1930 July

2nd  Carl Reynolds of the White Sox hits three consecutive HRs in three consecutive innings (the 1st, 2nd and 3rd)—just the 2nd player to do so—and drives home 8 runs in the 2nd game of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. The Sox win, 15–4. Two of the HRs are hit inside-the-park, in the 1st and 3rd innings. He has 5 hits to go along with the 8 ribbies, a franchise record. In 2017, Garcia will have 5 hits and 7 RBI to come close. Reynolds’ unique feat of hitting a homer in each of the first three innings will not be matched until 2016, when Manny Machado does it. The feat is second-billed, as headlines tell of Ruth tearing a nail off his finger on the OF screen trying for Reynolds’ 2nd homer. In the opener, Ruth has 2 hits, including his 31st homer in the Yanks 5–1 win. Roy Sherid allows just 3 Sox hits.

4th In the first of 2 games, Washington’s Sam Jones shuts out the Yanks, 8–0. In the nitecap Ruth hits his 32nd homer of the year, putting him 20 games ahead of his 1927 pace, but the Nats win again, 7–3.

In the morning half of the holiday doubleheader, the Giants spot Brooklyn ace Dazzy Vance a 4-0 cushion after six innings, then come back to win, 5–4 in 11 innings. Brooklyn wins the afternoon game, 5–2, to cling to their precarious lead in the NL.

5th  Frankie Frisch, Cardinals 2B, ties Miller Huggins’ NL record with 16 chances in a game in which St. Louis defeats Cincinnati 6–4.

The Phillies lose a doubleheader to the Braves, 17–5 and 7–4, to drop into the cellar for the rest of the season, despite a team batting average of .315. Wally Berger homers in game 1, his 23rd, to tie Hack Wilson for the NL lead.

Chicago takes over 1st place in the NL with a 12–3 win at Pittsburgh. Five Cubs have 3 hits apiece.

Marking the first time two Negro-League teams play at Yankee Stadium, 20,000 watch the New York Lincoln Giants and the Baltimore Black Sox split a pair. Baltimore’s Rap Dixon has 3 HRs and for the Giants, Chino Smith has 2 HRs and a triple. Yankee owner Jacob Ruppert donated the use of the stadium to benefit The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.

7th On Babe Herman’s homer and 2 doubles, the Robins nose out the Reds, 2–1, and take over first place from the Cubs. Ray Moss wins the pitching duel over Bob Smith.

The host Phillies pound out 22 hits and still lose to the Giants, 13–12. New York totals 16 hits off three pitchers. Lefty O’Doul and Chuck Klein hit homers for the Quakers, but in the 9th inning with two on and two out, Carl Hubbell comes in to strike out Klein.

At Boston, Alvin Crowder pitches the Senators in first place, beating the Red Sox, 8–1. It is Crowder’s 5th win since joining the Nationals and the 8th in a row for the Senators. In a pre-season AP poll, the Senators were picked to finish in 7th place, just ahead of the Red Sox. Their stay at the top will be short-lived, however.

8th For the 2nd time in 5 days, the Yankees are shut out. This time the A’s Rube Walberg turns the trick, winning 4–0 in the first game of a doubleheader. It is the 2nd and last time the Yanks will be shut out this year.

9th  Milt Gaston of the Red Sox beats the Senators to stop a 10-game winning streak by the league-leading Senators beating the Nats, 5–1, in the nitecap of 2. The Senators win the opener, 5–2. In 1929 he halted an 11-game string by the A’s, the eventual winners.

The Yankees double up the visiting A’s, 12-6 as Bill Dickey contributes a grand slam for the New Yorkers. The loss drops the A’s a half game behind the leading Senators.

The first-place Dodgers sweep a pair from the Braves, winning 8-0 and 6-4. Del Bissonette’s second grand slam of the season is the difference in game 2.

The Phillies come from behind in the last of the 9th to defeat the Giants 5–4. Chuck Klein’s double off Carl Hubbell drives in Lefty O’Doul from 2B.

The first-place Dodgers sweep a pair from the Braves, winning 8-0 and 6-4. Del Bissonette’s second grand slam of the season is the difference in game 2.

