1st In a rain-soaked game, the Senators take 14 innings to beat Lefty Grove and the Red Sox, 2–1. The Nats will win 4 of 5 decisions this year off Lefty. Grove will win his next 4 decisions to finish at 20–12, a big comeback from his 8–8 record in 1934.
2nd The first-place Cards open a 30-game home stand by sweeping a Labor Day doubleheader from the Pirates. Paul Dean wins his 16th game, 4–3 in the opener, then Dizzy cops his 23rd in the nitecap, 4–1. The Cards are two games up on the rained-out Giants.
With the Cubs splitting two with the 7th-place Reds at Wrigley, Chicago is 2 ½ in back of the Cards. Chicago wins 3–1 in the opener as Lon Warneke tops Tony Freitas, then lose 4–2 to Gene Schott. Bill Lee takes the loss.
Veteran P Dick Coffman (5-11) and Browns manager Hornsby get into a shoving match shortly after their train leaves St. Louis for a road trip. Coffman is cut from the team and put off the train at Edwardsville, IL, and will not play again this year.
Boston pitcher Jack Wilson, who relieves in the 3rd, ends a slugfest with the Senators by hitting an 11th inning game-ending home run off Phil Hensiek to give the host Red Sox a 9-8 victory in the first of 2. Joe Cronin helps the run total with a grand slam in the 8th. The Senators come back in the nitecap to also win by a run, 3–2, in 13 innings. Wilson will hit his 2nd ML homer in 5 years.
3rd Judge Landis rules against a $1,500 fine the Reds imposed on injured Chick Hafey, who had left the team for his home in California after asking to be placed on the voluntary disabled list. Hafey had chronic sinus and sight problems in addition to an injured shoulder. Landis grants Hafey’s request and places him on the list.
4th The 3rd place Cubs get 2 HRs, including a grand slam, from Augie Galan to beat the Phillies at Wrigley Field. Larry French is the winner, 8–2, for his 13th victory.
The Cards score 4 in the 8th, then Dizzy Dean picks up a save in the 9th to beat the Braves, 5–3. Jess Haines, who fails for the 11th time to win his 200th game, is lifted after 7 for Bill Walker who promptly tees up Wally Berger’s 30th homer of the year. Walker gives up two hits but is the winning pitcher.
Carl Hubbell subdues the Reds, 6–4, for his 20th win of the season. King Carl scatters 12 hits including three apiece by Cuyler and Riggs. Dick Bartell gets three hits for the Terrymen, who remain two in back of the Cards.
Babe Ruth receives a lifetime pass for all National League games from NL prexy Ford Frick.
5th Rookie Terry Moore of the Cardinals goes 6-for-6 and the rest of the Cards add another 12 hits to paste the Braves, 15–3.
The Cubs keep the pressure on by edging the Phils in 11 innings, 3–2, on Frank Demaree’s single. Charlie Root picks up the win.
Trailing the St. Louis Browns, 5–1, Lefty Grove is lifted for pinch-hitter Wes Ferrell who hits an RBI single as Red Sox score six runs in the 6thinning en route to 9-5 win. Grove is winning pitcher, racking up his 13thstraight win over the Browns. Billy Werber swipes his 29th base of the year, which will be high in the AL. Boston will lead the AL in steals with 91, the last time this century the Sox will lead in that category. The Reds will lead the Senior circuit with 72: the Braves lead-footing in with just 20.
6th The Cubs, again led by Galan, take their 3rd straight from the Phils. Augie triples and scores the tying run in the 8th, then hits a leadoff homer in the 10th to win it, 3–2, for Lon Warneke.
The Cards again top Boston, 6–4, with Frisch’s triple in the 8th a key blow. Dizzy Dean notches his 24th win.
7th Cleveland beats Boston thanks to an unusual triple play. With no outs and the bases loaded in game 1, and the Indians leading, 5–3, in the 9th, the Indians bring in Oral Hildebrand to pitch to Joe Cronin. Cronin lines his first pitch off the side of the head of Cleveland 3B Odell Hale. The ball caroms to SS Bill Knickerbocker, who throws to 2B Roy Hughes, who throws to 1B Hal Trosky to finish the triple play ending the game.
