose to the Shreveport Sports (Texas League) by a 2-0 score. The Sox manage just 6 hits against four pitchers.

15th At St. Petersburg, the Braves beat the Yankees, 6-2, for their third win in a row over the Hugman. After Lazzeri protests a strike in the 6th, he is tossed, along with Huggins and the rest of the bench.

26th  In San Francisco, Cubs owner William Wrigley says that Commissioner Landis should reinstate Jimmy O’Connell, who was thrown out of organized ball for allegedly trying to bribe another player to throw a game in 1924. Wrigley says that O’Connell’s assertion that he approached Phils SS Heinie Sands at the behest of Giants coach Cozy Dolan was a “crude joke” on the part of Dolan, and nothing more. Landis does not change his mind.

28th  In St. Paul, the American Association votes 6 to 2 to bar resin bags from the field. The AA joins the IL and the AL in opposition to the practice.

1926 April

2nd  Hugh Jennings, slated to be the Giants assistant manager, is unable to join the team due to illness. Roger Bresnahan replaces him.

3rd  In an exhibition game in Atlanta, the Yankees drop 9 runs on Dazzy Vance to beat the Dodgers for the 4th straight time, 11-5.

5th  The A’s win their 4th straight over the Phillies, 8-6, to clinch the City series. Ed Rommel gives 8 hits in the complete game win.

6th  In Ashville, NC, the Yankees hand the Dodgers their eight straight defeat against the Bronx Bombers, beating them, 16-9. Jack Fournier has a homer for Brooklyn, hitting the ball over the scoreboard in the 5th. Babe Ruth does the same thing but his ball rolls back down the hill for a triple.

8th  In Charlotte, NC, the Dodgers lose to the Yankees, 14-4. The New York Times notes that Dodger CF Gus Felix might be pressed into service at 2B. Milt Stock, who hit .328 last season for Brooklyn as the regular 2B, is hitting poorly this spring. Felix will stay in center field, but Stock will play just the first three games (0-for-8) before exiting the majors.

9th  Following yesterday’s rainout at Fenway, the Red Sox and Braves take the field again, with the Sox winning, 6–1. Howard Ehmke is the winner over Rube Benton, and Phil Todt accounts for the only HR.

10th  At Yankee Stadium, the Dodgers are relieved to finish their last exhibition game with the Yankees, losing 4-1. A crowd of 15,000 see the Yanks win for the 10th straight time in their exhibition series.

The Phils beat the A’s, 8-7, but lose the City Series, 4 games to 2.

13th  More than 45,000 at the Polo Grounds watch Brooklyn’s Jess Petty post an Opening Day, 3–0 one-hitter over the Giants. Frankie Frisch’s double is the lone hit. The NL introduces something new in this game, the rosin bag. The Giants will win 7 in a row after the opener, only to be beaten again by Petty, 2–1, on April 24th.

In the last of his 14 Opening Day starts, Walter Johnson takes on A’s knuckleballer Eddie Rommel in baseball’s greatest Opening-Day pitchers’ duel, a 15-inning battle won by the Senators 1–0. Johnson gives up 6 hits, fans 9, 5 on called 3rd strikes, and allows no runner past 1B in a game he considers his greatest. Rommel allows 9 hits will fanning 5. Bucky Harris singles and scores the lone run, coming home after a Goslin double and a Joe Harris single.

At frigid Fenway Park, the hitting is hot as the Yankees and Red Sox combine for 29 hits in the Opener. The Yankees score 4 runs in the 1stinning off Howard Ehmke, the first of six Boston hurlers. Rudy Sommers, making his first ML appearance in 12 years, takes over for Ehmke in the 5th. He gives up 3 runs on doubles by Gehrig and Ruth, and New York stretches its lead to 11–1. A 5-run Boston outburst in the 6th sends New York starter Bob Shawkey to the showers, but New York hangs on to beat the Red Sox, 12–11. Ruth and Joe Dugan have three hits apiece for New York, while Ira Flagstead has 4 hits for Boston. Ehmke is the loser for Boston.

In ceremonies before the Opener in St. Louis, Rogers Hornsby receives a trophy from the Cleveland Press, which asked its readers to choose their most popular AL and NL player. Babe Ruth won in the AL. Hornsby then collects 3 hits as the Cards win the Opener with Pittsburgh, 7–6.

At Cincinnati, the Cubs lose to the Reds, 7–6, after scoring 5 in the 8th to tie. Jakie May takes the win in the 10th when a Sammy Bohne single scores the winner. Val Picinich homers in his first game as a Red.

15th In Philadelphia, Cy Williams blasts a walkoff grand slam in the 9thoff Larry Benton to give the Phils an 8–4 win over the Boston Braves. It is Cy’s 2nd game-ending grand slam in two years.

16th In the home opener for Cincinnati, Red Lucas beats Chicago’s Grover Alexander, 2–1, in a brisk one hour, 15 minutes. The good-hitting Lucas also bangs a triple to help the Cincy offense.

At Fenway, the Yankees Herb Pennock is touched for 10 hits but the Red Sox score just twice in losing to New York, 3-2. Ira Flagstead has 3 hits for the Sox to go with his 4 hits in each of the last two games: the 11 hits in the first 3 games is a ML record that will be matched by Cecil Cooper in 1982.

17th Red Sox pitcher Howard Ehmke tosses a 2-hitter, beating the A’s and Rube Walberg, 6–1. Phil Todt’s triple with the bases loaded is the big blow for the Sox.

Cleveland’s Lefty Miller gives up three hits and shuts out the White Sox, 2–0. The loss goes to Tommy Thomas, making his major league debut.

At Philadelphia, Brooklyn’s Clarence Huber is hit by a pitch in the 3rd and replaced by a courtesy runner Heinie Sand, already in the game at SS. (As noted by Retrosheet). Huber returns to play 3B in the 4th before Clarence Whiteside takes over in the 5th. The magnanimous Phils win, 15–3.

18th The Cubs roll over the Reds, 18–1, at Wrigley Field. Reds 18-year-old pitcher Rube Meadows faces one batter and records an out, for his only ML appearance.

19th In a 2-1 p.m. win against the A’s, Red Sox CF Ira Flagstead sets an AL record and ties a ML record by starting three double plays from the outfield, just the 3rd outfielder in history to do so. Two of the DPs are fly balls that the former boxer catches and then punches out the runner trying to score from 3B. The third twin killing is scored 8-5-4-2. Ira’s feat breaks the AL mark of 2, tied by a number of players. The A’s take the morning game, 3–1, on Patriot’s Day.

20th  The Yankees batter Washington 18–5. Among their 22 hits are a HR, 2 doubles, and 2 singles by Ruth, who scores 5 runs and drives in 8. The Babe’s home run is a 2-run shot in the first inning off Walter Johnson. Earl Combs has 4 hits and 4 runs. Rookie Bill Morrell pitches in relief for Washington and this is noteworthy only because contemporary accounts list his age at 26, and his birth year as 1900. In fact, Morrell was born in 1893, making him off by seven years, a possible ML record. Later encyclopedias will carry his correct birth date (as noted by Dick Thompson).

21st In the home Opener at newly renamed Wrigley Field, Grover Alexander pitches the Cubs to a 4–2 win over Reds ace Pete Donohue. Donohue will be one of 4 pitchers to top the NL by winning an even 20 games this season. The park had been known as Cubs Park from 1920-25.

22nd  The Browns’ 5 double plays against the White Sox ties the AL record, but the White Sox win, 11–7.

26th With Cleveland leading the host White Sox 7–2, fans storm the field and refuse to leave, forcing the White Sox to forfeit the game.

27th Walter Johnson wins his 400th career victory, and his 3rd win in 4 starts, as the Senators beat the Red Sox, 9-1.

In the Giants’ 9–8 win over the Phillies, 17-year-old Mel Ott makes his first appearance pinch-hitting for Jimmy Ring. He strikes out. He’ll get his first hit on May 2nd when he pinch hits for Tim McNamara. Ott won’t play regularly till 1927.

Player-manager Ty Cobb makes his first start of the year and shows the Tigers how to do it, banging a single, double, triple, and driving home 4 runs. Detroit edges the White Sox, 8–7.

28th The A’s Lefty Grove strikes out 11, but loses to Sam Jones and the Yankees, 3–0. Grove will win his next four against New York.

The AL allows the use of the rosin bag by pitchers but discourages its use by other players. Walter Johnson states that he thinks the “resin bag” is of no use to a pitcher. It is strictly mental.

29th At Pittsburgh, the Reds score 10 runs in the 5th en route to a 16–9 win.

30th  Jess Petty (5–0) wins again, beating the Phils 8–4, and the Dodgers go into first place.

1926 May

1st  Satchel Paige, 19-years-old, makes his debut in the Negro Southern League, pitching Chattanooga to a 5–4 win over Birmingham.

2nd Walter Johnson wins his 4th victory, a 4–3 victory over the A’s. Slim Harriss is the loser.

For the 4th straight game, the Cubs come from behind to win, beating the Cardinals, 6–5. Pete Alexander picks up the victory, and Wee Willie Sherdel is the loser.

3rd The Reds pull off a triple steal against the Cards with Sammy Bohne, Val Picinich, and Walt Christensen doing the swiping. Cincy wins, 9–6, with Eppa Rixey getting the victory.

5th Detroit batters 5 White Sox pitchers en route to a 14-7 score over Chicago. Red Wingo puts the cherry on the charlotte russe with a 9thinning grand slam off Dixie Leverette as he drives in 6 runs for the Bengals.

6th The Reds use a ML record-tying 8 sacrifices in a 14–4 win over the visiting Phillies.

7th Chuck Dressen’s 4th hit of the game, in the Reds 3-run 9th, drives in the winning run in a 6–5 win over the Phils.

8th  Fenway Park bleachers along the left field line are partially destroyed by a fire. The Sox will not replace the seats.

The Yankees score 7 in the 2nd but lose to Detroit 14–10, knocking themselves out of the lead; Washington moves into first.

Chicago’s Pete Alexander beats the Giants, 6–4, with George McQuillan taking the loss. It is Alex’s last win in a Cubs uniform.

10th At Yankee Stadium, Gehrig and Ruth hit back-to-back homers off Tiger starter Sam Gibson, and the Yankees outscore the Tigers, 13–9. Herb Pennock is the winner.

11th  The Giants sell sore-armed pitcher Art Nehf to the Reds. The fair-minded Nehf is upset that John McGraw has not informed Reds’ manager Jack Hendricks of Nehf’s arm problems, and the pitcher will not speak with the Giants’ manager for years.

12th  Walter Johnson defeats the St. Louis Browns, 7–4. He is now 6–1, but will lose his next 7 in a row as the Senators go into a tailspin.

13th  Babe Ruth bangs a double and two homers to drive in 6 runs as the Yankees outslug the Indians, 13-9. The Babe also scores 4 times.

15th  Behind Pete Donohue, the Reds whip the Giants, 11–6, and move into first place. Led by the NL’s 2 top hitters—C Bubbles Hargrave at .353 and OF Cuckoo Christensen at .350—and the pitching of Donohue, Carl Mays, and Eppa Rixey, they’ll stay in 1st until mid-July.

18th In the 8th inning at Yankee Stadium, Tony Lazzeri clouts a long inside-the-park grand slam over CF Johnny Mostil’s head as the Yanks come from behind to beat the White Sox, 5–3. Sloppy Thurston serves up the homer.

19th Reds ace Pete Donohue fires a 2-hitter to beat Brooklyn, 5–1. Singles by Wheat and Herman are the lone hits.

At Griffith Stadium, Tiger pitcher Augie Johns flushes the Senators, 5-0. Bullet Joe Bush pitches 5 innings, nails three batters, and departs with the loss.

21st  White Sox 1B Earl Sheely hits 3 doubles a sac fly and a HR at Boston, following 3 doubles in his last 3 at bats yesterday. His 7 straight extra-base hits ties the ML record set by Elmer Smith of Cleveland in 1921. Vic Wertz will match the pair in 1950. Chicago needs all of Sheely’s hitting as they edge the Red Sox, 8–7, after yesterday’s 13–4 victory.

22nd  At Rogers Hornsby Day in St. Louis, the Cards player-manager is presented $1,000 in gold and a medal as the NL MVP for 1925. The Cards then whip the Phillies, 9–2, to even their record at .500.

Before the Braves-Cubs game at Wrigley Field, Grover Cleveland Alexander is given the keys to a Lincoln automobile, a gift from the fans. The Braves then cuff Alex around and win, 7–1. When the Cubs end their homestand, Alexander will be left behind in Chicago, and then waived.

23rd  Hack Wilson smacks a 5th inning home run, a rare blast off the Wrigley Field scoreboard, situated at ground level, to start a route of the Braves. The Cubs score 7 runs in the 8th inning to win 14–8. Sparky Adams contributes 4 hits for Chicago. Later that night, Wilson and a few others are arrested at a friend’s apartment for drinking beer in violation of the Prohibition Act. The scoreboard will be moved to the left field corner in 1937, before one will be built atop the newly built bleachers.

In Washington, Al Simmons hits a solo HR, off Walter Johnson, into the CF stands. He totals 3 hits and scores 3 times as the A’s beat the Big Train, 5–3, behind the pitching of Slim Harriss.

At Navin Field, Al Wingo drives in two runs as the Tigers defeat the Browns, 2-1. Ty Cobb has a safety to run his hitting streak to 21 games, the longest in the AL this year.

25th Six games in the AL today produce 145 hits and 80 runs. Leading the way are the Senators and A’s in Philadelphia with the Senators taking the first game, 17-12, and losing the second game, 7-6. Goose Goslin has 3 hits and 4 RBIs in game 1, while Max Bishop collects 4 hits. The Nats score 11 runs in the 5th inning and hold on for the victory. Mickey Cochrane homers in game 2 with a pair on.

At the Polo Grounds the struggling Giants take a pair from the Robins, 5-1 and 8-5. In game 1, Doc Farrell has a grand slam for the Giants, connecting in the 2nd frame off Jesse Barnes.

26th The Yankees win their 16th game in a row, defeating to Red Sox 9–8 to complete a 4-game sweep. The franchise record had been 15 straight wins, set in 1906. The streak puts New York in front by 8 ½ games.

28th  A Boston–New York old-timers’ game is played for a Christy Mathewson Memorial at Bucknell before the regular Giants-Braves game in Boston. The Braves then win, 5–3, over the Giants.

In a 12–4 Reds win over the Cardinals, Hughie Critz is walked 5 times, tying the NL record (20th C.)

The A’s take 2 from the Yankees 2–1 and 6–5, decisively ending New York’s 16-game win streak. Lefty Grove is the game 1 winner, despite getting just 4-hit support.

31st  The Giants blow open a match with the Phils and win, 12–1. Ross Youngs draw two walks in the 9th inning to tie a ML record.

1926 June

1st In Chicago, the Cardinals score 6 runs in the top of the 1st inning but the Cubs scramble back to win, 10-9. Gabby Hartnett’s grand slam in the 4th pulls the Cubs within one.

3rd  At Yankee Stadium, Babe Ruth has a pair of homers and 5 RBIs to lead the Yankees to an 8-5 victory over the Red Sox. Boston manages just 3 hits off Myles Thomas and Sad Sam Jones.

5th After scoring a run in 11 straight games, the Browns Oscar Melillo goes plateless against Lefty Grove. The A’s ace wins, 10–1, at home, striking out 10 batters and striking out as a batter 4 times.

6th  Player-manager Tris Speaker, 38, of the Indians, sporting a lifetime .350 BA, startles players and fans alike when he directs P George Uhle to pinch-hit for him in a close contest with the Yankees. Uhle is a good-hitting hurler, but he flies out. The Yankees win, 6–5.

In the 8th at Chicago, Red Sox 2B Ramon “Mike” Herrera starts a triple play to stop a White Sox rally and help Boston win, 4-3. Herrera is a veteran of the Cuban and Negro leagues.

After the New York Sun criticizes the Robins because top pitcher Jesse Petty is not one of their highest paid players, manager Wilbert Robinson phones the paper’s editor to complain. From this date on, the Sun reacts by referring to the team as the Dodgers, rather than the affectionate eponym ‘Robins’ that had often been used.

7th  The Cubs send two players and cash to Indianapolis for infielder Henry Schreiber and former major leaguer Riggs Stephenson. Stephenson was in the minors after a college football injury resurfaced, limiting his throwing ability. Stephenson is a steal, hitting .319 or better in eight of his nine seasons with Chicago and leading the club in hitting six times. His .336 with Chicago will be the club’s high mark.

The Tigers claim veteran Wilbur Cooper off waivers from the Cubs.

8th  At Navin Field in Detroit, Babe Ruth slugs a 5th inning two-run homer reported to carry 626 feet, in the Yanks 11–9 slugfest over the Tigers in 11 innings. The hit, off Tiger P Lil Stoner, lands at the intersection of Cherry Street and Brooklyn Avenue, two blocks from Navin Field (it has also been reported by Bill Jenkinson that it hit a taxi on Trumbull Avenue) The youngster who retrieves the ball sells it to the Babe for $20. Babe’s second homer of the contest, off Ken Holloway, decides the game in the 11thinning and is also an impressive clout, clearing the wire fence in right field, hitting the back wall and ricocheting back onto the playing field.

10th In a PCL game, Portland pitcher Fred Ortman allows just one hit against Hollywood, a homerun by John Kerr.

11th The Phils top Pittsburgh 13–11 as Russ Wrightstone hits for the cycle. Wrightstone adds a double as he goes 5-for-6 with 4 long hits.

13th Jack Fournier hits 3 homers and Brooklyn needs them all to beat the Cubs, 6–5. Burleigh Grimes is the winner at home.

14th  The Giants trade OF Billy Southworth, hitting .328, to the Cards for part-time OF Heinie Mueller. This will prove to be a key trade for the Cards.

Red Sox pitcher Red Ruffing hits the first of his 36 ML homers, connecting off Detroit’s Hooks Dauss in an 8–7 loss to Detroit. The future Hall of Famer will be 3rd on the list of homer-hitting hurlers.

Cubs skipper Joe McCarthy, managing for the first time in his hometown of Philadelphia, is presented with a number of gifts in a pre-game ceremony. These include a grandfather clock, a trunk and a hand bag. Russ Wrightstone presents him with a first inning grand slam, off Cubs pitcher Guy Bush, but the Cubs come back to win, 9-7, over the last-place Phils.

15th  After sending OF Bing Miller to St. Louis for OF Baby Doll Jacobson, the A’s trade P Slim Harriss, P Freddie Heimach, and Jacobson to the Red Sox for OF Tom Jenkins and P Howard Ehmke, 32. Ehmke, 3-10 at Boston, will be 12-4 for the rest of the year at Philadelphia. The Red Sox waive Roy Carlyle to the Yankees, where he will hit .323 in 35 games in the Bronx. A lack of power and a .910 lifetime fielding average in the outfield will finish his ML career. Boston, however, will try another Carlyle next year, Roy’s brother Cleo.

Brooklyn buys Sammy Bohne from the Reds.

17th  The Browns Ken Williams hits a grand slam in the 2nd inning and St. Louis holds on to beat Washington, 9-7. Wally Schang adds a triple and homer as Tom Zachary goes the distance for the win.

At Detroit, the A’s use a late rally to beat the Tigers 12–9. They also stop Ed Wells’ string of 33 consecutive scoreless innings pitched.

Hal Rhyne hits a 2-run homer in the top of the 13th at the Polo Grounds to give the Pirates a 5-3 lead, but Freddie Lindstrom answers with a 3-run homer in the bottom of the inning for a 6-5 Giants victory. Lindstrom has to elbow his way to home plate and jubilant fans storm the field.

Only in Brooklyn. The Cubs load the bases in the 6th against the Robins when Joe Kelly grounds sharply to 1B Babe Herman, who attempts a 3-6-3 DP with Rabbit Maranville. Johnny Cooney is retired at 2B, but Rabbit’s return throw is wide and goes to the stands. Pitcher Jess Barnes retrieves the ball and, seeing a runner heading for home, fires to C Mickey O’Neil. The Cubs runner sees O’Neil, stops short, and heads for the dugout. O’Neil follows him into the dugout and tags him, but the runner turns out to be Cooney who is already out on the play at 2B. Bill Klem rules that the inning has to continue. “There ought to be a law against such a thing, but there isn’t,” he complains (as noted by historian Peter Morris). Brooklyn overcomes the 4-run inning by Chicago and comes back to win the game, 10-9, in 10 innings.

18th  In a 6–2 loss to the Indians, new Red Sox outfielder Baby Doll Jacobson does not have a putout or assist in RF and will play another 6 games without a fielding chance. His record 7 straight games between the 18th and 25th will encompass 64 1/3 innings.

19th After winning yesterday 13–5, the Reds continue to punish Phillies pitching, sweeping 2 by scores of 8–2 and 14–6. Rube Bressler collects 7 hits, including a HR, for the afternoon.

20th  A delegation of Coffeyville, KS, fans comes to St. Louis to see their hometown hero, Walter Johnson, pitch against the Browns. Unfortunately, the Big Train cannot hold a 4–0 lead and loses his 7th game in a row, 5–4. The big blow for the Browns is a 3-run pinch HR in the 7thby Ken Williams.

21st At Redlands Field, the Reds edge the Cubs, 6–5, in 16 innings on Wally Pipp’s RBI. Both teams score in the 12th.

22nd  The Cardinals pick up 39-year-old Grover Alexander (3–3) on waivers from the Cubs to help in the pennant chase. Alexander will rejoin Bill Killefer, fired as Cubs manager last year, and now a Cardinal coach. Alex, who has not been in uniform for a month, will be 9-7 down the stretch, including 2 shutouts.

23rd  In St. Louis, Rogers Hornsby picks up his 2,000th hit, a single off Don Songer, then hits a 7th inning grand slam off Songer as the Cards top the Pirates, 6-2.

24th  Bullet Joe Bush, 1-8 with the Senators, is handed his release. The Pirates will sign him.

In game 1 at the Polo Grounds, Phillies relief pitcher Jack Knight homers twice, his only 2 career homers, and both come off Jimmy Ring. But the Giants win, 12–7, then complete the sweep, 7–2.

26th  The Cardinals move into 2nd with an 8–7 win over the Cubs at Wrigley. Bill Hallahan is victorious over Charlie Root.

27th  A crowd of 37,718 is on hand in St. Louis to see new Cardinal P Pete Alexander pitch the first game of the doubleheader against his old team, the Cubs. The fans are not disappointed as Alexander wins the opener 3–2 in 10 innings, giving up 4 hits. The winning HR is hit by the other newcomer, Billy Southworth. The Cubs win the nitecap 5–0 in a game interrupted by a shower of pop bottles in 9th inning as the crowd protests a call by umpire Charlie Moran. Moran ruled Sparky Adams safe at 1B, despite popping out to Hornsby, because of catcher interference. The Cubs win, 5-0, behind Sheriff Blake’s one-hitter. Again, it is Billy Southworth hit that prevents a no-hitter. It is the third time in Southworth’s career he has supplied the only hit.

The first-place Reds rout the Pirates, 16–0, and turn a triple play (Emmer, Dressen, Bressler) in the process. Pete Donohue is the easy winner as the Reds pound out 11 extra base hits, including 5 triples.

28th  James Edwards tosses a 4-hitter for the White Sox as they shut out the Browns, 7-0. In a mop up role, Ernie Nevers makes his ML debut for the Browns. The Stanford All-American gives up 2 runs in his one inning.

29th  The Louisville Colonels score in every inning as they trounce the host Columbus Senators, 24-3 in an American Association game. The scoring goes 2-1-2-1-6-2-7-1-2 and sets a league record.

30th  With player-manager Ty Cobb coaching 3B, base runner Harry Heilmann falls for the hidden ball trick pulled by Browns 3B Marty McManus. The Tigers still win, 4–1.

1926 July

1st  The Pirates break an 8-game losing streak by beating St. Louis, 7–3. They move into 2nd, dropping the Cards to 3rd.

In the first of 2 at Yankee Stadium, Lou Gehrig’s solo homer in the 6th, off Walter Johnson, is the difference as the Yankees win, 3–2, over the Senators. Urban Shocker takes the win. Washington comes back to win game 2, 12–5.

3rd At Pittsburgh, Vic Aldridge coasts to a 12–3 win over the Cardinals. Pie Traynor has a homer and double in one inning for the Bucs.

At Cleveland, George Uhle shrugs off a first inning steal of home by Ty Cobb to beat the Tigers, 7–5.

4th The Cubs blank the visiting Reds, 2–0, as Charlie Root beats Emil Yde.

5th Lefty Grove strikes out 12 Yankees as the A’s win, 2–1, scoring both runs on errors. Grove’s 12 strikeouts will be a career high.

6th The Reds beat the Cards, 5–2 in 11 innings to take a 5 game lead in the NL. Wally Pipp’s 2 run HR in the 10th, off Grover Alexander, ties the score at 2 apiece.

The Reds purchase veteran SS Everett Scott from the White Sox.

The Tigers get solo home runs from Fats Fothergill and Harry Heilmann, but that is all the scoring as the Browns win, 5–2. George Sisler has an inside-the-park homer when his grounder caroms off second baseman O’Rourke’s shoe into deep center.

10th Washington has a ML-record 13 players score in a 19–4 blowout over the visiting Browns. Sam Rice reaches base twice on errors in the 8thinning to tie a ML record. Stanley Coveleski is the winning pitcher.

In Chicago, the Cubs sweep a doubleheader from the Robins, winning, 6-4 and 3-1. Hack Wilson’s walkoff two-run homer ends the first contest. Hack ended a game 10 days ago with a walkoff homer in the 11th against the Reds. He will lead the league in homers with 21 and in walks with 69, the lowest ever for a league leader.

13th  Brooklyn 1B Jack Fournier subs for Babe Herman, the rookie who took his job, and makes the most of it, banging 5 hits and 3 homers—the first Brooklyn player to hit 3 roundtrippers in a game. Jack also totals 5 RBIs, but it is not enough as the Cardinals win 12–10 in St. Louis. Cards Taylor Douthit reaches 1B twice in the 5th inning and each time steals 2B.

14th Al Maderas, of Springfield (Three I league) homers his first four times up against Quincy.

15th Charlie Gehringer shocks Urban Shocker with his first ML homer, and the Tigers beat the Yankees, 7–2. Sam Gibson is the winner.

20th Springfield makes the news again as they join with Peoria (Three I league) to set an OB scoring record. Springfield wins, 33–23. Peoria outhits Springfield 27 to 22 and has 4 homers, 3 by Harry Layne.

21st  The Tigers take the first of 2 over Washington, 7–6. Off Washington’s Walter Johnson in game 2, Heinie Manush cracks a two doubles and a three-run homer but the Big Train still wins over Detroit, 10–7. Wilbur Cooper throws a scoreless inning of relief for Detroit in his last appearance in the majors. In his 16 seasons and 517 appearances he has never balked in 3,480 innings, a ML record.

On a mission. San Francisco (PCL) scores 8 runs in the 9th to beat Mission, 9-8. Six days ago, Portland scored 10 runs in the 9th to beat Mission, 12-6.

22nd  The Reds pound 4 triples in an 11-run 2nd inning, including 2 by Curt Walker, against the Braves, tying a ML record, and go on to win, 13–3. Walker’s feat, the first since 1900, won’t be done again until Al Zarilla does it in the AL in 1946. On the 24th, the Pirates move past the Reds into the NL lead.

The Giants score two runs in the 9th inning off Pete Alexander to whip the Cardinals, 5–3.

With both their catchers suffering arm problems, the Yankees pick up veteran Hank Severeid off the waiver list from Washington. He will catch in 65 games and all 7 of the WS games, before calling it quits.

23rd  Detroit and Washington take the unheard of time of 2 hours and 40 minutes to play 9 innings. Detroit’s 19 hits give them a 9–6 win, but much of the time is consumed by manager Ty Cobb’s arguing over a balk call, then trying to have a heckling fan removed from the stands.

24th  Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth demonstrate that power hitting is not the only thing they can do when Lou scores on the front end of a double steal with the Babe in a 7–4 victory over the White Sox. They had pulled the same double steal against the Red Sox on April 13th.

25th  After Braves coach Art Devlin rides Babe Pinelli, the Reds third sacker bumps Devlin as he comes off the field in the 3rd. Devlin swings, starting one of the great baseball fights of the century. Police restore order, but not before Boston OF Frank Wilson is arrested and taken to jail for hitting a police inspector. In the 4th, Boston OF Jimmy Welsh crashes into C Val Picinich in a play at the plate. Picinich takes a poke at him, starting round 2, and is ejected. The match ends in an 8–4 Braves decision.

At Philadelphia, the Cards top the Phils, 9–5, with the win going to Grover Alexander.

26th Athletics ace Eddie Rommel shuts out the Red Sox, 5–0, in the only AL game played today.

31st At Chicago, Babe Ruth breaks a 1-1 tie with an 8th inning home run to the deepest part of the right centerfield bleachers. The Yankees win, 2–1 for Sam Jones, for their 10th win in a row.

At St. Louis, the Senators win, 9-0, behind Walter Johnson’s 112th career shutout. Goose Goslin has a homer in the 5th.

At Cleveland, the Indians beat the Red Sox, 6-2, for their 6th win in a row, but lose the services of CF Ira Flagstead when he breaks his collarbone diving for Lutzke’s soft liner.

At Detroit, the A’s bash the Tigers, 9-6. Al Simmons has a “freak” homer and Sammy Hale clouts a grand slam in the 5th, off Ed Wells.

Before a crowd of 6,000 at Griffith Stadium, the Klu Klux Klan baseball team defeats the Junior Order of the United American Mechanics, 8-4 (as noted by Gabriel Schecter). Pre-game activities include a field-day program and an elaborate parade that includes (according to the Washington Post), the “color bearer and honor guard of the klan, Klan band, Klan team, Women’s Klan drill team and Klavaliers drill team.” Alas, however, the newspaper reports that the Women’s Klan drill team was outperformed by the Job’s Daughters drill team, which was awarded a trophy. Finally, it is noted that “the proceeds of the day will be for the benefit of the Juniors’ orphanages at Tiffin, Ohio and Lexington, N.C., and the Klan Haven home in Harrisburg, Pa.”

1926 August

2nd In the Giants 4–2 win over the Cards at the Polo Grounds, New York CF Ty Tyson seals the victory with an unassisted DP in the 8th inning with the bases loaded. Tyson was beaned in the 6th, but stays in the game and snags a Specs Toporcer line drive and touches 2B before Tommy Thevenow can get back.

Down 8-4 going into the 9th, the Yankees plate 6 runs to beat the host Tigers, 10-8. Babe Ruth hits his 42nd homer, connecting with 2 men on and 2 outs in the 9th to give the New Yorkers the lead. Tiger manager Cobb disdains walking the Babe even though first base is open. Ruth responds with a line drive over the left-center wall that clears the fence by 3 or 4 feet.

At Ebbets Field, the Cubs score a run in the top of the 9th to edge the Robins, 5-4. Brooklyn misses an opportunity to score in the 5th when Babe Herman goes from 1B to 3B on Zach Wheat’s double, but misses second base and is called out on an appeal.

4th  Stanford star fullback Ernie Nevers pitches his first complete game for the St. Louis Browns, beating the A’s 3–1. Nevers will be 6–12 in his brief baseball life, but he will win a place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame playing with the Duluth Eskimos and Chicago Cardinals (1926–31).

At Chicago, Bill Barrett hits a grand slam in the 7th to break a 3-3 tie with the Red Sox and give the White Sox a 7-3 win. He also hits a 2-run double and drives in 6 runs.

Cardinal pitcher Willie Sherdel, who owns the Robins, continues his mastery over Brooklyn with an 8-4 win. Sherdel paces the attack with a double, triple and home run.

The Braves and Pirates split, with Boston taking the opener 14-0 and the Pirates fighting back to win game 2 by a 5-2 score. Jack Smith has 8 hits for the afternoon, including 5 hits in game 1.

5th  Zach Wheat, in his 18th season for Brooklyn, connects for his final Dodger HR but collapses near 2B as his injured leg gives out. The future Hall of Famer refuses a pinch runner and, after several minutes, limps around to home plate. The Cards still beat Brooklyn 11–9. Wheat will add another HR to his total in 1927 while in an A’s uniform.

Detroit beats Washington, 6–4, handing the loss to Walter Johnson. Heinie Manush, the eventual batting champ, is 1-for-4 with a run scored for Detroit.

7th Boston Brave hurler Bob Smith stops the Pirates, 2–0, and teammate Johnny Wertz matches him in the nitecap, winning 2–0.

Carl Mays coasts to his 3rd shutout in a row, an 11–0 Reds win over the Giants at the Polo Grounds. He also chips in with a pair of triples and Chuck Dressen hits a grand slam in the 3rd inning, off Chuck Davies. The Giants come back in game 2 to win, 3–1.

9th Cleveland’s Tris Speak belts a 3-run homer in the 4th, off Walter Johnson, and the Indians trip the Senators, 7–5. Sherry Smith is the starter and winner.

10th In relief of Lefty Grove, Joe Pate picks up the win for the A’s in a 4–3 decision over the White Sox. It is Pate’s 9th straight win as he finishes with a ML record 9–0 in 1926. He won’t win another ML game. Tom Zachary, 12-0 in 1929, Howie Krist, 10-0 in 1941, and Ken Holtzman, 9-0 in 1968, will peer Pate’s perfect percentage. His 9 wins in a row is an AL record for rookies:           The Rangers Jeff Zimmerman will match it in 1999.

11th  Dodgers rookie Babe Herman collects his 8th and 9th hits in a row, but flies out to Kiki Cuyler in the 6th to fall short of the record of 10 straight, held by Cuyler and Ed Konetchy. Brooklyn tops the Pirates, 4–2.

Tris Speaker hits the 700th double of his career, off Joe Edwards, but his Indians lose to the White Sox 7–2. Tris will end his career with a record 792 doubles.

At Philadelphia, the Reds kick the Phils, 21–3, as Wally Pipp contributes a grand slam in the 3rd off Clarence Mitchell. The Reds score 5 in the 3rd, 8 in the 4th, 2 in the 5th and complete the scoring with 6 in the 7th.

13th  In a dispute stretching back to last season, Pittsburgh players ask that Fred Clarke, now assistant to owner Barney Dreyfuss, not be permitted to sit on the bench. Sam Dreyfuss, filling in for his father who is Europe, squelches the revolt by releasing Carson Bigbee and Babe Adams, and suspending Max Carey, who has slumped to .222. Carey is waived to the Dodgers for $4000. Manager Bill McKechnie will fill in till the end of the year, to be replaced by Donie Bush, Indianapolis manager. The three players protest to NL president Heydler, who absolves them of insubordination, but also confirms the owner’s right to get rid of them.

The only game played today is in Washington, where Lou Gehrig clouts homers in the 4th and 5th innings off Walter Johnson, only the 2nd time in his career that the Washington star has surrendered 2 homers to one player. The Yankees win, 7–5.

15th  Three runners on third! The Braves are at Ebbets Field with Brooklyn’s Hank DeBerry on 3B, Dazzy Vance on 2B, and Chick Fewster on 1B, when Babe Herman drives a vicious liner against the RF wall that caroms back towards the second baseman, Doc Gautreau. DeBerry scores, but Vance initially holds up, then rounds 3B headed for home. Fewster stops at 3B. Gautreau throws home and traps Vance, who heads back to 3B. Herman slides into 3B joining the crowd, as Fewster steps off. Herman is ruled out for passing a base runner. Fewster, thinking he’s out too, walks off with Babe, and gets tagged out. Vance, still on 3B, later admits it was his fault. Poor Herman, who thought he had a triple but merely doubles into a double play, gets the blame. With all that, the Robins sweep a pair from the Braves, winning 4–1, in game 1 by scoring 2 runs in both the 7th and 8th innings. They continue in game 2 by scoring in each of the first 3 innings to take an 8-0 lead, and winning, 11–3.

The Browns split a pair with the Indians, winning 11-7 in game one with the help of Wally Schang’s grand slam. Bill Burns hits his 54th double for Cleveland. In the 6-4 game 2, limited to 7 innings by agreement, Tris Speaker scores the last run for Cleveland by stealing home.

Before 28,000 at Detroit, the NYC Fireman blaze to a sweep of the Detroit Fireman, winning 9-1 and 4-1 in 3 innings. The Tigers are in Chicago, where the game ends 0-0 after 5 innings.

16th In Boston, the Red Sox split a pair with the Browns, losing 6–1 and winning 7–1. In the 2nd game, two Red Sox players—Alex Gaston in the 2nd, and Fred Haney in 6th—triple with bases loaded. This is the first time its been done in the AL, and ties the ML record. The A’s will match it on April 26, 1928.

20th  The Giants lose their 5th in 6 games, 6–2 in St. Louis. It is the Giants 3rd loss in a row to the Cards, giving St. Louis a momentary view from atop the NL. In today’s game, Frankie Frisch misses a sign that costs a run. After the game, berated by John McGraw in front of the team, Frisch buys a ticket to New York and leaves the team. Fined $500, McGraw’s favorite, and heir apparent, is through with the Giants.

21st  It takes Ted Lyons just 67 minutes and 81 pitches to no-hit the Red Sox 6–0 for Chicago. Lyons strikes out 2 and walks just one—the leadoff batter Johnny Tobin—in beating Slim Harriss. Harriss was the opposing pitcher when the last no-hitter in the AL was thrown, in 1923 by Howard Ehmke. CF Johnny Mostil has 4 hits, a stolen base, run, and 3 RBIs. Lyons has now thrown 32 scoreless innings, including a 10-inning shutout against Detroit last Sunday.

Rabbit Maranville, hitting .235, is released by the Dodgers, his career seemingly over. But he will be signed by the Cardinals, return to the minors, and give up drinking.