10th  Fred Lindstrom has 5 hits to lead the Giants to a 19–8 rout the Phillies. This is the 3rd time he has accomplished this feat this season. The Giants score 10 runs in the 3rd and pound 3 pitchers for 26 hits. Chuck Klein hits his 25th homer in the 6th.

12th At Navin Field, the league-leading Senators split a pair with the Tigers, losing the opener, 3–2, and taking the nitecap, 7–5. Joe Judge’s homer and sacrifice fly led Detroit in the opener with Earl Whitehill picking up the complete game win. General Crowder takes the loss. The Nats win the nitecap, overcoming a 4–1 Detroit lead after 5 innings. Joe Cronin and Dave Harris clout solo homers for Washington, as Bobby Burke is the winner in relief.

The visiting A’s score ten runs in the 3rd inning to crush the Browns, 15–7. Jimmie Foxx and Ralph Kress hit homers as the bang out 20 hits, four by Joe Boley. Sam Gray last just 2 1/3 innings in taking the loss. Rube Walberg is given the win, despite pitching just 2 innings. Bill Shores mops up with seven innings of relief.

The visiting Yankees use a 6-run rally in the 8th inning to beat the White Sox, 11–6, and gain a split on the day. Chicago wins the opener, 11–7. In the 2nd game, the Sox score 4 in the 7th, but reliever Red Ruffing stops the attack. Leading off the 8th inning, Ruffing sails a homer into the RF stands to start the New York rally. Babe Ruth, his 3 day suspension over, collects three singles in the two games. The New York Times reports that “during lulls in the activity, small children raced out into left field to shake hands with him, provoking the umpires’ displeasure.” The hitting honors for the day belong to Chicago’s Carl Reynolds with seven hits, including two doubles and a homer. His three-run homer in the first game occurs when Harry Rice can’t hold his long fly ball, then overthrows 3B. Smead Jolley adds a homer and triple in the opener as Chicago unloads ten runs in three innings to back Ted Lyons pitching.

13th  Detroit’s Vic Sorrell stops the Senators, 5–4, to drop Washington out of first place. Sorrell’s single off Bobby Burke drives home Mark Koenig with the winning run. Every batter in Detroit’s lineup collects a hit, as the Tigers amass eleven safeties.

The defending champs, the Philadelphia A’s, move into first place by again beating the Browns, 12–1, and will remain in the lead the rest of the season.

With a little help from the Massachusetts Sunday baseball law, the Braves sweep a pair from the Cubs. Socks Seybold scatters 7 hits in the opener to beat Sheriff Blake, 2–1. In the nitecap, the Braves are ahead, 3–0, in the bottom of eight innings with the clock at 5:38, 2 minutes short of the informal cutoff. Boston’s Rabbit Maranville then fouls off an estimated 14 balls in an attempt to stall (as noted by Charlie Bevis in Double-headers). The Cubs score 4 in the 9th to take the lead, 4–3. The Braves have runners on 2B and 3B with one out in the bottom of the 9th when the police inform the umpire that the game must stop because it is 6:00. The score reverts to 3–0 and Bob Smith has a win. Guy Bush is the loser.

The Robins stay 2 ½ games ahead of the Cubs, despite losing to Pittsburgh, 1–0. Larry French scatters 9 hits, and the Robins strand 12 runners, to hand a tough loss to Jumbo Elliot. Paul Waner’s 7th inning ground out scores Joe Engle from 3B with the lone run.

14th Brooklyn takes a 12–3 lead over the Pirates after 5 innings, and Dazzy Vance puts it on auto for the last 4 innings, giving up 12 hits and 7 runs to win his 10th. Pittsburgh only hit in the first four innings is a bunt single by George Grantham. Captain Glenn Wright matches the Pirates by hitting two homers and two singles to drive in seven runs. Grantham and Wright will homer in every NL park this season, as 5 NLers do it.

At Comiskey Park, the White Sox outslug the Yankees 10–9 in the opener before being handcuffed in the nitecap by Bob Shawkey, 7–2. Lou Gehrig homers in each game, while Babe Ruth, nursing a sore hand, contributes a two run single in the opener for his only safety. Ben Chapman adds a 4th-inning homer in the nitecap.