Bill Lee shuts out the Phils 4–0 for his 16th win of the season, as the Cubs move into 2nd place ahead of the Giants. Augie Galan continues his hitting for the Cubs, driving in 2 runs.
The Cards’ Paul Dean tops the Braves 8–5 as Medwick and Frisch have 3 hits apiece.
In an American Association game at St. Paul, L. Americo Polli of Milwaukee pitches a 10 inning, 2-0 no-hitter over St. Paul.
8th The Cards fail to increase their lead as they split with the Phils. In the opener, Dizzy Dean wins his 25th game, but the Birds lose 4–2 in the night cap when they strand 16 runners. St. Louis outhits the Phils 13 to 4. Rain washes out the Cubs game at Wrigley.
In the 2nd game of a twinbill, the A’s Jimmie Foxx doubles in the 8th to break up Eldon Auker’s no-hit bid. Detroit rolls, 15–1 collecting 20 hits. Foxx has a pair of homers in the opener, again in vain, as the Tigers win, 7–5. Cochrane has 3 hits in each game for Detroit. The sweep increases their AL lead to 10 games.
9th With the Cardinals’ Phil Collins losing to Curt Davis and the Phils, 4–3, the Cubs win their 5th and 6th straight games. Chicago tops the Braves, 5–1 and 2–1, behind the pitching of Larry French and Tex Carleton, cutting the Cardinal lead to a single game. During the three seasons 1934-1936 Carleton beats the Braves 19 times.
10th Washington’s Buck Newsom scatters six hits to shut out the leading Tigers, 6–0. Schoolboy Rowe pitches 6 innings to take the loss.
Chicago beat the Braves, 4–0, behind Charlie Root for their 7th straight win. Freddie Lindstrom is the batting star with a double and single to drive home a pair as Chicago stays a game behind the Cardinals and 1 ½ ahead of the Giants. The Giants win a pair today, 4–3 and 4–2 over the Pirates, while the Cards score 3 in the 8th to edge the Phils, 4–2.
The Browns triumph, 8–6, over the A’s, handing the Mackmen their 13thstraight loss. Foxx is 2-for-3 for the A’s, while Carey and Coleman each have three hits for the Browns.
At Yankee Stadium, rookie Vito Tamulis notches his 4th victory against the Indians this year as New York wins, 4-1.
St. Louis scores 7 in the 3rd and the Cardinals coast to a 9-2 win over the Phillies. Spud Davis has a single, double and homer to drive in 5 runs, and Joe Medwick hits safely to extend his consecutive game hitting streak to 28.
11th The rampaging Cubs beat the lowly Braves, 15–3. Bill Lee coasts to the win.
At Pittsburgh, Paul Waner hits a 2nd-inning grand slam and the Pirates hold on to beat the Giants, 10-7. The loss leaves third-place New York 2 ½ games behind Chicago and 3 ½ games in back of St. Louis.
12th Charlie Grimm’s Cubs continue their hot hitting, trouncing the Dodgers 13–3. Augie Galan has 4 hits and 5 RBIs for the ‘Grimm Reapers.’
Dizzy Dean wins his 26th, a 5–2 CG victory over New York’s Carl Hubbell, to keep the Cardinals in 1st place by a game. But the Cards Ducky Medwick has his hitting streak stopped at 28 straight games
13th Friday the 13th brings bad luck to the Cards at home. Trailing New York 10–6 after the Giants score 4 in the 9th, the Cards tie it up and then give the ball to Dizzy Dean. But the Giants score 3 in the 10th against the tired star, to win 13–10. With a man on 1B, RF Pepper Martin provides a fielding highlight by knocking down a line drive by Bill Terry, picking the ball up and racing to 1B to tag Jackson and forcing Terry for an unassisted DP. With the Cubs win, the Giants lead is 4 percentage points.
Larry French and the Cubs beat the Dodgers 4–1, for their 10th straight win. All 10 have been complete games. French allows 8 hits, 3 to Al Lopez.
The Reds Whitey Hilcher tosses his only ML CG to beat Boston’s Ed Brandt, 1–0. For the Braves it is their 14th straight loss.
