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.