15th At the Polo Grounds, Tony Cuccinello knocks in 6 runs and Curt Walker scores 5 runs as Cincinnati trounces Carl Hubbell and the Giants, 14–8. Cooch has a homer, double and single, while Walker collects a homer and 2 doubles.

16th At a packed doubleheader in Ebbets Field, the Cubs Pat Malone stops the Dodgers 6–4 in the opener. The 2nd game is a free-for-all that features Brooklyn’s Del Bissonette trying to stretch a triple and being tagged out at home by Gabby Hartnett. Bissonette is knocked unconscious and leaves on a stretcher. Dodger P Dolf Luque, despite being hit by a pitch from Charlie Root, defeats the Cubs 5–3.

17th Dazzy Vance makes his first relief appearance of the year, holding the Cubs scoreless in the 9th inning of a 3–3 game. But Chicago scores 3 in the 13th off Dazzy to win, 6–3. Footsie Blair, who scored in the first after a triple, starts the rally in the 13th with a one out single. Reliever Guy Bush takes home the win.

At St. Louis, the Yankees score 5 runs in the 9th to ice a win with the Browns, 16-7. Harry Rice has a grand slam for third-place New York.

18th  Before 15,000 at the Polo Grounds, the Giants rally for 5 runs in the 9th inning to beat the Cards, 8–7. New York overcomes two homers by Frankie Frisch, a 3-run homer in the 3rd and another in the 8th with one on. Travis Jackson starts the rally with a leadoff single in the 9th and closes the scoring with another single.

The first place Robins drop a 6–2 decision to Sheriff Blake and the visiting Cubs. Del Bissonette’s 6th inning homer accounts for all the Robin scoring, while the Cubs make 12 hits, including three homers, in cutting Brooklyn’s lead to 17 percentage points.

In Chicago, the first-place A’s pound the White Sox, 15-1. Jimmie Foxx has a grand slam for the A’s. Double-X scores 4 runs and drives in 6. Foxx will collect 40 RBIs against the White Sox this season.

At Baker Bowl, the Reds top the Phils, 13-6, as Bob Meusel scores 5 runs.

Despite homers by Gehrig (25th) and Ruth (33rd), the Browns roll over the Yankees 14–6. Ruth adds a triple and double, but the Brownies counter with 18 hits off four New York hurlers. Goose Goslin and Oscar Melillo homer for St. Louis. Vic Sorrell gets credit for the win.

Behind Mark Koenig, the Tigers stitch the Red Sox, 7–6. The former Yankee shortstop has two singles, a three-run homer in the 4th, and starts a triple play in the 8th inning. McManus for Detroit and Earl Webb for Boston add homers. The Tigers also announce the sale of good-hitting Fats Fothergill to the White Sox.

Jimmie Foxx clouts two homers (#24 and #25) plus a double in leading the A’s to a 15–1 hosing of the White Sox. Foxx’s clouts come in the 3rd and 4thinnings when the Mackmen score 11 times. Cochrane and Boley add homers as George Earnshaw coasts to the win. Al Simmons is 2-for-5 to keep his league leading average at .390.

The PCL rejects the universal draft, the new agreement demanded by the major leagues of the five big minor circuits. The International League rejected the demand on Thursday at their meeting in Buffalo.

The New Haven Profs join Providence in dropping out of the Eastern League because of financial difficulties.

19th The Cubs take a 3–1 lead against Brooklyn’s Dazzy Vance, who is lifted in the 8th, then score two more on an error by reliever Joe DeBerry. Chicago hangs on for a 5–4 win behind Joe Osborne.

At Cleveland, the Senators lose 5-2 in game 1, but roar back to win, 17-4 in game 2. Dave Harris has a grand slam for the Nats.

Maybe we should use a second light. In the first night game in the South Atlantic League, James Mooney of Charlotte strikes out 23 batters as Charlotte wins, 7-3, at Augusta.

