1931 July

1st At Philadelphia, Chuck Klein knocks in 5 runs as he hits for the cycle to lead the Phils to a 11–6 win over the Cubs. The Phils pull off a triple play, the first time that’s happened in a game in which a player cycles.

2nd  Babe Ruth homers—his 19th—to drive in a run for the 11thconsecutive game as the Yankees drub Detroit 13–1. Ben Chapman follows Ruth with another HR. Ruth has 18 RBIs in the string, but will be collared in his next game.

4th Brooklyn stops their cross-town rival Giants with two shutouts, winning 4–0 behind Dazzy Vance and then 5–0 behind Watty Clark.

The Athletics buy veteran Waite Hoyt from Detroit and he joins the team before the start of a doubleheader with the Red Sox. The Sox take the morning game, 9–7, but Hoyt is the afternoon’s hero, hitting a double and single and pitching a complete game, 6–2, victory.

6th  The Indians score 8 runs in the 6th inning en route to a 13-4 win over the Tigers. Pitcher Willis Hudlin walks twice in the frame, scoring each time.

7th  The Browns and the White Sox play a record 12-inning game in which not a single strikeout is recorded. Chicago wins, 10–8. The Browns tie the game at 8–8 when pinch hitter Chad Kimsey homers in the 9th. Kimsey then pitches 2 scoreless innings before Al Simmons drives in 2 runs in the 12th.

8th With President Hoover in the stands, the Senators lose to the A’s, 7–3. George Earnshaw who started and lost on the 5th, is the winner today.

9th  The Giants beat the Phils, 9–3, behind Carl Hubbell, but lose Fred Lindstrom. After hitting a homer and a single, the right fielder breaks his left ankle sliding into 3B in the 5th. He will be out of the lineup until early August. He’ll return but next year will be his first under .300 in 7 seasons. The injury leaves the Giants with only 3 outfielders. Reserve Ethan Allen is hit on the elbow by a bat and will be out for at least a week.

The Cardinals extend their NL lead to 4 games with a doubleheader sweep of the Reds, 3-1 and 9-1. Grimes and Derringer go the distance in each. Cards outfielder George Watkins is hit by a pitch from veteran Larry Benton, the first HBP by Benton since 1927, a ML record . His skein of three consecutive seasons lasted 755 innings.

11th At Baker Bowl, the Giants bang out 28 hits in beating the Phils 23–5 in the opener of a doubleheader. Twenty two of the hits come off reliever Dutch Schesler, a Phils record, but he does not get the loss. Freddy Leach, with 5 hits and a homer, and Bill Terry, Mel Ott and Sam Leslie bang one apiece as the Giants pile on with seven doubles. Nine players have 2 or more hits. Spitballer Clarence Mitchell is the beneficiary. Despite another Ott homer in the nitecap, the Phils come back to win, 6–5.

12th  The largest crowd in the history of Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis, 45,715 (in a ballpark with 35,000 seats), creates a travesty and permanently distorts the ML record for doubles hit in a game. Easy fly balls drop for ground-rule doubles among the fans encroaching on the field. Fans even line the infield and there is an estimated 8,000 fans on the ball field. There are 32 doubles hit in 2 games, 11 in the first and 21 in the 2nd, for ML records both for the most doubles in one game and for a doubleheader. All told, there were 43 extra base hits recorded. The Cubs take the opener 7–5 behind Hack Wilson’s 3-run HR, as Jakie May outpitches Bill Hallahan. The Cards stagger to the finish in the nitecap with a 17–13 win behind Flint Rhem. Ed Baecht loses for the Cubs. Footsie Blair has two doubles and a HR for the Cubs and drives in 4 runs, while Gabby Hartnett goes 5-for-5, with 3 doubles. For the Birds, Ripper Collins and Gus Mancuso each have 4 hits including 3 doubles.

At New York, the Giants outslug the Phils twice to win, 13–6 and 9–4. Fred Fitzsimmons coasts in the nitecap as Mel Ott hits 2 homers and drives in 5 runs, and Travis Jackson is 5-for-5. In the opener Bill Terry has 2 triples and Shanty Hogan 2 homers. Mel Ott collects the 100th homer of his career: Ott, at 22 years and 4 months, is the youngest player to reach the century mark. In the AL, Tony Conigliaro, at age 22 years and 6 months, will reach the plateau on July 23, 1967.

The average runs produced in the games today is 13.6, a total that will not be topped until April 24, 1996.

