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.