21st  Four pinch-hit HRs are hit in a doubleheader split between Brooklyn and St. Louis. Hal Lee and Harvey Hendrick connect for Brooklyn, and George Puccinelli and Jim Bottomley, for the Cards. The HRs are the first ML hits for both Lee and Puccinelli. Teammates Puccinelli and Bottomley connect in the same game, only the 3rd time to date that’s occurred. Hendrick’s pinch homer with 2 on and 2 out in the 9th gives Brooklyn a 9–8 win over Flint Rhem in the opener. Mancuso, Frisch and Bottomley add homers in the opener as the Cardinals score all the runs on homers. Led by Andy High’s 4 hits, the Redbirds outslug the Robins for a 17–10 win in the nitecap. In the nitecap. Brooklyn’s Hal Lee adds to the day’s homer barrage with his first ML hit, a 3-run pinch homer in the 2nd inning off Al Grabowski. The day’s carnage results in 54 hits, 44 runs, 18 extra base hits, and 11 errors. The split drops Brooklyn to 2nd place.

The Cubs ruin the first Ladies Day at the Polo Grounds as Pat Malone and Charlie Root shut out the Giants 6–0. Malone is the winner over Tiny Jim Chaplin. About 3,500 women are admitted free, and then see Hack Wilson club two homers, #28 and #29, to help Chicago move back into first place. Hack also whiffs with the bases jammed in the 9th. This is the first of regular Friday afternoon Ladies Day promotions that New York will be running.

Ruth cracks homer #35, Gehrig belts his 28th, his 3rd homer in 2 games, and Harry Rice adds another homer to lead the Yanks to a 7–3 win over Cleveland. Lefty Ed Wells is the winner despite giving up 4 hits to John Hodapp. Ruth is 12 games ahead of his 1927 pace.

Dallas (Texas League) drops Grover Cleveland Alexander after he fails to stay in training.

22nd  Phillies pitcher Phil Collins hits home runs in the 4th and 5thinnings of an 11–5 win over the Pirates. His two HRs are half of his career total. Teammate Pinky Whitney adds an inside-the-park homer in the 6th.

With Brooklyn beating the Cards, 1-0, the Cubs are in a virtual tie for first-place as they lose to the Giants, 6-1, at the Polo Grounds. Ethan Allen applies the finish with a 3rd-inning grand slam.

Behind Ed Coffman, the Browns outpoll the Senators, 3–1, for their 3rdwin in a row over Washington. The Browns are the only team to have won more than they’ve lost against the 2nd place Nats so far this year.

Good-hitting pitcher George Uhle bangs a 2-run pinch single in the 8th to give the Tigers a 6–5 win over the first place A’s. Reliever Lefty Grove takes the loss, his 4th of the year, while Chief Hogsett is the Bengal victor. The two teams combine for 10 doubles, with Hayworth and McManus collecting a pair.

The Indians trip the Yankees twice, winning 6–5 and 10–8. Cleveland wins the opener for Willis Hudlin by scoring a pair in the bottom of the 9th. The Yanks tie the nitecap at 8–8 when Ben Chapman scores on the front end of a double steal. Earl Averill breaks the tie with a two-run homer, his 2nd of the game, and his 2nd over the right field screen.

Night baseball comes to the PCL as the LA Angels host Sacramento and Seattle and Portland play under the lights as well. Portland beats Mission, 12-2, at Vaughn Street Park. Oakland will turn on the lights later this season.

23rd  Pie Traynor of the Pirates is responsible for two victories over the Phillies at Baker Bowl. His HR in the 9th off Roy Hansen seals the first game, 2–1, for Heine Meine. He comes through one mo’ time in the nitecap going 5-for-7 with a 3-run HR in the 13th to win 16–15. George Grantham scores 5 runs for the Bucs. Traynor’s 13th inning blast negates 27 hits by the Phils, including two homers by Don Hurst, for a then-record-tying team total 48 total bases. The Phils knot the score in the 8th, 9th, and 12th innings, but fall short in the 13th.

24th  The Cubs and Phils each bang out 17 hits, but the Cubs prevail 19–15. Kiki Cuyler has 4 hits and 4 runs; he’ll score 39 runs against the Phils this year. Footsie Blair has 4 hits and 5 RBIs. On the Phils side, Bernie Friberg has 3 hits and 5 RBIs. When Chuck Klein objects sharply to an 8th-inning strike call by umpire Lou Jorda he is banished for the first time in his career. Also ejected are Phils’ manager Burt Shotton, captain Fresco Thompson, and 1B Don Hurst. It is necessary to use 42-year-old Cy Williams in RF in the 9th, the only inning of play Klein will miss in 1930. With the win the Cubs (54–39) stay .007 behind Brooklyn, which divides a pair with the Reds.