22nd  After three games with the Tigers are rained out at home, Connie Mack and Tom Shibe decide that Sunday baseball is entitled to be played. Armed with a court injunction preventing police from interfering, they play the first Sunday game ever seen in Philadelphia. A light rain holds the crowd to 10,000, but Lefty Grove sets down the White Sox 3–2 without incident. A court later rules Sunday baseball still illegal; it will be 1934 before that law changes in Philadelphia.

The Reds sweep a pair in extra innings with the Braves, winning 4–3 in 10 innings and 7–6 in 12 innings. Dick Burns, Boston 1B, drops an easy fly with 2 outs and 2 runners on to help the Reds score 3 runs in the 12th to win. Curt Walker hits his 20th triple of the year in game 2, 8 of which have come against the Braves. Walker’s 20 leads the NL, but he won’t add to the total.

24th The Reds beat the visiting Giants, 4–3, to run their win streak to 10 games.

25th  With a 4–3 win over Boston, the Cardinals regain first place in the NL, but the next day the Pirates retake the high ground.

26th  Pittsburgh RF Paul Waner goes 6-for-6, including 2 doubles and a triple, in a 15–7 win against the Giants. Waner uses 6 different bats to accomplish his feat. Bucs P Lee Meadows is doubled up at 2B when he tries to advance on a ground out. He gives up 5 runs to New York in the next inning.

27th  Veteran P Dutch Ruether, 12-6 this year, is picked up from Washington by the Yankees. Initially, the transaction makes no sense (as noted in Spatz’s Yankees Coming, Yankees Going) but the sale becomes clear in November when New York sends lefty Garland Braxton and Nick Cullop to the Nats.

28th  The Indians use the same lineup in 2 victories over the Red Sox, including Emil Levsen, who pitches the 6–1 and 5–1 sweep. He strikes out none and allows 4 hits in the opener and then, responding to good natured kidding from teammates Joe Sewell and Jack Burns about how easy he had it, asks manager Speaker if he can pitch the nitecap. “Spoke” agrees and Levsen again allows 4 hits and no walks, becoming the last pitcher to throw 2 complete games in a day.

Babe Ruth hits his 40th and Meusel adds a bounce home run, but the Tigers prevail over the Yankees, 8-4. Fats Fothergill is 5-for-5 with a pair of doubles for Detroit.

30th Hugh McQuillan and Heinie Mueller combine to stop the Giants long losing streak by stopping the Robins, 8–2. McQuillan allows just 5 hits while Mueller bangs two homers and a single, the first against Bob McGraw with two on in the 5th.

At the Stadium, the Senators rack up nine runs before the Yankees get on the board, and Walter Johnson paces himself to a 12–6 win. Big Barney strikes out 8. The Senators outhit the Hugmen, 12–11, but errors hurt the Yankees. Two hits and an error in the first inning are followed by a Joe Judge grand slam off Sam Jones, and the Nats add another 4 in the 3rd. Tony Lazzeri hits a 2-run HR off Johnson in the 8th.

31st  Bill Sherdel and Allen Sothoron pitch the Cards back into first place with 6–1 and 2–1 wins over the Pirates. It is the first time a Cardinal team has been in first place at the start of September.

White Sox IF Ray Morehart gets 9 hits in 10 at bats in a doubleheader split with Detroit, a ML record that will be matched but never broken. Morehart has 6 RBIs in the opener. The Sox coast to a 19–2 blowout behind Red Faber in game 1, then lose 7–6 in game 2.

1926 September

1st  Washington and Boston combine for a ML-record 11 sacrifices in a game won by the Senators 7–4. The Sox make 4 off the sacrifices, but it wasn’t enough.

The Cards whip the Pirates, 5–2, to take a two-game lead over the 3rd-place Bucs. The five games with Pittsburgh will attract 113,113 to Sportsman’s Park. The idle Reds remain in second place, one game back.

2nd In the first game of a twinbill between Chicago and St. Louis, Pete Alexander exacts revenge on the Cubs, whipping them 2–0. Charlie Root is the loser. The Cards take the nitecap, 9–1.

3rd  In a 17–3 Giants cakewalk over the Braves, the Giants unload for a NL record 12 runs in the 5th inning. Young Mel Ott plays 5 innings and goes 3-for-3. He also steals a base. The 17-year-old star will hit .383 in 35 games this year. The Giants blow it open in the 5th inning, scoring 12 runs.

4th  The Reds take first place by beating the Cards, 5–0. Pete Donohue beats Wee Willie Sherdel. Tomorrow the teams will reverse positions again when the Cards win, 7–3.

5th At Baltimore, the minor-league Orioles embarrass the Yankees, 18–9 in an exhibition game. Ruth is 0-for-5 and tangles with Mark Koenig in the dugout after the 8th inning. Ruth yells at Koenig accusing him of loafing on several plays.

6th The Reds split a doubleheader with the Cubs, losing 2–0 to Charlie Root, before winning 7–4. The Reds also lose P Jakie May (13-9), who is spiked in the opener, and is out for the remainder of the season.

At Baker Bowl, the Robins and Phils split a pair, Brooklyn takes the opener, 8-6, and the Phils win the second game in 7 innings, 8-2. Freddy Leach has a grand slam for the Phils.

At Griffith Stadium, the Senators edge the Red Sox, 2-1, as Sam Rice has a pair of hits, an RBI, and his 23rd stolen base of the year. He’s been caught stealing 22 times. The Sox have now lost 16 in a row.

In one of the most bizarre matchups ever, the Klu Klux Klan defeats the Hebrew All-stars, 4-0, at the Arlington (VA) Horse Show Grounds (as noted by Gabe Schecter). The Klansmen score all their runs in the 1stinning. A possible ringer named Flaherty goes 0-for-3 at first base for the All stars. The game is called in the 7th inning due to rain. The KKK was originally scheduled to play the Rialtos, but with that team not sure that they could field a full squad, the All-Stars were substituted. “Both teams have fine records,” says the Washington paper. In a related note (As noted by Michael Sekeres), a website reported that “In 1925 a friendly baseball game was held in Wichita, Kansas between Ku Klux Klan Chapter 6 and the all-black Monrovians baseball teams, in front of a mixed crowd.”

7th  The Red Sox lose their 17th game in a row, losing 4–2 to the Yankees.

8th The Phils trail the Dodgers, 4–2, going into the last of the 9th but rally to win, 8–4. The winning blow is Cy Williams walkoff grand slam, the 2ndPhilley slam in 3 days. Bob McGraw serves up the salami. Williams sets a major-league record for walkoff grand slams with three: only Vern Stephens this century will match the number and Alex Rodriguez, in 2007, will reach that level.

At Yankee Stadium, Hal Wiltse stops the Yankees. 5-2, and the Red Sox snap a 17-game losing streak. New York makes just 5 hits. Tomorrow, the Yanks will win, 10-0.

9th  Trailing 6–3 at the end of 8 innings, Brooklyn then makes 9 hits and adds two walks to win going away, 12–6. A NL record five Brooklyn pinch hitters all deliver, including pinch hitter Dick Cox, who gets 2 hits, scores twice, and has 2 RBI in a 9-run 9th inning. Pinch hitter Moose Clabaugh bats twice in the 9th, collecting his lone ML hit (Clabaugh set a minor league record this year, hitting 62 home runs in 121 games for the Tyler Trojans of the Class D East Texas League. This broke the record set the previous year when Tony Lazzeri hit 60 at Salt Lake City): the six pinch hits sets a ML record and the 3 pinch runners scoring ties a ML mark set in 1900. The Phils use a record-tying 5 pitchers in the 9th with Waylon Dean taking the loss. The Phils are again paced by Cy Williams, who clubs two homers in his first two at-bats (three in a row), before striking out in his next.

10th In the Browns 5–4 10-inning win over the White Sox, pitcher Win Ballou stops Sox catcher Harry McCurdy’s consecutive hit streak at 10, Win also wins his 11th. Ted Lyons goes the distance in the loss.

11th Cleveland sweeps two from the Nationals, winning 8–1 and 3–2. In the opener, Walter Johnson serves up a two-run homer to Tris Speaker in the opening inning.

The Cubs score 7 runs in the 7th inning against host Philadelphia to win, 10-6. The big blow in the inning is rookie Pete Scott’s grand slam, off Jack Knight.

In a last match-up in their fraternal rivalry, Brooklyn’s Jesse Barnes beats his brother and the Giants, 6–0. Jesse is 3–2 against his brother Virgil. There won’t be another brother pitching match-up until the Niekros.

12th In St. Louis, the Red Sox score 6 runs in the 6th to roll past the Browns, 11-3. Jack Tobin hits a grand slam in the big frame, off Elam Vangilder.

14th  The Reds take the NL lead with a 5–1 win over the Dodgers. Cincy is now up by a half game.

15th The Yankees beat the Indians, 6–4, as Bob Meusel drives home three runs with three sacrifice flies. This ties the ML record set by Harry Steinfeldt in 1909. Bob Shawkey is the winning hurler.

16th The Giants clean house early, giving Heinie Groh his release and allowing Irish Meusel to buy out his. Irish will finish out his career with a season in Brooklyn.

At Philadelphia, the Cards sweep a pair from the Phils to tie for first place with the Reds. They open with a 23–3 pasting, a game in which 36 players are used, 22 by the Phils. The Cards plate 12 runs in the 3rd inning, with all the Cardinals getting a hit except Billy Southworth, who is robbed of a double by Freddy Leach’s catch. Taylor Douthit has a walk and single, 2 stolen bases, and 5 runs scored in the game. Flint Rhem is the winning pitcher. The game is enlivened in the 6th when Bill Klem thumbs C Wilson and manager Art Fletcher out of the game. Moments later a sign “Catfish Klem” appears in the clubhouse window and Klem holds up the game until it is removed. The Cards lighten up in game 2, winning 10–2, behind Art Reinhart.

17th  The Cardinals regain the NL lead in a 10–1 win over the Phils. Light-hitting Tommy Thevenow bangs his first ML homer, an inside the park liner off Jack Knight. The Reds continue to nose-dive, dropping a 5–4 decision to the Giants on Frankie Frisch’s 10th inning HR. The Reds will lose 7 of the final 9.

18th At Dunn Field, the Indians win their 4th in a row, defeating the Yanks 3–1, behind George Uhle. The win cuts the Yankees AL lead to 2 ½ games over the Tribe.

19th At Cleveland’s League Park, a crowd of 31,000 watch the Yankees hold back the Indians, 8–3, in the final of a six game series. In the 7th, Ruth parks his 43rd homer of the year and Gehrig follows with another HR, both off Emil Levsen. Gehrig adds three doubles and 5 RBIs to lead the Yankee charge. Dutch Ruether picks up the New York win.

The White Sox beat Boston 6–3, the same score as yesterday, to complete a 5-game sweep of the Bosox in Chicago.

Detroit edges Washington, 8–7, on Ty Cobb’s pinch single in the 9th, beating Walter Johnson. Detroit scores 2 in the 9th after Washington scores 3 in the top of the 9th. Washington uses three catchers, including Russ Ennis, in his only ML appearance, in the 9th. Ennis, a veteran of WW1, will also serve in WW2.

20th With the Cardinals idle, the Reds’ nosedive continues as the Braves sweep a pair from Cincinnati, 4–3 and 3–0. In game 1, Edd Roush misses a shoestring catch of a Andy High fly ball, which goes for an inside-the-park HR. Roush also misses an easy fly ball in the 6th. Bob Smith applies the calcimine in game 2, with Dolf Luque on the losing end.

21st In St. Louis, the Senators collect 17 hits in beating the Browns for the 3rd straight time, 11-6. Crowder, the winning pitcher, has 2 hits, while Goose Goslin has 4 hits, including his 17th homer. All 17 of his homers have come on the road, the highest home run total for a player who has hit none at home. Only Babe Ruth will end up with more homers (24) on the road this year. Goose is tied for 4th in the AL.

Behind Waite Hoyt’s two-hitter, the Yankees bomb the White Sox, 14–0, to retain their 3-game lead in the AL. Babe Ruth has a triple and hits his 44thhomer. Al Simmons is 2nd in homers with 19.

22nd The Cardinals, led by Les Bell’s ML record-tying 3 triples and a double, roll by the Dodgers, 15–7, to increase their 1st place lead of Cincy to 2 ½ games. Rookie Tommy Thevenow and Jim Bottomley chip in with home runs. For Thevenow, it is his 2nd homer in 6 days, again an inside-the-park drive. He’ll play another 12 years—3351 at bats—and never hit another homer.

In Philadelphia, the A’s play their first Sunday game ever, beating the White Sox, 3–2, behind Lefty Grove. A state Supreme Court decision will delay the next Sunday game for 8 years.

24th  At the Polo Grounds, the Cardinals clinch the pennant by beating the Giants 6–4 behind Flint Rhem and Bill Sherdel. Billy Southworth homers to help beat his old teammates, negating Bill Terry’s 3-run HR off Rhem. The Cards are now ahead of Cincinnati by three games with two to play. The Reds lose to the Phillies today, 9–2.

25th  The Yankees take two from the Browns to nail down the AL flag, winning the opener 10–2 behind Herb Pennock. Ruth’s grand slam, off Elam Vangilder, is the big blow. In the nitecap, Gehrig homers in the 3rdinning, off Milt Gaston, while Ruth matches him with a 2-run HR in the 6th off Win Ballou. Ruth adds a solo shot in the 9th, his 46th, off Joe Giard to seal the Waite Hoyt 10–4 victory. Ruth has 4 RBIs in each game, though his official scorecard somehow lists him at two apiece: the incorrect total will not be noted until researcher Trent McCotter discovers it in 2004, and it raises his RBI total for the year to 150, not 146, which is his official total. Despite the score, the second game is played in a new AL record 55 minutes. The NL record is 51 minutes, on September 28, 1919.

In the first of two games in Chicago, Sox RF Bill Barrett breaks a 1–1 tie with a 9th inning solo homer of Washington’s Walter Johnson to give the win to Tommy Thomas, 2–1. The Senators take the 2nd game, 3–2, behind Firpo Marberry.

In Boston, the Pirates release veteran Stuffy McInnis so that he can return to his home nearby. McInnis is credited with telling reporters about a team vote that was taken regarding whether veep Fred Clarke should be asked to quit the bench. When word got out it was assumed that McInnis’s days were numbered. The vote resulted in the release of veterans Babe Adams and Carson Bigbee, and Max Carey being waived to Brooklyn on August 13.

26th  The Browns beat the Yankees twice, 6–1 and 6–2, in a total time of 2 hours, 7 minutes, a ML record for a twinbill. The 2nd game is the fastest in AL history: 55 minutes. The Yanks total 19 hits, while the Browns collect 26 in the two games. Ruth has one at bat, then sits, and misses reliever George Sisler, who tosses 2 scoreless innings to finish for the Browns in game 2 and, when the Browns score 4 in the 8th, picks up the victory. Ruth has 47 homers—twice the runner-up, and also leads the AL with 139 runs, 155 RBI, and 144 bases on balls. Ruth is batting .372, second in the AL. Browns coach Jimmie Austin, 46 years old, participates in the nitecap and contributes to the win by knocking in a run with a double and then stealing home. He is not the oldest to steal a base (Arlie Latham, 50, in 1909), but he is the oldest to steal home. The Yankees use Fred Merkle in his final game. Merkle replaces Gehrig at 1B in the 6th.

The Series-bound Cardinals lose to the Reds, 2–1, when Cincinnati scores 2 runs in the 9th. Pete Donohue wins his 20th for the Reds.

At Brooklyn, the Robins take a pair from the Cubs, winning 3–1 and 6–2. Dazzy Vance strikes out 15 batters for the 3rd and last time in his career in the opener. Only three NL pitchers (Hahn, Mathewson, Rucker) this century have struck out 15 in a 9-inning game.

Detroit takes a pair from the Red Sox, winning 11–2 and 5–4. In game 1, Bob Fothergill hits for the cycle and adds a single as he scores 4 times and knocks in 4 runs for the host Tigers. Detroit overcomes a 1st-inning 3-run homer by Bill Regan in game 2 to win, 5-4, scoring a run in the 9th. Heinie Manush is 6-for-9 on the day with 5 runs scored. The burst, plus his 3-for-5 outing in Detroit’s last game on the 22nd, gives Heinie the batting title over the Babe.

27th  Cleveland 1B George Burns hits his 64th double of the year, as the Indians down Philadelphia 5–4. Indians right-hander George Uhle gives up 9 hits in winning his 27th against 11 losses. He leads the AL, despite giving up a league-high 300 hits and 118 walks, and posts a 2.83 ERA. It is his best record in a 17-year, 200-win career.

29th In the only games played today, the 7th place Braves sweep a pair from the last-place Phillies, 7–6 and 2–1. Rookies Johnny Werts and Bunny Hearn are the winning hurlers over Claude Willoughby and Dutch Ulrich.

1926 October

2nd  Game 1 of the WS before 61,658 at New York belongs to southpaws Herb Pennock (25-11) and Bill Sherdel (16-12). Two hits give the Cards a quick first-inning run. Sherdel issues 3 walks for a New York run without a hit. In the 6th, Babe Ruth slaps a single to left, moves to 2B on a sacrifice, and scores on a Lou Gehrig single for a 2–1 win. It is the first of Gehrig’s record 8 game-winning RBI in WS play.

3rd  Grover Alexander (9-7) faces Urban Shocker (19-11) as a record 63,600 look on. The Yankees score twice in the 2nd, but Old Pete sets down the last 21 batters, striking out 10. Billy Southworth and SS Tommy Thevenow collect 3 hits each, including a home run apiece, for a 6–2 St. Louis win. Thevenow’s is a line drive that skips by Ruth for an inside-the-park homer: Thevenow will hit 2 regular season HRs in his career–both inside the park.

In Baltimore, the Bacharach Giants’ Red Grier tosses a 10–0 no-hitter against the Chicago American Giants in the 3rd game of the Negro League World Series. Grier wins just more one game before an unexplained ailment ends his career.

4th  In St. Louis, the Tigers sweep the Browns aside, winning 10-4 and 11-6. The outfield leads the way as Al Wingo has 4 hits and 3 RBIs in game 1 and collects a hit and scores thrice in game 2; Ty Cobb is 4 hits and 4 RBIs in game 1 and a pair of hits in game 2; Harry Heilmann has 3 hits in each game, driving in 5 runs in the second contest. Wingo, in his only season as a regular outfielder, hits .370, third best among the trio. Cobb is at .378 and Heilmann leads the circuit at .393.

5th  Jesse Haines (13–4) stifles the Yanks on 5 hits while the Cards kayo Dutch Ruether (14-9 on the year, 2-5 for the Yanks) in the 5th. Haines helps his own side with a 2-run HR in the 4th. The 4–0 St. Louis win gives them the Series lead.

6th  In game 4, the Yankees tee off on Flint Rhem (20-7) and 4 other Cardinal hurlers for 10 runs and 14 hits, while Waite Hoyt (16-12) strands 10 Cardinal runners for a 10–5 win. Babe Ruth hits 3 HRs to fulfill his October 1st promise to a bedridden 11-year-old, Johnny Sylvester. Ruth’s 3rd clout, in the 6th, is the longest blast ever seen in St. Louis. It clears the park and goes through the window of an auto dealer across the street. In the 4th, Taylor Douthit and Chick Hafey collide in the OF as the ball drops; Douthit is sidelined for the rest of the Series.

In a PCL game, Sid Martin of Seattle gives up 11 hits to first-place Los Angeles but shuts them out.

7th  With the Series tied at 2–2, 39,552 pack Sportsman’s Park to watch Herb Pennock and Bill Sherdel duel again. The Cards score first on a double by Jim Bottomley and single by Les Bell. Ragged play costs the Cards a run in the 6th. Tied 2–2 in the 10th, Mark Koenig singles, takes 2B on a wild pitch, and after a sacrifice, comes home on Tony Lazzeri’s long fly for a 3–2 Yankees win.

9th  Grover Alexander scatters 8 hits in game 6 while the Cards tee off on Bob Shawkey (8-6), Urban Shocker, and Myles Thomas for 10 runs and 13 hits in a 10–2 romp.

At San Francisco, Mission (PCL) beats Los Angeles, 15–6 behind the hitting a pitching of Clyde Barfoot. He goes 3-for-5, with 3 home runs, 9 RBIs. Barfoot, who pitched for Detroit earlier in the year, was a .263 hitter in the majors.

10th  On a drizzling New York afternoon, only 38,093 show up at the Stadium for the deciding WS contest. Grover Alexander, possibly sleeping off a hangover in the bullpen, barely notices when Jess Haines take a 3–2 lead over Waite Hoyt into the 7th. Haines weakens in the last of the 7th; 3 walks put Earle Combs, Bob Meusel, and Lou Gehrig on base with 2 out and Tony Lazzeri at the plate. Hornsby then waves in Alexander. On a 1-1 count Lazzeri hits a line drive into the left-field seats, a few feet to the foul side of the pole, then swings and misses for strike 3. Alexander sets the Yanks down in order until Babe Ruth draws his 11th walk with 2 out in the 9th, and is thrown out inexplicably trying to steal 2B. The Cards and St. Louis have their first World Championship. Each winner collects $5,584.51, the losers, $3,417.75.

11th  The Browns announce that George Sisler will be back as a player but not as manager.

Babe Ruth hits three home runs off of “Cannonball” Dick Redding in a barnstorming game in Trenton. Beforehand, he and his manager Christy Walsh visit 11-year-old Johnny Sylvester in Essex Falls, NJ. Ruth had responded to the request by the ailing youngster and sent him a ball signed, “I’ll knock a homer for you in Wednesday’s game.” Which he did.

13th  Cleveland 1B George Burns is voted AL MVP. Hitting .358, Burns makes 64 doubles, topping Tris Speaker’s 59. It’ll be the record until Earl Webb’s 67 in 1931.

20th  John “Stuffy” McInnis is named manager of the Phils succeeding Art Fletcher. Fletcher will sign on with the Yankees as coach.

22nd  Manager Lee Fohl resigns after 2 last-place finishes with the Red Sox.

23rd In South Bend, Indiana, the Babe Ruth All Stars, including Johnny Mostil, Marty McManus and Urban Shocker, beat the local South Bend Indians 7-3 in a game called after 6 innings because of a late start. The all stars were delayed 2 hours when their vehicle broke down, as researched by historian Kevin Paczkowski. The Babe is 3-for-4 and hits a HR estimated at 600 feet. In preparation for the Babe’s visit, the local team stocked up on baseballs at a cost of $1.23 each: in Montreal on October 17, the Babe hit 36 into a nearby river, according to the South Bend Tribune, and the ensuing game had to be stopped for lack of balls. Babe’s squad will tie tomorrow when the Indians pitch the Giants Fred Fitzsimmons, who lives nearby. Joining Freddie is Fred Lindstrom.

1926 November

3rd  Ty Cobb resigns as Tigers manager and announces his retirement from the game. AL umpire and former Tigers IF George Moriarty replaces him. Moriarty is the only man to hold baseball’s 4 principal jobs: player, umpire, scout, and manager.

Dan Howley is named St. Louis Browns manager replacing George Sisler.

4th  At his request, the Brooklyn Dodgers give Jack Fournier his release. The veteran first sacker will sign with the Braves and play one more season.

11th  Eddie Collins is released as White Sox manager; he’ll rejoin the A’s as a player-coach. C Ray Schalk takes his place.

23rd  The Cardinals sign veteran SS Rabbit Maranville, released in August by the Cubs. He’ll start next season in Rochester.

27th  The A’s send veteran Bill Wambsganss along with Joe Hauser on option to the Kansas City Blues of the American Association for minor league prospect Dud Branom. Connie Mack includes $50,000 for Branom, whom he thinks will be a star. The aptly named Dud will hit just .234 in 94 at bats.

29th  Tris Speaker resigns as Indians manager. Stories of a thrown game and betting on games by Ty Cobb and Speaker gain momentum when Judge Landis holds a secret hearing with the 2 stars and former pitcher-OF Joe Wood. The story and testimony will not be released until December 21st. Former Tiger P Dutch Leonard wrote to Harry Heilmann that he had turned over letters written to him by Joe Wood and Ty Cobb to AL president Ban Johnson, implicating Wood and Cobb in betting on a Tiger-Cleveland game played in Detroit, September 25, 1919. He charged that Cobb and Speaker conspired to let Detroit win to help them gain 3rd-place money. At a secret meeting of AL directors, it was decided to let Cobb and Speaker resign with no publicity. But, as rumors spread, Judge Landis takes charge of the matter and holds the hearings, at which Leonard refuses to appear. Cobb and Wood admit to the letters, but say it was a horse racing bet, and contend Leonard is angry for having been released to the Pacific Coast League by Cobb. Speaker, not named in the letters, denies everything. Public sympathy is with the stars, but the matter will remain unresolved until January of next year.

30th  Bill Carrigan, popular Red Sox manager who won pennants in 1915 and 1916, is drafted out of retirement to resurrect the cellar-dwellers.

1926 December

5th  In a surprising choice, Cardinals C Bob O’Farrell is named NL MVP. O’Farrell caught 146 games and batted .293. He polls 79 points. Reds 2B Hughie Critz is runner-up with 60. Critz set a ML record handling 588 assists, which will be topped by Frank Frisch with 643 in 1927.

11th  Cleveland coach Jack McAllister is named to replace Speaker as Indians manager.

16th  Judge Landis is given a new 7-year term as commissioner with a raise to $65,000.

20th  In probably the biggest player-for-player trade to date, Rogers Hornsby is traded from the Cardinals to the New York Giants for Frankie Frisch and P Jimmy Ring. Hornsby, after 12 years in St. Louis, will play for 3 teams in the next 3 years. Hornsby and owner Sam Breadon had had an increasingly stormy relationship, and feelings between Frankie Frisch and John McGraw were equally as bad. Thirty years later, Hornsby will call the trade “the biggest disappointment in my life.”

23rd  The Athletics pick up 39-year-old Eddie Collins, recently released by the White Sox. The future Hall of Famer played his first 9 seasons with the Mackmen.

28th  The NL’s 1926 MVP Bob O’Farrell is named to replace Hornsby as Cards manager. The job was reportedly first offered to Bill Killefer who, out of loyalty to Hornsby turned it down, and quit. Killefer will sign on as a coach of the Browns.

30th  The Chicago Tribune breaks a story that the Tigers had thrown a 4-game series to the White Sox in 1917 to help Chicago win the pennant. Responding to the publicity, Judge Landis will begin a hearing in a week.

1927 January

1st  Charles Ebbets announces the purchase of ground for a new 30,000-seat stadium in Brooklyn. He also announces the release of OF Zack Wheat, a future Hall of Famer.

5th  Judge Landis begins a 3-day public hearing on the charges that 4 games played between Chicago and Detroit on September 2 and 3, 1917, had been thrown to the White Sox. The White Sox, Swede Risberg contends, returned the favor for 2 games in 1919. Near the end of the 1917 season, some Chicago players contributed about $45 each to reward Detroit pitchers for winning the last series against Boston, helping Chicago clinch the pennant. No witnesses confirm any part of the story, although Tigers P Bill James denies ever receiving any money, and the others named deny all charges. A week after the hearing opens, Judge Landis clears all the accused, ruling lack of evidence of anything except the practice of players paying another team for winning.

9th  In a 3-way deal, P Burleigh Grimes goes from Brooklyn to the Giants, C Butch Henline goes from Philadelphia to Brooklyn, and Giants 2B Fresco Thompson and P Jack Scott wind up with the Phils.

13th  The White Sox trade catcher Johnny Grabowski and 2B Ray Morehart to the Yankees for 2B Aaron Ward. War became available when Tony Lazzeri won the second base job and he will take the place of Eddie Collins, released by the Sox in November.

15th  Washington veteran SS Roger Peckinpaugh is traded to the White Sox for P Sloppy Thurston and Leo Mangum.

23rd  In the continuing clash between Judge Landis and Ban Johnson, the AL owners are prepared to censure Johnson. But his serious health problems convince them to change their stance and Ban Johnson is given an indefinite leave of absence instead. Detroit’s President Frank Navin is named acting AL president and the owners adopt a resolution repudiating the charges that Johnson made against Landis.

27th  Citing accuser Dutch Leonard’s refusal to appear at the hearings of January 5th, Judge Landis issues a lengthy decision clearing Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker of the gambling charges Leonard levied against them and ordering them reinstated by their teams. Both are then made free agents. Connie Mack will sign Cobb on February 8th; Speaker will sign with Washington on January 31st for a reported $35,000 The Tribe has already chosen Jack McAllister as manager.

31st  NL President John Heydler rules that Rogers Hornsby cannot continue to hold stock in the Cardinals and play for the Giants. Seemingly oblivious, the Cards board of directors meeting in St. Louis, voted stockholders a 10% dividend, earning Hornsby $2916 for his 1167 shares.

1927 February

4th  The Pirates claim vet Joe Harris, who was waived by the Washington Senators. Harris hit .313. and .307 for the Nats and, in a limited role, hit over .300 in two seasons in Pittsburgh.

8th  Sad Sam Jones departs the Yankees for St. Louis, traded for P Joe Giard and OF Cedric Durst. Sam will be 8–14 in his only season in St. Louis.

9th  The Giants send versatile George Kelly, along with cash, to the Reds for truculent holdout OF Edd Roush. The Giants sent Roush to the Reds in 1916.

26th  In Los Angeles, Lefty Pardue, a semi-pro pitcher in Seattle, shoots his wife to death, then turns the gun on himself in a grisly murder/suicide. The national wire service reports that he plays for the Seattle PCL team.

1927 March

3rd  Babe Ruth signs for a reported $70,000 a year for 3 years.

8th In the Grapefruit League, Rogers Hornsby appears in a Giants game for the first time and contributes 3 hits as New York pounds the Browns, 13–1.

9th  In a practice game in spring training, Joe Judge hits a line drive that hits Walter Johnson in the foot, breaking a small bone in the ankle and sidelining him for over two months. The 38-year-old will never completely recover from the injury.

A depressed outfielder Johnny Mostil tries to commit suicide by slashing himself with a razor. His White Sox teammate Red Faber learns that the cause of Mostil’s depression is that the outfielder has been having an affair with Faber’s wife. Mostil will play just 13 games for Chicago in 1927, but like Faber, will play all his games in a Sox uniform.

17th In a battle of Irish managers on St. Patrick’s Day, the Cardinals beat John McGraw’s Giants, 3–0, in a Grapefruit League contest. Cards manager Bob O’Farrell also clouts a home run.

28th In a final exhibition match between last year’s series opponents, the Yanks score 4 in the first off the Cards Grover Cleveland Alexander. Then Alex shuts down the Yanks until leaving in the 8th, and the Cards score 2 in the 9th to win 6–4. Both teams use their regular lineups, the only teams to make no starting changes from last year’s teams. The 4 runs off Alexander are the first the 40-year-old veteran has allowed in 15 innings of spring work.

1927 April

1st  Giants SS Travis Jackson has an appendicitis operation that puts him out of action for 6 weeks.

8th  Four days before the season opens, NL club representatives meet to resolve the question of the Giants Rogers Hornsby retaining his shares of stock in the St. Louis Cardinals. After a lengthy meeting, Hornsby breaks the impasse by agreeing to sell his stock in the Cardinals for $100,000, plus $12,000 for legal fees. He receives $86,000 from Cards’ owner Sam Breadon, $2,000 from each of the other 7 NL clubs, and an extra $12,000 from the Giants.

12th  President Calvin Coolidge throws out the first ball in Washington before the Red Sox win 6–2. Walter Johnson, sidelined with an injury sustained March 10th, misses his last chance to pitch an opener, after winning 9 of 14, including 7 shutouts. Tris Speaker, playing his first game for the Senators, is 2-for-5.

After Mayor Jimmy Walker tosses out the first ball in New York, 65,000 watch the Yankees batter Philadelphia’s Lefty Grove, 8–3, the biggest Opening Day crowd ever. After four runless innings, the Yanks score four in the 5th and four more in the 6th. In the 6th inning Ben Paschal pinch hits for Babe Ruth and singles against Grove, then goes out to RF. Paschal will pinch hit for Gehrig on several occasions this year. Ruth, with 2 strikeouts and a pop up in 3 at bats against Grove, will later say he did not feel well. It is the 6th and last time he is pinch hit for. Waite Hoyt goes all the way for New York, walking three and allowing eight hits, including a 9th inning pinch single by Zack Wheat, longtime Brooklyn favorite. The Yankees will share or hold first place from the first day of the race to the last; a feat unmatched in the AL until the 1984 Tigers.

In Philadelphia, the Giants, led by Bill Terry, open with a 15–7 pounding of the Phillies. Terry drives in 6 runs and hits the first-ever grand slam on Opening Day as he connects off Hal Carlson in the 5th inning. Hornsby and George Harper also homer and Ty Tyson goes 5-for-6 for the Giants, including 2 doubles and a triple.

Before 42,000 in Chicago, the Cubs overwhelm the Cardinals, the defending world champs, 10–1. Earl Webb, brought up from Louisville paces the attack with 2 home runs—just the 2nd player in ML history to do so—while Charley Grimm also homers, Charley Root is the winner over Grover Cleveland Alexander.

At Cincinnati, Pittsburgh’s Ray Kremer stops the Reds, 2–1. Pete Donohue takes the loss.

At Wrigley Field, the Cards Willie Sherdel allows just 2 hits in winning his first game of the year, 5-0. The Cards will throw another two-hitter at the Cubs in two days.

15th Babe Ruth hits his first homer of the year, off Howard Ehmke in the 1st, in New York’s 6–3 victory over the visiting Athletics. Herb Pennock goes the distance for the win.

Willie Sherdel allows just two Chicago hits but one is a HR by Hack Wilson into the CF bleachers at Wrigley. Sherdel and the Cards lose, 1-0, to Percy Jones.

17th At St. Louis, the Browns take a 5–3 lead into the 9th inning, then watch as the White Sox score 9 runs to win 12–5. Pinch hitter Bob Way has a single and 2 runs scored in the frame, while Peck has 4 singles.

At New York, Lou Gehrig has 2 homers and a single to drive in 6 runs as the Yankees roll over the Red Sox, 14–2. Jack Tobin homers off winner Waite Hoyt.

18th The Browns edge the visiting White Sox, 5-4, as both pitchers hit homers, the first time since 1901. Ten Blankenship goes deep for the Sox, and Milt Gaston matches him for the Browns.

19th On the front end of a triple steal, Ty Cobb swipes home for the first time in 3 years to help the A’s top the Senators, 3–1. Howard Ehmke allows 8 hits in winning.

21st Washington’s George Murray (1-0) and Garland Braxton combine to beat the Red Sox, 7-4. It is Murray’s only win of the year. Jack Tobin hits a grand slam in the 6th off Murray.

23rd At Philadelphia, Rube Walberg gives up successive homers to Ruth and Gehrig in the 1st inning, but holds on for a 4–3 A’s win. Yankee SS Mark Koenig’s wild throw in the 9th allows the winning run to score.

24th  In a PCL doubleheader, Portland’s Elmer Smith hits a pair of homers in each game as the Beavers sweep the Missions, 5-3 and 7-6. Smith will lead the PCL in homers with 40.

26th  In Boston, forty-year-old Ty Cobb is the whole show as he has 3 hits for the A’s, scores 2, drives in the winning run, and steals home in the 7thinning. He tops that off with a 9th-inning shoestring catch in shallow RF and then nabs Jacobson off first for an unassisted DP to end the game, a 9–8 squeaker over Boston. It is the 2nd unassisted DP in Cobb’s career and his 2nd steal of home this month.

28th  The Giants take first place in the NL when the Cubs rake Pirates pitching for 17 hits and 8 walks in a 16–4 win. New York tips Boston, 4–3, on a 6th inning HR by Edd Roush and successive doubles.

The Phils twice overcome Brooklyn leads to beat the Robins, 8–4. Russ Wrightstone has 3 hits, including a 9th inning grand slam for the visitors. Rube Ehrhardt serves up the homer.

1927 May

1st  One-year wonder Hod Lisenbee, 28, blanks the Red Sox 6–0 for the Senators in his first ML start. He will be 18-9 with 4 shutouts for the 3rd-place Senators and never have another winning season.

The Pirates rally in the 9th inning to beat the Cubs, 7–6. Cubs’ starter Charley Root walks the bases loaded before Paul Waner singles in the winning run. Chicago went ahead in the 7th inning when Chick Tolson hits the first pinch grand slam in Cubs’ history.

The Yankees ride the tandem of Ruth and Gehrig to a 7–3 win over the Athletics. Ruth bangs a first inning homer off Jack Quinn, and Gehrig hits one off Quinn in the 6th. Babe comes back in the 8th with another homer, off Rube Walberg as New York takes over undisputed possession of first place.

3rd In the first matchup of pitching brothers in ML history, Brooklyn’s Jess Barnes defeats his Giants’ brother Virgil, 7–6. In relief of McWeeny, Jess pitches the last 7 innings, and is the recipient of 6 runs in the 7th and 8th. Virgil allows 12 hits in the first 7 2/3 innings, and takes the loss.

5th The Senators even the series at 2 apiece with the Yankees as Hod Lisenbee wins, 6–1. The Yanks manage 6 hits—3 by Meusel. The Nats are playing their 4th game without stars Rice and Goslin: Rice is out with sinus trouble and Goose has pleurisy.

7th At Comiskey Park, Lou Gehrig christens the new RF pavilion by parking a 9th inning grand slam there, off Ted Lyons. It’s the 1st homer in the remodeled park. The Yankees coast to an 8–0 win behind Herb Pennock.

8th  The Yankees draw a record 52,000 to Comiskey Park but Waite Hoyt spoils the party by winning one of his league-leading 22 games, 9–0, the 2nd straight shutout of the Sox. Batterymate Pat Collins homers in the 7th, while Gehrig adds a pair of triples.

In Detroit, Marty McManus singles in 2 runs in the 9th to lead the Tigers to a 3–2 win over the Red Sox. Fats Fothergill goes hitless for the 1st time this season to end his 21-game hitting streak. Fothergill hit .500 (42-for-84) during the streak, which began last year. Fats will hit .500 during another 20-game streak this year from August 31 (G 1) through September 21. Fothergill is the only player to hit .500 or better in two 20-game hit streaks.