At Shibe Park, the A’s use a 19-hit attack to wallop the White Sox, 19-7. Bob Johnson and Charlie Berry each have 3 hits and 4 RBI, while Doc Cramer has 4 hits, scores 3 and drives in 3. The recipient of all this offense is Earl Huckleberry who gets the win in his only ML appearance. Earl pitches into the 7th allowing all the Sox runs. Earl’s 1-0 ML record in his one appearance won’t be matched till Al Autry does it in 1975.
Detroit wallops the Yankees, 13–5, behind Schoolboy Rowe. Greenberg has 3 hits including a homer to boost his league leading average. George Selkirk hits an inside-the-park homer and Lou Gehrig hits 2 out to reach 30 homers. He now has 116 RBI, 54 coming on homers.
14th The Cubs outlast the Dodgers, 18–14, for their 11th straight win and go into first place. In winning, the Cubs use a relief pitcher for the first time in 11 games. Chicago scores 5 in the 2nd and 8 in the 6th in outhitting Brooklyn 18 hits to 15. Fred Lindstrom has 5 RBIs for Chicago. Johnny Babich starts and goes a third of an inning to take the loss; Starter Charlie Root is the Chicago winner.
Meanwhile, the Giants top the faltering Cards 5–4 in 11 innings, to move into 3rd place, just 3 ½ games in back of the Cubs. The Cards drop the 2ndwith the loss. Paul Dean was to start today’s game but he suffered what is called a severe heart attack while attending the Canzoneri-Ghnouly bout. Heusser started but the loss goes to Fidgety Phil Collins, who comes on in the 11th.
The Braves snap their 14-game losing streak by tipping the Reds, 6–4. The Braves drive Tony Freitas from the mound in the 6th inning with 7 hits, four for extra bases.
The Senators win their fifth straight, beating the Indians, 5–1. Bobo Newsom scatters 10 hits—5 by Earl Averill, including two doubles and a triple—to go the route. Joe Vosmik, in the race for the batting championship at .345, breaks out of his recent slump going 1-for-4.
The Yankee split with the AL-leading Tigers, winning 2–1 and losing 5–1. Johnny Broaca is the winner in the opener over Crowder, while Lawson tops Brown in game 2. Hank Greenberg, leading the AL in hitting at .346, is 0-for-the afternoon, with 5 strikeouts. “The hooting and jeering which some of the fans turned loose against Hank wasn’t much of a tribute to the sportsmanship of his home town” (New York American).
Frankie Crosetti returns to New York after an operation at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Hospital to remove floating cartilage in his right knee. He’ll soon return to his home in California.
15th Before an overflow Sunday crowd of 41,284 in St. Louis, the Giants Carl Hubbell outpitches Dizzy Dean to give New York a 7–3 win. It is the 2nd time in 4 days the two aces have matched up. The Giants, winners of 14 out of their last 22 games, are now just 1 ½ games behind the Cardinals.
Boston rolls over the Browns, 9–5, as Lefty Grove posts his 14th straight win over St. Louis. His streak began in August, 1932, when he was with the A’s.
In Washington, Cleveland takes a pair from the Senators, 16–4 and 6–3. Mel Harder and Willis Hudlin pick up the victories. In game 1, Eddie Phillips has three doubles and a single to drive in 6 runs. Left-handed hitting Hal Trosky, mired in a 1-for-40 slump, turns to switch-hitting against the 2 lefty Nats starters, Buck Rogers and Dick Lanahan. As noted by Clem Comly, Trosky goes 4-for-9 with a homer, then hitting lefty is 1-for-1 to finish the day with 5 hits.
16th In the opener of a critical 4-game series in Chicago, the Giants lose 8–3 to the Cubs Lon Warneke. The Cubs have now won 12 straight.
Brown versus Brown as Pittsburgh reliever Mace Brown pitches 5 innings of shutout relief to beat Boston, 5–3. Wally Berger’s 3rd double of the game in the 9th is the only hit he allows. The Bucs Gus Suhr plays 1B in the last inning to run his streak of consecutive games played to 619, a new NL record. The old mark was set by Eddie Brown from 1924 to 1928.