Red Sox outfielder Earl Webb is 4-for-4 including a double and homer, to lead the Red Sox to an 8–5 win over the Browns. He also starts a double play to back Reb Russell’s pitching.

Despite the efforts of Chick Hafey, who goes 4-for-4 with 2 homers, the Braves edge the Cards, 5–4. Bob Smith picks up the win over Jess Haines. Braves rookie Wally Berger hits his 27th homer in going 4-for-4.

Jimmie Foxx clubs his 27th homer of the year, a 2-run shot in the 9thinning, to give the first-place A’s the victory, 8–6, over Cleveland. The drive, high into the CF bleachers off Willis Hudlin, scores Mickey Cochrane. Earlier, Cochrane hits his 22nd homer of the year to help Ed Rommel to the win.

In Detroit, the 3rd place Yankees beat the Tigers 7–2. Ruth clouts his 36thhomer to help Roy Sherid win over Guy Cantrell.

25th Lefty Grove coasts to an easy win as the A’s beat up the Indians, 14–1. The first-place Mackmen use 10 walks, three homers, and a ML record pair of triple steals in handing the loss to Pete Jablonowski. Bishop, Miller, and Simmons hit the homers while the triple thefts come in the first inning (Simmons on the front end, Miller and Williams) and the 4th(Cochrane scores with Simmons and Foxx on the back end). Miller had four hits to lead the A’s.

At Cincinnati, the Robins down the Reds, 7–2, to maintain a half-game lead on the Cubs. Brooklyn pins the loss on Red Lucas, with the big blows being two run-triples by both Taffy Wright and Johnny Frederick.

The Cubs pound 15 of their 16 hits off the Phils starter Ray Benge to beat the Phils, 9–5. Danny Taylor, playing in place of Riggs Stephenson has four of the Cubs hits, including a triple. Nelson, the first of three Cubs pitchers, is the winner.

The 3rd-place Yankees pound old mate Waite Hoyt and beat the Tigers, 14–7. Detroit takes the early lead, knocking out Wells in the first inning with five runs, but Henry Johnson pitches 8 1/3 innings of solid relief and pounds a two-run triple in the 4th to make it 5–4. Gehrig adds a single, triple and his 29th homer as each team makes 11 hits.

The Yankees option Lefty Gomez to St. Paul. Gomez, out the past five weeks following a dental operation, will be replaced by righty Walter Brown from Tulsa (Western L.).

26th  Phils pitchers continue their consistency, giving up 5 HRs to the Cubs in a 16–2 pasting. Hack Wilson has 3 of the homers, increasing his total to 32, while Gabby Hartnett and winning pitcher Pat Malone add the other two. Phil Collins, the ace of the weak Phillies staff, is routed by the 9 run attack in the first two innings.

At the Polo Grounds, Bill Terry collects a double and two homers to lead the Giants to a 10–4 come-from-behind win over the Pirates. Memphis Bill’s 2nd homer is inside-the-park against Erv Brame, the loser to Fred Fitzsimmons. Giants manager John McGraw, who skips the game to look over the Montreal Royals in Canada, opines, “ This lively ball is hurting baseball. I think the club owners ought to get together on it. I suppose six out of eight teams in each league would like to see it go. It has taken the confidence out of pitchers. The ball is so lively that fielders cannot handle it and throw it to the plate. Bunting is gone—the ball is too lively. And baserunning has disappeared. The public liked that. Those plays were always close.” Flubber??

Tiger rookie Liz Funk hits a grand slam as Detroit whips the visiting Yankees, 12-8. Funk appeared in one game for the Yankees last year.

At Boston, 33,000 fans are on hand for Rabbit Maranville Day and to watch the Braves play a doubleheader with the Cardinals. The captain-shortstop receives numerous gifts between games, including a car, a chest of silver, and a $1,000 in gold. A three run rally in the 8th by St. Louis wins the opener, 5–4, for Burleigh Grimes. The Braves win the nitecap, 6–5, behind sterling relief work by Bob Smith. Cards’ acting manager Frankie Frisch has 4 hits and a stolen base in game 2.