At New York, the 2nd place Giants take the Cubs to camp, 5–4, behind the pitching of Barnes. Bill Terry’s double in the 9th drives home the winning run. Earl Webb hits a 2 run homer for Chicago in the 6th as Chicago manages to leave no runners on base in the game.

At Ebbets Field, Flint Rhem (3-0) tosses his second two-hitter in two weeks as the Cardinals beat the Dodgers, 5-1. Chick Hafey has a pair of homers to drive in 4 runs.

9th Pounding five Boston pitchers for 22 hits, the 2nd-place Tigers outlast the Red Sox, 17–11. Harry Heilmann leads the cat attack with two homers and two singles.

11th In St. Louis, Ruth belts his 2nd homer in 2 days and his 8th of the year, off Ernie Nevers, as the Yanks win, 4–2. The ball is to the left of the CF flagpole in Sportsman’s Park, the longest ball to date ever hit there. Martin Haley in the St. Louis Post Dispatch writes: “Homeric Herman careened the animated leather for a sky-scraping bulls eye into the distant center-field bleachers, the ball clattering up the icy seats at the point where the left-center and dead-center field sections conjoin.”

In Detroit, it is Ty Cobb Day and more than 30,000 pay to see the former Tiger manager in his first appearance at Navin Field in an A’s uniform. With Collins on base in the first inning, Cobb drives a double into the overflow crowd to start the A’s to a 6–3 win. Lefty Grove is the victor.

12th Brooklyn P Dazzy Vance collects 4 hits and holds the Reds to the same number, all doubles, and Brooklyn wins 6–3. The Robins last run comes on a clean steal of home by Max Carey.

The Giants edge the Cardinals, 3–2, scoring the winning run in the 11thwhen Taylor Douthit drops a fly ball. Starter Pete Alexander is the loser to Burleigh Grimes. Les Bell is 0-for-5 with 5 strikeouts for the Birds.

13th With a bunt in the 3rd inning, Ty Cobb stretches his hit streak to 14 games as the A’s pound the Tigers, 10–3. Howard Ehmke holds Detroit to 6 hits. Eddie Collins is 1-for-2 with 4 walks, and Al Simmons has a homer, double and single for the A’s.

14th During a game between the Phils and Cards, a section of 10 rows in the RF stands at Baker Bowl collapses from the weight of the crowd and hundreds of fans fall on those below. There are many injuries, but the one death that occurs is caused by the crowd stampede, not the stands collapsing. Philadelphia is leading 12–4 in the top of the 7th—4 runs coming on Russ Wrightstone’s 2nd grand slam of the year—when the tragedy occurs, and the game is called. The Phils 12 remaining home games in May will be played at Shibe Park.

Cubs pitcher Guy Bush must feel his name as he and Braves starter Charlie Robertson battle for 18 innings before Robertson tires and the Cubs win 7–2. Jimmy Cooney drives in the winning run and Sparky Adams contributes 4 hits. Bush goes 18 innings and Robertson 17 1/3. Two NL pitchers—Hubbell in 1933 and Law in 1955—will match Bush’s marathon effort.

15th In St. Louis, Bing Miller has his 2nd 4-hit day in a row, and Wally Schang is 3-for-3 with a grand slam to lead the Browns to an 8–6 win over the A’s. Collins and Simmons homer for Philley.

16th Yankee OF Bob Meusel swipes 2B, 3B, and home in the 3rd inning as New York tops Detroit, 6–2. Muesel follows a homerun by Gehrig with a single, then steals 2B. Lazzeri draws a walk and then is trapped off 1B. With Tony in a rundown, Muesel swipes third and keeps on running. A nifty hook slide gives him the tying score. When Smith walks 3 Yankees in the 9th, Jim Walkup, in his 2nd and last ML appearance, is given the unenviable task of pitching to Ruth. The Babe drives in 2 with a single. Besides his homer, Gehrig adds 2 doubles to back Dutch Reuther’s pitching.

17th  Charlie Grimm singles in Hack Wilson with the winning run in the 22nd inning to give the Cubs a 4–3 victory over the Braves at Boston. Braves pitcher Bob Smith goes the distance, while Bob Osborn hurls 14 runless relief innings to win for Chicago. He gives up 6 hits while striking out 1. The two teams have now combined for a ML record 40 innings in their last two games. Smith’s 22-inning stint, the 5th longest in history, will not be matched this century. Only Oeschger-Cadore on May 1, 1920 and Coombs-Harris on September 1, 1906, were longer.

19th  White Sox players give their former manager Eddie Collins a wristwatch and diamond stickpin on his return to Chicago with the A’s, then win 3–0 behind Tommy Thomas’ 6th straight win. In addition to new Sox manager Ray Schalk, there are three ex-Sox managers present: the A’s Eddie Collins and Kid Gleason, and umpire Clarence Rowland. Another ex-manager, Ty Cobb of the Tigers, hits in his 19th straight game.

At Cleveland’s Dunn Field, Lou Gehrig bangs a 1st inning drive off the CF scoreboard, 478 feet away, and legs out a 2-run inside-the-park homer. The Yanks score in the 9th on two singles and a sac to win, 4-3. Home run distance expert Bill Jenkinson calls the Gehrig homer the longest inside-the-park homer ever hit.

20th At Ebbets Field, the Cubs top the Dodgers, 7–5, behind Tony Kauffmann. Fans interrupt the game with a shower of bottles after a disputed call by umpire Pete McLaughlin. Babe Herman has a pair of homers for Brooklyn, but costs his team 2 runs with a errant throw.

At the Polo Grounds, the Pirates whip the Giants, 8-3, as Pie Traynor, with his 4th hit of the game hits a grand slam in the 12th inning. Lee Meadows (5-0) is the winner. Doc Farrell has 5 hits for the Giants.

At Philadelphia, the Reds win the opener, 6–3, behind Pete Donohue’s mastery of the Phils. George Kelly provides a grand slam, the 8th of his career. This is a ML record that will be tied by Hornsby in August and topped by Ruth in September. Kelly, who felt ill in game 1, sits out the second game. Tomorrow he’ll undergo an emergency appendectomy and miss three months of action. The Phils roll to a 15–2 win in the nitecap as Cy Williams belts two HRs, one a grand slam off Jakie May, and a triple, collecting 7 RBIs and scoring 4 times. Williams, with a homer in game 1, ties Ruth and Gehrig for the ML lead with 9 homers.

21st  The Cubs move into first place in the NL when a 9-run 9th inning gives them an 11–6 win and doubleheader sweep at Brooklyn. Pinchhitter Floyd Scott ties the NL record with two hits in the frame. Chicago takes the opener, 6–4. For the second day in a row, a disputed call—this one by Frank Wilson—causes fans to stop the game. Meanwhile, the Pirates are beating New York for the 3rd straight game, 5–3.

It is George Burns Day in Cleveland as he is presented with a diploma as the MVP of 1926, a silver bat, $1,150 in cash, and an automobile. Burns has a pair of doubles but the visiting Yankees win 6–4 in 12 innings.

22nd At Brooklyn the Dodgers make it easy for Dazzy Vance, beating the Phillies, 20–4, on 22 hits. Willoughby takes the loss without retiring a batter in the 1st. Babe Herman has 5 singles and a sac fly in 6 trips to the plate.

23rd  Despite first inning back-to-back home runs by Ruth and Gehrig off Sloppy Thurston, the Senators edge the Yankees, 3–2.

The St. Louis Browns down the Detroit Tigers, 15-10, as each team scores in 7 different innings to tie a league record set in 1901.

25th The Cardinals and Cubs split a pair, with the Redbirds taking game one, 8-5 and dropping game two, 8-4. Les Bell’s 5th inning grand slam, off Tony Kaufmann, is the victory margin in game 1 as the win goes to Pete Alexander. Bell has a pair of RBIs in game 2.

27th In St. Louis, the Indians beat the Browns, 7–3, scoring their only earned run on John Hoddap’s homer. For the 2nd game in a row, veteran 1B George Burns swipes home on the front end of a double steal with Joe Sewell, pulling it off in the 9th. The two did it yesterday in game two’s 9–7 win.

The Yankees split with the Senators, losing 7-2 before winning, 5-0. Herb Pennock goes just 4 innings in game 1 and watches as Tris Speaker and Joe Judge pull off a delayed double steal. Speaker swipes home. Gehrig hits his 11th homer in game 2 to back Waite Hoyt, who allows 3 hits in the 5-0 victory.

The Giants lose their 5th and 6th in a row as the Robins prevail, 5-3 and 5-1. Dazzy Vance allows 10 hits in the opener, including a single, homer and triple by Hornsby, but he strikes out 10. Doc Farrell, leading the NL with a .407 average, makes 4 errors at 3B and is benched for Lindstrom in game 2. The Giants will trade Doc in 2 weeks. Jigger Statz hits his only homer of the year inside-the-park in game 2 and is matched by Bill Terry’s solo HR. The “silver-haired” Jess Petty is the victor.

The Pirates win their 9th in a row, overcoming a 6-run deficit and beating the Cardinals, 8-7. Reliever Joe Bush drives in the winning run with a 10thinning single.

At Newark, the Bears beat the Reading Keys, 13-4 and 9-8. Al Mamaux is the game one winner, helped by 5 hits by Jocko Conlon. It is the 26th and 27th consecutive losses for Reading.

28th In his first starting assignment, New York’s Wilcy Moore loses a heartbreaker to the Senators, 3–2, in the nitecap of a twinbill. Gehrig is spiked at 1B by Bucky Harris as Firpo Marberry scores the winning run. The Yanks win the opener, 8–2, as Ruth uncorks his 12th homer of the year, a 3-run shot. Tris Speaker plays most of game one despite fracturing his left thumb in batting practice.

Behind Lee Meadows 7th win without a loss, the Pirates win their 10th in a row, beating the Cardinals, 6–4. The win streak has pushed the Bucs into first place.

29th In a loosely played game at Yankee Stadium, the Yanks swamp the Red Sox, 15–7, scoring 7 runs in the 8th inning. Babe Ruth propels his 13thhomer, off Danny MacFayden, while Johnny Grabowski is 4-for-4 with a walk. Ruether is ineffective, serving up gopher ball to Bosox Hartley in the 2nd and Haney in the 3rd. The Sox give it back in the 4th with 3 walks, 2 errors, a single by Meusel and a double by Koenig, to make 4 runs. Ted Wingfield, pitching 2/3 of the 4th, takes the loss.

30th  Finally making his first appearance of the season after recovering from a broken foot sustained in spring training, Walter Johnson hurls the last shutout of his career, No. 110, winning 3–0 over Boston. Johnson faces just 29 batters, giving up 3 hits. The Senators take the 2nd game of the holiday twinbill, 10-5, behind recruit Bump Hadley.

In game 1 at Shibe Park, the Yankees collect 15 hits off Lefty Grove, strike out 11 times, and score 8 runs, but the A’s prevail, 9-8. No pitcher this century will allow 8 or more runs, strike out 9 or more, and emerge a winner. Ryan Zimmermann in 2016 will be the next. New York takes game 2, 6-5, when Babe Ruth hits his 14th homer of the year, off Rube Walberg, with no outs in the 11th.

Unassisted triple plays are a rarity, but SS Jimmy Cooney makes one for the Cubs against Pittsburgh in the opener of the Memorial Day doubleheader. He catches Paul Waner’s line drive in the 1st inning, steps on 2B to retire Lloyd Waner, and tags Clyde Barnhart going back to 1B. Paul Waner still collects 3 hits and 2 RBI, but the Cubs win 7–6 in 10 innings to snap the Pirates 11-game win streak. The Bucs win the nitecap, 6–5, in 10 innings as Lloyd Waner has 7 hits for the day.

Reading, PA, managed by Fred Merkle, defeats Baltimore in the International League to break its 32-game losing streak.

31st  Detroit 1B Johnny Neun pulls off the 2nd unassisted triple play in 2 days. It happens in the 9th against Cleveland to end the game when Neun catches Homer Summa’s line drive, touches Charlie Jamieson in the baseline and runs to 2B where he tags the base Glenn Myatt has vacated. Detroit wins, 1–0, as Rip Collins escapes with the win. There won’t be another game-ending unassisted triple play until 2009.

The Yankees slug the 3rd-place Athletics into submission, winning 10–3 and 18–5. Ruth homers in each game to run his string to 4 straight games. He finishes the month with 12 homers, and 16 altogether. Rookie strongboy Jimmie Foxx belts his first ML homer, off Urban Shocker, in game 2. Lazzeri and Koenig homer in game 2, while Gehrig has two singles to go along with his double, triple and homer in the opener.

Led by Joe Harris, the Pirates score 9 runs in the last 4 innings to beat the Cubs, 10–9. Harris has 5 hits, including a double and 2 triples, for the first-place Pirates. Pete Scott matches Harris with 5 hits for the Cubs.

1927 June

3rd Paul Waner of Pittsburgh homers off Claude Willoughby of the Phils in a 11–1 rout at Forbes Field. Wright and Grantham also homer as Vic Aldridge allows the visitors just one hit till the 9th inning. For Waner, his homer is the start of a NL record 14 straight games in which he’ll have at least one long hit (12 doubles, 5 triples, 3 HR). From today through June 16 Waner will go 26-for-48 (.542).

4th Pitching his 2nd game of the year, Walter Johnson is pounded by the Browns, who win 5–3. Johnson finishes the game, striking out 6 and allowing 9 hits, including a homer by Schulte. Elam Vangilder is the winner.

5th Pete Alexander shuts out the visiting Robins, 5–0 for a Cards victory.

7th The Cubs send Jimmy Cooney and Tony Kaufmann to Philadelphia for pitcher Hal Carlson. Carlson will go 12–8 for the Cubs the rest of the way.

At New York, Ruth and Gehrig belt back-to-back homers in the 4th inning, off Al “Tommy” Thomas, to beat the White Sox, 4–1 and increase the Yanks lead over Chicago to 2 games. Pat Collins also homers for NY, while Bud Clancy matches for Chicago.

At Philadelphia, the Browns outhit the A’s 18–14, but lose 11–9. Both starters Rube Walberg and Milt Gaston are knocked out in the 3rd, but when Gaston is lifted he bypasses to dugout and leaps into the stands to punch a spectator who has been riding him. The police escort him from the field. Cobb has 3 runs and a stolen base for the A’s, while George Sisler has 3 steals and is 4-for-4 for the Browns.

8th Tony Lazzeri clouts three homers in the Yankees 11-inning, 12–11, win over the White Sox. Tony’s first 2 round trippers come off Red Faber, and his 3rd is a 2-run line drive in the 9th inning off George Connally that ties the game. Lazzeri plays both 3B and SS in the game so he is not the first shortstop in history to hit 3 homers. The Yanks were behind, 11–6, going into the 9th inning. New York wins it in the 11th after Cedric Durst triples, Lazzeri is intentionally walked, and Ray Morehart singles over Barrett’s head in RF.

9th Walter Johnson (1–2) loses his 2nd game in a row as the Indians pound him 7–1, knocking him out in 5 innings. Johnson allows 6 hits and 2 strikeouts.

At New York, the Yanks win for the 3rd straight time over Chicago, winning 8–3. New York knocks Blankenship out of the box in the 7th and Ray Morehart hits reliever Cole’s 1st pitch for a 3-run homer. Babe Ruth follows with a triple and then steals home. The Yanks score 6 in the frame.

10th  George Stallings, Rochester (IL) club owner, fires himself as manager.

11th  After 5 wins in a row, the A’s lose to the Tigers, 5–4. Despite Lefty Grove being lifted for a pinch hitter in the 8th, for the 9th inning the Philadelphia Athletics field a team of seven Hall of Famers. The outfield consists of Ty Cobb in right, Al Simmons in center and Zack Wheat in left. At 1B is Jimmie Foxx, while at 2B. Cy Perkins started as catcher batting seventh, but when Mickey Cochrane pinch-hit for him in the last inning, seven Cooperstown-bound players were in the lineup. On May 24th of next year, the A’s will again field 7 HOFers and combine with the Yanks to showcase 13 Hall of Famers.

In New York, Babe Ruth clouts two consecutive home runs (numbers 19 and 20) off Garland Buckeye, but in his next time up Ruth is set upon by Cleveland C Luke Sewell who demands that the umpires inspect the Bambino’s bat. The umps find nothing illegal, but the crowd of 30,000 cheer the Babe, who strikes out. Lazzeri adds a homer and New York wins, 6–4. Burns is 3-for-3 with 2 doubles for the Tribe.

The Dodgers spoil Paul Waner Day in Pittsburgh beating the Bucs, 11–10. Waner, who’s wedding was last night, collects 3 hits, including a double, and a 7-passenger car and teammate Barnhart has 2 triples and a double, but it’s not enough. Brooklyn has 15 hits and scores 4 times in the 9th to give Vance the win.

Fred Werber of the Augusta Tigers (South Atlantic) sets a minor league record by stealing 7 bases. The record will be equaled by Lee Mazzilli and Rickey Henderson.

12th  Despite Ruth’s 21st homer, the Yankees are nosed out by the Indians, 8–7. Cleveland scores 7 in the first 2 innings to rout Waite Hoyt. His replacement George Pipgras homers and pitches well. It is Joe Hornung Day at the Stadium, as the veteran from the 1880s celebrates his 72ndbirthday. He receives a testimonial and money from his friends.

For the 2nd day in a row, Brooklyn and Pittsburgh play an 11–10 game, with the Pirates losing again, but this time at Brooklyn. Reliever Norm Petty wins the game with a single in the 8th, while Paul Waner collects another 3 hits for the Bucs. The Robins are in the midst of a 7-game streak of one-run games, which will conclude on June 15. The seven one-run games ties a NL mark of the 1920 Cardinals and 1910 Giants; the Reds in 1967 will reel off 11 one-run games in a row.

The Giants trade righthander Hugh McQuillan back to Boston with P Kent Greenfield and IF Doc Farrell for C Zack Taylor, IF Herb Thomas, and P Larry Benton. Benton was part of the trade for McQuillan between these two teams in 1922.

13th New York defeats the Indians 14–6 at New York. Ben Paschal belts 2 homers, a triple and double and scores 5 runs to lead NY. Lazzeri, Pat Collins and Dugan also homer with Collins connecting for a grand slam. Herb Pennock is the winner.

At Boston, the Browns Elam Vangilder shuts out the Bosox to win, 2–0. He also has two singles and a homer over the clock in left center. Ted Wingfield pitches 8 innings in losing.

14th The St. Louis Star reports the following change in ground rules at Sportsman’s Park: “A change has been made in the rule which allowed a batter a home run if he hit a ball behind the projecting wire screen, which guards the bleacher and pavilion wall. Hereafter, it will be a three-base hit in Cardinal games as in the American League games.” (as noted by Wayne Townsend)

15th At Philadelphia, Ted Lyons overcomes a 1st inning grand slam by Al Simmons to beat the A’s, 6–4. The Chicago ace wins his 12th, tops in the AL, and his 9th straight. Lyons hits a 2 run triple in the 8th to break a 4–4 tie.

At New York, St. Louis lefty Tom Zachary lasts just an inning in losing to New York, 8–1. Zachary serves up Ruth’s 22nd homer, with Combs on, and Gehrig follows with his 15th. Waite Hoyt allows a solo homer to Schulte in winning.

16th  The Pirates’ Lee Meadows wins his 9th of the season to beat Boston 6–0 as red-hot Paul Waner hits in his 19th straight game, and the 12thstraight game he’s had 2 or more hits. Waner also has 3 RBI, the 12thstraight game he has knocked in a run, and the 11th straight game he has tallied an extra base hit. His extra base streak will reach a NL record 14 games before it is stopped on the 20th.

The Cubs win their 12th straight game, whipping the Phils 7–2. Hal Carlson, acquired from the Phils 9 days earlier, picks up the win.

17th The Phils hammer the Cubs 12–2, to snap Chicago’s win streak at 12 games.

18th  The Phils beat the 2nd place Cubs, 7–2, for their 2nd straight win against Chicago. Rookie Bob Osborn takes the loss against Alex Ferguson.

It’s Charles Lindbergh Day in St. Louis as the transatlantic flyer helps raise the Cardinals NL pennant before a 6–4 win over the Giants. Rogers Hornsby makes his first appearance in St. Louis since the big trade of last fall and Cards owner Sam Breadon picks today to raise the pennant and hand out Series rings. The Rajah has a double in the game, off Pete Alexander, but Jim Bottomley’s 3-run homer for the Cards offsets that.

Continuing a feud that dates back to Smith’s days with the Braves, Pirates C Earl Smith decks Braves manager Dave Bancroft with a right to the jaw after they exchange words in the 7th inning. Bancroft is carried off the field. Smith draws a $500 fine and 30-day suspension. The Pirates score 3 in the 1st led by Paul Waner’s 2-run triple en route to a 7–4 win. Waner extends his hitting streak to 21 games and 13 straight games with extra base hits. He’ll have a pair of doubles tomorrow.

At New York, Lou Gehrig belts #16 and #17 to drive in five runs and lead the Yanks over the Browns, 8–3. Lou scores 3 runs. Myles Thomas gives up a homer to Wally Schang in winning his 6th in 7 starts.

19th  At Cincinnati, Phils pitcher Jack Scott performs an ironman feat by pitching two complete games of a doubleheader, beating the Reds 3–1 before losing, 3–0. The 35-year-old is the last to pitch 2 complete games in one day. Scott allows 6 hits in the opener and 9 in the nitecap, with two going for extra bases. The Reds score in each of the first 3 innings of the nitecap and Eppa Rixey scatters 7 hits to win. Carl Mays loses the opener.

In Chicago, the Cubs double the Pirates, winning 14-7, and move a game behind the league leaders. Pittsburgh’s Paul Waner has an extra base hit for the 14th straight game, a major league record.

Cleveland’s Joe Shaute pitches a 4-hit, 3–2 win over the White Sox to snap Ted Lyons 9-game win streak. Lyons has 2 hits and a run in the loss.

20th  Behind Lee Meadows (10-1), the Pirates shut out their rivals, the Cubs, stopping them 4-0 to take a 2-game lead in the NL. Johnny Gooch hits a 3-run homer in the 6th, off Hal Carlson, for the first score of the game. Paul Waner has a hit to run his hit streak to 23 games. Clyde Barnhart also hits safely and his 23-game hit streak will be stopped on June 24.

21st  A day after his ML-record extra-base hit streak (12 doubles, 4 triples, 4 homers) is stopped at 14 straight games, a NL record, Pirates OF Paul Waner’s 23-game hitting streak ends. Waner, in his 2nd season, will lead the NL with a .380 BA, 237 hits, and 131 RBI. His brother Lloyd will gather 223 hits for a .355 BA in this, his rookie year. They pace the 1927 Pirates to a team BA of .305. Today the Reds win 7–6, in 10 innings. Clyde Barnhart has a hit to run his streak to 21 straight games.

Boston edges the New York Giants, 7-5 in 10 innings behind the heavy hitting of Shanty Hogan. Hogan gets into a punching match with Heinie Mueller in the 8th inning, hits his first ML homer in the 9th, off Burleigh Grimes, to tie the game, then hits a 2-run homer in the 10th to win it.

The Cardinals sweep two games from the Cubs, but lose SS Tommy Thevenow when he breaks his leg in the 4th inning of the 2nd game. Jess Haines wins the opener, 6–5 in 13 innings over Charlie Root, who twice is given extra inning leads; Flint Rhem coasts to a 12–3 win in the nitecap as the Cards slam Buck Brillheart. Jim Bottomley chips in with a ML record-tying three triples.

22nd The Cards strengthen their hold on 2nd place by defeating the Cubs, 11–5, to sweep the series. Pete Alexander, pitching out of turn at his own request, stops the Cubs on 6 hits. Alexander wanted to face the team that had shipped him down the river last season. Frisch has 3 hits to put him at .331, a point ahead of Hornsby, for whom he was traded.

23rd At Boston, Lou Gehrig leads New York to an 11–4 victory by hitting three home runs, a first at Fenway Park. Gehrig hits a two run homer in the 2nd, and solo shots in the 6th and 8th, off Danny MacFayden. He adds a single to his total as Dutch Ruether coasts to the win.

With the help of a 3rd inning triple play, the Tigers down the White Sox, 6–5, in 11 innings. Ted Lyons loses again, to reliever Earl Whitehill.

24th At Pittsburgh, Charley Root gives the Cubs a 4–2 win over the Bucs. Barnhart of Pittsburgh has his 24 game hitting streak stopped.

26th In Washington, the Senators make it 3 straight over Boston, winning 8–7, scoring all of their runs in the 4th inning. Former Senator Buddy Myer belts a homer off Walter Johnson, who lasts 5 innings and gets credit for the win. Johnson will serve up six gopher balls to the Red Sox in his career, all in Washington. Goose Goslin homers, off Tony Welzer.

28th At Chicago, Lena Blackburne, filling in for manager Ray Schalk, ejected earlier in the game by Brick Owens, inserts himself as a pinch hitter in the 9th and singles. He comes around to score the winning run as the White Sox edge the Indians, 8–7.

The Yanks build a 9–0 lead against the A’s, and withstand an 8-run rally by the Mackmen in the 9th to win, 9–8. New York now leads the AL by 10 games. Lou Gehrig collects his 100th hit of the year, belting his 23rdhomer with one on. Ruth, nursing a sore right knee, sits out his 3rdstraight game.

30th Alphonse “Tommy” Thomas pitches a 5–1 win over the Browns, the 6th time this season that the White Sox pitcher has beaten St. Louis. He last beat them on June 22. Lefty Stewart, who gives up a homer to Earl Sheely in the 6th, takes the loss.

Pirates SS Glenn Wright, heading home from St. Louis after a beaning in a game with the Cards, is slightly injured when the train in which he is riding is wrecked near Dennison, Ohio. Pitcher Lee Meadows, accompanying Wright, is also shook up.

A crowd of 3,000 at Yankee Stadium see the Yanks hand the Red Sox their 12th straight loss, beating the visitors, 13–6 on 19 safeties. Gehrig takes over the home run lead when he clouts his 25th in the first inning, a bounce home run off Slim Harriss, but Babe Ruth, back in the lineup, golfs his 25th in the 4th, also off Slim. Gehrig has 3 hits and also swipes home. New York (49–20) wins its 5th straight while Boston loses its 12thstraight.

The Tigers edge the Indians, 6–5, beating George Uhle for the 5th time this year.

1927 July

st Gehrig continues his slugging by clouting a double and his 26th homer as the Yankees beat the Red Sox, 7–4. Earl Combs adds a leadoff 4-bagger, off Danny MacFayden, to help send the Carrigan Troopers to their 13thloss in a row. Despite being hit in the stomach by a line drive in the 3rd, Herb Pennock picks up the win, with relief help from Bob Shawkey.

The Browns outslug the White Sox, 18 hits to 16, and win, 14–12. St. Louis is led by George Sisler and Ken Williams, each with 4 hits, while Chicago gets 2 doubles and a homer from Bibb Falk. Bert Cole, battered for 6 hits in the Browns’ 6-run 6th, takes the loss. Brownie starter Ernie Nevers last just 3 innings, but is awarded the win.

The Senators blow out the candles on Jack Quinn’s 44th birthday cake as they beat the A’s veteran, 2-1.

2nd  The Senators complete a sweep of 4 games over the A’s, winning 4–2, and climb into 2nd place on a 9-game winning streak. The Mackmen have now lost 7 in a row. Bob Burke, starting his first game for the Nats, is the winner over Rube Walberg.

The Yanks run their win streak to 7 by beating the Red Sox, 3–2. Bob Meusel’s double in the 6th scores Gehrig with the winning tally. Boston has now lost 14 in a row.

At Boston, the Giants play their 3rd successive doubleheader with the Braves, splitting again. Joe Bush, staging a comeback with his 7th major league team, wins the opener for New York, 4–1. The Braves take the nitecap, 2–1, in 10 innings when Eddie Moore’s squeeze play brings home the winning run.

The Cubs move into 2nd place by beating the Cardinals, 7–4. A 4-run 7thdrives Cubs starter Sheriff Blake from the mound, but Guy Bush wins in relief.

At Pittsburgh, Clyde Barnhart’s 2-run homer off Art Nehf in the 9th wins for the Pirates, 7–6 over the Reds. Mike Cvengros is the winning hurler. The crippled Pirates lose another starter when 2B Larry Grantham retires in the 4th inning with an injured leg; Heinie Groh, making his first appearance for Pittsburgh, replaces him and collects two hits.

3rd In Washington, Ruth crushes a 1st-inning home run into the far centerfield seats, the longest clout ever seen at Griffith Stadium, and tips his cap the applauding crowd. Not till Mantle will a ball be hit there farther. Goslin matches him in the first inning and Lazzeri in the 8th. Washington beats the Yanks, 6–5, to run their win streak to 10 games. Ruth and Gehrig are now tied for the AL lead with 24 homers.

The Pirates lead is cut to a half game over the Cubs when the Reds edge Pittsburgh, 5–4. Buc SS Joe Cronin makes 3 errors—all high throws—in the 6th to allow 3 runs to score.

4th  Before an estimated crowd of 75,000 at Yankee Stadium, the Senators are pounded in both games by the first-place Yankees. In the opener, the Yanks quickly put to rest the Senators 10-game win streak by scoring 8 runs in 4 innings off Sloppy Thurston. New York is scoreless against reliever Walter Johnson until the 8th, when they score 4 runs, 2 on a HR by Gehrig, to win, 12–1. Gehrig adds another in the nitecap, a grand slam, off Bobby Burke, in a 21–1 cakewalk for New York. Every starter collects a hit in both games, except for the 2nd game winner Wilcey Moore. George Pipgras is the opening game winner. New York gets 5 safeties each from Babe Ruth and Joe Dugan for the afternoon.

At Ebbets Field, the Giants twice clip the Robins, winning 4–3 in 11 innings, then taking the nitecap, 9–4. George Harper’s single off Jim Elliot brings home the winning run in the opener: Rogers Hornsby thought he had clouted the winning homer when he lofts a drive over the flagpole on the RF line, but after completing his trot around the bases, finds out it was called foul. Rajah hits a 3-run homer in the nitecap as Burleigh Grimes coasts home with a victory.

Cleveland sweeps two from the White Sox, winning 2–0 in the A.M. contest behind Dutch Levsen’s 2-hitter, then taking the nitecap, 6–2. Tioga George Burns is 4-for-4, with his 29th and 30th doubles in the nitecap, to back Joe Shaute’s pitching.

The Pirates draw 60,000 in sweeping the World Champion Cardinals, 7–2 and 6–4. Lee Meadows (11–2) scatters 8 hits—half by Lester Bell—in outpitching Pete Alexander in the morning contest. Alexander allows 11 hits in his 7 innings. Watty Holm’s 8th-inning HR, off Carmen Hill, ties the afternoon game, but Clyde Barnhart answers with a 2-run double, to keep the Bucs a half-game ahead of Chicago.

The Cubs sweep at home, beating the Reds, 6–3 and 2–1 in 10 innings. Lefty Brillheart scatter 3 hits in 9 innings as the Cubs take it in the 10th on Hack Wilson’s double. Guy Bush wins the morning game with an inning of relief, then picks up another W in the afternoon on 7 2/3 innings of relief. Jakie May and Pete Donohue are the losing pair.

The Red Sox finally manage a victory, beating the A’s 13–3, but not until they run their losing streak to 15 games with a 10–2 loss. Lefty Grove fans 10 Codsmen in the opener to end the A’s loss streak at 7. Cobb adds 2 stolen bases for the Mackmen. Hooks Wiltse is near invincible for Boston in the afternoon as every Sox player collects a hit, with Billy Rogell leading the way with 2 triples and a single.

5th Milt Gaston allows 8 runs, including a Charlie Gehringer grand slam, in 9 innings against Detroit, but his St. Louis teammates hit 4 homers as the Browns are victorious, 17–8. George Sisler adds 3 stolen bases including a clean steal of home.

6th The Red Sox (17–56) drop another two at home to the A’s, 5–1 and 7–5. In the opener, Al Simmons and Jimmy Dykes pole homers, while Ty Cobb adds a double and 2 singles. Cobb also steals home on the front end of a triple steal that wins a big round of applause from the stands. Jack Quinn is the winner. Dykes has 3 hits, including 2 doubles in the nitecap to back Rube Walberg’s pitching.

The Tigers beat Ernie Nevers, 9–8, when the Brownie starter forces home the winning run in the 8th inning. In the same frame, St. Louis loses its $100,000 CF Fred Schulte when he bangs into the concrete wall fracturing his left wrist and left rib.

The game between the Giants and the Robins is called off, officially because of rain. With little or no rain, the real reason is lack of sunshine.

7th  In the battle for 1st place, the Cubs oust the Pirates from the top spot by winning, 2–1 in 8 innings. Hal Carlson wins over Joe Dawson. The Cubs score twice in the 9th and the Pirates once after Pie Traynor triples home Heinie Groh, when the game is called on account of rain.

Brooklyn manages just 4 hits against the Giants, but it is enough to win, 3–2. Dazzy Vance scatters 7 hits for the victory. Jay Partridge’s 2-run homer in the 3rd is the deciding blow for the Robins.

The Senators trade righthander General Crowder to the Browns to bring back southpaw Tom Zachary. In a disastrous trade, Griffith had swapped Zachary to the Browns in February 1926, after the lefty was just 12–15 for the Senators in 1925. Washington got Joe Bush and Jack Tobin, both of whom were gone by July, while Zachary won 14 for Browns in 1926.

8th Ban Johnson, finally yielding to club owners, retires as American League president after 34 years of service. The resignation is effective November 1. Johnson, who has been on leave because of health since January, twice before refused to quit. This time he insists that his compensation should stop when he does, thus giving up his contract that would run till 1935.

Cubs righthander Charlie Root’s tosses the first one hitter of the year, a 1–0 win over Bucs ace Lee Meadows. Pitt has the top three hitters in the league (Harris, Waner, Barnhart) but it is C Johnny Gooch’s two-out single in the 8th that breaks the no-hitter. Chicago scores its only run on a throwing error by Buc’s captain Pie Traynor. Root wins his 15th, and will lead the NL with 26 wins and 309 IP.

The Yanks split with the Tigers, losing the opener 11–8, then outslugging the Tigers, to win, 10–8. Ruth clouts his 27th homer in the nitecap, a 3-run inside-the-park drive to deep center, to back George Pipgras’ pitching. The hard drive, off Don Hankins, ricochets off the wall past CF Heinie Manush, and the Babe scores standing up for his only inside-the-parker this season. Lil Stoner goes all the way for Detroit in the opener, allowing 14 hits to win. Gehrig, leading the AL with a .401 average, has 4 hits for the afternoon, but his longest is a triple.

9th At Detroit’s Navin Field. Babe Ruth hits two homers and two doubles and driving in 7 runs to lead the Yankees to a 19–7 driveby of the Tigers. In game 2, Detroit first sacker Johnny Neun almost matches the Babe, going 5-for-5 and swiping 5 bases, as he scores 4 runs. Harry Heilmann drives in 4 runs as the Tigers prevail, 14-4. Sam Gibson goes the distance for the win.

10th Detroit’s Jackie Tavener steals 2B, 3B, and home in the 4th inning to lead the Tigers to a 6–3 win over the Yankees.

In the first of two at the Polo Grounds, Virgil Barnes (8-3) stops the Cardinals on one hit and the Giants win, 5-0. Bob O’Farrell single is the lone Bird shot. The Cardinals win game 2 behind veteran Bob McGraw, 7-3.

11th  The White Sox tie a ML record with 8 sacrifices, all bunts, against the Red Sox, and win 7–6. The White Sox win it in the 9th on daring base running by Bill Barrett. After stroking a 2-out single, Barrett steals 2B, and when Fred Hofmann’s throw is wide, Bill reaches 3B, and continues home when Ira Flagstead fumbles the ball in CF.

Fellas, this is how you do it. The Senators make it 6 straight wins over the Indians when manager Bucky Harris swipes home with two outs in the 10th, and the Nationals win, 3–2. With Harris on 3B, and Tris Speaker on 1st, Tris takes off for 2B. On the throw down, Harris steals home. Firpo Marberry picks up the win in relief.

Pete Alexander allows just 4 hits in beating the Phils, 7–0. No Phillie runner goes past 1B. The Cards make 15 hits against Hub Pruett, while Frankie Frisch swipes 2 bases to run his total to 25, a NL high.

Ty Cobb and Al Simmons each have three hits to lead the A’s to a 7–6 win over the Browns. One of Cobb’s safeties is a 2-run homer.

The Yankees beat Detroit, 8–5, as Lou Gehrig bust his 29th homer of the year, tying him with Ruth for the lead. Waite Hoyt picks up the win over Lil Stoner.

12th Babe Ruth breaks an 0-for-14 drought by banging his 30th homer of the year in the 9th. Babe is now a homer ahead of Gehrig. Behind Urban Shocker’s shutout, the Yanks coast to a 7–0 win over the Indians.

Dazzy Vance strikes out 11 batters—10 in the first 7 frames including 5 in a row—but the Pirates beat Brooklyn, 2–1. Vance also drives home the only Robin run, but loses to Carmen Hill. Vance has hit double digit totals in strikeouts three times this season, the only NL pitcher to do so.

13th  Ruth is 4-for-4 to lead New York to a 5–3 victory over the Indians. Babe comments after the game, “three singles and a double and they call that a perfect day. That’s just bunting.” Willis Hudlin takes the loss, the 8thin a row for the Tribe.

Before the game in Chicago, admirers present Eddie Collins, now with the A’s, with a new automobile. The A’s then bunch hits in 3 innings to defeat Ted Lyons, 7–5. Mickey Cochrane leads the attack with 4 hits.

The Tigers sweep two from the Senators, 7–3 and 13–9. Sam Gibson wins the opener, despite walking 12 batters before being lifted in the 9th. Harry Heilmann cracks a homer and single in the first game, then is 5-for-5, with 3 doubles, in game 2. Tiger first baseman Johnny Neun steals home in both games.