13th The Indians touch Lefty Grove for 13 hits and 7 runs and lead 7–5 after 8 innings. But the A’s score 7 runs in the bottom of the 8th with the big blow a grand slam by Dib Williams. Pennock pitches the 9th and Lefty’s win streak continues.

No strikeouts are recorded as the White Sox beat the Browns, 10-8, in 12 innings.

17th The Indians Wes Ferrell allows 3 hits, including a homer by Babe Ruth, in subduing the Yankees, 2–1, in 8 innings. Rain shortens the game. Ferrell nullifies the Babe’s blast with a 7th inning HR off Pennock to win the game.

18th  John McGraw is ejected from a game in St. Louis after he rages over an out call by Bob Clarke on the Giants Chick Fullis. Behind Bill Walker, the Giants win 4-0. A telegram McGraw receives before the next game causes another tantrum, as NL president Heydler fines him $150 and suspends him for 3 days, his first suspension since 1921. Dave Bancroft will fill in.

22nd In Detroit, the Tigers win 3–2 over the Yankees in game 1. In game 2, Ruth homers in 1st off Tommy Bridges, then he and Gehrig both homer in the 6th off Charles Sullivan as New York wins, 9–5. Lazzeri triples with the sacks full to help Babe & Lou.

24th  Babe Herman hits for the cycle for the 2nd time this season (he did it May 18th), but the Robins lose at Pittsburgh 8–7. Larry French, in relief, stops a 9th inning Brooklyn rally.

The Cards stretch their lead to 8 games by sweeping a pair from the Phillies, 10–0 and 7–2. Flint Rhem coasts in the lidlifter as the Cards collect 17 hits. Burleigh Grimes wins the nitecap.

25th  Pittsburgh’s Larry French pitches a 14-inning game, the longest NL contest of the season, to beat Brooklyn 3–2.

At the AAU track and field meet in Jersey City, Babe Didrickson breaks the women’s record for the longest throw of a baseball when she hurls a ball 296 feet. This tops her own record set July 4 last year of 268’10”. Didrickson, who turns 20 tomorrow, also won the running broad jump and set a women’s world record in the 80-meter high hurdles. Another Dallas woman Mabel Cutchin, is second in the baseball toss at 252’9”, while Lillian Tresselt, a Madison (CT) high schooler, is third at 250’ (The New York Times).

26th  The Yankees split a doubleheader with the White Sox, taking the 2ndgame 22–5 with a ML record-tying 9 players scoring 2 or more runs each. Pat Caraway, who had given up 11 runs to Boston in 4 2/3 innings on the 23rd, is hit hard in the debacle, the worst loss in Sox history. Chicago wins the opener, 5–4, despite collecting just 5 hits off Henry Johnson. One of the hits is a HR by Lu Blue in the 3rd inning, his first and only homer in his 2 seasons in a Chicago uniform. But Lu will collect 127 walks this year, a club mark not topped until another 1B, Frank Thomas, does it in 1991.

At Cleveland, the Tribe ends the A’s 13-game win streak—all at home—with a 13–2 victory. Earl Averill’s HR and Burnett’s 5 hits lead a 19-hit attack and pins Waite Hoyt with his first A’s loss.

27th  Riggs Stephenson, Cubs OF, breaks an ankle in the 1st inning against the Phillies, as Chicago loses 7–6 at Wrigley Field. Riggs turns the ankle stepping on 1B. Buzz Arlett and Pinky Whitney hit 2-run homers in the 5th off Guy Bush. Cubs rookie RF Vince Barton gets hit by pitches twice and will match it tomorrow. Barton will lead the league in HBP with 9, despite playing in just 66 games. As noted by historian Cliff Blau, this is the fewest games that a league leader in any category has played in.

At Boston, Detroit’s Tommy Bridges K’s the side in the 1st, but collapses in the 4th and loses, 13–4. Tiger SS Mark Koenig comes in to pitch the last 2 innings, holding the Sox runless. Danny MacFayden, who started yesterday’s game 1, starts today and wins.

28th  The White Sox record an AL-record 12 hits in the 8th inning against the Yankees. They score 11 runs in the frame, led by Bob Fothergill who homers and triples, to win 14–12. Fats adds a pair of doubles for 4 long hits in the game.

29th  Cleveland’s Wes Ferrell shuts out Washington 6–0, scattering 10 hits, as the Senators have a record 15 runners left on base. It’s only been done once before, on May 22, 1913, but it will eventually be matched and, in 1994, finally topped.

30th Roger Hornsby belts a grand slam to help the Cubs and Pat Malone coast to a 14–3 win at Philadelphia.