17th Dodger OF Len Koenecke, dropped by the team with two weeks to go in the season, and put off an American Airline flight for drunkenness in Detroit, hires a private plane to fly him to Buffalo, where he had played previously. During the flight he tries to take over the controls and gets into a fight with the pilot. He dies after the co-pilot hits him over the head with a fire extinguisher. He hit .283 in his third and final season.
With Terry Moore sidelined after fracturing his foot yesterday, the Cards top Brooklyn, 4–2 behind Jess Haines. Paul Dean saves the game in relief. In the 2nd game of the doubleheader in St. Louis, a tired Dizzy Dean again fails in relief, giving up 3 runs in relief, as Brooklyn wins 8–7. The Cards are now trailing the Cubs by 2 ½ games.
The Giants take a 2–1 lead against the Cubs, but when Hal Schumacher injures his arm in the 5th inning, the Cubs jump on reliever Allyn Stout to win 5–3. Larry French is the victor.
Phils rookie Hal Kelleher makes his first major league start, shutting out the Reds, 1–0.
18th With 30,000 fans watching at Wrigley, first-place Chicago tallies 20 hits in thrashing the Giants 15–3. Charlie Root picks up the win, his 15thof the year. The Cubs have four pitchers—Root, French, Lee and Warneke—with at least 15 wins; this won’t be matched by a Cubs staff until 2016. The win is Chicago’s 15th straight and drops the Giants 6 ½ games behind the Bruins. The Cardinals remain 2½ games back.
19th The Cubs complete a 4-game sweep of the Giants, beating Carl Hubbell for their 16th straight win, 6–1. Billy Herman has 3 hits and is 11-for-18 in the series with the Giants. The 16 wins in a row is the most in the NL since the 1924 Dodgers won 15. Giants manager Bill Terry tells reporters that, “the Cubs will win . . . they are playing way over their heads.”
Dizzy Dean tops Brooklyn 9–1 as Frisch and Charley Gelbert each have 3 hits for St. Louis.
The Reds Paul Derringer wins his 20th of the year, beating the visiting Phillies, 6–1. He’ll go 22-13 this year; the next biggest winner on the Reds will win 8.
20th The Pittsburgh Crawfords beat the New York Cubans to win the Negro NL Championship 3–0 behind the pitching of Leroy Matlock and the extra-base hits of Josh Gibson, Cool Papa Bell and Oscar Charleston.
21st The Detroit Tigers clinch the pennant with a double win over the St. Louis Browns, winning 6–2 and 2–0. Eldon Auker wins the nitecap with a complete game shutout, while Tommy Bridges takes the opener. The Tigers will coast the rest of the way, going 1–6, while the Yankees go 6–1.
At Wrigley, lefty Roy Henshaw edges the Pirates 4–3 to the delight of 39,000 Cubs fans.
The Reds knock Paul Dean out of the game and beat the Cards, 9–7. It is the Reds first win in St. Louis this year after 8 losses. The Cards now trail the Cubs by 3 ½.
Hal Trosky powers his 24th homer to lead the Indians to a 7–3 win over the White Sox. Joe Vosmik is 1-for-2 and continues to hold a slight lead at .348 in the AL batting race. After the Washington-Philadelphia twinbill today, Buddy Myer (0-for-4 today) is 2nd at .342 and Jimmie Foxx (0-for-9 today) is at .340, ending his 18-game hitting streak.
22nd In the final game at Chicago, the Cubs whip the Pirates 2–0 as Larry French outpitches young Cy Blanton to win his 5th of the month. The Cubs, in winning their 18th straight, maintain their hold on 1st place by 3 games over the Cardinals. With 40,558 today, (with 20,000 turned away) Chicago has 202,283 fans who have watched the last six games. Blanton finishes his year with a 2.58 ERA, tops in the NL, and his 142 strikeouts sets a Pirates rookie record that will not be broken this century.
The Cards shave the lead to 3 games by twice beating the Reds, 14–4 and 3–1. Mike Ryba, in relief of Bill Hallahan in the 2nd, wins the opener pitching 7 innings of two-hit ball in his major league debut. He also knocks in 3 runs on two hits. Dizzy Dean wins his 28th, allowing just three hits and striking out ten, to take the nitecap.