The Browns pummel the Red Sox, winning 14–3, as George Sisler has his 2nd straight 4-for-4 day. Bing Miller also collects 4 hits and winning pitcher Milt Gaston adds 2 doubles and a single.

14th  At the Polo Grounds, the Reds score 5 runs in the 9th to edge the Giants, 8-6. Hughie Critz clubs his second homer of the game, both off Freddie Fitzsimmons, to lead off the inning, and Wally Pipp finishes it with a 3-run homer off reliever Don Songer.

15th The Cardinals beat the Phillies, 9–7, in a free-hitting contest in which they score in each of the last 5 innings. Jim Bottomley paces the Redbirds with a 5-for-5 day, hitting for the cycle.

Pitching and hitting. The A’s sweep a pair in Chicago, winning the opener, 3-1, behind Jack Quinn. Philadelphia then takes the 2nd game slugfest, 13-10, Bud Clancy has a grand slam for the White Sox, off Rube Walberg in the 1st.

16th The first-place Cubs drop a pair to the Giants, losing 6-5 and 4-2. Travis Jackson has 3 hits, including a grand slam, in game 1 and 2 hits and 2 RBIs in game 2.

17th Hughie Critz accounts for all of the Reds runs in a 3–2 win over host Boston. Critz has a 2-run inside-the-park HR in the 4th that bounces over Walsh’s head in CF, and his single in the 10th scores Pipp from second base.

18th  In Detroit, the Philadelphia A’s Ty Cobb makes his 4,000th hit, a double that glances off the glove of Harry Heilmann. The hit is off Sam Gibson of Detroit. But Detroit wins 5–3 over Lefty Grove.

At the Polo Grounds, 18-year-old Mel Ott hits his first ML homer in a 6–4 10-inning win over the Cubs. Ott hits a line drive on which CF Hack Wilson attempts a shoe string catch. The ball bounds all the way to the CF club house and Ott easily circles the bases. He’s the youngest player in the 20 century to hit an inside-the-park homer: Pat Callahan, in 1884, was not 18 when he hit his. Ott will hit one more IPHR in his career, in 1929. Freddie Fitzsimmons gets the decision over Charlie Root, dropping the Cubs to 2nd place.

At Sportsman’s Park, the Yankees win, 10-6. George Sisler has a grand slam for the Browns, now 26 games behind the first-place Yankees.

19th  It’s John McGraw Day at the Polo Grounds, in honor of his 25 years as Giants manager. With Mayor Jimmy Walker, Commissioner Landis, assorted celebrities and former players on hand, the Cubs spoil the day with an 8–5 win. The Giants are now in 4th place and McGraw, suffering from upper respiratory ailments, will increasingly hand the managerial reins to Hornsby.

The Giants bite the bullet and release Joe Bush.

In New York, the Giants score a pair in the 9th to edge the first-place Cubs, 5-4. Travis Jackson has 3 hits, including a pair of homers.

22nd  Red Lucas of the Reds pitches a 3–0 one-hitter against Dazzy Vance and the Dodgers. The “hit” is a 6th-inning grounder by Hank DeBerry that goes between the legs of Cincinnati 2B Hughie Critz.

The Pirates move into a virtual tie for first place with a 5-2 win over the host Braves behind the pitching of Lee Meadows (13-4). The Waner brothers hit triples and Clyde Barnhart has 3 hits. Meanwhile, the Cubs lose 6–5 to the Phillies. Freddy Leach paces the Quakers with a grand slam off Charlie Root in the 6th.

23rd In the only NL action, the Pirates split with the Braves but maintain first place by two percentage points over the Cubs. Boston takes the rain-delayed opener, 6-2, behind Ken Greenfield, who is helped by a 2-run pinch bounce homer by Andy High in the 7th. After the top of the 8th inning, the game is stopped as a brass band comes on the field trailed by two aviators. To a huge ovation, aviators Walter Hegenberger and Lester Maitland gather near home plate with players from both clubs. The fliers are given gold passes allowing them to see any game in the National League in recognition of their June accomplishment of being the first to fly from California to Hawaii. After the playing of the National Anthem, the game resumes. Vic Aldridge (9-4) wins the 6-inning nitecap, 4-3.

24th Off Tommy Thomas, Babe Ruth hits his first homer of the year at Comiskey Park, as the Yankees edge the White Sox, 3–2. Ruth has now connected in all 8 AL parks this year.

26th  Max Carey, who played 17 years with the Pirates before he was dismissed, returns to Pittsburgh in a Dodgers uniform and makes a clean steal of home in the 6th inning. It is his 33rd and last steal of home, an NL record. He has 3 hits and 3 steals in the game, but the Pirates score the tying and winning runs in the 8th to win, 6–5.

27th  Behind Vic Aldridge’s 5-hitter, the Pirates tip the Dodgers, 2–1, and take over undisputed possession of 1st place. Again the Bucs win it in the 8th, beating Dazzy Vance.

28th The Senators route the White Sox 12–2 and give Johnson his 5th win of the year. It the 417th and last victory of his career, as the Senators go with younger pitchers for the remainder of the season.

30th At New York, the Yanks trim the Indians twice, 7–3 and 5–0. Lou Gehrig has a pair of home runs to lead Ruth by one homer at 35. One is Lou’s 2nd bounce HR of his career: a fair ball that bounced into the stands is a HR in the AL until 1929 (1930 in the NL). Gehrig had 2 career bounce HRs, while Ruth never hits one. Ruether wins the opener and adds a homerun, Waite Hoyt wins his 14th in the nitecap.

31st The third place Cardinals drop to three games in back of the idle Bucs when the Giants beat the Birds, 7-4. George Harper paces New York with a grand slam.

1927 August

1st 25 and out. The Cubs top the Phils, 6–5, at Wrigley Field. Hack Wilson has a single and triple to extend his hit streak to 25 games. Tomorrow he will be shut out.

At Redland Field, the Dodgers edge the Reds, 2-1, on Dazzy Vance’s five-hitter. One of the hits is by Rube Bressler, who extends his hit streak to 25 games.

2nd  Washington celebrates Walter Johnson Day on the 20th anniversary of his joining the team. He receives $14,764.05, a silver service, and a Distinguished Service Cross from the AL The cross is made of gold with 20 diamonds. Billy Evans, who was behind the plate of Johnson’s 1st game, is there again, though on crutches. He leaves after calling the first inning. The Tigers kayo Johnson in a 3-run 9th to win 7–6, the loss going to reliever Garland Braxton. Under today’s rules, the runners he inherited (and the loss) would be charged to Johnson. Harry Heilmann, en route to his 3rd batting crown, is 3-for-4 against Johnson.

3rd At New York, the Yanks split a mid-week twinbill with the Tigers, losing 6–5 and then winning, 8–6. Gehrig has a homer in each to now lead Ruth, 37 to 34 homers. Ruth will hit his 35th on the 5th.

5th Cy Williams has just 4 at bats, but hits for the cycle to lead the Phils to a 9–7 win over Pittsburgh. He drives in 6 runs. Williams is leading the NL in homers.

The Cubs increase their lead over Pittsburgh by winning their 6th in a row, defeating Boston, 5–2.

Ira Flagstead’s 2 triples spark the Red Sox to a 4–1 win over the visiting White Sox. Chicago C Harry McCurdy leaves half way thru the game with a broken finger, joining backstops Crouse and Schacht, out with finger injuries. Chicago presses infielder Moe Berg into catching duty, and he will catch almost exclusively from here on out. Berg is 0-for-2 today.

6th At Philadelphia, the A’s split a pair with the Browns, winning 5–4 in 12 innings before losing the 2nd, 2–0. In the nitecap, the A’s Jack Quinn and rival Alvin Crowder both allow just 2 hits, though one of the Brownie hits is a solo HR by Ken Williams. The other run is a steal of home by O’Rourke.

As the Cubs win their 7th straight, Pittsburgh loses 9-2 to the Giants, dropping them 3 games behind Chicago. Buc manager Donie Bush benches Kiki Cuyler for not using a take out slide at second base and Kiki will not play the rest of the season or the WS.

With Berg catching Ted Lyons, the White Sox beat the Yankees, 6–3. Lazzeri tests Berg’s arm by swiping 2B, but later Berg makes a scoop and tag at home on a throw from the outfield.

9th The A’s beat the visiting Yankees, 8–1, behind Rube Walberg. The only Yankee score is Lou Gehrig’s 38th homer. Cobb has 3 hits for the A’s.

Before an overflow crowd at Wrigley, the Cubs win their 9th straight in game 1, beating the Robins, 2-0, behind Hal Carlson. The Flock comes back in the nightcap to win, 5-4. The eight wins to start a month (the first win was July 31) will not be matched by the Cubs until 2016.

10th The Red Sox, winners of 11 out of 14, drop a 12–2 laugher to the A’s. Cobb has another 3-hit day as the A’s collect 13 hits to make it easy for Lefty Grove. Sore-armed Sox pitcher Ted Wingfield gets no decision but is pounded for 7 runs in the 7th and 8th innings. He does have a measure of satisfaction, striking out Chick Galloway with 2 out in the 6th inning. This is Wingfield’s only strikeout in 74 2/3 innings, a ML record for soft tossing.

At Washington, Babe Ruth drives in 4 runs, 3 on his 36th homer, as the Yankees prevail, 4–3. Tom Zachary is the loser.

11th At St. Louis, Pete Alexander allows just 4 hits, including Lloyd Waner’s first ML homer, to beat the Pirates, 2–1. Jim Bottomley’s 2-run homer in the 7th wins it. Bottomley will repeat tomorrow in the 11th as St. Louis cards another 2–1 win over Pittsburgh to tie for 2nd in the NL.

12th The New York Giants edge the Brooklyn Robins, 7–6 on Rogers Hornsby’s grand slam. It is Rajah’s 8th career slam, tying him with High Pockets Kelly for the ML career record. Ruth will pass both in September.

13th The Yankees roll over the 2nd-place Senators, 8-3. Ossie Bluege has two hits to run his consecutive-game hitting streak to 21 games.

16th  In an 8–1 Yankee victory, Babe Ruth puts his stamp of approval on the newly constructed Comiskey Park grandstand roof by cranking a Tommy Thomas pitch over the addition in left field, where it lands in a parking lot. He is the first player to hit one over the roof. It is Ruth’s 37thof the year and he now trails Lou Gehrig by a homer.

Charlie Root drives in a pair of runs and pitches the Cubs to a 3–0 win over Brooklyn, increasing Chicago’s lead over the Pirates to 6 games. Doug McWeeny is the loser as Root wins his 22nd.

The A’s win a pair from the Indians, 6-3 and 8-0. In the second game, the Mackmen score 5 runs in the 9th, 2 coming home on the little-used double squeeze. Winning pitcher Jack Quinn lays down a bunt and the runners on 3B (Zack Wheat) and 2B (Chick Galloway) both score (as noted by Greg Beston).

At Braves Field, the Cardinals top the Braves, 5-3, in 11 innings as they collect 16 hits. Batterymates Pete Alexander (2) and Bob O’Farrell (5) account for 7 hits.

17th  Babe Ruth connects for a one-out homer in the top of the 11th off Sarge Connally as the Yankees beat the White Sox, 3-2. Connally allows just 5 hits in the game. Ruth is now tied with Gehrig for the AL lead in homers with 38.

Carmen Hill allows 5 hits as the Pirates whip the Giants, 4-1, to stay 5 games behind the Cubs in the NL race. For Hill it is his fifth win thus season against New York.

21st The Indians make it two in a row over the Yankees, beating them, 7–4. Ruth leaves the game in the first inning after hitting an apparent triple and stopping at 1B.

22nd  The Yankees lose their 4th straight for the first time this year, 9–4, to the Indians, despite Babe Ruth’s 40th HR. Righty Urban Shocker, on in relief, breaks a finger on his left hand when he is hit by Joe Sewell’s liner. Sewell has 4 of the 19 hits.

Harry Heilmann goes 4-for-6 in a Detroit doubleheader sweep of Washington. In the 2nd game, Heilmann and Marty McManus hit 4thinning homers off Walter Johnson, the last homers the Big Train gives up in his career, and the only time he’s allowed 2 in an inning. It is also Johnson last career loss. Johnson has now faced the Tigers 105 times in his career, a ML record that will be broken by Warren Spahn (115 vs. St. Louis; 108 vs New York) and approached by Early Wynn (100 vs New York). The Tigers have now won 13 in a row (one tie) to overtake the Nats in the battle for 2nd place, with the Yanks in front by 12 ½ games. Heilmann is now hitting .390.

The Braves win their 3rd straight from the Cubs, 5–2, to cut Chicago’s lead over the Pirates to 2 ½ games. By playing one inning in LF, Boston’s Eddie Brown passes Fred Luderus’ modern NL record of 533 consecutive games played (1916–19). Steve Brodie had 574 in 1893–97.

24th The Phils nip the Cubs, 7–6 in the first of two games. Alex Ferguson is the winner over Sheriff Blake. In game 2, the Cubs jump out early as Sparky Adams hits 2 doubles in the first inning. Adams goes 5-for-6 and, along with Hack Wilson who has 2 homers, 2 doubles and scores 5 runs, leads the Cubs to a 13–1 win. Percy Jones is the recipient of the Cubs offense, besting rookie Sugar Sweetland.

In Detroit, the Yankees beat the second-place Tigers, 9-5, their first loss at home after 13 straight wins (1 tie). The big blow is a 9th inning grand slam by Tony Lazzeri, who connects off Ownie Carroll.

25th Charlie Root twirls a 3-hitter and all 9 Cubs batters collect a safety as Chicago beat the Phillies, 8-0. It is Root’s 23rd win of the year. Sparky Adams has one of the hits to run his consecutive game hit streak to 24.

At Navin Field, Lou Gehrig hits his 40th homer and drives in 4 runs to pace the Yankees to an 8-2 win over Detroit. The official records credit Gehrig with 3 RBIs, one of four games this season in which researcher Herm Krabbenhoft discovered errors in the official records.

26th The Boston Braves defeat the Pirates, 6–4. Paul Waner, who had a perfect 4-for-4 in yesterday’s 2nd game loss, starts off today with 3 straight hits before making an out. Ed Brown continues his consecutive games played with his 8th straight one-inning appearance. He’ll be back in the lineup tomorrow.

In Cleveland’s 8-7 victory over Washington at Dunn Field, Nationals 1B Eddie Onslow collects 3 hits, including a double. It is his first double since 1913, a span of 14 years. It is a record, but it will be topped by Art Herring and Jamie Moyer.

The A’s Sam Gray (7-6) strikes out none and scatters 5 hits as he shuts out the Browns, 7-0. Cobb is thrown out stealing for the 3rd time in two games and now has been caught stealing 16 times, an AL high this year. He’s stolen 22 bases.

27th Babe Ruth has a homer, off reliever Ernie Nevers, and a triple to pace the Yankees to a 14–4 win over the Browns. Meusel and Combs also add homers.

Ted Lyons allows 4 hits and an unearned run as the White Sox beat Bump Hadley and the Senators, 6–1. Lyons also leads the attack with 2 doubles and a walk in 3 at bats and scores 3 times. Nats SS Reeves sets an AL record with 13 assists, a mark that will be tied by Alex Rodriguez in 1996. (Tommy Corcoran, Reds, holds the ML mark of 14, set in 1903).

28th Ruth hits his 42nd HR, over the RF pavilion in St. Louis, in a 10–6 win over the Browns. Koenig adds a homer to match Ken Williams two homers for the Browns.

29th  In St. Louis, the Yankees win their 18th game against the Browns without a loss, 8–3. Loser Milt Gaston gives up a homer to Gehrig, his 41st, and makes 2 errors. The Yankees will win 21 games against the Browns this year, an AL record.

The Giants take 2 from the Cubs, 8–7 and 4–1 in 8 innings. Clarence “Heinie” Mueller, uncle of future Giant Don Mueller, leads the way in the opener by hitting a pinch HR in the 3rd as the Giants bat around. Mueller adds a 2-run single in the seven run inning to tie the NL mark, then singles home the winner in the nitecap.

The last place Red Sox trip the Indians 10-2 as Ira Flagstead scores 5 runs.

30th The Giants complete a 3-game sweep of the first-place Cubs by beating the visitors, 7–2. The New Yorkers advance to within 2 ½ games of the lead. The Giants have won 22 of their last 28. Leslie Mann starts the scoring by hitting Grimes’ first pitch for a HR.

31st  The Yankees open a home stand by beating the Red Sox, 10–3. Ruth hits No. 43 and leads Gehrig by 2. With an 89-37 record, they now lead the 2nd-place A’s by 17.

1927 September

1st The Pirates take over 1st place by beating the visiting Cubs, 4–3. Joe Harris has a double and HR to back the Bucs Lee Meadows. Both Waners cut down runners with throws in the 2nd and 3rd innings.

2nd  The Cardinals bring Rabbit Maranville back from the minors, buying him from Rochester (IL).

For the second time this year, Ruth and Gehrig blast back-to back homers in the 1st inning off the A’s Rube Walberg, as the Yanks roll, 12–2. The duo has connected in the same inning 5 times this year. Gehrig adds another in the 2nd off Rube for his 43rd of the year to leave him one behind Ruth. Trade rumors fill the NY papers. Speculation has Gehrig going to Detroit or Bob Meusel heading for Chicago in exchange for Willie Kamm and Bibb Falk. None of the players change addresses.

At Pittsburgh, Ray Kremer outpitches Pete Alexander to give the Pirates a 5–2 win over the Cardinals. The Waners combine for 7 hits.

3rd  A’s ace Lefty Grove pitches his only shutout of the year, beating the host Yankees 1–0, on three hits. Ruth has a pair of singles in the Yankees only shutout of the year. The Yanks still lead by 17 games.

On Hogan-Gautreau day at Boston, Doc Gautreau of the Braves is given a sedan while Shanty is handed $1450 in cash. Gautreau then shows he doesn’t need a car to get around as he steals home twice in game 1 against Brooklyn to tie the ML record. This feat won’t be repeated until Vic Power does it in 1958. The Braves win, 4–3, in 11 innings, swiping 7 bases in the process. Kent Greenfield wins his own game with a run-scoring single. There are 12 steals for the afternoon with Brooklyn taking the nitecap, 6–4.

The hot Pirates clip the Cardinals, 14–0, behind Carmen Hill’s 20th win of the year. The Waners have 5 hits, Grantham has 4, and Traynor has 3 hits and 3 runs.

4th  At Philadelphia, Babe Ruth hits his 44th homer of the season, and the 400th of his career, off Rube Walberg. The Yankees cruise to a win, 11–2.

In a ML first, Paul and Lloyd Waner hit homers for first place Pittsburgh in the 5th inning at Cincinnati’s Redland Field, and both are “bounce home runs”—fair balls that bounce into the stands are HRs in the NL until 1930. Paul leads off with a slice down the short LF line for a bounce homer, and then Clyde Barnhart makes an out. Brother Lloyd then slices one almost exactly in the same spot as his brother’s drive, the first time in history that two brothers have homered in the same inning or game. The Pirates beat the Reds’ Dolf Luque, 8–4, opening a 2-game lead in the NL.

5th In the first of two at Fenway, the Red Sox and Yankees battle for 18 innings before the Red Sox emerge the winners, 12–11. Buddy Myers’ double is followed by a single from Ira Flagstead. New York scores a pair in the top of the 9thg to tie, and then there is no scoring until the 17thwhen both teams plate 3. Boston starter Red Ruffing, a future Yankee, goes 15 innings but does not get a decision. Reliever Snake Wiltse is the winner over Waite Hoyt. New York wins the abbreviated nitecap, 5–0, with Wiltse taking the loss.

Before a crowd of 58,000 at the Polo Grounds the Giants split a Labor Day doubleheader with the Braves. Boston wins the opener, 6–1 with Braves righty Charlie Robertson outpitching Virgil Barnes. The loss is the first in 11 games for New York. The Giants win a 9–8 decision in the nitecap, coming from behind on Jack Cummings’ RBI double in the bottom of the 9th. George Harper has a pair of homers for the Giants. The Giants end the day just a game in back of the leading Pirates.

6th At Fenway Park, the Yankees and Red Sox split a pair, with New York rolling to a 14–2 win in the opener behind Babe Ruth. Gehrig takes the home run lead with a 5th inning homer off Tony Welzer. But the Babe responds with two homers, in the 6th and 7th, the former a drive over the centerfield fence that is called “the longest ever hit at Fenway” (The Sporting News). Both shots also come against Welzer. Ruth hits his 3rd of the day, number 47, in the nitecap, off Jack Russell, but the terrier nips New York, 5–2. There will be 34 homers hit at Fenway this season, but only 5 by the Sox. Ruth will hit 8, Gehrig 6, the only NY HRs hit there.

At Detroit, the White Sox bash the Tigers, 9-6, as Bill Barrett hits a grand slam for Chicago in the 7th, off George Smith.

7th  After clouting 3 HRs in a doubleheader split with the Red Sox yesterday, Ruth hits 2 today, against Danny MacFayden, in a 12–10 win. This gives him a ML record-tying 5 in 3 games and he now leads Gehrig 49 HRs to 45. Gehrig will hit just two more for the year.

In a showdown in St. Louis, the Cardinals trip the Cubs, 6-2 in game 1 as Fred Frankhouse makes his ML debut and earns the win. Les Bell has a homer and 5 RBIs: he’ll drive in another 5 on the 9th. Sheriff Blake restores order in game 2, winning 8-4, as Hack Wilson hits two homers. The split leaves the Cardinals 2 games in back of the Pirates, and the Cubs 2 ½ back.

8th The A’s Lefty Grove beats Detroit, 9–1 and holds Harry Heilmann, hitting .395, hitless. Grove shows the batting leader how it’s done, going 2-for-3, with a HR, 3 RBIs, and a stolen base. Heilmann will go 0-for-12 before his next hit, and then finish 0-for-7, while Gehrig will manage one hit in 13 at bats. Al Simmons, off the DL on September 6, will take over as the batting leader.

10th The Yankees win their 21st game of the year against the Browns, but it doesn’t come easy. New York wins, 1–0. Wilcey Moore outduels Stewart. Lazzeri scores in the 8th after hitting a double, followed by successive sacrifices.

The Cards take advantage of the Giants’ loss to Chicago by turning back the Robins, 5–2, behind Pete Alexander’s 19th win. Pete allows just 2 hits through 7 innings before allowing a score.

At Pittsburgh, Ray Kremer shuts out the Phils, 4–0, to preserve Pitt’s slim lead in the NL. Ulrich is the loser.

11th  After losing a record 21 in a row this year to New York, the Browns win their last meeting, 6–2, at Yankee Stadium behind Milt Gaston’s 5-hitter. One of the two runs allowed by the ex-Yankee is the Babe’s 50thhomer, a solo shot in the 4th inning. No team has ever swept a 22-game season series, though one NL team, the 1909 Braves, went 1–21 against the Cubs.

White Sox CF Johnny Mostil plays his first full game of the year going 1-for-6 in a 12-inning, 6–5 loss to the Senators, the 2nd of 12 straight losses for Chicago. Mostil has been out all season since slashing his wrists in spring training, allegedly because his girl friend left him for his roommate Bill Barrett. Mostil will make 13 appearances this season, playing a full game just once more, on the last day of the year. With a 300+ lifetime average, the fleet outfielder will not reach that mark again.

12th  Carmen Hill wins his 21st as the first-place Pirates beat the Phillies, 3-2. Hill is 5-0 against the Phillies.

The second place Cardinals stay 2 games back with a 2-0 win over Brooklyn. Jim Bottomley connects for a 2-run homer off Jumbo Elliot to back Art Reinhart’s pitching.

13th  Babe Ruth hits two (51 & 52), and the Yankees win a pair by 5–3 scores from Cleveland to clinch the AL pennant with a 98-41 record and 17-game lead. It is Miller Huggins’ 5th pennant, tying him with Connie Mack. Waite Hoyt scatters 10 hits and wins his 20th in the nitecap. He will finish at 22–7, the only 20–game winner on the team.

14th New York and St. Louis remain deadlocked for 2nd place, splitting a pair for the 2nd day in a row. The Cards win the lidlifter, 6–3, in 10 innings on a 3-run walkoff homer by Chick Hafey prompting a shower of straw hats. After relieving Alexander, Littlejohn allows no runs in 2 innings to win, prompting his start in game 2. He weakens in the 6th and the Giants win, 9–3, giving Littlejohn a split for the day as well.

At Wrigley Field, Max Carey provides the margin of victory with a grand slam in the 3rd off Percy Jones in Brooklyn’s 10-6 win over the Cubs. Carey last hit a grand slam in 1912, a ML record 15 years between the two four-run clouts.

16th Despite the A’s 6th win in a row—a 6–3 decision over the Browns—A’s owner Connie Mack has a loud-mouthed fan arrested for jeering. Mack contends that the vocal roarings of Harry Donnelly caused the thin-skinned Billy Lamar to be released, and injured the nervous systems of Sammy Hale and OF Zack Wheat. Mack contends that the fans’ yelling caused several fielding errors to be made. Donnelly is held for disturbing the peace. Ty Cobb has three singles and a steal in the game and now has 13 hits in his last 18 at bats.

The first place Yankees top the White Sox, 7–2, as 30-year-old rookie pitcher Wilcy Moore hits his first and only homerun, off Ted Blankenship. Babe Ruth, who watched Moore look futile in batting practice throughout the season, had promised the pitcher that he’d give him $300 if he ever hit a homerun. The Babe delivers and Moore uses the $300 to buy a pair of mules for his ranch. He names them Babe and Ruth.

17th At Pittsburgh, the relentless Pirates sweep a pair from Brooklyn, winning 2–1 and 6–0, to run their win streak to 11 games. Ray Kremer wins the nitecap, his 3rd shutout in 4 starts, allowing just 3 hits. Lloyd Waner collects his 200th hit in the nitecap, the first ML rookie to reach that mark this century.

The Cardinals roll over the Phillies, 11-0, as Art Reinhart twirls his second shutout in 5 days. The win leaves the Birds in 3rd place, a half game behind the Giants, with 14 games to play. Pittsburgh leads St. Louis by 6 games.

At Redland Field, the Giants sweep a pair from the Reds, winning 5-1 behind Freddie Fitzsimmons, and 8-7 behind Larry Benton.

At Fenway, the Tigers take a pair from the Sox, winning 8-4 and 11-5. Marty McManus has a grand slam for the Bengals in the 3rd off Danny Macfayden in game 1. In game 2, the Tigers collect 19 hits.

The Red Sox send pitcher Ted Wingfield to Nashville.

18th At Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bombers sweep two from Chicago, winning 2–1 and 5–1. In the 2nd game win against Ted Lyons, Ruth unloads his 54th and Gehrig connects for his 3rd grand slam of the season. A 10-year-old runs on to the field with Ruth’s home-run ball and the Babe obligingly signs it for him.

Playing their second straight doubleheader with the Reds, the Giants lose game 1, 7-0, on Red Lucas’ 3-hitter. New York rebounds to take game 2, 4-2, behind Virgil Barnes. The Giants remain 4.5 games behind the idle Pirates and a half game ahead of St. Louis.

19th Behind Dazzy Vance, the Robins stop the Pirates 11-game win streak, 3–0.

The Cards win their 4th in a row from the Phillies, 12–4, behind Fred Funkhouse (4-0). Frankie Frisch makes his 589th assist in the 6th inning, a new NL record. A bright spot for the Phils is Cy Williams’ 28th homer to move him ahead of Hack Wilson for the NL lead. St. Louis stays in 4thplace, 4 games off the pace and a half game in back of New York.

Cubs president Bill Veeck declares there will be no Chicago city series this year. It would be an “ill-fitting climax” to a great season.

21st The first-place Yankees drop a 6-1 decision to the Detroit Tigers as Bob Fothergill extends his hitting streak to 20 games. Fothergill’s streak will end tomorrow but he will go 36-for-72 in the 20 games, a .500 average, the same average he had during a 20-game hitting streak over 1926-27. The next batter to hit .500 during a 21-game hitting streak will be Larry Walker (as noted by Trent McCotter).

22nd Before a capacity crowd of 37,000 at Forbes Field the first place Pirates hold off the 2nd place Giants by splitting a doubleheader. The Pirates win the first game, 5–2, behind Ray Kremer and the Giants take the nitecap 2–0 behind Fred Fitzsimmons. Rogers Hornsby, managing the team in the absence of McGraw, hits a 2-run homer, his 26th, to account for the scoring in the second game. He also homers in the opener. Hornsby (.361) is 2nd to Paul Waner (.384) in hitting in the NL. Lloyd Waner (.352) is 3rd.

In Philadelphia, Charlie Root tops 300 innings pitched as he records his 26th win of the year in the Cubs 8-4 victory over the Phils. The wins and IP will be career highs for the Cubs great. Charlie Grimm and Hack Wilson help with 3 RBIs apiece.

Against the Tigers, Babe Ruth hits his 56th homer, off Ken Holloway, and the Yankees edge Detroit, 8–7. Earl Combs adds a record three consecutive triples in the win.

The Athletics sweep a pair from Cleveland, winning 4–3 in 13 innings, and 5–2. A’s rookie Charley Bates debuts with has 3 hits in each game, including a triple ad 2 doubles, and his hits start the rallies that tie and win the opener. Alas, Bates will have just 3 more hits this year, his only season in the majors.

The White Sox suffer their 12th straight loss when Red Sox PH Carlyle hits a bases load single in the 10th to give Boston a 2–1 win. Red Faber goes the distance in the loss to young Danny MacFayden.

24th  The Yankees win their 106th, 6–0 over Detroit, for a new AL high. They will win 110, a record until the 1954 Indians win 111.

25th  The Cardinals win two from the Braves, 4-1 and 6-5 to move into 2ndplace, still two games behind the Pirates. The Pirates take 2 in Chicago, winning 2-1 and 6-1.

John McGraw returns to the Giants’ dugout, but the Giants manage no better than a 7-inning scoreless tie against the Dodgers. New York is 2 ½ games behind the Pirates.

26th  In a game that ends after 6 innings, the Cubs play their last home date and report a season’s attendance of 1,190,000, the first time the Cubs go over a million. The Pirates Johnny Miljus picks up a 1–0 win over veteran Art Nehf, recently acquired by the Cubs.

In a marathon at Redland Field, Jesse Haines (23-10) outlasts Dolf Luque as the Cardinals tops the Reds, 3-1, in 13 innings. Both pitchers go the distance with the Cuban Cutie striking out 11 and allowing 2 earned runs.

After 13 straight wins, Giants’ spitballer Burleigh Grimes takes a loss as the Phils win 9–2 for just their 50th win of the year. Ten years ago, Grimes posted a 13-game losing streak. The Giants are now in 3rd place, 3 ½ games back with just 5 to play.

At Boston, the Red Sox lose twice to the Senators, 4–3 and 11–1. The Sox pull off a triple play in the lid lifter when Joe Judge hits into the TP despite not having an at bat. With runners on 1B and 2B, he lifts a sac fly to CF Ira Flagstead allowing the runner on 2B Chick Ganzel to advance, but the throw to 2B nabs the runner from 1B. When Ganzel attempts to score on the play, he is thrown out. The Senators complete the sweep in game two when the Sox make 10 errors—5 in the 1st inning—in the nitecap. Catcher Bill Moore chips in with a record-tying 4 of the errors. Sox rookie John Wilson makes his first ML start and allows 4 earned runs in the loss.

27th  Babe Ruth connects for a grand slam off Lefty Grove while Lou Gehrig hits No. 46 in a 7–4 win over the A’s. For Ruth it is his 8th grand slam, but just his 4th as a Yankee. Ruth has 57 with 3 games to play.

In the bottom of the 6th inning at Wrigley Field, as Carmen Hill of Pittsburgh records strike two against Charlie Grimm, one of his lenses falls to the ground. Hill retrieves the broken glasses, and leaves. Ray Kremer takes over and picks up the 2-1 win keeping the Corsairs two games ahead of the Cardinals.

29th  Babe Ruth hits 2 HRs to tie his 59 of 1921 in a 15–4 win over Washington. The 2nd of the HRs is a 5th inning grand slam off Paul Hopkins, making his ML debut, and is the Babe’s 2nd slam in 2 games. He will match the feat on August 6, 7, 1929. Hopkins started the fifth inning and loaded the bases for the Babe.

30th  With the score tied at 2–2 in the 8th, Mark Koenig triples and moments later Ruth launches his historic No. 60 off Washington’s Tom Zachary for a 4–2 win. The ball is caught by 40-year-old Joe Forner of Manhattan. Ruth, who had singled in his first two at bats, walked, and scored three runs is greeted with a handkerchief salute by the fans as he makes his way to his right field position. In the 9th Walter Johnson makes his final appearance as a player, pinch-hitting for Zachary and flying out to Ruth. Ruth hit 17 HRs in September, the highest month’s HR output till Rudy York’s 18 in August 1937. The Babe is the first player to hit 30, 40, 50, and now 60 homers. The Yankees finish with a team slugging average of .488: it won’t be topped this century.

Eddie Brown has three triples, tying the NL mark, as the Braves collect 18 hits in a 12-2 win over the lowly Phillies. Joe Genewich is the complete game winner.

1927 October

1st  The Pirates clinch the NL flag, beating the Reds 9–6. They will finish 1 1⁄2 games ahead of the Cards and 2 in front of New York.

The Yankees win number 110, beating the Senators, 4–3.

The A’s sweep a pair over visiting Boston, winning 10–3 and 3–2. Al Simmons is 4-for-5 in the opener and 1–for-2 in the nitceap, but finishes 2nd in the batting race. Eddie Collins plays in game 2 and goes 4-for-4.

2nd The Phils beat the A’s 1–0 for the benefit of the Eddie Plank Memorial Fund.

The Tigers take a pair from the Indians, winning 11–5 and 5–4. Heilmann slams 2 homers, 3 doubles and 2 singles. With the batting title in his pocket, he chooses to play the 2nd game. His 7-for-9 puts him at .398 to Philadelphia’s Al Simmons’ .392. It is the 4th time he will win an alternate-year championship.

Helped by 5 errors, the Senators down the A’s, 9–5. A’s 3B Jimmy Dykes pitches the 8th inning for Philley and gives up an unearned run on OF Rusty Saunders’ second error of the game. Saunders also plays basketball for Washington’s pro team. Rookie Babe Ganzel, son of 19th century star Chick, has 4 hits, including a double and triple, to pace the Nats. Babe, who debuted on September 19, hits .438 this year in 13 games, but will go .077 in 10 games next year and be dropped.

Jack Fenton sets a PCL record with three triples in Oakland’s 12-6 victory over San Francisco.

5th  With 158 HRs, a .307 team BA, and 6 winning pitchers, the Yanks are the Series favorite. But the Pirates are no slouches with a team BA of .305. OF Kiki Cuyler, a .309 hitter, will see no action in the Series, being passed over for a lighter-hitting OF, as he and manager Donie Bush feud.

Pittsburgh’s Ray Kremer (19-8) opens the WS against Waite Hoyt (22-7). In the 3rd, 2 walks and 2 Pirates errors help the Yankees to 3 runs and a 4–1 lead. With 9 hits, the Pirates come close, but the final is 5–4 New York.

6th  Two 3-run outbursts by the Yankees off Vic Aldridge (15-10) and a steady 7-hitter by surprise New York starter George Pipgras (10-3) give the Yankees a 6–2 win. Mark Koenig has 3 hits.

7th  The 60,695 on hand for game 3 see the Yankees’ Herb Pennock (19-8) take an 8–0 lead and a perfect game into the 8th. He retires Glenn Wright, the 22nd straight batter, but Pie Traynor breaks the spell with a single, and Clyde Barnhart doubles him home. Pennock settles for a 3-hit 8–1 victory.

8th  Down 3–0, the Pirates give the ball to their biggest winner, Carmen Hill (22-11). In the 5th, Ruth’s 2nd HR of the Series scores Earle Combs ahead of him for a 3–1 lead. The Pirates tie it in the 7th. In the last of the 9th, Combs walks, Mark Koenig beats out a bunt, and Ruth walks to fill the bases. Reliever Johnny Miljus strikes out Lou Gehrig and Bob Meusel. With 2 strikes on Tony Lazzeri, a wild pitch rolls far enough away for Combs to score the winning run. The Bronx Bombers are World Champions in 4 straight. Ruth’s .400 is good for 7 RBI; Lloyd Waner’s .400 tops the Bucs.

11th  Lou Gehrig, who established a new ML record with 175 RBI, is named AL MVP. With 56 points, Gehrig wins over Harry Heilmann’s 35 and Ted Lyons’s 34. Ruth is not considered because former winners are not eligible. Research done in 2011 by Herm Krabbenhoft will offer a compelling argument that Gehrig’s total should be 173 RBIs with RBI miscounts on August 17 (0 not 1); August 25 (4 not 3); September 5 G1 (3 not 4) and September 7 (2 not 3).

12th  In the opening game of the Negro League WS, the Bacharach Giants’ Luther Farrell pitches a 3–2 no-hit win over the Chicago American Giants. The game is played in a drizzle and shortened to 7 innings because of darkness.

13th  Dave Bancroft resigns as Braves manager; he will play for Brooklyn.

14th  Walter Johnson retires as a player. In two weeks, he will sign a 2-year contract to manage Newark (IL).

17th  Ban Johnson, in failing health, retires as AL president after heading the league he started for its first 28 years. His endless battles with Landis and the team owners had eroded his power. Detroit’s president Frank Navin is named acting president.

22nd  Future Hall of Famer Ross Youngs, one of John McGraw’s favorite players, dies of Bright’s disease at age 30, cutting short a 10-year career in which he batted .322. Youngs had been accompanied by a specialist as early as 1924, and after the illness had been identified, the Giants hired a nurse to travel with Youngs. He was bedridden in 1927, after appearing in just 95 games in 1926.