27th  In the most efficient relief appearance in history, Cincinnati hurler Ken Ash comes in for Larry Benton and throws just one pitch against the Chicago Cubs. With the Reds trailing 3–2 in the top of the 6th, Ash’s pitch to Charlie Grimm results in a 4-5-2-3-5 triple play. All three outs come on tags, with 3B Tony Cuccinello making 2 putouts. Ash is hauled for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the 6th and the Reds score 4 times, then hold on for a 6–5 win. Ash receives credit for the victory, his last (of 6) in the ML. Mike Marshall will duplicate the one pitch-three outs in the 1970s.

28th At the Polo Grounds, it again is Bill Terry leading the Giants to a 5–4 win, this time over the last-place Phils. Terry has 4 hits, including two homers, and his bases-loaded sac fly in the 9th drives home the winner. Jim Chaplin is the winner over Earl Collard.

With the official temperature at 107 degrees in St. Louis, Ted Lyons and the White Sox beat the Browns, 6–5. A run behind going into the 9th, the Sox tie it on Bill Cissell’s single and Bennie Tate’s double, then score the winner on Lyon’s double. Goose Goslin hits his 22nd homer for St. Louis, and his 4th in two days.

At Cleveland, the Indians also come from behind to win in the 9th, 7–6 over the Tigers. Tiger pitcher Elon Hogsett breaks a 5–5 tie by hitting a solo shot in the 9th, then gives up two runs on a double by Twitchie Porter. Pete Jablonowski (after 1933, he plays as Pete Appleton) scores the 7th run to pick up the win.

The Cubs sweep the Reds, 3–2 and 5–3, behind Charlie Root and Guy Bush. Benny Frey and Jakie May take the losses. In game two, Hack Wilson drives home Kiki Cuyler in the 4-run 3rd inning, but Charley Grimm get credited on the official scorecard with the RBI. This “lost RBI” would give Wilson 191 ribbies for the year, and will finally be corrected by ML baseball in 1999. As James Braswell will first note in 1977, the lost ribbie gives Wilson 11 straight games (July 24-August 5) with at least one RBI, a ML mark that Wilson will share with Mel Ott.

29th Despite a Hack Wilson HR, Eppa Rixey pitches the visiting Reds to a 4–3 win over the Cubs. Sheriff Blake takes the loss. The hot-hitting Hack will add homers on August 1st, 2nd, and 5th.

Cleveland hands the Tigers a four-run lead, then roars back to win 14–7. Four walks plus three hits off Guy Cantrell gives the Indians 7 runs in the 2nd inning. In the inning, Earl Averill hits his 10th homer and a double. Reliever Milt Shoffner pitches 7 1/3 innings for the win.

Ruth contributes a pair of singles and a walk, but Gehrig supplies the big blows in New York’s 12–3 win over the host A’s. After Ruth opens the 4thwith a single, Gehrig hits his 30th homer into left-center field. In the 5th, Babe walks and Gehrig triples to center; a Ruth single in the 7th is followed by a Gehrig smash over the RF wall. Lou adds a double in the 2nd and his 6 RBIs make it easy for Henry Johnson to pick up the win. Gehrig’s hitting moves him into the AL lead at .390, as Al Simmons (.386) is hitless.

30th  Cincinnati loses an exhibition night game at Indianapolis. In 1935 the Reds will inaugurate night baseball in the majors.

31st Hazel Johnson, wife of Senators’ manager Walter, dies in Washington. She suffered from heat exhaustion after driving from Kansas last week in what is the hottest month to date in U.S. history. She leaves 5 children.

The Giants use a 20-hit attack to subdue the Braves, 11–5. Fred Lindstrom has 4 singles to reach the 1,000 hit level at age 24.

Yankee Lou Gehrig hits his 7th career grand slam, off Boston’s Ed Durham, to lead the Yankees to a 14–13 slugfest over the Red Sox. The Yanks have now slugged 5 grand slams in the past 5 weeks.