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).”