23rd  Bill Purdy, who hit .355 in his 2nd year with the Reds, scores a touchdown for the Green Bay Packers against the New York Yankees. Purdy’s score comes on a 5-yard run.

24th  August “Garry” Herrmann, former chairman of the National Commission and 25-year Reds president, resigns.

25th  Heinie Groh retires after being released by the Pirates; he signs to manage in the minors.

1927 November

2nd  Jack Slattery, Boston College baseball coach, agrees to manage the Braves for a year.

7th  Bill McKechnie, who had been a coach, replaces Bob O’Farrell as St. Louis Cardinals manager, and Burt Shotton moves up from Syracuse (IL) to manage the Phils.

17th A group led by Alva Bradley and John Sherwin buys the Indians.

28th   Billy Evans quits as AL umpire to becomes business manager (effectively the first General Manager) of the Indians following the purchase of the club by a group headed by Alva Bradley.

The Pirates trade OF Kiki Cuyler to the Cubs for 2B Sparky Adams and OF Pete Scott. Cuyler had become expendable after rookie Lloyd Waner became a starter, but will be a great addition to the Cubs. Adams will have two seasons in Pittsburgh before going to the Cards.

The Yanks release P Bob Shawkey and P Dutch Ruether.

1927 December

2nd  Heinie Manush’s disagreements with Detroit manager George Moriarty land him on the trading block. Manush, along with 1B Lu Blue, are traded to the St. Louis Browns for Chick Galloway, Elam Vangilder, and Harry Rice.

4th  Pirates OF Paul Waner noses out Frank Frisch for NL MVP honors with 72 points to 66. Rogers Hornsby, Cubs P Charlie Root, and Giants SS Travis Jackson also score high.

5th  The National Board of Arbitration rules the Texas League cannot place teams in Tulsa and Oklahoma City without permission of the Western League, which now operates in those cities. This landmark decision establishes league property rights in the cities of each circuit.

In an attempt to combat “chain store” baseball, the American Association votes to bar further ownership of its clubs by the ML clubs.

7th  At the annual PCL meeting, owners vote to split the season into two halves for the 1928 season. The vote is 6-2 to return to the format used in the 1904-05 seasons.

10th  Roger Peckinpaugh begins a 6-year term as Indians manager.

11th  The Browns sell George Sisler to Washington for $25,000.

12th  The NL reports more than 5 million attendance for the league in 1927, a new high. Veteran umpire Hank O’Day is named “player and umpire scout” for the league.

13th  Senators president Clark Griffith gains approval to have Washington open the AL season one day before the rest of the league, to celebrate a “National Day” with the U.S. president throwing out the first ball. The AL also installs Ernest S. Barnard as its president.

The Cards trade P Jimmy Ring to the Phils with C Johnny Schulte for C Bubber Jonnard, SS Jimmy Cooney, and OF Johnny Mokan.

15th  The Browns continue dealing by selling HR-hitting Ken Williams to the Red Sox. At 38, Williams is still a .300 hitter, but his HR production will drop to 8.

In a joint meeting, the major leagues turn over $5,000 to the Association of Professional Ball Players to aid ill or disabled former players.

1928 January

4th  The Yankees buy SS Lyn Lary and IF Jimmy Reese from Oakland (Pacific Coast League) for a reported $150,000.

5th  PCL owners agree to a split schedule beginning in 1928. Oakland, winners of 120 games in 1927, will finish 6th in the first half of the season, then move up to 4th. San Francisco will win the first half (58-34) and tie for the second half (62-37) with Sacramento.

9th The Giants sign Chinese-Hawaiian infielder William “Buck” Lai, to a major league contract. Lai had been signed by the Pirates in 1918 but never appeared in a game, and since then has played in the minors and for the semipro Brooklyn Bushwicks. Alas, he’ll be on the Giants for a month but never appear in a game (as noted by Bob Timmerman).

10th  After unsuccessful attempts to engineer a trade with Chicago, Cincinnati and Brooklyn, Giants owner Charles Stoneham announces “that in the best interests of the team” he has traded Rogers Hornsby to the Braves for a young catcher Shanty Hogan and journeyman OF Jimmy Welsh. Stoneham was not a fan of Hornsby abrasive style as fill-in manager for McGraw this past season, and thought that Hornsby welched on gambling debts. Hornsby was sued by a gambler, but in a civil case decided the previous December 21st in Missouri, where gambling is illegal, was found not liable.

14th  Alfred J. Reach, founder of the A. J. Reach sporting goods firm, dies at 87. Before 1860, he became the first ballplayer to receive a regular salary when he signed as a catcher with the Philadelphia Athletics for $25 a week.

25th  Tris Speaker, is released by Washington, and will sign up with the A’s.

29th  In Venezuela, the Crisfield (Maryland) Crabbers, 1927 champions of the Eastern Shore League (class D), play the inaugural game in the Estadio San Agustin, losing 3-1 to Santa Maria. Future major leaguer Paul Richards is in the lineup for the Crabbers. Crisfield will win tomorrow, 9-4, with Charles Lindbergh, in attendance. (as noted by Milton Jamail in Venezuelan Bust, Venezuelan Boom).

1928 February

3rd  The NL appoints 2 former players as umpires: OF Sherry Magee and 2B Albert “Dolly” Stark. It is a type of vindication for Magee, who was suspended for hitting an umpire in 1911.

SS Jimmy Cooney gets to spend his last ML season with his brother Johnny when the Cards sell him to the Boston Braves.

11th  The Giants and Pirates swap pitchers: Burleigh Grimes for Vic Aldridge. Grimes, 19–8 with the Giants, will lead the NL in wins in 1928 with 25 after his return to Pittsburgh. Aldridge holds out till May 3, and then will win just 4 games for New York.

14th  The ML Advisory Council allots $50,000 to develop a national championship program run by the American Legion.

1928 March

6th  In St. Petersburg, Babe Ruth reportedly hits six batting-practice pitches into Crescent Lake, 530 feet away from home plate down the RF line. No other hitter ever reached the lake (as noted by Marty Appel, Pinstripe Empire).

1928 April

6th Playing in the Philadelphia city series between the A’s and the Phillies, Ty Cobb makes an unassisted DP from the outfield.

10th  The Senators open a day ahead of the other teams as President Calvin Coolidge throws out the first ball. On the mound for the Nationals is Milt Gaston, replacing Walter Johnson who misses the start because of a bout of influenza; he missed the last Opener because of a broken ankle. The Red Sox win 7–5 behind Danny MacFaydan. Joe Judge has 4 hits for the losers.

The Brooklyn Robins beat the Yankees, 7–2, to earn a split in their 4 game series. The World Champions end their exhibition season with a 6–14 record, going 3–10 against major-league competition.

At Paducah, KY, the NL champion Pirates end an unsuccessful spring by beating Ft. Wayne (Central L) 11–1.

11th At Opening Day at the Polo Grounds, a heavily Jewish crowd of 30,000 is on hand to cheer for New Yorker Andy Cohen, Hornsby’s replacement at 2B. After 7 seasons in a business suit, manager McGraw abandons it for a Giants uniform. After Mayor Jimmy Walker tosses out the first ball, Cohen has 3 hits and 2 RBIs to leads the Giants to a 5–2 over the Rajah’s Braves. Hornsby is 1–for-4 as Larry Benton is the winner over Bob Smith. Braves CF Eddie Brown plays in his 576 consecutive game to extend his NL record. After the game, some one thousand fans rush the field and carry Cohen off on their shoulders.

In Cincinnati, the Reds top the Cubs, 5–1. Dolf Luque scatters 7 hits, including Freddie Maguire’s first and only ML homer, to beat Charlie Root. Bubble Hargrave and Chuck Dressen score the winning runs in the 5th inning when Cubs C Gabby Hartnett overthrows 3B on a double steal attempt. Hack Wilson tears a ligament and will be lost to the Cubs for two-three weeks. Maguire’s homer causes the Reds prexy McDiarmid to have some of the OF seats removed and tomorrow several drives into the area will be outs.

25,000 fans are on hand for the coldest Opener in Philadelphia as the A’s drop an 8–3 decision to the Yankees. Starter Herb Pennock knocks in the first two New York runs against Lefty Grove in the 2nd, and the Yanks score three more in the 3rd to knock Grove out of the game. Ruth has a triple and scores three runs, while Bing Miller is 3-for-3 for the A’s.

12th  The Cards Grover Alexander opens his 18th season by shutting out the Pirates, 5–0, on 7 hits and beating Burleigh Grimes. It is Pete’s 90thand last career shutout, an NL record. The Cards beat the Pirates yesterday behind Jess Haines, to open the season. Frankie Frisch homers for the 2nd straight game.

13th At Philadelphia, the Yankees edge the Athletics, 8–7, on a double by Babe Ruth. Lou Gehrig hits a long drive off Eddie Rommel that goes through an open window on 20th Street. Cy Moore allows just 2 hits through 5 innings for New York before weakening, but picks up the win. Joe Hauser, returning to the A’s after a year in the minors, collects two homers and a triple.

15th At St. Louis, the Cards edge the Cubs, 4–3, as Frankie Frisch continues his hot hitting with a homer, triple and a single. Bill Sherdel gives up a 3-run homer to Gabby Hartnett in the 2nd, but answers by homering in the 5th to help win. Pat Malone loses his 2nd game.

In Baltimore, the Yankees beat the Orioles (IL), 5–2. Ruth plays 1B, while Gehrig, in right field, bangs a homer. Dickey also homers off former Brownie Bob Bolen.

16th  For the first time, a pitcher is deprived of his mitt when the Brooklyn captain Max Carey complains and the ump removes Boston’s Charlie Robertson’s glove. The New York Times reports, “The Robins detected Robertson doing odd stunts with the ball with the aid of his glove. They reported it to umpire Moran who made Robertson change his glove.” Robertson still wins, 3–2, as Hornsby has 3 of Boston’s 12 hits.

Phils veteran Cy Williams greets reliever Fred Fitzsimmons with a three-run homer to send the Phils home a 7–5 winner at the Polo Grounds. Cy’s blow negates a single, double, and triple by Bill Terry for the Giants, now 3–1.

In Cleveland, Indians owner Alva Bradley announces plans to build an 85,000 seat stadium on the waterfront. The field can be expanded to 100,000 for football, and 125,000 for a boxing match. Cost is estimated at a whopping $3,000,000.

17th The visiting Cubs beat Pete Alexander, 3–2, in 10 innings to take the series, 3 games to 1. Lefty Percy Jones allows 5 Cardinal hits, 3 in the 3rd, to pick up the victory.

18th  The Cubs set an NL Opening Day attendance record as a reported 46,000 jam Wrigley Field to see Cincinnati rally and top the Cubs, 9–6. The Cubs open the 8th inning with a homer by Kiki Cuyler and Earl Webb closes the inning with a 3-run homer as the two teams combine for 28 hits. Red Lucas tops Pat Malone for the win.

19th  The Yankees are out of first place for the first time since May 1926 when they lose, 7–6, the morning Patriots Day game in Boston. Boston has just one hit in 5 innings off Al Sheeley but the Sox overcome a 6–0 deficit to win. Pat Collins homers for the Sox, with Slim Harriss picking up the relief win over Cy Moore. Behind Herb Pennock, New York takes the nitecap, 7–2, in a game rained out after 6 innings. Hooks Wiltse is the losing pitcher. Ken Williams and Babe Ruth exchange homers.

The Browns and Tigers pitchers combine to issue 18 walks, all in 4 ½ innings, as Detroit strolls to a 9–8 win. Detroit rookie Paul Easterling hits his 2nd homer in two days; the one yesterday was considered to longest hit at the St. Louis grounds. Ken Holloway is the winner over Sad Sam Gray, who contributes 7 walks in the loss.

The visiting Braves make 16 hits, 4 by 3B Les Bell, to beat the Giants, 9–8, in 10 innings. The Giants answer with 9 hits including a 3-run homer by Andy Reese. Rajah drives home the game winner with his 3rd hit and manages the team in the absence of Jack Slattery, who is attending a funeral. Ed Brandt is the winner over Lefty Faulkner in a game in which no strikeouts occur.

The Cubs rattle Wrigley Field with 21 hits to back Sheriff Blake’s 2-hit shutout over the Reds, 13–0. Dolf Luque is the loser. Blake collects 4 hits himself, as does Joe Kelly, who includes a 3-run homer. Hack Wilson adds two homers, one a grand slam, a double and a single: in his 5th at-bat he’s hit by a pitch.

20th  Detroit rookie Paul Easterling hits his 3rd HR in 3 days, all against the Browns, as the Tigers take their 3rd in a row, 3–0. The Browns collect just 4 singles off Earl Whitehill. For Easterling, this is the last HR he hits for the year.

26th Behind Jack Quinn’s 10–0 shutout over the Senators, the A’s hit two bases-loaded triples to tie the ML record. Tris Speaker does it in the 3rdand Ty Cobb matches him in the 6th.

In an Iowa prep game, Atlantic High School beats Griswold High School like a rented mule, winning, 109-0 in a no hitter. Atlantic has 92 hits, including 26 doubles, 7 triples and 16 home runs in a prep school record for embarrassment. (as noted by Kevin Saldana).

27th The Robins move into first place over the idle Giants with a 9-0 win over the Braves. Big Jim Elliot allows just 3 hits.

Cleveland moves into first place with a 10-6 win over the Tigers. George Uhle allows 5 runs in the first inning but not another till the 9th. Cleveland garners 16 hits and is helped by 6 Tiger errors, 4 errors by shortstop Taverner.

1928 May

1st Indians’ outfielders tie the ML record with 5 assists in a game against the Browns and rookie Sam Langford has 4 of them, also equaling the ML record (Cliff Blau points out that the Plain Dealer play-by-play account of this game gives Langford only 3 assists) It’s the 10th time (once in extra innings) it has happened in the major leagues, and the last time this century. The Tribe is outhit 12–10 by St. Louis but they win, 4–3, as Johnny Hodapp scores all 4 runs.

In Chicago, the Tigers take a 10-0 lead over the White Sox, before Chicago scores 5 in the bottom of the 7th to make the final, 10-5. Sox pitcher Charley Barnabe hits a pinch homerun off Josh Billings, good for 3 runs, just the 6th AL pitcher to hit a pinch homer. Barnaby will go 4-for-8 with 6 RBIs, but his .500 average is topped by his career ERA (5.48) and the Sox will release the lefty in a month.

2nd John McGraw pays the supreme compliment to Dodger rookie Del Bissonette (20-for-60 with 11 extra base hits) by ordering him walked in the 9th inning with the bases loaded and 2 out. (as noted by Bill Deane). Giants pitcher Larry Benton had allowed 2 hits before the 9th inning and is nursing a 2–0 lead. Bissonette walks forcing home a run, and Harry Riconda then strikes out.

3rd Ty Cobb hits the 700th double of his career while his Athletics lose to the Red Sox, 3–1.

4th At Pittsburgh, the Boston Braves beat Ray Kremer and the Pirates, 5–4, in 11 innings. Kremer is matched by Ed Brandt who also goes 11 frames. For Kremer, it is his first loss at home after 22 wins, a ML record for consecutive wins at home that won’t be matched in the 20th century.

At Comiskey, Joe Dugan jumps on a 1st inning pitch by Tommy Thomas and hits it for a grand slam in New York’s 10-4 win over the White Sox. Babe Ruth is 4-for-4, including a homerun, and drives in 3 runs for the league-leading Bombers.

6th In the PCL, Oakland scores 2 runs in the 22nd inning to beat Sacramento, 7-6. This matches an April 10, 1921 mark and is two shy of the PCL record of 24 innings, achieved twice.

In the New York-Penn League all 8 clubs are at .500.

7th Trailing the Browns 15–1, the Senators let reliever Clay Van Alstyne bat in the 9th inning, Clay had earlier scored the only Nats run and responds with his first ML home run, a solo shot. It is also his last home run and his last at bat (as noted by Bill Deane).

10th The Giants send OF George Harper to the Cards for C Bob O’Farrell. O’Farrell, who managed the Birds in 1927, never regained his effectiveness behind the plate after an arm injury. The trade makes room for 18-year-old Mel Ott to take over the RF position, a spot he will hold for 18 years.

11th The Cards and Phils swap catchers, with Spud Davis going to Philley and Jimmy Wilson to St. Louis. Wilson, the better defensive backstop, will improve the Cards.

Lou Gehrig has 2 doubles and a grand slam, off Joe Shaute, as the Yankees edge the Indians, 7-6. Sam Langford’s 3-run homer for the Tribe in the 8thmakes it close.

12th At Boston, the Red Sox score 11 runs in the 3rd inning against the Browns and roll to a 15–2 win. Ken Williams has the only homer of the game, connecting off Boom-Boom Beck in the big 3rd inning.

13th The Reds move into briefly first place in the NL with a 11–4 win over the Phils. Carl Mays is the winner, allowing 11 hits.

In a PCL game, Mission pitcher Carl Holling tosses a one-hitter against Portland, giving up a homerun to Harry Sigafoos. It is the third one-hitter in the past four years in the PCL where the lone hit was a homerun.

14th In Chicago, Charlie Root beats the Giants, 8–2. Fred Fitzsimmons takes the loss. Outside the park after the game, John McGraw is knocked down by a taxicab and suffers a broken leg that will keep him out of the dugout 6 weeks. Roger Bresnahan takes over.

15th The Giants make 6 double plays against the Cubs at Wrigley, but lose 10–7.

19th The Cubs win their 13th straight, edging the Braves, 3–2. Pitcher Charlie Root breaks a 2–2 tie with a sacrifice fly. Hack Wilson clubs a homer for Chicago. The Cubs are in first place, but will lose tomorrow, and in 3 days, the Reds will regain the lead with a win over Pittsburgh.

20th At the Stadium, George Pipgras goes to 7-0 as the Yankees beat the Browns, 9-3. Earl Combs connects for a grand slam off Sam Gray in the 4th. Pipgras has now won his last 11 decisions but the streak stops here.

22nd Sam Langford has a HR and 2 doubles for Cleveland but the White Sox prevail, 4-3. Sox CF Johnny Mostil handles 12 chances, equaling Happy Felsch’s AL record, also made against Cleveland as the Sox win, 4–3. Mostil also legs it home from 2B with the winning run on a wild pitch by George Uhle, a rarity this year as the ML reaches a historic low in wild pitches (as noted by Cliff Blau).

23rd Jack Slattery quits as manager of the last place Braves. Owner Fuch announces that “after much persuasion” Rogers Hornsby has consented to takes over as manager.

Cleveland left fielder Charlie Jamieson starts a 9th inning triple play against the White Sox in a 4–3 loss. Today’s TP occurs when Bud Clancy is out on a short fly to Jamieson, who then throws out Johnny Mann, the runner on third who tries to score. The relay from C Ray Sewell to his brother Joe at 2B catches Ray Schalk off base, and he is tagged at 3B. Jamieson will start another triple play against the Yankees on June 9, setting a ML record for outfielders.

24th In the first game of a doubleheader in Philadelphia, a ML record 13 future Hall of Famers take the field as the first-place Yankees take on the 2nd-place A’s. This number does not include non-playing Hall of Famers Herb Pennock and Stan Coveleski, managers Miller Huggins and Connie Mack, nor umpires Tom Connally and Bill McGowan. [HOFs: Combs, Durocher, Ruth, Gehrig, Lazzeri, and Hoyt for New York; Cobb, Speaker, Cochrane, Simmons, Collins, Grove, and Foxx for the A’s] Led by Tony Lazzeri’s three hits and six RBIs, the Yanks edge the A’s, 9–7, handing the defeat to Lefty Grove. The A’s win the nitecap, 5–2, behind rookie Ossie Orwell. George Pipgras takes the loss.

26th The A’s make it easy for New York by making 7 errors as the Yankees win, 7–4. Tris Speaker has a two-run homer for the A’s.

27th In St. Louis, Reds ace Red Lucas suffers a broken wrist when he is hit by a ball during pre-game batting practice. Lucas (8-2) beat the Cards 2 days ago, 2-0, the same score that Mays will win by today. Lucas will return in a few weeks and go 5-7 the rest of the year.

Aging star George Sisler clears AL waivers and joins another former St. Louis hero Rogers Hornsby on the Braves. Sisler will hit .340 for the remainder of the season.

28th The A’s buy P George Earnshaw from Baltimore for $50,000 and 2 players.

29th At Ebbets Field, Bill Terry hits for the cycle to lead the Giants to a 12–5 win over Brooklyn. His homer is a grand slam.

At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees sweep a pair from Washington, 3–2 and 12–3. Leo Durocher’s bases-loaded triple in the opener gives George Pipgras (8-1) the win. Gehrig and Ruth both slug a pair of homers in the nitecap: Lou hits his 9th in the 3rd, off Washington starter Milt Gaston, then Ruth and Gehrig hit back-to-back dingers in the 4th off Lloyd Brown. Ruth adds his 18th off Brown in the 7th. Combs also homers.

The Reds lose another star when CF Ethan Allen is beaned and breaks his cheek in an exhibition game in Buffalo.

30th Garland Braxton wins his first of the year as he shuts out the Yankees. The Senators win, 5-0, at the Stadium. Urban Shocker, a spring holdout, pitches 2 scoreless innings in relief for New York. In poor health, this is his last ML appearance.

31st At Philadelphia, the Braves beat the Phils 9–4 behind Bob Smith. Boston is led by Hornsby’s 3 hits and George Sisler’s three, including his first NL homer.

At Yankee Stadium, Herb Pennock tosses his 2nd shutout, beating Washington, 4–0, for his 8th win. Irv Hadley is the loser, giving up a HR to Cedric Durst and another to Ruth, his 19th. Babe almost adds his 20thwhen he blasts a long high fly with two on, but Leo Durocher, the runner on first, holds up to see if the ball will be caught. Durocher scores but the Babe is cut down at the plate.

1928 June

1st Hornsby makes his first appearance in Boston as the Braves manager, but the Reds spoil the homecoming, winning 7–6. The Reds tie it in the 9thwith solo homers by the finishing battery—Val Picinich and Ray Kolp. Hughie Critz then homers in the 10th off Joe Genewich for the win. Fans cheer George Sisler who tallies 3 hits for his new team.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants beat the Robins, 4–3, as winner Larry Benton finishes his 10th game in 10 starts. Mel Ott’s single drives home the winner to beat Jumbo Jim Elliot.

2nd  St. Mary’s College football star Larry Bettencourt breaks in at 3B with the Browns in a 5-2 win over the Senators. A future member of the College Football Hall of Fame, Bettencourt was an All-American center who will later play for the Green Bay Packers. The $6,000 bonus he receives is a record for a rookie just out of school.

The Phillies defeat the Cardinals 12–11, as the two teams use 37 players and combine for 6 homers. Jim Bottomley blasts two and Wattie Holm hits a pinch grand slam in the 8th for the losers. The Phils counter with two pinch homers to give Bill Sherdel the win over Sugar Sweetland.

In Boston, Braves 3B Les Bell takes advantage of the fences shortened last year by smashing 3 HRs. A 4th hit bounces off the top of the RF wall for a triple. Les drives home 6 runs, but Boston still loses to the Reds, 20–12. The Reds pound 6 pitchers for 23 hits, including 4 each by Chuck Dressen and Wally Pipp, who scores 4 times. Sisler and Hornsby each have 3 hits, including Rajah’s homer into the short first base bleachers. Pete Donohue is the winner over Art Delaney in a 2 hour, 30 minute contest. Bell is the first National Leaguer to hit 3 homers and a triple in a game: Wes Westrum in 1950 will be the next.

6th  Cy Williams hits his 2nd pinch HR in 2 games but the Phils lose to the Cubs 5–3. Williams’ previous pinch HR came on June 2 against St. Louis.

Brooklyn tops the visiting Reds, 8–5, behind Del Bissonette’s 5 ribbies. Bissonette belts his 10th homer to take the NL lead. Rube Bressler adds 4 hits to back Doug McWeeny’s pitching. Ray Kolp takes the loss.

7th At Cleveland, Joe Shaute pitches credible ball, allowing an early homer to Tony Lazzeri, but in the 8th he gives up 4 unearned runs. Then in the 9th he serves up back-to-back homers to Ruth (#20) and Gehrig (#12). The Babe’s is a 3-run shot. Cleveland loses, 8–2, with George Pipgras winning his 10th.

The Robins beat the Reds, 1–0, in 11 innings as both starters go all the way allowing 11 hits. Bill Doak is the winner over Pete Donohue.

The Phils end their 9-game losing streak stopping the Cubs, 4–2. Ray Benge goes all the way for the win, giving up a homer to Hack Wilson in the 9th. Wilson now has 10 homers to tie Bissonette for the NL lead.

The Giants nose out the Cardinals, 4–3, to regain 2nd place, but lose CF Edd Roush for the season when he tears an abdominal muscle diving for a ball. The injury will plague him the rest of his career. The win goes to Larry Benton (9-2).

8th  Braves OF Eddie Brown is benched, ending his record (NL) 618-game playing streak. The Braves pound out 17 hits with Brown’s replacement Jack Smith going 3-for-3. Pete Scott has a pair of homers into the new LF bleachers, and Hornsby also homers to back Brandt.

At St. Louis, the Macks get a grand slam homer in the 1st from Sammy Hale and homers in the 9th from Cochrane and Hauser. But the Browns answer with a record tying three homers in the bottom of the 9th as Bettencourt, Brannon and Blue connect. The five homers in an inning is a ML record that will be tied in the 20th C but never topped. The A’s win, 10-8.

The Pirates trade veteran OF Joe Harris and C Johnny Gooch to Brooklyn for C Charlie Hargreaves.

The A’s waive pitcher Ike Powers to Bloomington (3I league) and send along 2B Bill Simmons, younger brother of Al Simmons, for a trial.

9th Outfielder Charlie Jamieson starts his 2nd triple play in 3 weeks, this time against the Yanks in the 2nd inning. Ben Paschal is on 3B, and Lazzeri on 1st, when Jamieson snags a line drive hit by Joe Dugan. Charlie’s quick throw to 1B Lew Fonseca nabs Lazzeri, and Paschal is out at home when he tries to score. Again, Cleveland is on the losing end, as New York wins 7–3.

In Boston, the Pirates sweep the Braves, winning 6-2 and 6-3. Pete Scott has one of three homers in game 1 for Pittsburgh and has a record-tying 5 homers in the past three games. He had 2 yesterday and 2 the day before. He will go homerless in game 2 but pick up an RBI, giving him 11 in 5 games. These are the only homers of the year for Scott, who will hit .311 in his third and last ML season. Rogers Hornsby has an extra-base hit in game 1, the 12th straight game he’s done it. During the streak, which began in game 1 of a May 27th doubleheader, the Rajah has 9 doubles and 8 homers (according to historian Trent McCotter). Only Paul Waner, in 1927, and Tip O’Neill, in 1887, will have longer streaks. Hornsby had a streak of 11 such games in 1924.

11th At Boston, the Cards wallop the Braves, 8–1, collecting three homers, including one by winning pitcher Pete Alexander. Alex parks one in the new LF bleachers. The Braves only score is a 9th inning homer by Les Bell, who also hits his in the new LF stands.

At Detroit, Al Simmons and Jimmie Foxx belt successive solo shots in the 8th inning off Sam Gibson to break up a pitching duel with Ossie Orwell. Orwell wins, 4–2.

12th  Brooklyn beats the Cubs 13–1, as 3B Harvey Hendrick steals 2B, 3B, and home against Chicago in the 8th.

The visiting Pirates maul the Phillies with 25 hits to win, 15–4. Every starter has at least 2 hits, except C Earl Smith with a lone single. Seven players tally at least three hits, with winning pitcher Ray Kremer collecting 4 hits.

At Comiskey Park, the Yanks follow two losses to the Sox with a 15–6 butchering of Grady Adkins. Gehrig leads the way with two homers and two triples in 4 at bats and scores 5 runs, while Ruth adds #23. Pat Collins and Earl Combs also homer for New York as George Pipgras runs his record to 11–1.

Umpire Frank Wilson dies following an appendicitis operation. Wilson umped in the AL from 1921-1923 before switching to the NL.

13th Behind Dazzy Vance’s 10 strikeouts, the Robins beat the Cubs, 7–2. Kiki Cuyler’ solo homer in the 1st inning put the Cubs in the lead, but Babe Herman tops that with two homers, one inside and one outside the park. Pat Malone takes the loss.

14th The Braves change the rules and stop the homer orgy that has racked up 48 homers in 15 home games. The ground rules are changed today so that any balls hit into the LF grand stands are ground rule doubles. The cardboard stands will soon be demolished, but today four balls are hit there in the Cards, 3–2 win. St. Louis wins in the 9th when Jim Bottomley triples and Chick Hafey follows with a homer, both off reliever Joe Genewich. Cy Pfirman is pelted with bottles in the 4th inning after thumbing manager Rogers Hornsby for protesting a 3rd strike call.

15th  The Giant send four players to the Braves for pitcher Joe Genewich (3–7), Boston’s best pitcher last year. He’ll go 11–4 for New York, but win just 5 games in 2 seasons after that. Receiving Boston tickets are rookie pitcher Ben Cantwell, rookie catcher Al Spohrer, and pitchers Bill Clarkson and Virgil Barnes. The two rookies will blossom in Boston, while the vets will be gone in a year.

The Cards top Brooklyn, 5–2, in 14 innings, winning on Jim Bottomley’s 3-run blast off Bill Clark. St. Louis spitballer Clarence Mitchell, “rescued from the junk heap a few days ago” (NY Times) pitches the first 11 innings before giving way to Syl Johnson. With the win, the Cards wrest first place from the Reds, 8–7 losers to the Phillies.

At Boston, the Cubs take a 5-4 win over the sliding Braves. Farrell for the Braves, and Beck and Cuyler for the Cubs are deprived of homers by the new ground rule regarding balls hit into the LF bleachers. The bleachers were erected to give Rogers Hornsby more homers, but the Rajah doesn’t play today as he is saddled with a five-game suspension for yesterday’s outburst. The Cubs do get 2nd inning homers from Hack Wilson and Charley Grimm, with both shots going into the CF bleachers.

At St. Louis, Otis Brannan has a homerun and 3-run double to pace the Browns to a 5-4 victory over the Yankees. Red Kress also homers for St. Louis while Babe Ruth hits his 24th for the Bombers.

In Cleveland, Ty Cobb of the A’s doubles in Lefty Grove in the 8th inning and reaches 3B on a ground out. Then Cobb steals home just evading the tag of C Luke Sewell. It is Cobb’s 32nd and last steal of home as he leads the A’s to a 12–5 win over the Indians. Grove is the winner.

16th Red Sox 2B Bill Regan bangs 2 HRs in the 4th inning in Boston’s 105 win over the White Sox. Regan matches his last year’s total in the inning. His first homer is off loser Les Blankenship; the second—an inside-the-park—off George Connally. The next Sox player to hit a pair of HRs in an inning will be Ellis Burks in 1990. Rookie Ed Morris is the winner today.

In Brooklyn, Del Bissonette hits a 6th inning grand slam for the Robins, but the Cardinals respond with 3 runs in the 9th to tie the game. Ray Blades hits a 2-run homer to tie. Both teams score in the 10th before the Cardinals win it in 11 innings, 6-5.

Led by rookie Eddie Morgan, the Indians scalp the A’s, 9–2. Morgan makes it easy for George Uhle by collecting 3 doubles, a triple, and a walk.

17th Dazzy Vance is dazzling as he strikes out 15 in Brooklyn’s 4–0 win over the Cubs. Batterymate DeBarry makes 17 putouts, a NL record, since topped.

Light-hitting Charlie Hargreaves, acquired by Pittsburgh on June 8, hits his lone homer of the year, a grand slam, as Pittsburgh tops the Giants, 6-0. Burleigh Grimes is the winner.

20th In the first of two games with the last-place White Sox, the Indians outhit the Pale Hose, 15-6, but fall, 6-4. Light-hitting Harry McCurdy hits a grand slam for Chicago. Cleveland takes the second game, 4-3.

21st In Chicago, the Cubs split with the Cards, winning 2–1 before losing 4–1. In the nitecap, Hack Wilson grounds out in the 9th, then climbs into the stands to swing at a heckling fan Edward Young. Teammates pull Wilson off before he does much damage.

22nd  Journeyman hurler Hank Johnson of the Yankees blanks the star-studded Athletics 4–0. In the game for Connie Mack’s team are Ty Cobb, Mickey Cochrane, Al Simmons, Jimmie Foxx, Eddie Collins, Tris Speaker, and Lefty Grove.

23rd     At Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox sweep a pair from New York, winning 8-4 and 7-1. Bill Regan’s 7th inning grand slam in the opener breaks a 4-4 tie. The Yanks collect just three hits, including a Babe Ruth homer off Danny MacFayden, in game 2, and Boston scores 3 runs in the 9th to pull away. Ruth hits a solo homer in game 1 as well, off rookie Earl Settlemire.

In St. Louis, the Browns collect 19 hits and score in every inning but one as they down the Indians, 10-3. Joe Sewell is the Tribe offense, hitting two homers good for 3 runs. He’ll have just 2 more homers all year.

24th  The Cardinals 41-year-old Grover Cleveland Alexander beats the Reds, 7-4, for the third time in 8 days to keep the Birds in first place.

25th  The Giants’ Fred Lindstrom strokes 9 hits in a doubleheader against Philadelphia to tie the ML mark. The Giants sweep, 12-4 and 8-2. Bob O’Farrell’s grand slam in game 2 is the big blow.

Bob Sanguinett of Midland (West Texas L) hits a homer to start a streak of homering in 10 straight games, a minor league record that will not be matched in the century. Mike Calise of Louisville (AA) will come the closest, hitting homers in 8 straight games in 1982. Sanguinett will break the record of 7 straight games, held jointly by Richmond (Blue Grass League) teammates Norman Nunn and Louis Munn, who did it in 1912.

26th  In St. Louis, a 6th inning grand slam by rookie Larry Bettencourt gives the Browns a 6-3 lead over Cleveland. The final is 6-3.

28th  Babe Ruth slugs two HRs to lead the Yankees to a 10–4 victory over the Athletics. Babe’s homer in the first is off Rube Walberg and his second homer, in the 8th inning off George Earnshaw, goes over the scoreboard in right CF and hits a house on 20th street (according to Ruth historian Bill Jenkinson). Ty Cobb appears in his 3,000th career game.

29th At Sportsman’s Park, the first-place Cardinals top the Pirates, 9-4. Paul Waner’s grand slam in the 9th ruins the shutout.

30th  At Boston, the Yankees win 2 from the Red Sox, 11–4 and 7–6, and close out the month 111⁄2 games in front of the A’s. Attendance lags, as the race appears over.

At Sportsman’s Park, the first-place Cardinals lose to the Pirates, 4-3. George Grantham drives in 3 runs on two homers for Pittsburgh.

1928 July

1st Before 65,000 fans, the Yanks sweep a pair from the visiting A’s, 12–6 and 8–4. Tony Lazzeri wallops a pair of homers in the nitecap, and is 7-for-8 with 15 total bases on the day. Gehrig connects for a pair of homers in the opener to back Hoyt’s 10th win.

3rd At Boston, Phils P Alex Ferguson shuts out the Braves to win 15–0. It is the first shutout for the Phillies pitching staff this season. Boston veteran George Sisler tosses a last scoreless inning against the Phils.

In St. Louis, the Cubs pull away from the Cardinals with a 6-run 9th, doing their damage against reliever Hal Haid. Riggs Stephenson connects for a grand slam in the frame.

4th  Ray Schalk resigns as White Sox manager effective after today’s doubleheader. Schalk then inserts himself into the first game’s lineup as catcher, his only appearance of the year. Starting for the Sox is 23-year-old Ed Walsh Jr., making his major league debut. Walsh’s father pitched for years with Schalk as his catcher, making Schalk the only backstop to catch a father and a son in the majors. Young Ed’s debut is forgettable as he gives up 5 runs to the Browns in 4 innings. Schalk leaves the game with Walsh and St. Louis wins 11–8. Schalk’s managerial replacement is Lena Blackburne who will last one year and in 1930 will start selling his Rubbing Mud from the Delaware River. The AL will be the first to use to take the shine off of baseballs in the late 30’s. The NL will adopt it soon after.

The Yanks split with the Senators, losing 5–2 before winning, 5–4. The split still leaves the Yankees with a 53–17 mark and a 12 game edge over the rest of the AL pack.

Riggs Stephenson, who hit a grand slam yesterday in the 9th to help beat the Cardinals, 13-5, continues his assault on the Birds, going 5-for-6 in today’s game 2. He has a homer and double as the Cubs win, 16-9 after losing, 11-6.

After a 6-0 win in game 1, the Reds sweep in game 2 as 3B Chuck Dressen scores 5 runs to lead the Reds to an 11–3 win over Pittsburgh.

6th  Urban Shocker, in poor health, is released by the Yankees after one appearance on the mound.

7th Bob Sanguinett of Midland (West Texas League) hits a homer in his 10th straight game, a minor league record that will not be matched in the century. The streak started on June 25. Mike Calise of Louisville (AA) will come the closest, hitting homers in 8 straight games in 1982. Sanguinett breaks the record of 7 straight games, held jointly by Richmond (Blue Grass League) teammates Norman Nunn and Louis Munn, who did it in 1912.

10th  Washington P Milt Gaston surrenders 14 hits, including two doubles and a triple, in a 9–0 shutout over Cleveland, setting an AL record for a 9-inning game and tying the ML standard. Jake Miller takes the loss for the Tribe.

The Pirates sell C Earl Smith to the Cards.

12th  Baseball’s biggest battery is recorded, appropriately, with the New York Giants, as Garland “Gob” Buckeye, a 260 pound pro football lineman in the off-season, makes his NL pitching debut with 250 pound Shanty Hogan behind the plate. The Giants lose to the Cardinals, 11-1, in a game called after 5 ½ innings in St. Louis. In a significant move, the Giants purchase 25-year-old lefty Carl Hubbell from Beaumont for an amount rumored to be the most ever paid for a Texas League player.