The Boston Braves lose their 110th game for a new NL record, dropping a pair to the Phils, 7–5 and 4–3. Timely homers by Johnny Moore and Watkins win the games for the Quakers. The Braves will lose 115, which remains the record until the 1962 expansion New York Mets lose 120 in a 162-game schedule. The Braves winning percentage of .248 is a 20thCentury low in the NL.
Washington beats up on the A’s winning 10–2 and 11–1. Buck Newsom wins the opener, scattering 9 hits, and collecting a single, double and triple and drives in three runs in game one. Holbrook has a triple and 3 RBIs for the Nats in game 2.
The Browns Earl Caldwell, up from San Antonio (Texas) defeats the leading Tigers, 1–0 on three hits. Schoolboy Rowe is the loser and his error in the 6th allows the only run. Caldwell pitched briefly in the NL seven years ago.
At Fenway, a record crowd of 47,627—with 10,000 turned away—watch the Yankees sweep the Red Sox, 6–4 and 9–0. New York stops Wes Ferrell’s bid for his 25th win in game one, and Walter Brown, the hurling mammoth, gives up just 4 hits in the nitecap. In game 2, the Yanks have 7 ground rule doubles into the roped-off crowd. The Sunday Law stops the game after 8 innings.
Competing for prizes donated by Tom Yawkey, the Yanks also defeat the Sox in the pre-game Field Day, winning 4 of 5 events. Ben Chapman wins the 75-yard dash nipping Jesse Hill by a yard. Recently acquired Sox Skinny Graham is third. The lone Sox triumph comes when catcher Rick Ferrell throws into a barrel at 2B on the fly; Joe Glenn’s is in the barrel but on the bounce Glenn is tops in fungo hitting with a 350-foot drive, and the Yankees win the walking relay in, well, a walk. Chief interest is the final event, the four-man relay around the bases, with each runner completing a circuit. Clocked in 57.2 seconds, the Yankee squad of Selkirk, Hill, Rolfe, and Chapman pass the baton ahead of the quartet of Almada, Graham, Johnson, and Cooke. The field day will be repeated next Sunday at the Stadium.
In the tight PCL batting race, batting leader Ox Eckhardt is 4-for-5 in game 1 of a doubleheader between Mission and Hollywood. Eckhardt sits out the second game. Joe DiMaggio almost gores Ox by going 7-for-9 in a doubleheader against Seattle, but ends up with a .398 average, a point behind him.
23rd With the Cubs idle, the Pirates beat up on the Cards and rookie Ed Heusser to win 12–0. Big Jim weaver allows 4 hits in the shutout.
24th The Cards rebound to whip the Pirates, 11–2, behind Bill Hallahan to set up the critical 5-game series with the leading Cubs.
The Indians whip the White Sox, 14–7 as Hal Trosky belts his 25th HR and Joe Vosmik (.349) is 2-for-5.
25th In a showdown series with the 2nd place Cardinals in St. Louis, the Cubs edge the Cardinals 1–0. Paul Dean strikes out the first 4 Cub batters before young Phil Cavarretta drives a home run on top the roof in RF for the only score of the game. Lon Warneke gives up just 2 hits and walks none in winning his 20th game. It is the Cubs’ 19th straight win, and they are now assured of at least a tie for the pennant.
At Cleveland the Indians edge the Tigers, 3–2, garnering 10 hits. Joe Vosmik, leading the AL in hitting, has 3 hits, as does Hal Trosky, batting righty against the lefty Elon Hogsett. Chief Hogsett took over in the 1stinning when starter Auker was hit on the wrist by a line drive off the bat of Vosmik. Hogsett accounts for one run with a 6th inning solo homer over the RF wall of League Park.
26th Rain washes out the Cubs-Cards game.
27th The Cubs clinch the NL pennant in the first game of a doubleheader with the Cardinals, 6–2, besting Dizzy Dean, as Bill Lee wins his 20th. The Cubs tally 15 hits off Diz, led by Freddie Lindstrom’s 4. With Roy Henshaw’s victory, 5–3, in the nitecap, the Cubs extend their win streak to an incredible 21 games and reach the 100-win mark. Only once during the winning streak have the Cubs pitchers given up more than 3 runs. The streak ties the franchise mark set in 1880.