13th In St. Louis, the first-place Cards shrug off a 6-run 5th by the Giants and win, 11-6. Giants backup catcher Jack Cummings hits a grand slam.

14th At Boston, White Sox P Ed Walsh, Jr. picks up his first ML win, topping the Red Sox 11–4. Junior will only win 11 games to his father’s 195: all 206 Walsh victories are for the White Sox.

15th With Ruth (34th) and Gehrig (19th) banging homers, the Yankees defeat the Indians 6–4 in the nitecap. Herb Pennock shuts out the Tribe, 3–0, in the opener.

The Hollywood Stars (PCL) become the first professional team to travel by air when they fly from Seattle to Portland, where they catch a train for L.A.

16th In Philadelphia, the Tigers and A’s split a doubleheader with the Athletics taking the opener, 3-2. Detroit uses a 9-run 8th inning in game 2 to win, 11-6. Jackie Tavener hits a grand slam for Detroit.

17th The Cubs win their 8th consecutive game, edging the Phils, 4-3. Clyde Beck’s grand slam off Jimmy Ring accounts for the Cubs scoring.

18th Ruth delivers his 36th homer, off Ted Lyons with 2 on and 2 out in the 9th inning to give New York a 9–8 win over the visiting White Sox. Bibb Falk had tied the match with a 3-run homer, off Waite Hoyt, in the 8th.

19th Ruth leads the way again, with a pair of 2-run homers, to give the Yankees a 6–4 win over the White Sox. Al Thomas takes the loss, his 13thconsecutive to New York in as many games over the past 2 seasons.

20th George Earnshaw strikes out 10 and allows just 3 Brownie hits in defeating General Crowder, 4–0. The Athletics are led by Jimmie Foxx, who goes 3-for-3 with 2 doubles.

Cards’ veteran Grover Alexander is invincible for 8 innings, allowing just one hit, but the Phillies score 4 runs against Old Pete in the 9th, paced by a Cy Williams homer. Alex holds on to win, 5–4, with Alex Ferguson taking the loss.

21st  Jimmie Foxx hits the longest drive ever seen out of Shibe Park as the A’s take two from St. Louis, 8–2 and 7–3. The sweep increases their lead over the 3rd-place Browns to 10 games. Foxx’s drive, off Johnny Ogden, clears the LF stands. Al Simmons adds a homer in the 9th to give Lefty Grove the win. In the nitecap, 43-year-old Jack Quinn spits his way to his 13th win against just 4 losses. Joe Hauser and Jimmy Dykes hit roundtrippers off Lefty Stewart. In an unusual display of consistency, every A’s batter collects a hit in each game.

George Pipgras (17-4) toss a shutout for the Yankees, beating the White Sox, 2-0. Babe Ruth hits his 39th homer, and it comes off Ed Walsh, Jr. The Babe never hit one off his father.

In St. Louis, the Phillies finally win, 8–3, stopping their loss streak at 12 games. Sugar Sweetland wins over Clarence Mitchell. Rookie Pinkie Whitney and Freddie Leach homer for the Phils, while Chick Hafey connects for the Birds.

22nd  Pitcher Red Faber of the White Sox comes up to bat in the 8th with 2 runners on base and the game with the Yankees tied 4–4. He swings twice righthanded against righty Wilcy Moore and misses. He then switches to the left side and knocks in the winning runs with a single to center as the Sox win, 6–4. Cy Moore is the loser in relief.

In Cleveland, the Browns top the Indians, 8-5, overcoming Ed Morgan’s homerun and 4 RBIs.

23rd In Boston, the Yanks lose to the Red Sox, 8–3, despite Babe Ruth’s 40th homer. Ruth’s homer clears the left-centerfield wall, some 450 feet from home, and is the first ball to clear that part of Fenway. Ruth, who adds a double against Danny MacFayden, is now 28 games ahead of last year’s home run pace. Al Shealy takes the loss for New York.

24th The first-place Cards edge the Robins, 2–1, with both runs come on solo homers by Hafey and Bottomley. Wee Willie Sherdel wins against Jess Petty.

The Indians tally 35 hits and 25 runs in a double win over the Red Sox, 102 and 15–5. Johnny Hoddap has 4 hits in the nitecap and backup C Chick Autry chips in with 5 safeties. Sox manager Carrigan finally pulls RF Doug Taitt in to pitch the 9th inning.

25th Last-place Detroit sweeps a pair from the Yankees, winning 3–2 and 10–7. George Pipgras blows the lead in the opener to lose to Elam Vangilder. The Tigers then run wild in the nitecap win by starter George Smith, who picks up his only victory of the year. For the 2nd time in his career, Detroit’s Jackie Tavener steals 2B, 3B, and home in the same game, swiping the 3 in the 4th inning. His steal of home is on the front end of a successful double steal, with Larry Woodall taking 2B. Tavener and Cobb are the only AL players to accomplish this feat more than once. Hank Johnson takes the loss for New York.

The A’s sweep two from the White Sox, 16–0 and 8–7. Howard Ehmke wins the opener on 6 hits, adding two doubles to the offense, as the A’s set a franchise record for runs in a whitewash. Al Simmons has a grand slam in the contest, off Ted Lyons, who takes the loss. The A’s come from behind to take the 2nd game when Tris Speaker singles to tie the game, and Eddie Collins drives home the game-winner in the 4-run 9th.

Reds first sacker George Kelly drives in 7 runs to lead Cincy to a 16–7 win at Philadelphia.

26th  Detroit rookie righthander Vic Sorrell and the Yankees’ Waite Hoyt are 1–1 after 11, with Pinky Hargrave’s homer accounting for the Tiger tally. Twelve hits and 2 walks in the 12th, all off Sorrell, score eleven New York runs to set a ML record for the biggest extra-inning storm ever for the inning (the same two combined for 11 runs in the 12th inning on May 14, 1923: NY-8, Det-3, which is a record for 2 teams). For the 3rd time, Yankee Bob Meusel hits for the cycle, a major league record that only Babe Herman in the NL will tie. Detroit takes the nitecap, outslugging New York, 13–10. Harry Heilmann hits a grand slam, in the 2nd, and adds a triple and single to drive in 8 runs. Earl Whitehill is the winner, though reliever Elam Vangilder belts a homer.

Carl Hubbell makes his ML debut, against the Pirates. He pitches a scoreless 1st inning, but the Pirates score 5 in the 2nd to knock him out. Pittsburgh wins, 7–5, behind Burleigh Grimes.

The Phils buy left-hand hitting OF Chuck Klein from Fort Wayne.

The first place Cards beat the Robins again, 6–1, behind Pete Alexander’s pitching. Alex adds 3 singles, while Frankie Frisch, Taylor Douthit, and George Harper hit homers.

27th In Chicago, Ty Cobb returns to the A’s lineup after being out for 9 days when hit on the wrist by a pitch. Cobb singles and doubles and is then hit in chest by a pitch from Sarge Connally. The A’s score 6 in the 8thinning to win, 7-4.

28th The front-running Cardinals take 2 from Philadelphia, winning 7–6 and 12–2, to move 4 ½ games in front of Cincinnati. The Birds, now 62-35, are paced by Chick Hafey’s 4 doubles and 2 HRs, the first major leaguer to hit 6 long hits in a DH.

29th  The Indians score 8 in the first and 9 in the 2nd in a 24–6 romp over the Yankees at Cleveland. George Pipgras takes a quick loss, allowing 5 hits and getting no outs in the first. Johnny Hodapp of the Indians becomes the first AL player to get 2 hits in an inning twice in a game when he strokes a pair of singles in both the 2nd and 6th innings. Hodapp and Joe Sewell each have 5 of the Tribes’ 27 hits as Joe Shaute coasts home with the win. The 24 runs is the most ever scored against the Yankees. The Yankees’ lead shrinks from 11 1⁄2 games to 6 in one week.

31st The Cards pick up a win over the last-place Phillies, 18–5, scoring 16 of their runs from the 5th inning on. After Phils shortstop Heine Sand, thinking there were 3 outs in the 5th, tosses the ball in the middle of the diamond, Chick Hafey scores from first on the blunder, and 4 more Cards plate runs in the inning. Taylor Douthit has 5 hits for the 1st-place Cards.

At Ebbets Field, the Robins come from behind to beat the Reds, 3–2. With two RBIs from Jake Flowers, Dazzy Vance is victorious over “the toiling citizens of the American Rhine (New York Times).”

1928 August

1st  In the Yankees 12–1 rout of the Browns, Babe Ruth hits HR No. 42 in the 1st, off Alvin Crowder, and is 4 weeks ahead of his 1927 pace. Bob Meusel also cracks a homer. Winning pitcher Hank Johnson scatters 7 hits and sets a club record by going 5-for-5 at the plate. Johnny Murphy and Mel Stottlemyre will match his club mark.

The White Sox leap from 6th place to a tie for 4th with a doubleheader win over the Red Sox in Chicago. Red Faber wins the opener, 4–2, while young Ed Walsh goes the distance for the nitecap victory, 7–3.

2nd  In St. Louis, the Browns go 15 innings with the Yankees before emerging winners, 4–3. A tired starter Herb Pennock gives up the winning single to pitcher Walter Stewart, who relieved for Curly Ogden. The loss leaves the Yanks 4 ½ ahead of the A’s: New York had a 12-game lead on July 4th.

The A’s win their 10th straight, beating Cleveland, 6–0. The Mackmen have now won 17 of 18 games. The winning pitcher is George Earnshaw, whom the A’s recently acquired from Baltimore.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants beat the Reds, 7–5, to move into 2nd place. Joe Genewich is the winner, going all the way against 4 Reds pitchers.

The Pirates score 12 runs in the first 3 innings and coast to an 18–4 win over the Phillies. Glenn Wright in the 2nd, and Larry Grantham in the 3rd, clout 3-run homers.

3rd  The Cards top the Braves, 5–1, behind Bill Sherdel’s 14th win in 18 starts. With the thermometer in Boston at 95, Braves starter Virgil Barnes, acquired from New York for Joe Genewich in June, leaves after 5 innings in a state of semi-collapse.

The Browns Sammy Gray whitewashes the Yankees, 8–0, allowing just 6 hits. The Bombers have now gone 21 innings in St. Louis without a run.

The A’s finally lose, as the Indians beat them, 9–5, behind Willis Hudlin. Rube Walberg takes the loss. Connie Mack doesn’t give up without a fight though, sending in 18 players, including 5 pinch hitters.

4th In New York, the Giants sweep a doubleheader from the Reds, outscoring Cincy, 13–11 and 10–9. New York collects 18 hits in the opener and 20 in the nitecap, one more than the Reds. It is so hot on the field that Reds C Val Picinich plays the 2nd game without a chest protector. Hughie Critz has a bunt single in the opener and a double in game 2 to run his hit streak to 23 games.

The Braves split with the front-running Cards, losing 3–2 before beating Pete Alexander, 2–1. The Cards only score in the nitecap is Jim Bottomley’s 24th HR tying him for the NL lead with Hack Wilson.

At St. Louis, George Pipgras pitches the Yankees to an 8–6, 10-inning win over the Browns. Ruth clouts his 43rd homer; Gehrig is 2nd in the AL with 19, and Joe Hauser 3rd with 15.

5th In a battle of the front runners, the Cardinals top the Giants 6–4 in 15 innings. Young Carl Hubbell relieves Lefty Faulkner in the 4th inning with 2 on and gets a double play. He throws another 11 innings, allowing just 3 hits, before losing to Clarence Mitchell in the 15th. In his Super Stars of Baseball, St. Louis sportswriter Bob Broeg wrote that Hubbell threw his first screwball in the majors in that long effort. As Broeg described it: “When slugging [right-handed-hitting outfielder] Chick Hafey came to bat with the winning runs on base and the count (at 3-and-1), Hubbell broke off a screwjie. Hafey swung and missed. Again came the fadeaway. Again, Hafey, not expecting the ball to break down and away, swung and struck out.” Giants catcher Frank “Shanty” Hogan advised Hubbell to keep throwing the pitch. (as quoted by Fred Stein in his biography of Hubbard in SABR’s Bioproject).

Lefty Grove throws a masterful 3-hitter against the Tigers to lead the A’s to a win, 5–1. Harry Heilmann’s round tripper is the only score for Detroit. With Ed Walsh Jr. beating the Yankees in Chicago, the A’s are 3 ½ games back.

6th At Philadelphia, Hack Wilson clouts two homers, #25 and #26, for the Cubs, but the Phillies still emerge the winners, 8–7. Veteran Bob McGraw is the victor over Sheriff Blake. The Phils, with the worst record in baseball, also win the nitecap, 5–1 as Alex Ferguson beats Charlie Root. The Phils will whip the Cubs tomorrow, 4–2, dropping Chicago into 4thplace, and improving the Phillies’ record to 27–70.

In Chicago, the Sox drop the stumbling Yankees, 5–4, in 15 innings. Willie Kamm triples home the run that gives Grady Adkins the win. George Pipgras takes the loss.

7th The Giants clip the first-place Cards, 10–1, behind Larry Benton’s 18thvictory. Benton scatters 6 hits and holds St. Louis scoreless till the 9th, while his teammates are lighting up Flint Rhem for 15 hits in 7 2/3 innings.

Detroit beats the red-hot A’s, 4–1. Winning pitcher Owen Carroll triples home the game-winner in the 7th inning.

9th Before 15,000 fans in Philley, the Athletics top Washington, 8–3, behind Howard Ehmke’s 3-hitter. Al Simmons’ 12th homer of the year, a grand slam in the 6th, is the big blow for the A’s.

The Yankees whip the Red Sox, 7–1, as lefty Fred Heimach, in his Yankee debut, gives up just 4 Boston hits. All the scoring comes in the 6th inning. Heimach was acquired on August 6 from St. Paul where he was 18-10. He will lose his next three starts, all complete games.

The Pirates shoot down the Cardinals, 5–4, to cut the St. Louis lead to 4 games. Carmel Hill, with relief help from Burleigh Grimes, is the winner. For 5th place Pittsburgh, it is their 8th win in a row, and 24th in their last 31 games.

11th  Carl Hubbell’s first ML victory is a 4–0 shutout of the Phils. He’ll be 10-6 down the stretch and will pitch 16 years with the Giants.

The Cubs top the Cardinals, 5–1, behind Sheriff Blake’s 7-hitter.

The Reds snap an 8-game losing streak, as Red Lucas beats the Pirates, 1–0.

The A’s win their 22nd in the last 26 games, edging the Senators, 3–2. Mickey Cochrane’s hit in the 9th gives the win to George Earnshaw. The A’s stay 4 ½ in back of the Yankees.

In Chicago, the Browns beat the White Sox, 4–2, behind Sammy Gray’s 18th victory. Gray leaves after 7 innings with the score, 2–2, but the Browns score in the 8th and 9th and Gray is awarded the win.

13th  Lefty Grove holds the Tigers to two 4th inning singles to give the host A’s a 7–1 win. Grove wins his 9th straight and 17 of the year. The A’s (72-39) still trail the Yankees (77-35) who are idle today.

The Braves send INF Eddie Moore to Toledo (American Assoc.) in exchange for lefty OF Heine Mueller. Moore will go back to Boston briefly after the AA season ends.

14th Pete Alexander returns from an illness to pitch the Cards to a 6–1 win over the Braves. Alex scatters 7 hits, including 2 by Hornsby, who is leading the NL at .381, 21 points ahead of Paul Waner. Goslin and Simmons are tied in the AL at .380, with Gehrig 3rd at. 369.

The Reds release submariner Carl Mays (4–1), who has been suffering from neuritis. The Giants will sign the veteran before next season.

In Philadelphia, the Tigers trip the 2nd-place A’s, 4–1 behind long-time A’s pitching jinx Elam Vangilder. The Bengals tally 3 runs off starter Howard Ehmke.

The Babe hits his 44th homer in the first inning, but the White Sox tie in the 3rd en route to a 5–2 win over the visiting Yankees. Ruth is now 13 games ahead of last year’s pace.

16th Braves outfielder Lance Richbourg does all his damage in the first 3 innings of a 9–4 win over the Cardinals. He homers in the 1st, doubles in the 2nd with the bases loaded, and triples in the 3rd with 2 men on.

At Philadelphia, the A’s overwhelm the Tigers, 18–6. Philadelphia scores 9 runs in the second inning as Jimmie Foxx contributes 2 doubles. He adds a homer and scores 4 runs in the game. Simmons, Hargrave and MacManus also hit for the circuit.

20th  A week after he turned 21, Art Shires of the White Sox strokes 4 hits off Red Ruffing in his ML debut, to lead Chicago to a 6–4 win over the Red Sox. Red Faber is the winning pitcher. When Shires returns to the bench after one hit he tells pitcher Ted Lyons, “So this is the great American League we heard so much about down in Texas—I’ll hit .400” (as related by historian Craig Wright). Shires will hit .341 for the year.

Eppa Rixey pitches the Reds to a 5–3 win over the Giants but the Giants retain first place by .002 percentage points.

The Cards stay right behind with a 2–1 win over the Robins, beating Dazzy Vance with a run in the 9th inning. It is Vance’s first loss after 6 straight wins; his last loss came against Jess Haines, who wins today in relief. Jess’s last win was against Dazzy.

21st The ancient spitballer Jack Quinn picks up his 16th win, subduing the Indians, 12–4. Bill Bayne gives up six runs to the A’s in the 1st inning to take the loss. The A’s remain firmly in 2nd place behind the Yanks.

New York beats the Browns, 3–1, behind the pitching of Waite Hoyt, whose shutout is ruined when Gehrig drops a pickoff throw that would have caught Lu Blue asleep. Blue later scores on a single by Oscar Melillo. Babe Ruth, who says before the game that he has reformed and will hit to left field and bat .400, is 1-for-4, but two balls do go to left.

The last-place Phillies take their 6th win in a row over the Cubs, winning 3–1 behind Claude Willoughby. Jeff Heathcote’s homer is the only score for Chicago. The Phillies record is now 33–77. The Cubs lose Hack Wilson, who is suspended for 3 games for an outburst against the umpires in yesterday’s loss. His buddy Pat Malone is fined $50 for using “abusive language from the bench.”

22nd  The Pirates top the Braves, 10–3, as Waner and Traynor each drive in 3 runs. Paul tallies a single, double and triple while Pie slices two singles and a triple. Lloyd Waner scores 3 runs to help rookie Erv Brame pick up the win.

Chicago’s Ed Walsh tosses good ball but is outpitched by Washington’s Bump Hadley, who wins 2–0. Ossie Bluege drives home both runs with a first inning single.

The A’s outlast the Indians to win a 17-inning marathon, 6–5 collecting 20 hits. Mule Haas cracks a no-out homer in the final frame, off Johnny Miljus, to give Ed Rommel the win. The A’s now trail by 5 games.

23rd  The Giants split with Pittsburgh, winning the opener 6–3 with a 5-run burst in the 8th inning sparked by Lefty O’Doul’s 2-run homer. Larry Benton notches his 21st win. The Bucs come back in the nightcap to win 13–3 behind Freddy Fussell.

Lefty Grove beats the Indians, 3–1, for his 19th win. Grove is in the groove, fanning 5 straight batters in the 2nd and 3rd innings. In the 2nd he strikes out Morgan, Harval and Autry on 9 pitches, then K’s Miller and Langford to start the 3rd. All told, Lefty throws 15 straight strikes (including a foul), then a ball, and another strike to retire the 5 batters. He allows 8 hits and strikes out 8 for his 11th win in a row. Jimmie Foxx has a solo homer for the A’s.

The rained-out Yankees pick up Tom Zachary on waivers from Washington for $7,500. Zachary will fill the starter’s role of Herb Pennock, currently down with an attack of neuritis. To make room for the lefty, New York releases veteran spitballer Stanley Coveleski.

24th In Philadelphia, the A’s tip the Indians, 1–0 behind Rube Walberg’s shutout. Rube scores the games only tally on a single by Mickey Cochrane off loser Joe Shaute. The Mackmen sweep the 4-game series with the Tribe and are now three games in back of the Yankees, losers of two to the Browns.

The Cubs sweep two games from the Braves, winning 4–1 and 4–3, to pull within 3 ½ games of the NL lead. Pat Malone and Charlie Root are the winners, though Boston’s porous defense victimizes Bob Smith in the nitecap.

The Cards increase their hold on first place by defeating the Phils, 1–0 on homer by the light-hitting Ernie Orsatti. Jess Haines is the winner.

The Pirates drop the Giants, 16–5, as Burleigh Grimes picks up his 22ndwin. New York now trails the Cards by 1 ½ games.

25th At Boston, Hack Wilson hits 2 homers to help Percy Jones hand Brave’s rookie Ed Brandt one of his league leading 21 losses. Cubs win 7–3. It’s the 6th time this year that Hack’s connected for 2 in a game.

Pete Alexander allows a Phils run in the first and that’s it, as the Cards veteran wins, 2–1 in 10 innings. It is Alex’s 14th victory.

26th The Giants drop into a tie for second place in the NL when they lose, 4-3, to the Robins in 10 innings at Ebbets Field despite outhitting Brooklyn 13 to 7. Prize rookie Del Bissonette connects for his third hit, a walkoff homer, off Carl Hubbell. “The ball cleared everything in sight.” (New York Times). Bissonette will hit 25 homers this year to set a Dodger rookie record not topped in the 20th century.

28th In an American Association game between Milwaukee and Louisville, colored baseball are used (as noted in Peter Morris’ A Game of Inches). “The new balls are said to have greater visibility than white ones, particularly with a bleacher background of white shirts. Further experiments will be made and if successful the ball will be officially adopted for 1929 (AP/New York Times).”

29th George Burns has 4 hits, including two homers, to drive in 5 runs as his Indians top the Tigers, 9-5.

1928 September

1st In Washington, Republican presidential candidate Herbert Hoover looks on as “Approximately 99 percent of the spectators wore their straw hats, hoping the Senators would give them a chance to get excited and hurl them away” (NY Times). Alas, the Yankees win, 8–3. Waite Hoyt is the winner and beneficiary of Bob Meusel’s 4-for-4 hitting. Meusel has 3 RBIs. Garland Braxton takes the loss.

Sheriff Blake is red hot for the Cubs, allowing just one hit, in besting the Reds Ray Kolp, 1–0. The lone Reds hit is a 5th inning double by Long George Kelly.

2nd The Senators top the Yankees, 2–0, as Fred Marberry does it all, shutting down the Yanks and driving in both Nat runs. Bob Meusel’s hit streak is stopped at 6 straight, The New York lead is now 1 ½ games over the A’s, winners of an exhibition game in Lycoming, PA.

3rd  The A’s are set back as the Senators stop them twice, 6–1 and 5–4. Bump Hadley wins the opener, scattering 6 hits and striking out 8. Ty Cobb makes the last of his 4,191 hits, the 724th double of his career, as an A’s pinch hitter in the 9th inning against Hadley. In the nitecap, Garland Braxton is the winner over George Earnshaw.

At Yankee Stadium, New York and Boston split a doubleheader. The Yanks overcome a grand slam by Boston’s Jack Rothrock in game 1, and prevail, 8-7. Boston wins the second game, 4-3. The Yanks lead the A’s by 2 ½ games.

In Pittsburgh, the Pirates overwhelm the Cubs, 16-1, in the first game of a doubleheader, then take game 2 by a more modest, 6-3. In game 1, Pirates RF Adam Comorosky handles 9 putouts, tying the NL record for that position.

4th  With yesterday’s Labor Day DH rained out, the Braves will play a record 9 consecutive doubleheaders between now and the 15th: Brooklyn today and the 5th; Philadelphia on the 7th and 8th; New York on the 10th, 11th, 13th, and 14th; and the Cubs on the 15th. Starting with the Phils on the 8th, they will lose 5 of them in a row—a record, including all four to the Giants. They start the streak by dropping both games today to Brooklyn: the Robins win the opener, 3–2, behind Jake Flowers 10th-inning homer for Dazzy Vance’s 19th win; Brooklyn takes the nitecap, 9–2, as Babe Herman and Del Bissonette wallop 4th-inning homers.

5th Boston sweeps today’s twinbill with Brooklyn, winning the opener, 9–2 and 7-1. The Robins collect 13 hits in the loss, but make 8 errors. The Braves are paced by Sisler’s four hits. Bob Smith pitches a 2-hitter to win the nitecap.

7th  The A’s take 2 from Boston, winning 1–0 and 7–3, and move into a first-place tie with the Yankees. Lefty Grove is magnificent in the opener, allowing 4 hits and striking out 11 to win his 14th straight. Red Ruffing takes the tough loss, allowing an unearned run. Ed Rommel outguns Danny MacFayden in the nitecap.

The stumbling Yanks drop a pair to the Senators, losing 11–0 and 6–1. Bump Hadley tosses the shutout and adds three singles. Fred Marberry wins the nitecap over Waite Hoyt, for his 2nd win over New York in 5 days. New York, which led by 13 ½ games on July 1st, is now tied with the A’s.

In Philley, the Braves tally 11 hits and 3 walks but still get shut out by the Phils’ Ray Benge, 4–0. In the nitecap, the Braves are hitless until 2 are out in the 7th, then take the lead, but the Phils tie it in the 9th on Cy Williams homer. Boston wins in 11, 4–3.

8th The Phils take two from the Braves, winning 10–6 and 4–0. Earl Caldwell, who reported to the Phils yesterday, tosses the shutout in his first major league start.

Behind Ruth’s 3-run homer, the Yankees take the Senators, 6–3, but it is not enough as the Yanks drop to 2nd place.

In Boston, the A’s get cheered by the Sox fans as they sweep a pair from the Crimson Hose and take over first place in the AL by a half game. Orwell is the winner in game 1, 7–6, in 10 innings. Earnshaw wins the nitecap, 7–4.

9th  A total of 85,265 jam Yankee Stadium to watch the Yankees sweep 2 from the A’s, 3–0 and 7–3, to move back into first place to stay. George Pipgras is the winner in the first game while the Yankee star of the nitecap is Bob Meusel, who takes an Ed Rommel knuckler out of the park for a grand slam in the 8th. Waite Hoyt is the winner.

At Ebbets Field, the Robins come from behind to edge the Giants, 3–2, behind Dazzy Vance. Harvey Hendrick dinks a 2-run homer in the 8th, off Larry Benton, to tie, and Jake Flowers singles with 2 out in the 9th to drive home the winner. The ecstatic fans respond by covering the field with straw hats.

The Cards blow a 7–3 lead and lose to Pittsburgh, 8–7. Their lead is cut to 2 ½ games. Pete Alexander blows the lead, but the loss goes to reliever Art Reinhart. Hafey and Bottomley homer for the Cards, but the Bucs answer with the 7 hits from the Waners. Paul, leading the NL with .381, has 4 of them.

Chicago’s Alex Metzler breaks up a pitching duel between Ted Lyons and Willis Hudlin by cracking an 8th inning pinch homer to tie Cleveland, 1–1. The Sox get one more, then explode for 8 runs in the 9th inning to coast, 10–1. Metzler adds a double and drives in 5 runs. The homer is Metzler’s 3rd and last roundtripper of the year and he will tie Bill Barrett for the team lead. His 55 RBIs will be 2nd on the Sox.

At age 38, Yankee P Urban Shocker dies of pneumonia in Denver, where he had gone for his health. Only now does it become known that he had suffered from an enlarged heart and was unable to sleep lying down for 2 years. Shocker, who never had a losing season, was 18-6 in 1927 but, after holding out for the spring, appeared in only one game in 1928.

10th  The Giants gain 1 1⁄2 games on the Cards and Cubs by winning two from Boston while the leaders lose. New York moves into 2nd tomorrow with another sweep of the Braves. Fred Fitzsimmons wins the opener for the Giants, 4–1, and Joe Genewich wins the nitecap, 11–0.

11th  In the Yankees 5–3 win at the Stadium, Ty Cobb makes his last appearance as a batter, popping out against Yankee Hank Johnson to SS Mark Koenig as a pinch hitter in the 9th. Babe Ruth’s 49th, a two run clout, off Lefty Grove in the 8th, seals the win for New York. The Bronx Bombers seal the fate of the A’s with their 4th straight win over the Quakers, leaving the Mackmen in 2nd place, 2 ½ games back.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants take 2 games from the Braves, 11–6 and 7–6. Freddie Lindstrom goes 8-for-10 to pull New York into 2nd place, 2 ½ games behind St. Louis. The Giants will continue to feast on Braves pitching, winning doubleheaders from Boston on the 13th and the 14th to tie the NL record for twinbills won on consecutive days.

15th  In a doubleheader with the Phils, the Cardinals leave 29 runners on base but still manage to win both games, 3–2 and 8–6. Stranding 29 is a record for 2 regulation-length games. Eighteen of the runners left on base come in game 2 to tie the ML record.

At Boston the Cubs manage to split with the Braves, winning the nitecap, 6–1, after dropping the opener. 5–2. Ben Cantwell bests Charlie Root in game one, and Guy Bush does the same to Ed Brandt.

17th  Wilcy Moore, the Yankee pitching hero of 1927, goes home with an ailing arm after working just 60 innings.

In the 9th against Chicago, Braves reliever Ray Boggs plunks 3 Cubbies, walks 2 and tosses one wild pitch. Chicago manages to score just one run off Boggs, but they win the away game, 15–5. Pat Malone picks up the win.

18th  The Braves and Cubs combine to ground into a NL-record 8 double plays between them, but the Cubs win the game, 8–2 on 17 hits. Sheriff Blake is the winner over Johnny Cooney. Cubs 2B Freddie Maguire is in the middle of 5 DPs and is 4-for-4 at bat.

20th  The White Sox beat New York 4–3, and the Yankee lead is cut to one game.

A crowd of 50,000 at the Polo Grounds sees the Giants and Cardinals split a doubleheader. The Cards take the first game 8–5 behind pitcher Willie Sherdel plus three homers by former Giant George Harper. The Giants salvage the nightcap 7–4 when they score 5 runs in the 8th inning to give rookie Carl Hubbell the win over Grover Cleveland Alexander. Shanty Hogan’s grand slam off Alexander is the big blow. New York remains 2 games behind the NL-leading Cardinals.

In Boston, the Braves drop 8 runs on the Reds in the first inning en route to a 9-5 win over the Reds. Les Bell’s grand slam is the bell ringer for Boston.

21st At St. Louis, Boston’s Red Ruffing smashes a 3-run homer in the 7thand pitches the Sox to a 5–3 win over the Browns.

In Detroit, Harry Rice dents the A’s pennant hopes with a 5th inning grand slam off Lefty Grove, and Detroit beats Philadelphia, 9-4. The loss leaves the A’s two games behind the Yankees.

22nd Boston 1B Phil Todt hits HRs in the 7th and 8th innings as Boston beats the Browns, 5–3. His first homer, off Ed Strelecki is Boston’s 1st hit. His 2nd comes with pitcher Danny MacFayden on base.

24th The Tigers draw 404 fans for their last meeting with the last place Red Sox, winning 8–0 behind Sam Gibson’s 5-hitter. Pat Simmons is knocked out in the 7th when he gives up consecutive triples to Al Wingo, batting 9th, John Stone, and Charlie Gehringer. Harry Heilmann has a HR and double for Detroit. Jack Rothrock is busy for Boston playing LF, SS, and pitching a shutout last inning. On September 29, Rothrock will catch an inning against the Indians before moving to left field to replace pitcher Danny MacFayden. With that move, Rothrock plays all 9 positions this year, plus pinch hitting and pinch running.

26th  The Cardinals lose to Brooklyn, 6–1, but still hold a half-game lead over New York. Dazzy Vance sets down the Mound Citymen on 5 hits and strikes out 7 to beat Clarence Mitchell. Harvey Hendrick connects in the 7th for a grand slam off Mitchell.

27th  With the Giants just a half game behind the Cardinals, New York loses the first game of a doubleheader to the Cubs, 3–2. On a controversial play at the plate in the 6th inning, New York’s Shanty Hogan hits a ball back to P Art Nehf who throws to third to get the runner. But the runner Andy Reese was off with the crack of the bat and bowls over C Gabbie Hartnett. Hartnett grabs the runner to keep from falling. and as Hartnett holds him, Reese is tagged out by the Cubs 3B. The Giants bench erupts, but umpire Bill Klem rules Reese is out. The subsequent protest will be disallowed, despite a photo clearly showing Hartnett up the line holding Reese. The Giants win the nitecap, 2–0, but a loss tomorrow clinches the pennant for St. Louis. McGraw will maintain that Klem’s call cost the Giants the pennant.

At Boston, the Cardinals erupt for 7 runs in the 15th inning to win 10–3, handing the loss to starter Bob Smith. Smith goes 14.1 innings, allowing 9 hits and 12 walks. Smith and Kent Greenfield allow the 7 runs, a ML record for the 15th inning. The Cards tied the game in the 9th on Andy High’s 2-out, 2-run single.

For a remarkable second time in five weeks, Lefty Grove strikes out three batters on 9 pitches, this time victimizing the White Sox (Berg, Thomas and Mostil) in the 7th inning. Grove also starts the A’s scoring with a solo HR and wins 6–3, his 6th straight win over Chicago and his 24th of the year. Not until Jim Bunning, in 1959, will another AL hurler K the side on 9 pitches.

At St. Louis, Bump Hadley pitches the Senators to a 6–5 win over the Browns. Goslin, leading the AL, is 2-for-4, while his rival Heinie Manush has one hit, a 3-run HR, in the Browns 5-run 9th. Manush has 13 homers—all at home.

28th  Ruth records his 53rd homer of the year and George Pipgras survives an 11-6 win over the Tigers to clinch the AL pennant for the Yankees. Gehrig and Meusel each drive in 2 runs for the Bombers, whose win is marred by the loss of Earle Combs. Combs fractures his wrist when he collides with the wall.

Behind Rube Walberg’s 6 innings of one-run relief, the A’s top the White Sox, 7-5. Three homers plus Bing Miller’s 5 hits provide the offense. The A’s finish 2 1⁄2 games out.

At St. Louis, Browns P Alvin Crowder beats his former teammates the Senators 4–3 to finish with the AL best record, 21-5. He will later go back to Washington and win 50 in 2 years for the Nats.

In Cleveland, 200 paid customers are treated to a 1-0 thriller, a Red Sox win over the Tribe. Rookie George Loepp triples in the 1st and scores on an infield out for the game’s only run. Jack Russell (11-14) is the winner.

Sparked by Frankie Frisch’s steal of home (on a double steal), the Cards plate 7 runs in the 15th inning to beat the Braves at Boston, 10–3. For Frisch, it is his 2nd extra-inning steal of home (his first came against the Dodgers in the 2nd game on July 20, 1927), a major league first and still the National League record. The Cards tied the game in the 9th on Andy High’s 2-out single. The loss goes to starter Bob Smith, who pitches 14.1 innings, allowing 9 hits and 12 walks. Smith and Kent Greenfield allow the 7 runs, a ML record for the 15th inning. With the Giants losing, the Cardinals lead by two games with two to play.

29th  Behind Bill Sherdel and Flint Rhem, the Cardinals win the NL pennant with a 3–1 win at Boston while the Cubs are beating New York, 6–2. The final margin is 2 games over the Giants, 4 over the Cubs. Jim Bottomley hits his 20th double of the year to lead the NL in that category. His 31 homers and 136 RBI are also the NL highs. Bottomley is the first player since 1904 (Harry Lumley with 18 triples, 9 homers.) to lead his league in triples and homers: Mantle and Mays will match that in 1955.

The Tigers and Yankees tie an AL offense record when they combine for 45 hits, Detroit tallying 28 of them. Four Tigers collect 4 hits apiece for a since-tied AL record, as Detroit wins the slugfest 19–10. The Yanks will finish the season with the top three RBI men [Gehrig and Ruth with 142, Bob Meusel with 113. Elias Sports Bureau has 144/142/117], just the 2ndtime this has happened. It will occur just once more, with the 1932 Phils. The Yankees finish 2 and a half games in front.

30th  In Washington’s 9–1 win over the Browns, Washington OF Goose Goslin, for the 3rd day in a row, gets 2 hits, one a 9th inning looping single, to edge the Browns OF Heinie Manush .379 to .378. It is Goose’s only batting title in his 18-year career. Nats’ ace Sam Jones volunteers to pitch to stop Manush, while Blaeholder tries the same for St. Louis. Blaeholder gets Goslin in his first 2 at bats, but Goose then hits a 5th inning HR.

Pitching for his home town team, White Sox rookie Bob Wieland makes his first ML start, beating the second-place A’s, 1–0. The A’s leave 12 men on base against the Lane Tech graduate.

1928 October

1st Washington owner Clark Griffith fires manager Bucky Harris. The former “Boy Wonder”, now 31, hit just .204 as player-manager.

4th  The Cardinals lack the Yankees’ power, but have a .325 hitter in Jim Bottomley, who tied with Hack Wilson for NL HR honors with 31 and led in RBI with 136. St. Louis has a solid infield defense with Frankie Frisch, the venerable Rabbit Maranville, and their fleet OF, led by Taylor Douthit, whose 547 putouts and 566 total chances in CF have set post-1900 records.

The first game is a swift execution before 61,425 at New York. Babe Ruth has a single and double and scores twice, once on Bob Meusel’s 4th-inning HR, and Lou Gehrig is 2-for-4 with 2 RBI off Bill Sherdel (21-10). Waite Hoyt (23-7) sets the Cards down with 3 hits, one a solo HR by Bottomley in the 7th, for a 4–1 win.

5th  Grover Alexander (16-9) faces George Pipgras (24-13) in game 2. Gehrig unloads a 3-run HR in the first. The Cards tie in the 2nd, but Pipgras shuts them out on 2 hits the rest of the way. Alexander is nicked for one in the 2nd and is driven to cover by a 4-run outburst in the 3rdand it’s 9–3 New York. Ruth is 2-for-3, and Gehrig has 3 more RBI.

7th  Veteran Tom Zachary (3-3 with New York) gets a start against the Cards’ Jesse Haines (20-8). Two infield hits followed by a triple give the Cards 2 runs. Lou Gehrig leads off the 2nd with a booming HR, and in the 4th the sharp-fielding Taylor Douthit misplays a single before a 2-run HR by Gehrig. Three runs in the 8th give New York a 6–3 lead that stands up when Zachary goes all the way for a 7–3 win. Ruth and Gehrig have 2 hits each, and Gehrig another 3 RBI.

9th  After a rainout, Waite Hoyt and lefty Bill Sherdel are back on the mound for game 4. After 6 innings, the Cards hold a 2–1 lead. With one out in the 7th, Ruth hits a HR, his 2nd of the game, after seemingly to take a third strike on a quick pitch from Sherdel who took the catcher’s relay with his foot on the rubber and fired back. The umpires discussed the quick pitch, allowed in the NL but outlawed in the AL, and ruled it would not be counted, and the homer stands. Not till Chase Utley, in 2009, will another left-handed hitter hit two homers off a lefty. Two pitches later, Gehrig follows suit. When Meusel singles, in comes Pete Alexander to face Tony Lazzeri. Lazzeri doubles and later scores the 4th run of the inning. In the 8th, Cedric Durst, subbing for Earle Combs, hits one out of the park, and Ruth follows with his third homer of the game. Final score is 7–3 and the Yanks sweep their second straight WS. Ruth’s World Series BA of .625 is still unmatched; with Gehrig’s .545 and a record 9 RBI, they also set individual and team offensive records for hits, HRs, total bases, and at bats in a game.

15th  Walter Johnson signs a 3-year contract to manage the Senators, Griffith having secured his release from the 2nd year of his contract to manage Newark. Tris Speaker will take over as Newark’s manager.

16th  Gordon “Mickey” Cochrane wins AL MVP honors, edging Heinie Manush by 2 points. Neither Ruth nor Gehrig is eligible, having won before.

17th  George Moriarty resigns as Tigers manager and is replaced by ousted Washington skipper Bucky Harris. Moriarty will return to the ranks of the AL umpires.

29th  The Giants send OF Lefty O’Doul and cash to the Phils for OF Freddy Leach.

1928 November

6thVoters in Cleveland approve a bond issue to build a giant municipal stadium near the lakefront to attract events for the 1932 Olympics.

Voters in Massachusetts approve Sunday baseball in Boston, provided that the ballpark is more than 1,000 feet from a church. This leaves Pennsylvania as the only state with no Sunday baseball in the major leagues.

7th The Cubs get Rogers Hornsby from the financially strapped Braves in exchange for $200,000, IF Fred Maguire, P Percy Jones, C Lou Legett, former A’s P Harry Seibold, and P Bruce Cunningham. Braves owner-president Emil Fuchs also decides to be his own manager. He’ll be the last manager with no pro playing experience until Ted Turner’s one game, in the 1970s. Under Fuchs, the Braves will finish 56-98, good for last place.

19th  In one of their most important acquisitions ever, Indians GM Billy Evans sends $40,000 and 2 players to San Francisco (PCL) for OF Earl Averill. Averill asks for and gets $5,000 from the Tribe as part of the deal. He’ll play 11 years in Cleveland, hitting .316.

21st  The Cardinals sign Billy Southworth as manager; Bill McKechnie goes down to Rochester (IL).

28th  The NL buys George Magerkurth from the PCL for $2,000. This is the highest price paid for a new ump.

1928 December

2nd  Cardinals 1B Jim Bottomley is voted NL MVP with 76 points to 70 for Giants 3B Fred Lindstrom, whose .358 BA was 3rd behind Hornsby and Paul Waner.

8th The Cardinals sell veteran SS Rabbit Maranville and George Harper to the Braves.

11th  At the NL meeting, President John Heydler proposes the designated hitter for pitchers to improve and speed up the game. He contends fans are tired of seeing weak-hitting pitchers come to bat. Heydler refers to his idea as “the tenth regular.”

Brooklyn sends P Jesse Petty to Pittsburgh for SS Glenn Wright. Wright will injure his arm in a handball accident and will play just 24 games in 1929, but in 1930 he’ll post career highs in hitting and HRs.

12th  The Pirates buy lefthander Larry French from Portland (PCL).

15th  The Red Sox trade Buddy Myer back to Washington for P Hod Lisenbee, P Milt Gaston, IF Bobby Reeves, IF Grant Gillis, and OF Elliot Bigelow. Myer will become a top player in the 1930s.

17th  At a joint meeting, a rule is changed that ends the practice of minor league teams selling star prospects to friendly ML clubs for high prices, then getting the players back, forcing another ML club to pay the reputed price for the player. Other changes ban the signing of players under the age of 17 and set a $7,500 price tag on any first-year player.

NL President John Heydler’s designated hitter idea gets the backing of John McGraw, but the AL is against it.

1929 January

1st  OF Jim Bell of Cienfuegos becomes the first to connect for 3 HRs in one game during professional league play in Cuba. Bell’s feat occurs at Alda Park in a 15–11 victory over Club Havana.

3rd  A newspaper in Texas reports that a “Negro Fan Dies From Blow” resulting from being hit by a ball thrown by Art Shires, when with Waco, threw a ball into the stands. The article goes on to state that “Physicians reported that Lawson’s death was due to a spinal condition induced by the blow from the ball on the head.” Later Lawson files suit against both Shires and the Waco Baseball Association. The suit has not yet been tried. (unsourced clipping, Hall of Fame, Shires file).

15th  Meeting in Philadelphia, the Eastern Baseball club owners form the American Negro League. The league will comprise of Hillsdale, the Lincoln Giants, Baltimore Black Sox, Atlantic City Bacharach Giants, Cuban Stars, and the Homestead Grays. Ed Bolton of Hilldale is elected president. It will disband in February 1930 for various reasons, one being the loss of the lease on Hilldale Park.

22nd  The Yankees announce they will put numbers on the backs of their uniforms, becoming the first baseball team to start continuous use of the numbers. The first numbers are based on positions in the batting order; thus, Ruth will wear number 3 and Gehrig 4. In a few weeks, the Indians announce that they, too, will put numbers on the uniforms and by 1931 all AL teams will use them; it will be 1933 before all NL players are numbered.

1929 February

2nd  Florence Killilia announces that she will operate the Milwaukee club (AA), left to her by her father Henry who died on January 23rd. Killilia was one of the founders of the AL.

11th  The Boston city council finally approves the Sunday sports ordinance allowing for Sunday baseball. And MLB can finally issue its 1929 schedule.

20th  The Red Sox announce they will play Sunday games, allowed for the first time, at Braves Field, because Fenway Park is located too close to a church.

28th The White Sox send vet outfielder Bibb Falk to the Indians in exchange for catcher Martin Autry. Falk will hit over .300 in each of his three years with Cleveland.

1929 March

13th NL umpire and former slugger Sherry Magee dies of pneumonia at the age of 44. Magee is the only player to lead the league 4 times in runs batted in and not be in the Hall of Fame.

19th In St. Petersburg, the Yankees beat the Braves, 6-5, in 10 innings on Tony Lazzeri’s 2-out hit. It is the third win for New York in the “Sunshine City Series” with Boston. Pitching for the Yankees, the unrelated Thomas boys—Fay and Myles—keep Boston in the game by issuing 9 base on balls and both falling on bunts laid down by the Braves hitters. Fay issues two bases-loaded walks, while Myles allows one.

In Los Angeles, the Cubs take the rubber game in their series with Los Angeles, winning 11-3, behind the pitching of minor league vet Trader Horne and Hank Grampp. The righty Grampp is the Cubs regular batting practice pitcher.

24th Portland’s (PCL) Denny Williams is killed and 3 other players injured when their car is struck by another car. They were driving from San Diego to spring training in Santa Ana. On March 31 PCL player Clyde Nance dies in an auto accident near Merced, California. Nance is a pitcher with the SF Missions.

1929 April

16th  The Cubs open at Wrigley Field before an estimated 50,000, the biggest Opening Day turnout they’ve ever had, and lose to the Pirates, 4–3. They are without the services of Gabby Hartnett, who sustained an arm injury on a throw to 2B in the second spring training game. He’ll catch just one game, in September.

St. Louis veteran Pete Alexander tosses a 5-hitter at the Reds and wins, 5–2. Red Lucas takes the loss.

Both the Yankees and Indians, the two major league teams with the innovative numbers on the backs of the players’ uniforms are scheduled to open today, but rain cancels the New York opener. Cleveland opens at home and hands new Tiger’s manager Bucky Harris his first loss, 5–4, in 10 innings. Cleveland rookie Earl Averill, no. 5, cracks an 0-2 pitch for a homer in his first at bat, off Earl Whitehill (Averill’s #3 will later be retired). The numberless Charlie Gehringer matches the rookie in the 3rdinning, hitting his off Cleveland’s Joe Shaute. The Indians will wear numbers only on their home uniforms. Averill is just the 2nd player to connect for a homer in his first at-bat: Luke Stuart was the first, in 1921. Averill will later go into the Hall of Fame, the first to homer in his first at bat.

17th  President Herbert Hoover throws out the first ball in Washington and then watches the Athletics win, 13–4. The previous day’s game, marking the home opening for Washington, was rained out.

Rogers Hornsby’s 9th career grand slam powers the Cubs to a 13-2 shellacking of the visiting Pirates. Hornsby is now tied with Babe Ruth for the ML career lead in grand slams. His slam comes off Fred Fussell in the 8th inning: The Rajah was booed in the 7th when he struck out with the sacks full.

Babe Ruth and actress Claire Hodgson are married at 5 a.m. to avoid crowds. The Yankee home opener with the Red Sox is again rained out so the wedding party continues uninterrupted.

18th After two cancellations of their season start—their first ever—the Yankees open against the Red Sox before 40,000 at the Stadium, winning, 7–3. Judge Landis presents diamond-studded watches to the New York players in honor of their championship season in 1928. New York Starter George Pipgras allows just 3 hits in 5 1/3 innings, but walks 9. Reliever Fred Heimach then pitches hitless ball to preserve the win. In his first at bat against Boston’s Red Ruffing, the newly wed Babe hits a HR and as he rounds 2nd base, he doffs his cap to his bride Claire in the stands. Gehrig adds a HR in the 6th, off Milt Gaston. For the first time, the Yanks have numbers on their uniforms, assigned according to the player’s spot in the lineup: Combs, 1, Koenig, 2, Ruth, 3, Gehrig, 4, Meusel, 5, Lazzeri, 6, Durocher, 7, Grabowski, 8. The win goes to Pipgras # 14, with Heimach #17 picking up the save.

The Cubs continue their power hitting against the Pirates, winning, 11-1. Charlie Grimm hits a grand slam in the 3rd inning.

The Braves win their home Opener against Brooklyn, 13–12. Bob Smith gives up 16 hits and 9 runs in 7 innings but comes away with a win.

For the first time in 15 years, the Giants dress at their hotel and taxi to the ball park where they hand the host Quakers an 11–9 loss. The twice-deferred opener unfolds before a frigid 6,000. Lefty O’Doul bangs a pair of homers for Philley, while Hurst and Larry Benton, in relief of winning pitcher Hubbell, add round trippers for New York. Benton’s comes in the Giants 6-run 9th, when the New Yorkers twice pull off successful double steals. Each time Phils catcher Virgil Davis fires the ball into CF.

19th The Giants bounce the Phils, 14–5, on 20 hits. Also hitting are Philley 1B Don Hurst and the Giants Harry Kelly, who was verbally riding Hurst from the bench. When separated, Hurst is ejected. Vet Carl Mays is the winning pitcher, running his winning streak to 13 games over the Phils. He’s never lost (1st win: May 13, 1924) and it is his final decision against the Quakers.

Against the host Browns, the White Sox tie the score in the 8th, then win in the 9th, 5–4, when Bill Cissell steals home.

20th In a 5-2 Phillies win over Brooklyn, Les Sweetland beans Del Bissonette who leaves the game. Bissonette will struggle as a result of the injury and his average will drop from last year’s .320 average to .281. He will have a series of 9 operations over the winter as a result of the beaning.

21st In Chicago before 45,000, the Cubs top the Cards, 4–0, with Guy Bush winning over Willie Mitchell. Hornsby is 4-for-4 with two doubles, but the Rajah will go 1-for-13 in his next three games.

Detroit P Earl Whitehill hits his first ML homer, off Browns reliever Herb Cobb, to help himself to a 16–9 win. Whitehill will hit 2 more homers this year, then just one more in his career. Harry Heilmann has 4 RBIs and rookie Dale Alexander, batting cleanup, hits his first ML homer, off reliever Chad Kimsey, and knocks in 4 runs. Alexander will have a marvelous rookie year, hitting 25 homers, batting .343, and knocking in 137 runs. He will have 135 RBIs in his second season: only Joe DiMaggio will bat in more runs in his first 2 years in the majors. Another home run note is struck by the light hitting Frank Sigafoos, who hits a ball into the bleachers, but it does not count as the umpire had called a balk on the pitcher (as noted by Bill Deane). By the rules of the day, the homer doesn’t count. It would have been the only homer Sigafoos hits in the majors. One plus on the St. Louis side is Beauty McGowan who has 3 doubles and 3 RBIs. Frank O’Rourke has 2 doubles and a homer for the Brownies.

About 40,000 fans brave a cold rain in New York to watch the Yankees in their first Sunday game. The A’s Jimmy Dykes has a 2-run homer to help Lefty Grove beat the Yanks, 7-4.

22nd It’s the Cubs turn as Pat Malone shuts out the Cardinals, 3–0, beating Pete Alexander.

Helped by a balk call, the Tigers score a run in the first inning, and it is the only score in a 1–0 win over the Browns. George Uhle is the winner. There are two balks called in the game, making a total of 6 called in the 3-games series in St. Louis.

23rd The Yankees become the first team to wear numbers on their road uniforms when they invade Fenway Park. The Red Sox are unimpressed and win, 4–2.

24th Harry Heilmann has three hits, including a homer and drives in 3 as Detroit edges the visiting Indians, 7-6. Rice saves the game with a sliding catch in the 9th inning. Charlie Jamieson has a pair of doubles and, for the second day in a row, a stolen base. It will go to Charlie’s head and he will get thrown out the next 13 times he tries to steal this season. This is a slightly lower rate (in fact, the worst percentage of anyone with 2 steal in history) than last year when he had three steals and was thrown out 12 times.

26th Backed by a 20-hit attack, Wes Ferrell (3-0) beats Detroit, 11-5. The Indians score 6 runs in the top of the 9th to put the game away.

27th At Brooklyn, Brooklyn relief pitcher Clise Dudley becomes the second man to hit a HR on the first ML pitch he sees, one thrown by Claude Willoughby. Dudley will hit two more homers in his 4 ML years. He is more than matched by Chuck Klein, with a single, double and homer from the 7th spot, who leads the Phils to an 8–3 win.

In Philadelphia, Al Simmons hits a 8th inning grand slam off George Pipgras to give the A’s a short-lived 7-7 tie with the Yankees. New York plates a pair in the 9th to win, 9-7.

28th The Red Sox play the first Sunday game in Boston history, at Braves Field, losing to the A’s 7–3. Protests by a few members of a nearby church are the reason for the shift from Fenway. The Braves, rained out of their scheduled Sunday game on April 21, will play their first Sunday home game on May 5. Starter Red Ruffing gives up 4 runs in the 6th, including consecutive homers by Miller and Dykes. When Milt Gaston takes over in the 7th he pitches to his brother Alex, the 2nd brother battery in AL history: Tommy and Homer Thompson, one game in 1912 for the Yankees, were the first.

At Navin Field, the Browns double the Tigers, 6-3, but Dale Alexander is 1-for-2 for the Bengals to set a rookie mark of hitting in 13 straight games from the beginning of a career. This will be topped in 1941.

30th The visiting Braves score 8 runs in the 7th and hold on to trip the Phillies, 14-12. Bernie Friberg has 4 hits and drives in 6 runs for Philadelphia. Boston reliever Art Delaney hits a homer and drives in 2 runs to earn the decision.

With the help of a triple play the White Sox turn back the Indians, 8-4. With runners on 1B and 2B, the Sox get the first two outs on   6-3-2-5 play. Third baseman Willie Kamm, hides the ball and when Charlie Jamieson, who reached 3B on the play, steps off the bag, Kamm nails him to complete the tri-killing (as noted by Bill Deane).

1929 May

1st The first-place Athletics score 8 runs off Milt Gaston in the first 2 innings en route to a 24–6 pasting of the Red Sox. Grove is the easy winner, exiting after 5 innings. Foxx has a pair of homers and Simmons has 5 hits, including a double and homer. The 24 runs matches a franchise record set in the Cobb protest game in 1912, and the 29 hits sets a franchise mark.

4th At Comiskey Park, Lou Gehrig wallops 3 home runs against the Sox in an 11–9 New York shootout. His middle HR, in the 7th inning, is sandwiched between roundtrippers by Ruth and Bob Meusel. With his homer off Red Faber in the 2nd, Gehrig joins Ruth as the 2nd slugger to clear the RF stands, 75 feet high and 360 feet away from home plate. The Ruthian clout came off Tommy Thomas in 1927. His last homer of the day is served up by Dan Dugan.

At Baker Bowl, Cubs pitcher Pat Malone holds the Phillies scoreless, and collects 3 singles and 2 RBI to win easily, 16–0. Hack Wilson and Kiki Cuyler each hit 2 doubles, and Rogers Hornsby homers. The Cubs take the 2nd game as well, 9–7.

5th  The Braves play their first Sunday home game in history, losing to Pittsburgh, 7–2 before 35,000. The winning pitcher is Burleigh Grimes, who helps his own cause by starting a 3rd inning triple play (1-5-2-5-4-2) on a grounder by Spohrer. Mueller is run down, Spohrer is caught trying to reach 2B, and Maranville is caught trying to score. The Bucs have 4 triples, one each by the Waners.

6th  The AL announces that it will discontinue the MVP award. The NL will abandon it after this year; in 1931 the Baseball Writers Association will pick it up and conduct the balloting from then on.

In Chicago, the Yankees and Sox are tied 3-3 after 9 innings, but that quickly changes. Bob Meusel cracks a 10th inning grand slam off Tommy Thomas and the Yanks hang on as the Sox score 3 runs. The final is 7-6 New York.

7th  Yankee southpaw Tom Zachary wins a 6–5 game in relief at St. Louis, the first of his 12 wins without a loss for the year, a ML record. No pitcher will have a better season without losing a game. His batterymate, rookie Bill Dickey, helps out with his first major league homer, off General Crowder.

8th  At Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park, the Giants Carl Hubbell pitches an 11–0 no-hitter against the Pirates, allowing just one walk. In the 9th, the 1sttwo batters reached on errors before Hubbell records a strikeout and starts the game-ending DP. It’s the first no-hitter by a lefthander since Hub Leonard in 1918. Chick Fullis starts the scoring with a HR in the 2nd, his 3rd in three days, and Mel Ott adds 2 HRs to take the NL lead.

9th Welcome to the majors, rook. Pittsburgh rookie Larry French makes his ML debut and Andy Cohen hits his first pitch for a leadoff homer. Chick Fullis homers on the 1st pitch in the 2nd inning, but French holds on to beat the Giants, 3–2.

10th The visiting Reds beat the Braves, 5–2, behind Red Lucas. Joe Stripp homers for Cincy, which scores another 3 unearned runs on Maranville’s first error of the year. Boston’s Lester Bell homers and teammate CF Earl Clark sets two NL records that will last the century: most putouts by a center fielder in a game (12), which will be tied often, and most chances (13).

At the Polo Grounds, the Cubs roll over the Giants, 11-4, handing Jack Scott his 10th straight loss to the Cubs. The streak started in 1925.

At Cleveland, Jake Miller stops the powerful A’s, 9-0. Batterymate Earl Averill does his part with a grand slam, connecting off Rube Walberg in the 3rd.

11th  After 25 consecutive complete games, White Sox righthander Tommy Thomas comes out in the 5th inning of a 9–2 loss to Washington. He will still lead the AL with 24 CG, the 3rd year in a row he’ll complete that many starts.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants Larry Benton stops the first-place Cubs on two hits and the Giants win, 6-0. Bill Terry puts the game away with a 7thinning grand slam.

12th With Eppa Rixey on the mound, the Reds win 9–3 over the Braves. Boston makes 25 assists.

13th In Cleveland, fans have no trouble telling the players apart, as both teams wear numbers on their uniform backs. This is a first in the majors. The Indians beat the Yanks 4–3, despite a homer by New York’s Mark Koenig off Willis Hudlin in the 6th inning. Also in the 6th, Yankee catcher Bill Dickey records three assists. For New York, it is their 3rd loss after 6 straight wins.

Veteran major league manager George Stallings dies of heart disease in Georgia after spending much of the previous twelve months hospitalized. When a doctor asked him if he knew why his heart was so bad, Stallings supposedly replied, “Bases on balls, you son of a bitch, bases on balls.” Stallings managed the Miracle Braves of 1914 to the World Series.

14th  After a slow start, the Athletics beat Detroit, 10–8, and move past the Yankees into first place, where they will stay for the rest of the year. The Yanks are rained out. Starter Jack Quinn, with the help of 3 relievers, is the winner.

15th  Before the start of the game with Boston at Comiskey, Art Shires and White Sox manager Blackburne get into a yelling match over Shires wearing a red felt hat during warmups. Soon it turns to blows and when the two are separated, Blackburne hurls a fine of $100 at Shires, who reacts by walking out. He returns before the end of the game and a day later apologizes. Although he will be back in the lineup on June 4, it won’t end there.

16th In Boston, Mel Ott hits for the cycle in New York’s 5–4 10-inning loss to the Braves in a doubleheader nitecap. Ott’s HR in the 7th lands half-way up in the RF bleachers, the longest HR to that section since 1915. Joe Dugan matches Ott’s 4 hits and scores the winner. The Braves also win the opener, 4–3.

At Forbes Field, Jim Bottomley leads the Cardinals to a 10-9 10-inning victory over the Pirates. Bottomley has a single, a double and 2 homers to drive in 6 runs. Losing pitcher Steve Swetonic is 3-for-3 as the Bucs pepper 16 hits.

Cleveland pitcher Jake Miller allows his 1st run in 27 innings, giving up a pair of singles for a run in the 9th against the Browns. And that is the game, a 1–0 loss, as General Crowder takes the shutout win, allowing 2 hits.

17th At Baker Bowl, the Robins hang on to edge the Phillies, 14–13. Chuck Klein hits a 2-run homer in the 9th, but the Phils leave the bases full when Susce grounds out. O’Doul is 4-for-4 with 4 runs scored, while for Brooklyn, Babe Herman has 4 hits, including a homer.

Hack Wilson hits a 6th inning grand slam, off Pete Donahue, and the Cubs roll over the visiting Reds, 9-3. With the Cards losing to Pittsburgh, the Cubs lead the NL by a half game.

18th  Brooklyn and Philadelphia score a ML-record 50 runs in a doubleheader at Baker Bowl. The Robins (Dodgers) win the opener 20–16, as neither team makes an error, and the Phils take the 2nd game 8–6, despite a Dodgers triple play when O’Doul lines to 1B Hendricks. Highlights include Brooklyn’s Johnny Frederick scoring 5 runs in the opener, which combined with his 3 yesterday, gives him a ML-record 8 in 2 games. Both Frederick and teammate Babe Herman collect 5 hits in the slugfest. Chuck Klein homers in each game, #’s 7 and 8, with one of them a grand slam.

19th  At New York, Ruth and Gehrig hit back-to-back homers in the 3rd off Boston’s Jack Russell, but in the 5th a cloudburst at Yankee Stadium sends a standing-room-only crowd rushing for the exits. A stampede in the RF bleachers leaves 62 injured and 2 dead, a 19-year-old Hunter College student and a 60-year-old truck driver who are both in the RF bleachers. Jake Ruppert vows never again to sell more tickets than seats. There are 2 outs in the 5th when the game is stopped at 3–0.

In the 4th inning at Detroit, fleet White Sox CF Johnny Mostil, 2-time AL SB leader, breaks his right leg tripping over home on the uncontested front end of a double steal. The injury ends his ML playing days at the age of 33. Mostil missed most of the 1927 season following a suicide attempt in spring training in Shreveport. Ted Lyons wins for the Sox, 10–3, making 2 hits and scoring twice.

20th  Watty Clark stops the Giants on two hits and the Dodgers whip the Giants, 6-1. Rube Bressler has 2 doubles and a triple for Brooklyn.

22nd In Boston, the Phillies sweep the Braves, winning 6-3 and 13-4. Chuck Klein is 1-for-1 with 3 walks in game 1, then goes 5-for-6 with 4 RBIs in game 2.

23rd In Philadelphia, the A’s win a pair from the Senators by 9–8 scores. In game 1, they spot the Senators 8 runs in the 1st 2 innings and then come back to win. The win goes to Howard Ehmke, the A’s 4th pitcher. Walberg goes all the way to win the nitecap. Bluege has a HR in each game for the Nationals. The first-place A’s will sweep the series with the Nats.

The Browns split a pair with the Indians, losing the opener 5–4 in 12 innings, and taking the nitecap, 7–5. Oscar Melillo paces the 2nd game offense by hitting for the cycle.

24th  Chicago’s Ted Lyons and Detroit’s George Uhle go 21 innings before the Tigers get a run to win 6–5 in the longest game—3 hours and 31 minutes—ever seen to date at Comiskey Park. Uhle is the winner, tossing 20 innings, with Vic Sorrell pitching the bottom of the 21st. Lyons, the loser, goes the distance and gives up 24 hits. Charlie Gehringer drives in Johnson with a sac fly for the final run. No pitcher has matched either Lyons’ or Uhle’s marathon effort since. Les Mueller, in 1945, will come the closest.

25th At the Polo Grounds, the Giants belt 4 homers—2 by Jackson and one by Roush and Walsh—to whip the Braves, 10–3. Roush’s HR is the 2,000thin Giants history.

For the second time in a week, Brooklyn pulls off a triple play against the Phillies, this time doing it with the bases loaded. Peel lines to SS Dave Bancroft who fires to Hendrick and on to Moore. Brooklyn wins, 5-3.

26th Two pinch hitters supply the holiday fireworks: Les Bell for the Braves, off Carl Hubbell, and Pat Crawford for the Giants, off Socks Seibold, hit grand slams in New York’s 15–8 victory. New York plates 9 runs in the 6th inning to break a 2–2 tie. William Brandt, writing in the New York Times tomorrow will use the term “grand slam” to describe the action, the earliest recorded usage of the term (as noted by historian Skip McAfee). “The game’s most remarkable feature was the stark fact that each manager, in his turn, picked a pinch-hitter who delivered a home run with the bases filled.  One pinch-hitter thus producing what is known in baseball as a grand slam is enough to make a ball game momentous.  When two managers inside of a half-inning thus score a tie on each other in picking grand-slam pinch-hitters the game becomes one for the ages.”

Ten-for-ten might’ve done it, Taylor. Taylor Douthit is 7-for-10, including a grand slam, in a twinbill with the Pirates, but the Cardinals still drop a pair to the visiting Pirates, 12-8 and 7-5. Douthit has 6 RBIs in the opener.

White Sox spitballer Red Faber turns back the Tigers, 2–0, on a one-hitter. Gehringer’s single in the 4th is the only safety. The Sox score 2 runs in the 1st without a hit.

28th At Boston, the Red Sox top the first-place A’s, 5–4, to snap the Athletics 11–game win streak. Milt Gaston is the winner over Bill Shores.

29th The Pirates take over first place from the Cubs with their 8th straight win, a 7-2 whipping of visiting Chicago. Rookie Steve Swetonic, who holds the Cubs scoreless for 7 frames, is the winner.

Detroit’s George Uhle notches his 9th consecutive win of the year, beating the Browns, 7–6. McManus has 3 hits, including a HR and double for the Tigers.

Lew Fonseca totals 14 bases on two triples and two homers as the Indians scalp the White Sox, 11-1. Bibb Falk has two singles and two doubles as the Tribe amass 19 hits.

30th In Washington, the lackluster Yankees drop a pair to the Senators, losing 8-5 and 4-3. Washington scores 3 in the 9th to win the second game. New York is now in third place in the AL.

At the Polo Grounds the Giants win a pair of hard-fought battles from the Dodgers, 8-7 and 15-6. In the opener, Brooklyn knocks out Carl Hubbell after 5 innings, but the Giants score a pair in the bottom of the 9th to win. In game 2, Freddie Fitzsimmons gives up 14 hits in 7 innings but earns the victory. He also holds Harvey Hendrick hitless, ending his consecutive batting streak at 25 games. Mel Ott drives in 3 runs on a pair of doubles and Bill Terry has 4 RBIs on 3 hits.

31st George Sisler has 5 hits and scores 4 runs to lead the Browns to a 15-11 win over the White Sox. Every Brownie has 2 or more hits except winning pitcher Ernie Wingard, who has one. Rookie Ike Davis has 4 hits, including a pair of triples for Chicago. Davis will hit just .240 this year, but will score a 105 runs while leading all shortstops in DPs with 97. But his 53 errors earns him a return to the minors.

1929 June

3rd  Homerun-hitting 1B Joe “Unser Choe” Hauser is sold by the A’s to Cleveland.

At Yankee Stadium, New York edges the White Sox 1–0 in 1 hour, 20 minutes. Ed Wells allows 2 hits in beating Ted Lyons.

After losing 2 straight to the Phils, the Pirates wreak vengeance on the visiting Quakers, beating them 14–2. The Phils pull off a triple play in the 4th (Thompson to Hurst to Friberg) to keep the scoring down. Burleigh Grimes wins his 9th straight with no defeats.

After 9 straight wins, Detroit’s George Uhle loses, 3–2, to the A’s in 13 innings. Foxx opens the 13th with a double, 2 intentional walks follow, and an unintentional walk to Max Bishop ends it. Lefty Grove goes all the way for the win.

4th Former Red Sox owner Harry Frazee dies. Frazee is forever remembered as the man who sold the Babe to the Yankees.

Capped off by a steal of home, the Senators score 6 runs in the 9th inning, 2 on a single by Jack Hayes, to beat the Browns, 9-8. Ossie Bluege steals home with Chad Kimsey on the mound. The winner is ex-Yankee Walt Beall, making his first appearance for the Nats (as noted by Jan Larson).

The first-place Cards split a pair with the visiting Dodgers, winning 3-1 behind Jesse Haines in the opener. Jim Bottomley has a double and homer and drives in 2. Harvey Hendrick has a pair of homers in the nightcap to drive in 6 runs as Brooklyn wins, 11-8.

5th The last-place Reds take advantage of the Phils’ pitching and batter the visiting Quakers for a 21–4 win, hitting 5 triples. The Reds score 9 in the 6th and fail to score only in the 7th. Red Lucas scores 4 runs and is the victor while Hughie Critz drives in 6 runs.

7th Babe Ruth enters New York’s St. Vincent’s Hospital for treatment for a cold, and a heart murmur is discovered. The Babe is ordered to rest and will be out of action for two weeks. Without Ruth, the Indians cuff the Yankees, 7–3, sending them back into 3rd place. Joe Sewell hits a 3-run homer in the 1st and Ed Morgan follows with a roundtripper.

The first-place A’s are a bit too hospitable to the 2nd place Browns, as the Mound City Maulers score 15 runs in the first six innings to win, 15-6. Heinie Manush has a grand slam for St. Louis.

8th Burleigh Grimes wins his 10th straight as the Pirates roll over the Dodgers, 9–2. Dazzy Vance gives up 5 runs—all unearned—in relief.

9th Babe Herman’s bases-loaded double in the 8th pushes the lowly Dodgers past the league-leading Pirates, 9–6. Jess Petty is the loser, giving up 14 hits. The Waner brothers each hit a homer off starter McWeeny, but the win goes to Dudley in relief. It is the 2nd time the Waners have homered in the same game.

10th Pete Alexander, in relief of Clarence Mitchell, is hit hard by Philadelphia, but emerges with a 10–9 Cards win. Chick Hafey leads the Cards offense with a double, triple, and a homer.

11th Fred Fitzsimmons shuts out the Reds for the 2nd time in 4 days as the 4th-place Giants win, 9–0.

14th The New York Giants send Jimmy Welsh from whence he came, trading him back to the Braves for Doc Farrell. Welsh was hitting just .248 this season.

15th The Giants outlast Pittsburgh 20–15 in 14 innings as the 2 teams combine for 52 hits. New York scores 8 runs in the last inning, with the host Bucs plating three runs. The 8 runs in the 14th is a ML record for most runs in an extra inning and won’t be matched in the NL this century. The game takes 4 hours and 17 minutes to complete. For New York, Edd Roush has 5 hits, while Fred Lindstrom, Travis, Jackson, and Fred Leach add 4 apiece. Jackson hits include 2 homers, double, and a triple, good for 7 ribbies. The Pirates are no slackers collecting 24 hits including 6 by Lloyd Waner and 4 by Rollie Hemslie. After Donie Bush is ejected in the 14th, fans behind 3B toss pop bottles, and a half inning later fans surge onto the field. Police hold the fans in check.

After the Phillies score 5 runs in the top of the 6th, four on a grand slam by Spud Davis, the Cubs use a 6-run 7th to win, 8–7. Rogers Hornsby has a grand slam in the frame, the 10th of his career to briefly take over the ML career lead in that category. Babe Ruth will add three slams to his total by year’s end.

16th  The Reds beat Burleigh Grimes, 8–1, ending the Pirate spitballer’s 10-game win streak. He’ll finish 17–7, the top Pittsburgh hurler. The Bucs win the opener, 8–3, behind Heine Meine’s pitching and 4 hits by Lloyd Waner.

Phils P Ray Benge strikes out 13 Cubs, the high in the NL this year, in Chicago to win, 7–2.

18th  Bill Terry of the Giants racks up 9 hits and 6 RBIs in a doubleheader against the Dodgers, but the Giants lose both games 8–7 and 7–6.

At Wrigley Field, Hack Wilson drives in 6 runs to lead the Cubs to a 13-6 victory over the rival Cardinals. Wilson clouts a grand slam, off Hal Haid, in Chicago’s seven-run 5th.

19th  In their 2nd straight doubleheader, the Giants sweep the Phillies, winning 15–14, in 11 innings, and 12–6. Mel Ott has 2 HRs and 4 doubles for the day—just the 2nd major leaguer to have 6 long hits in a twinbill, while Edd Roush goes 8-for-12. His 5 hits in game 2 is his third 5-hit game in 5 weeks. In tomorrow’s 11–6 win over the Phils, Ott will have 3 RBIs, giving him 11 straight games with at least one ribbie. The 20-year-old will have 27 RBI in the 11 games, and will finish the season with 151, 2nd in the NL. Lefty O’Doul has 5 hits in the opener.

20th The Giants continue beating the Phillies like a rented mule, winning, 11–6, as Mel Ott knocks in 3 runs, the 11th straight game that Memphis Bill has tallied a RBI. He’s driven in 27 runs in the streak. Freddy Leach has 3 hits, including a HR, and 4 runs, while Edd Roush has 3 hits.

In Chicago, Cubs pitcher Art Nehf edges Cardinals veteran Pete Alexander, 7–6. The Cardinals will drop Alexander from the starting rotation and on July 1st he will enter the Keely Institute where he’ll dry out. Alexander will rejoin the team in New York in mid-July.

21st The A’s and Yankees split a pair at the Stadium, with the A’s winning game 1, 11-1. Al Simmons scores 5 runs. New York takes the 2nd game, 8-3.

Pittsburgh’s George Grantham hits a grand slam to lead an 18-hit attack at Wrigley Field. The Corsairs prevail, 14-3, and wrest first-place from the Cubs.

At Boston, the Dodgers score 4 runs in the 15th to beat the Braves, 7-3, and pin the loss on a tired starter Ray Benge. Both teams score a pair in the 12th.

22nd The Giants sweep a pair in Philadelphia, winning 12-6 and 12-5 to stay in 4th place, 2 ½ games behind the Pirates. Mel Ott leads the way in game 1 by belting a 2-run homer in the 1st off Les Sweetland, then taking a pitch on the right elbow in the 3rd. (as noted by Retrosheet) The Phils allow a courtesy runner, Joe Genewich, to run for Ott. Mel pays Sweetland back in the 5th with another homer, and adds a 2-run double in the 6th off Hal Elliot. The Phils walk Ott in the 8th.

At Yankee Stadium in game 1, Rube Walberg tires, giving up 3 runs in the 9th, but the A’s win 7-3. Cochrane and Foxx contribute 2-run homers. Game 2 is a 14-inning battle between George Pipgras and Jack Quinn with New York finally winning, 4-3. The Yankees collect 18 hits off the spitballer, including 5 by Earle Combs, while Pipgras allows 4. The A’s leave no runners on base, an AL record for LOB in an extra inning game.

The Tigers sell infielder Frank Sigafoos to the White Sox.

23rd In the 2nd game of a doubleheader at Boston, P Phil Collins of Philadelphia hits a 2nd inning grand slam, off Kent Greenfield, but the Braves still prevail 7–5. The game is stopped prior to completion because of state Blue laws enacted last year that call for Sunday games to end at 6 p.m. Boston tops the Phils, 5-1, in the opener.

At the Polo Grounds, the Dodgers score in the 7th, 8th and 9th innings to tie the Giants at 8 apiece. Brooklyn scores again in the 14th to win, 9-8, with Cy Moore’s 6-inning scoreless effort earning him the win. Catcher Hank DeBerry is 6-for-7 with 3 RBIs for the Dodgers, the second 6-hit game in 8 days.

Before 43,000 at Wrigley, Pittsburgh makes it three in a row over the Cubs, winning 8–7. Swetonic gets the win in relief.