All AL games are rained out.
28th With nothing on the line, the pennant-winning Cubs finally lose to the Cardinals, 7–5, on Medwick’s 11th-inning homer off Fabian Kowalik. The loss snaps Chicago’s 21-game win streak, the longest in the majors since the Giants of 1916, when New York won 26 games and tied one. However, Chicago’s win streak is the longest without a tie since 1880.
Before a paid crowd of 174 fans at Ebbets Field, the Dodgers win their 6thin a row, beating the Phils, 12-2. Junior Frey is 2-for-5 with a three-run HR before turning the shortstop job over to Rod Dedeaux, making his ML debut. Rod will play just 2 games but will make his mark as a college coach.
The Indians sweep the Browns, 3–0 and 7–3, with Joe Vosmik (.350) going 1-for-7 at the day’s end. He still leads Buddy Myer by 2 points, but will lose the AL bat title by a point.
29th The Cubs lose 2–1 to the Cardinals. Left fielder Augie Galan plays in his 154th game of the season, ending the year without hitting into a DP, still a ML record (Reiser does it in 1942, but plays fewer games). Augie did hit into a triple play to open the season. The Cubs lone score comes on Billy Herman’s 57th double. Speedster Lyle Judy is 0-for-4, but steals a base for the Cards. He swiped 107 bases for Wichita (Western Assoc) this year’s but Judy’s lack of punch will make his last game.
Against Washington, Jimmie Foxx slams his 35th homer in the 4th inning to give the A’s a 4–2 lead, When the Nats tie, Double X hits his 36th in the 7th to put the A’s in the lead and tie Hank Greenberg for the AL HR title. Washington retakes it, but the A’s score 4 to win 11–8. Washington’s Buddy Myer goes 4-for-5 to edge out Cleveland’s Joe Vosmik for the AL batting title, .349 to .348. In Cleveland’s doubleheader, Vosmik pinch hits in game one making an out, and plans on taking the rest of the afternoon off. When he hears that Myer is hot, he plays, going 1-for-3 to “lose” the title. Foxx finishes at .346.
After winning the first game 3–2 against Detroit, the White Sox tie the AL record with 10 singles in the 2nd inning of game 2 off Eldon Auker. They tally 8 runs in the frame and win 14–2, as Auker loses his 7th against 18 wins, the best percentage in the AL. Firpo Marberry umps his last game. Released by the Tigers in June, Firpo was an AL ump for the 2nd half of the year, but will sign with the Giants after the season.
Two outstanding strikeout performances are recorded today. Brooklyn’s Van Lingle Mungo strikes out 15 Phillies and allows 2 hits in beating Jorgens, 2–0. The second game ends in a 4–4 tie. Young Vince Sherlock closes out his 11-day ML career with a 4-for-4 performance and finishes the year at 12-for-26 (.462). The Braves Danny MacFayden matches Mungo, striking out 15 Giants in a 3–0 win in a twinbill split at Boston. The 15 is the most K’s in regulation in the NL since 1909 (Vance matched it 3 times). Not until Koufax, in 1959, will a NL hurler strike out more in a 9 inning game.
In a 9–6 nitecap loss against the Reds, Pittsburgh C Aubrey Epps goes 3-for-4 with a triple and 3 RBI. This will be the only ML game for the Memphis prep star, who will be sold to the Memphis club on May 15, 1937. Appearing also in his first ML game is Claude Passeau, who gives up 4 runs in 3 innings for the Bucs: they will trade him in 2 months. The Pirates take the opener, 4–1, behind Mace Brown’s 4-hitter.
At New York’s Dykeman Oval, a doubleheader between a team of all-stars featuring Babe Ruth and the Cuban Giants attracts a crowd of 10,000. Ruth is 1-for-4 with a walk as the Giants, behind Luis Tiant Sr., win 6–1. The Babe goes to bat between games and, with Clyde Barfoot lobbing them in, hits ball after ball into the stands. With Ruth on the bench (he was paid $3,000 to play the first game), the nightcap ends after 6 innings with the Giants leading 14-6.