At Yankee Stadium, the A’s top the Yanks, 7–4, to win the windup of the 5-game series. For the 3rd game of the series, Huggins tries a lefty and the A’s batter him. Wells is the victim. Simmons, Foxx, and Haas homer for the A’s, while Gehrig hits his 20th for NY. The A’s lead the Yanks by 8 ½ games. The game draws 51,000 bring the 5 game total to 184,000 paid.

25th Down 2–1 going into the bottom of the 7th, the Tigers score 11 runs and win 14–2. The Sox help with 5 errors in the inning.

26th At Boston, Denny Sothern hits a 2nd inning grand slam in the opener as the Phils down the Braves, 6-0. Ray Benge records on of his two shutouts for the year. The Quakers take the second game, 5-2.

27th Roy Johnson hits a second inning grand slam and the Tigers defeat the visiting Indians, 6-2.

29th The Cubs Charlie Grimm strokes a first inning grand slam off Bill Sherdel and Sheriff Blake holds on to corral the Cardinals, 10–7.

At Philadelphia, the Yanks use 4 A’s errors and two Ruth homers to beat the A’s, 7–5. The loss goes to Grove, his 2nd of the year. Bing Miller is hitless, ending his 28-game hit streak.

1929 July

1st This game is rigged. Riggs Stephenson drives in 7 runs for the Cubs on two homeruns and a double against the Cardinals in game called after six innings so the Birds can catch a train for Pittsburgh. The game ends in an 11-11 tie and leaves the Cubs still in first place by a half game over Pittsburgh. Rigg’s first homer is a grand slam in the 1st, off Fred Frankhouse. The Cards are in fourth place, five games out.

3rd  The Cubs and Reds turn 9 double plays, tying the Detroit-Washington 1925 mark for a regulation game and setting the NL mark (tied in 1961). The 7–5 Chicago win is their 7th in a row (with one tie in the middle), giving them a half-game lead over the Pirates. The AL mark of 9 DPs will be broken by the Twins-Red Sox in 1990 (10).

Assault & battery. At Forbes Field, the Pirates batter Bill Sherdel for 21 hits as they beat the Cardinals, 13-2. Paul Waner has 4 hits and the battery of Charlie Hargreaves and Burleigh Grimes each have 4 hits and 3 RBIs. The 8 hits by the battery is likely a record, to be topped by Miller & Burgess on August 9, 1953.

Chicago’s Carl Reynolds swipes home in the 10th inning against the Indians as the Sox score 3 to win, 6–3. Wes Ferrell is the losing pitcher against reliever McKain.

Babe Ruth belts a grand slam, off Red Ruffing, in the 7th as the Yanks rally to beat the visiting Red Sox, 6–5. Reliever Lefty Heimach wins his own game with an inside-the-park homer in the 8th inning. Losing pitcher Red Ruffing also hits a home run.

Andy Reese and Bill Terry each have 5 hits as the Giants pepper the Braves with 20 safeties to win, 11-3. Dutch Henry is the winning pitcher.

4th After the Cubs lose the opener, 9-8, when the Reds score in the 9th, Chicago is ready for battle. After singling in the 8th of game 2, the Cubs Hack Wilson jumps into the Reds dugout to fight pitcher Ray Kolp, who has been needling him. Wilson is stopped and ejected before reaching Kolp, and is also tagged out by Chuck Dressen. The Cubs win 10–5, and that evening, when both teams are at Chicago’s Union Station awaiting trains, Wilson floors Reds pitcher Pete Donahue. Wilson will be briefly suspended for the fight. Later in the year, Wilson will go into the stands to floor a heckler. The heckler suffers a cut lip and sues Wilson for $20,000, but the charges are dismissed.

At Ebbets Field, Chuck Klein has 5 hits in game 1 to lead a 22-hit attack as the Phillies outslug the Dodgers, 14-12. Game 2 is relatively sedate as Johnny Morrison (6-0) stops the Phillies, 5-3.

In what will be remembered as “the Fight” begins innocently in the a.m. game at Nicollet Park when St. Paul (American Association) pitcher Huck Betts throws at the head of Hughie McMullen of Minneapolis. Betts ducks and eventually grounds to the first baseman who tosses to Betts covering 1B. McMullen runs hard and deliberately spikes the pitcher as he crosses the bag. Betts then fires the ball at the back of McMullen’s head, but misses. First base coach Sam Boehne rushes Betts and starts punching, a move that empties both dugouts and results in a melee. A dozen policemen eventually break up the fight.

San Francisco (PCL) slugger Babe Pinelli takes advantage of his read on the Seattle rookie catcher, who is tipping the pitches by the way he holds his glove and goes 6-for-6 in a 22-10 slugfest. Pinelli has 3 homeruns including two grand slams and 12 RBIs (as noted by John Spalding).

5th  The Phils edge the Cardinals, 10-9, on Chuck Klein’s solo homer, his 20th circuit clout, in the bottom of the 9th inning. St. Louis has now lost 10 straight.

Cleveland tips the White Sox, 11-10, despite being outhit 20 to 12. The Tribe get 5 runs in the 7th, highlighted by Bibb Falk’s 3-run homer. Pitcher Jimmy Zinn drives in 4 runs for the Indians on a double and triple, but the win goes to Hudlin.

The Giants become the first team to install a public address system. Tomorrow they will host the Dodgers and lose, 4–0. (source: Nemec’s fascinating baseball facts), their 10th loss in 16 games to Da Bums.

In an exhibition game in Olean, New York, the Robins score 6 runs in the 1st on 3 homers off Bump Hadley but Brooklyn fails to score again and loses to Washington, 8-6.

6th  After losing 11 in a row, including a 10–6 loss in the opener, the Cardinals break out in the 2nd game. They score 10 in the first inning and 10 more in the 5th to wallop the host Phils, 28–6, on 28 hits. The run and hit totals are NL records for this century, and the 9 Cards scoring 2+ runs ties the ML mark. The Cardinals (43) and Phillies (30) combine for a ML-tying 73 hits in the doubleheader at cozy Baker Bowl. Jim Bottomley is the major Redbird contributor with a grand slam and 7 RBIs in the game to go with his two homers in the opener. Chick Hafey has 5 hits and also clouts a grand slam for St. Louis. Taylor Douthit adds 5 hits and two walks while winning pitcher Fred Frankhouse contributes another 4 hits. The two teams combine for a NL record 5 players having 4+ hits in a 9-inning game. Claude Willoughby takes the loss. June Greene throws 4+ innings allowing 11 runs in what is the final though not worst outing of his career. In his two-year 6-game career, June racks up an ERA of 18.38 in 15+ innings, to set a franchise record for pitchers with more than 10 IP.

After watching the Tigers belt 8 HRs on July 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, the Browns used the off day yesterday to erect a screen in front of the RF pavilion. The screen stretches 156 feet from the foul pole toward CF, 310 feet down the line from home. This screen will remain in place into the 1950s, the only stadium with extended OF seating where it is impossible to catch a home run ball. The screen has no effect today as the Yankees win, 3–1. Meusel has a double for the only extra-base hit in the game.

A fire destroys the grandstand at Detroit’s Mack Park, ruining a doubleheader between the Negro NL Detroit Stars and the Kansas City Monarchs. There are 103 fans injured, four badly, when gasoline, spread over the wet infield and lit to dry it off, bursts into flame (as noted by Rod Nelson). The ensuing grandstand fire destroys the ball park.

7th Pittsburgh jumps out to an 8-0 lead over Brooklyn and then rolls to a 17-6 win. Two Buc pitchers, Erv Brame and Fred Fussell, hit homers, a first in the 20th century.

In St. Louis, Heinie Manush hits 3 balls off the newly erected screen against the Yankees’ Waite Hoyt, good for a single and 2 doubles, while Ruth hits 2 off it in the series, including one today. The Browns win, 7–2, to snap the Yankees 8-game winning streak. They stay in second place, 8.5 games behind Philadelphia and essentially even with the Browns.

8th Donie Bush, manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, thinks his fast traveling Buccaneers may win the NL pennant if the lively ball does not kill or maim some of his best players. (as noted in today’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). “The Pirate pilot was asked if the ball is as closely related to a rabbit as has been alleged by some indignant players. ‘It’s not a ball, it’s a bullet,’ said Donie. ‘Somebody’s going to get killed if they don’t watch out. A pitcher who has to put the ball over hasn’t a chance. All he can do is to pitch and duck.’ However, if the Pirates do not forget to duck, the manager thinks he has a great chance to win another pennant.”

9th  Cardinals OF Chick Hafey, with 8 straight hits in his 2 previous games, gets 2 more before the Phils’ “Fidgety Phil” Collins stops him. His 10-for-10 ties the NL record. The Cards win 7–4 in 10 innings, as Jim Bottomley drives in 5 runs with his fourth 2-homer game of the season. Lefty O’Doul has his second 5-hit day in a month.

10th  The Pirates outslug the Phillies 15–9 at the Baker Bowl. Pittsburgh hits 5 HRs; the Phils, 4, with one HR coming in each inning, a virtually insurmountable ML record.

Cleveland pitcher Wes Ferrell hits the first of his ML 38 home runs, the top mark for pitchers. Washington’s Bump Hadley serves up today’s gopher. Bibb Falk adds a homer as the Indians and Ferrell win, 9–7.

For the 2nd time in 3 days, Marty McManus hits a grand slam, one of his 3 hits, and his homer is the difference in Detroit’s 10–6 win over the visiting Red Sox. Milt Gaston is the loser, giving up 14 hits in 6 innings. Marty hit a 4-run homer on July 8 in the second game win over the Nationals, 16-6.

11th Down 6–4 to Detroit after 5 innings, the Red Sox plate 10 runs in the 6th inning to win 15–8. The Tigers stanch the scoring in the 7th with a triple play. Hot-hitting Marty McManus has 5 hits, including 2 homers, for Detroit.

In a PCL game at Oaks Park, Oakland’s Roy Carlisle takes SF’s Curt Davis downtown with a homerun that lands on top of a house 618 feet away, one of the longest documented homers ever.

12th The Tigers score 4 runs in the 9th to defeat the Red Sox, 13–12. Gehringer is hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Bob Johnson has 4 hits, including his 2nd homer in 3 days. The two teams combine to use 8 pitchers, and the game is the longest this year in the majors: 2 hours: 54 minutes.

At Brooklyn, the Cards score 5 in the 9th but the Dodgers come back to plate 6 runs and win, 8–7. They are helped by Cards starter Syl Johnson who walks 10 men before exiting in the 9th. But the loss goes to Hal Held, who walks two with the bases loaded as the Cards make three errors in the frame. Johnny Frederick, who made the only out in the 9th leading off, drives in the winning run with a single. The Dodgers leave 13 on base today and 14 in their last game. The Cards score the only runs of the first 7 innings with 2 in the 5th, and as reported in the New York Evening World, it appears that a dead batch of balls was used. “An examination of one of the new spheres revealed its cover was not at all glossy. The rough finish of the balls enabled pitchers Vance and Johnson to grip them more tightly and thus increase their effectiveness. The members of the two teams hit several pitched balls solidly, but the balls did not travel with their customary speed. The first safe hit of the game was not made until Frederick of the Dodgers singled to right in the third inning. Infielders had more chances than usual. The new balls were quickly recognized by the players when carried onto the playing field by Umpire McLaughlin. They were eagerly examined by members of the St. Louis and Brooklyn teams before being put into play.” (as noted by Retrosheet).

13th  After the lead changes four times at Ebbets Field, the Dodgers score 9 runs in the 8th inning to whip the faltering Cardinals, 15-8. Babe Herman has a grand slam in the 8th.

14th  Led by Curt Walker, who hits a 3rd inning grand slam off Clise Dudley, the Reds down the Dodgers, 12-3, at Ebbets Field.

Pitching for the Birmingham Black Barons, Satchel Paige strikes out 17 in beating the Detroit Black Stars, 5-1. Paige allows two hits, one a homer by John Jones (as noted by Christopher Hauser).

15th  In Philadelphia, the Cubs take a pair from the Phillies, winning 9-6 and 7-6. Chuck Klein hits an 8th inning rand slam in game 2 for the Phils to make it close. The Cubs are 2 ½ games behind the Pirates.

17th  In Philadelphia, Rogers Hornsby hits a three-run homer in the 4thinning and the Cubs roll to a 16-3 win over the Phils.

18th  Trying to curb the hitters, NL president Heydler orders umpires to rub up new balls before each game to remove the gloss and slightly discolor them.

The Cardinals rally for 5 runs in the 8th against the Braves, to help Pete Alexander win his 6th, 6–4.

The Cubs move within a game of 1st place by beating the Robins, 11–7, scoring 7 runs in the 1st inning. Carlson is the winner for Chicago with relief help from Nehf. The Cubs blow a chance to pad their run total in the 9th when Riggs Stephenson is nabbed on a hidden ball trick by 2B Billy Rhiel to Dave Bancroft (as noted by Bill Deane).

20th The Cubs sweep two from the Robins, 6–5 in 10 innings and 4–1 and take over first place from the Pirates. Guy Bush (13-1) wins the opener over Watty Clark and Sheriff Blake bests Johnny Morrison. Hack Wilson has safeties in each game to run his consecutive game batting streak to 27 games.

The first-place A’s hand the Tigers their 3rd loss in a row, beating Detroit, 6–2. Lefty Grove strikes out 8 to pick up the win.

Ted Lyons and the White Sox beat the visiting Indians, 13–4. Willie Kamm homers for the Sox and applies the hidden ball trick to Charley Jamieson in the 7th.

21st Wes Ferrell outpitches Waite Hoyt to give Cleveland a 6–4 win over the Yankees. Babe Ruth, still nursing a leg injury, contributes a pinch single. Gehrig is tossed in the 4th inning for protesting a strike 3 call, and Miller Huggins quickly follows.

The A’s beat Detroit again, winning 10–7, in 11 innings.

The Robins beat the Cubs, 3–1, dropping Chicago out of first place. It is Brooklyn’s first win in 10 starts against the Cubs. Dazzy Vance is the winner, striking out 10 including Hack Wilson 4 times. His only mistake is a solo homer to Hornsby. Pat Malone takes the loss.

Baltimore Black Sox outfielder Rap Dixon goes 3-for-3 in both games of a doubleheader against the Homestead Grays, to start a streak of 14-for-14. Dixon will go 5-for-5 in the first game against Hilldale on July 28, and 3-for-3 in the second game. On August 1 the string will stop when the Grays Daltie Cooper gets him out. Dixon is walked twice in his streak.

22nd After losing 7–3 to Rube Walberg, the Yankees capture a hair-raising 14-inning win, 4–3. George Pipgras matches the vet Jack Quinn, allowing just 4 hits the whole game. His wildness allows the Athletics to score 3 in the 1st, when Al Simmons belts a homer. For the 14 innings, the A’s set a record by leaving no runners on base.

23rd  The Athletics split with the visiting Indians, winning 4–1 before losing 9–3. Rube Walberg wins his 13th in the opener, beating Willis Hudlin. Mickey Cochrane (#22) and Al Simmons bang homers. In the nitecap, Wes Ferrell in the winner over ancient Jack Quinn. The high point for the A’s comes when Jimmie Foxx clouts a drive over the double-deck roof in LF, one of the longest homers hit at Shibe Park.

Pete Alexander pitches the Cards to a 5–2 win over the Phillies, allowing 10 hits and fanning 7. The Cardinals decide they made a mistake when they sent manager Bill McKechnie to Rochester and brought up Billy Southworth; they swap them back again.

The Robins outslug the Pirates to win 10–7 over Pittsburgh. In the 7th, Carmen Hill intentionally passes Del Bissonette to pitch to Billy Rhiel, who promptly belts a grand slam. Paul Waner lines an inside the park homer, while Babe Herman is 2-for-5 to keep his average at .395. Doug McWeeny is the winning pitcher.

24th  The Cubs regain the NL lead by beating the Giants in Chicago, 8–7; a 9-game winning streak gives them a 4 1⁄2 game lead. Today’s win goes to Mike Cvengros, who tops Fred Fitzsimmons. The Cubs offense is lead by Hack Wilson’s two home runs.

Wally Roettger’s grand slam, hit off Les Sweetland in the 6th, propels the Cardinals to a 6-4 win over the visiting Phillies. The Cards are now 45-45 and in 4th place.

The Yanks edge the Tigers, 7–5, behind the hitting of Bill Dickey. Dickey has 4 hits, including a homer, to back Herb Pennock’s pitching.

25th The Athletics blast the Indians, 21–3, lacing 25 hits against starter Johnny Miljus and Jimmy Zinn. Jimmie Foxx belts two homers, giving him 4 in three games, while Lefty Grove, the winning pitcher, also chips in with a round tripper. Miljus was picked up on waiver from Pittsburgh on July 10, but a week-long dispute which the Commissioner finally settled, prevented the big Serb from pitching.

Evar Swanson has 5 hits and pitcher Red Lucas has 4 as every hitter in the Reds lineup contributes to the 21-hit attack against Boston. The Reds prevail, 14-2.

26th In a slugfest at Wrigley Field, the first-place Cubs come back from a 7 run deficit after two innings to beat the Phillies, 13-10. The two teams total 35 hits. Chuck Klein has the biggest blow, a second inning grand slam, while Cliff Heathcote has 5 hits.

At Pittsburgh, George Grantham hits a grand slam in the 6th to give the Bucs a 6-2 lead, but they need three runs in the bottom of the 9th to pull out a 9-8 win over Boston. Pittsburgh remains one game behind the NL-leading Cubs.

27th The first-place Cubs sweep at Wrigley, beating the Phillies, 6-1 and 10-7. Rogers Hornsby has a homer and 3 RBIs to back Pat Malone in the opener. In game 2, Charlie Root (11-3) pitches and bats the Cubs to the win. Root has 3 hits and 4 RBIs. Chuck Klein has a hit and 2 RBIs for the Phils in game 2, extending his consecutive game hit streak to 25 contests.

28th At Wrigley, the Cubs down the Phillies, 7-3, behind Guy Bush (14-1). It is Bush’s 12th straight win in a row. Riggs Stephenson helps the cause with a 3-run homer, off Les Sweetland, in the 6-run 3rd. Chuck Klein goes hitless to stop his 25-game hitting streak.

At Yankee Stadium, Babe Ruth’s homer in the 12th gives the Yankees a 7-6 victory over the Browns. His homer leaves him one behind Gehrig who hits his 25th earlier. Len Dondero hits his only ML homer for the Browns, a 3-run shot and Wildfire Shulte has 4 hits for St. Louis.

29th In another slugfest at Wrigley, the Cubs outlast the Phillies to win, 12-10. Don Hurst’s grand slam for the Phils in the 6th briefly knots it at 9 apiece. The win gives Chicago a 3 ½ game lead over Pittsburgh, losers to the Braves.

At Forbes Field, the Braves plate 3 runs in the 9th to edge the Pirates, 10-9. Rabbit Maranville is 5-for-5 for Boston.

The lively ball is threatening the popularity of the National pastime in the opinion of the majority of major and minor league baseball managers and officials polled by the United News (as noted in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette). Ten major league managers favor a return to the dead ball, four like the present ball, one doesn’t care what kind of ball is used, and another failed to express an opinion. John P. McGraw and Wilbert Robinson are the leaders of the group who would return to the dead ball. Miller Huggins steadfastly sticks by the lively ball, but admits it might aid the game to help the pitcher. “We’ve got to play this game the ways the fans want it played,” Huggins said. “They build the stadiums and they pay the Ruths and Gehrigs. And they like the home runs. “President E.B. Barnard of the American League thinks the lively ball is being exaggerated as a menace to baseball, while President John Heydler of the National League maintains that there is no difference in the baseballs used in the senior circuit during the past 10 years.

Time magazine weighs in on the topic in the issue today with the following: “Lively Ball. Greatest topic of discussion in baseball this year has been the “lively” or “rabbit” official ball. Experts at playing, watching and writing about the game have become convinced it is the cause of a rise of 50 points in batting averages during recent years, the cause of multifarious homeruns, of double-figure scores. A. G. Spalding & Bros., official ball manufacturers, maintained that the “lively” ball is a myth, that no change had been made since 1909, when the cork centre was introduced. When the New York Telegram, crusading against the “lively” ball, last week produced cross-sections of a 1919 ball and of a 1929 ball to show that the 1929 ball contains a layer of rubber not found in its 1919 ancestor, Julian W. Curtiss, Spalding president, wrote to the Telegram: “Let me assure you that the life of the ball has not been changed since 1920.” He left the inference, satisfying to sticklers, that it had been changed between 1919 and 1920.”

30th For the 4th straight time this season, Fred Fitzsimmons shuts out the Reds, beating Jakie May, 3–0. Fitz’s mark against the Reds is a Giants club record.

Every batter contributes as the Phillies lash the Pirates, 13-5. Pinky Whitney belts a double, 2 triples and a homer.

31st  At Yankee Stadium Babe Ruth hits a fungo 447 feet in an unofficial test, beating all trial competition records. The old mark was held by Ed Walsh, who hit a ball 419 feet 6 inches in 1911. In the game today the Yanks crush the White Sox, 16–2, as Gehrig has a HR and reaches base 5 times.

The Athletics keep their AL lead at 9 ½ games by beating up on the Tigers 10–1, scoring 9 times in the 4th inning. Alexander has a HR for the Bengals only tally off Rube Walberg.

Braves OF Lance Richbourg leads Boston to a 1st game win over the Cubs, 7–1, when he lines a record-tying three triples against Charlie Root. Veteran outfielder/pitcher Socks Seibold, out of the majors for 10 years, picks up the win on his way to a team-high 12 victories. Pat Malone takes the nitecap for Chicago, 6–3.

1929 August

1st Grover Cleveland Alexander wins his 372nd game to tie Christy Mathewson’s NL record for wins [the record has since been amended to 373 wins]. The Cards top the Robins, 5–2.

2nd In the 9th inning at Philadelphia, 1B Don Hurst cracks his 6th HR in as many games, a ML record up to this time. In the 6 games, Hurst had no other hits. The Phils win 2–0 over Pittsburgh, with Les Sweetland allowing 11 hits in the shutout to beat Larry French.

At St. Louis, the Cards bomb Dazzy Vance for 18 hits and 13 runs in his six inning stint, before Uncle Robby mercifully removes him. As the Dazzler leaves, the band plays, “the old grey mare ain’t what she used to be.” Six of the blows are for extra bases, including Jim Bottomley’s 24th homer, as Sunny Jim knocks in 5 runs. Mitchell coasts home with the win for the Cards.

The A’s spot the Tigers six runs in the first inning, then rally to win, 11–10. Harry Heilmann had 4 hits, including two homers, for the losers, as did McManus and Alexander. The Tigers outhit the A’s 13–10. The A’s victory increases their AL lead to 11 ½ games over the Yankees, losers today to the Indians, 9–8.

After being shutout four straight times by Giants hurler Fred Fitzsimmons, the Reds score off him in the first inning, add two unearned runs in the 3rd to win, 3–2. Freddie allows just four hits in losing to Pete Donohue. Before the game, John McGraw issues a vehement denial that he has hurt morale by browbeating his players and issuing fines for errors. He says he has only fined Hubbell $25 for failing to touch second base in a game, and Frank Hogan $50 for failing to show up at the team hotel in Boston one night. “These, plus a fine of $100 assessed against Jack Cummings for being absent without leave for ten days—during which I had no idea where he was and could not even notify him of his transfer to the Braves—constitutes the total fines I have ordered.” He also states that he hasn’t even been in the clubhouse since July 18th.

3rd  The Cubs complain about the ragged shirt sleeve on Dodger Dazzy Vance’s pitching arm, an age-old trick to distract a batter. A rule will be passed enforcing neater dressing habits by pitchers. For the second day in a row, Vance has not much more than a sleeve as the Cubs pound Brooklyn, 12–2, behind Hal Carlson.

4th  The Yankees take the opening game of 2 from the visiting Cleveland Indians, winning 12–0. Tom Zachary wins his 7th straight. In the 2ndgame, after trailing 6–5 with 2 out in the top of the 9th, Cleveland scores an AL record-tying 9 runs, to win 14–6.

5th Despite 3 triples by Charlie Gehringer, the Senators overwhelm the Tigers, 21–5, collecting 21 hits and setting a Senators’ record for runs scored. Sam Rice and Buddy Myers each have 4 hits and 4 runs as every hitter in the lineup hits a safety. Winning pitcher Lloyd Brown scores 3 runs.

Chicago scores in the 10th and 16th innings to edge the visiting Dodgers, 9-8. Rogers Hornsby has 5 walks for the Cubs and Riggs Stephenson has 4 hits and 4 RBIs.

Dick Bartell has 5 hits and Lloyd Waner has 4 but it is not enough as the Pirates lose to the Giants, 11-10. The Bucs score 4 in the 7th and 5 in the 9th. Carl Hubbell takes the win.

6th In a Ladies Day game at Wrigley that draws 29,000 women and 11,000 men, the Cubs have their 5-game win streak stopped by Brooklyn, 5–4, despite Hornsby’s 23rd HR of the year. Brooklyn’s Jughead Johnny Morrison is the winner over Chicago ace Pat Malone. But Chicago will win their next three.

After the visiting Senators outslug the Yankees 13–11, New York earns a split, 8–0, on two homers by Babe Ruth. The first is a grand slam in the 5th, his 26th homer of the year. Heimach scatters 3 hits to earn the nitecap win. Buddy Myers 4 hits, including 3 doubles in the opener, paces a 14-hit Nat attack. Durst, Cronin, and West homer for Washington.

7th For the second game in a row, Babe Ruth hits a grand slam home run as the Yanks roll to a 13–1 win over the A’s in the lidlifter. Cochrane homers in his one at bat for the A’s only run as the Yankees score 10 runs in the first 2 innings. George Pipgras is the winner. The A’s take the nitecap, 4–2, as George Earnshaw goes 8 innings for the win.

8th Rogers Hornsby cracks a 4th inning homer—one of his 4 hits—as Chicago edges the Reds 1–0 at Wrigley. Charlie Root allows 7 hits in beating rookie Benny Frey.

9th In Philadelphia, the Cubs roll over the Phils, 12–6, to give pitcher Guy Bush his 11th straight win.

10th  Pitching for the visiting Cards, Grover Alexander beats the Phils 7–1 for his 373rd and last NL victory. It is noted at the time that he ties Mathewson for NL wins. Relieving after 8 innings, he pitches 4 scoreless relief innings to win 11–9 in 12 innings of the nitecap. The Phils take the opener, 7–1. Alexander will be sent back to St. Louis on the August 20thafter one too many curfew violations and finish the season at 9–8.

11th  Babe Ruth hits HR No. 500 and his 30th of the year, in the 2nd inning off Willis Hudlin of Cleveland, but the Yankees lose, 6–5. Ruth has gone deep 6 times in his last 7 games. The homer today lands on Lexington Avenue and is recovered by Mr. Jake Geiser who returns it to Ruth. The Babe gives him $20 and 2 new autographed balls for it.

A 3-run homer by Bubbles Hargrave and another run on a throwing error by Joe Cronin allows the Tigers to tie the A’s, 8–8 in the 9th. Bengal OF Roy Johnson wins it in the 11th by stroking a 2-out inside the park homer, off Orwell.

Rogers Hornsby has a single, double and homer to drive in 3 runs as the Cubs win, 3-1, over the Braves. Root goes to 12-4.

12th  At Boston, Guy Bush, the NL’s leading pitcher, loses his 2nd game, bowing as a reliever, 4–2, in 10 innings. Bush has won 16. The Cubs maintain their 8-game lead as the Pirates lose to Brooklyn.

OF George Quellich of the Reading Keys (IL) hits a grand slam against Montreal for his 15th consecutive hit over a 4-day period.

14th  It is Charlie Gehringer Day in Detroit, and the popular 2B handles 10 chances in the field, hits 3 singles and a HR, and steals home in a 17–13 win over the Yankees. The slugfest is tied at 10-10 after 4 innings before the Motormen drive away.

At Cleveland, the Indians outhit the A’s, 20 to 13, but the A’s win in 17 innings, 5-3. Jimmie Foxx belts a homer in the 17th for the Mackmen.

The Pirates reduce the idle Cubs lead by a game by defeating the Braves, 1–0, behind lefty Petty. Jones allows just 3 hits and the Pirates score without the aid of a hit.

15th  At Braves Field, Ed Brandt stops the Pirates on two hits—both by Lloyd Waner—as the Braves edge the Bucs, 2-1.

In Brooklyn, the Cubs and Dodgers split a pair with the Cubs taking the opener, 9-5, behind Guy Bush (17-2). Bush wins his 13th road game in a row as a starter going back to July 3, 1928, though he suffered a loss as a reliever on the 12th. If that game is counted, Bush has a 12-game road win streak (and 12 as a starter), which ties John Clarkson (1885) and Orval Overall (1906-07) for the Cubs record. Brooklyn takes the second game as Dazzy Vance outguns Sheriff Blake, 5-4.

17th  Aided by a triple play started by 2B Grantham on Maguire’s line drive, the Pirates trip the host Braves, 3–2.

Bobby Reeves hits a leadoff homer off Lefty Stewart on the first pitch for the only score of the game as the Red Sox edge the Browns, 1–0. The next AL game in which a leadoff homer is the only score won’t come until 1976. Danny MacFayden is the winner, tossing his second shutout in a row.

The Yankees buy P Lefty Gomez from San Francisco (PCL) for delivery in September 1930.

18th  Washington hurlers Bump Hadley and Lloyd Brown combine to whitewash the Tigers in a doubleheader, winning 2–0 and 1–0.

Forty-year-old Braves catcher Hank Gowdy, who last appeared in the majors in 1925, goes 4-for-4 to lead the Braves to a 10–9 win over the Reds.

21st  Cubs 1B Charlie Grimm is sidelined for the rest of the regular season with a hand injury, but he’ll be okay for the WS. The Cubs whip the Giants, 9-2, at the Polo Grounds with rookie Footsie Blair at first base. Footsie will hit .319 in 26 games.

22nd  The Dodgers score 9 runs in the 3rd inning and hold on to beat the visiting Reds, 13-9. Babe Herman extends his hit streak to 20 games and Johnny Frederick has 2 singles, a double and a triple for Da Bums. Johnny Morrison (11-5) wins in relief.

23rd  The Cubs buy Lon Warneke, 20, from Alexandria (Cotton State League) for $100.

24th  The Giants sweep a pair from the visiting Pirates, winning 14-8 and 7-6. Freddie Lindstrom scores 5 runs in game 1.

25th  The second largest crowd ever to pack the Reds’ ballpark—35,432—watches their team split a pair with the pennant-bound Cubs. The Reds win the opener, 6–3, behind Red Lucas’ 17th victory, while Guy Bush (18-3) wins in the nitecap, 10–1. The Cubs have a comfortable 13-game lead.

At the Polo Grounds, fans are able to hear the calls of home plate ump Cy Rigler, who is wired for sound, a first in ML history. Wearing a mike, wearing metal-plated shoes, and standing on a flat metal sheet, Cy’s calls are broadcast over speakers. The Giants top the Pirates, 10–5.

After three straight shutouts by Browns hurlers—Gray, Blaeholder, and Crowder—the Yankees break their 32-inning scoreless streak with a 4th-inning homer by Babe Ruth. St. Louis still wins, 3–2.

26th  In the 8th inning of a 5–5 game at Wrigley Field, Cubs 3B Norm McMillan hits a line drive down the LF line with the bases loaded. Reds LF Evar Swanson, shaded toward center, can’t find the ball, which he sees bounce off a gutter in foul territory. McMillan circles the bases and 4 runs score. At the start of the next inning, Cubs relief P Ken Penner picks up his jacket in the bullpen and discovers the ball in his right sleeve. It is Chicago’s 8th grand slam of the year.

Albert G. Mills, NL president 1883–84, author of the National Agreement and original reserve rule that governed baseball’s early years, dies at 84.

27th Hornsby has 4 hits and Sheriff Blake allows 6 to lead the Cubs to a 4–1 win over the Reds. Chicago now leads by 14 ½ games, the greatest lead a NL team has enjoyed at this stage since the 1906 version of the Cubs.

Sam Rice hits a 14th inning triple and scores on Buddy Myers single as the Senators edge the Red Sox, 5-4.

28th  Donie Bush resigns as Pirates manager; coach Jewel Ens replaces him.

29th In Philadelphia, the Red Sox take a 6-4 lead on Jack Rothrock’s 4thinning grand slam, but the A’s score 3 in the 7th to win, 7-6. They now lead the Yankees by 13 ½ games.

The Pirates edge the Cubs, 5-4, at Forbes Field, despite being outhit, 10-8. The Pirates had run off 11 games in a row where they collected 10 hits or more.

30th At Pittsburgh, Pie Traynor is 5-for-5 to lead a 21-hit Corsair attack that sinks the Cubs, 15–0. It is the Pirates 4th win over the Cubs in 3 days. Heine Meine applies the whitewash.

1929 September

1st Returning home to a crowd of 50,000, the first-place Cubs whip the Cardinals, 10-3, behind the pitching of Sheriff Blake.

In front of 28,000 at Fenway, the largest crowd of the year for the Red Sox, the Yankees are outhit but win, 6-4. Tom Zachary (10-0) is the winner and has three singles at the plate. Babe Ruth hits his 40th homer, a line drive off the scoreboard in CF off lefty Bill Bayne, and Tony Lazzeri connects for 2 homers.

The Phillies score 8 runs off Clise Dudley, knocking him out of the box in the second inning, as they whip the Dodgers, 15-2, in the first of two. Chuck Klein hits his 36th and drives in 4 runs. In the 7-inning abbreviated second game, Klein has 3 more RBIs and the Phillies prevail, 9-7. Relieving with the score tied, Clise Dudley allows an unearned run to lose his second game of the day.

2nd  The Cubs beat the Cards twice 11–7 and 12–10, before a combined 81,000 fans at Wrigley Field. A crowd of 38,000 fans sees the morning game and 43,000 watch the afternoon game. Rogers Hornsby has 2 HRs and Hack Wilson has one. Pat Malone strikes out 10 in the a.m. game, the fourth time this year he’s reached double figures this year. The Cubs now lead the NL by 12 ½ games, and will clinch in two weeks.

Despite a record New York temperature for the date  of  99 degrees at Ebbets Field, the Dodgers take two games from the last-place Braves, winning 6-2 and 10-0. Watty Clark throws his second 2-hitter of the year in game 2, and Del Bissonette drives in 5 runs.

In the first of two, Bill Walker scatters 15 hits as the Giants beat the Phils, 11-4. Mel Ott and Chuck Lindstrom both homer, and Fresco Thompson has 3 hits to extend his streak to 20 straight games. He’s hitless in game 2. In the second game, thanks to “the greediness of a careless fan (NY World),” the Giants lose a home run when a fan interferes with a fly ball headed for the RF bleachers at the Polo Grounds. Instead of a two-run homer by Edd Roush, the Giants come up empty. Carl Hubbell goes all the way, only to lose to the Phils, 4–3, in 12 innings. Mel Ott hits another homer and drives in 3 runs.

At Boston, the Senators and Red Sox split a pair, with the Nats taking the opener, 10–7, behind Joe Judge and Joe Cronin. Boston takes the nitecap, 7–2, behind Milt Gaston’s pitching and Bigelow’s 4 hits. Judge has a 3-run homer in game 1 and Cronin has 5 hits, including the cycle and 4 long hits, collecting a single, 2 doubles, triple and homer.

5th Pittsburgh hammers Pirate-killer Red Lucas for 7 runs in the 3rdinning and win, 10–5. Pitcher Erv Brame starts the scoring by bouncing a homer into the RF bleachers, and the Bucs follow with a double, three triples, two singles, and a wild throw. A Lloyd Waner triple, his second of the game, in the 4th with a man on sends Red to the showers.

7th The Cubs increase their NL lead to 13 games by sweeping a pair from Boston, 13–6 and 9–3. Chicago ties a NL mark in the 4th inning of game 1 when 10 batters in a row collect hits. The Cards collected 12 straight hits on September 17, 1920, but over 2 innings.

The Phils Lou Koupal pitches 8 innings of shutout ball and beats the Cards, 4–1. Lefty O’Doul has a homer and 2 singles to take over the NL batting lead at .395. Babe Herman, with 2 hits today, is at .394.

8th At Fenway, the Browns George Blaeholder and Boston’s Milt Gaston each throw 10 innings of shutout ball, before the game is called.

9th Chicago drives Sam Jones to the showers with three runs in the 7th, as the White Sox beat the Senators, 7–4. Young Ed Walsh is the winner, allowing six hits. Cissell hits for the circuit while Willie Kamm adds two triples and a double.

The Cubs win their 90th, beating Boston, 4–3. Following two rain delays, Hack Wilson hits his 37th homer in the 7th to tie the game at 2–2. After Charlie Root walks in a run in the 9th, Riggs Stephenson’s homer ties at 3–3, and two more hits hand Percy Jones the loss. Wilson and Chuck Klein are now tied for the NL lead in homers.

At Cincinnati, the Giants Fred Fitzsimmons beats the Reds, 10–4, in game 2 for his 6th win over Cincinnati this season. Four of the wins are shutouts. In game 1, Carl Hubbell is the winner, 6–3.

10th At Yankee Stadium, Ruth and Gehrig unload on the Tigers, but it is good enough for only a split. Detroit takes the opener, 8-4, overcoming a Babe Ruth homer, off Earl Whitehall, in the 4th. In the first inning of game 2, Gehrig hits a grand slam, off Phil Page, but Detroit comes back and scores 3 runs in the top of the 9th to take a 9-6 lead. The Yankees score 4 runs in the bottom of the inning, which features a 3-run homer by the Babe off Ownie Carroll, to win, 10-9.

12th In Cincinnati, the Reds use a freak home run by Hod Ford to beat Brooklyn, 3–2. Rixey is the winner over Vance. With Sukeforth on 1B, Ford’s long fly in the 4th inning eludes Babe Herman, who stumbles and then tumbles into the RF seats. The ball bounds away and both runners score.

14th  The A’s clinch the AL pennant with a 5–0 win over the White Sox. Earnshaw tosses the shutout for the win.

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