1st At Wrigley, Lon Warneke beats the Reds, 8–4, to become the NL’s first 10-game winner. The Cubs edge back into first place. The Reds lose their 9th straight but they’ll beat the Cubs tomorrow.
At Philadelphia, Buddy Myer starts the scoring with a 3rd inning grand slam, off Roy Mahaffey, and Washington tops the A’s, 7-5.
3rd At Wrigley, the Pirates take over first place from the Cubs, beating Chicago 5–4 in 6 innings of drizzle. Vince Barton opens the 6th with a homer off Heine Meine but the Cubs leave the tying run on base as rain stops play. Pat Malone takes the loss.
At the Polo Grounds, the Giants top the Braves, 5–2, as Carl Hubbell goes all the way for the win. Frank Hogan crashes his 3rd homer, off Bob Brown, in three days, to start the scoring in the 2nd. The Braves get 4 hits in the 6th inning, including a leadoff homer by Wally Berger.
The Red Sox host the Yankees in the first Sunday game ever played at Fenway, and the Yankees turn a 4–2 game into a rout. They spray 10 hits and score 9 in the 6th inning to win 13–2. George Pipgras gets two singles in the 6th and allows five hits and 8 walks to win. Ben Chapman has a single and bases-loaded triple, while Earl Combs and Lyn Lary each hit two doubles in the frame. Ivy Andrews is hung with the loss.
The Reds slam three triples in the 7th inning, off Tex Carleton, to overcome the Cardinals, 4–2. Crabtree, Hendrick, and Lombardi leg it around to third, while Hendrick has three other hits to back Si Johnson’s 8-hitter.
4th In Washington, Yankees C Bill Dickey breaks Carl Reynolds’ jaw with a punch, sidelining the Senators OF indefinitely. Reynolds bowls over Dickey on a successful squeeze play in the nitecap. Dickey is suspended for 30 days—supposedly the length of Reynolds’ recuperation—and assessed a $1,000 fine. Reynolds is hitting over .360 but will end the season at .305. The Senators take both games from the league-leaders, winning, 5–3 and 12–6. There are 5 homers in the nitecap, as Ruth, Lary, Crosetti, Manush and Harris connect.
At Philadelphia, the 2nd place Braves sweep a pair from the Phils, 8–6 and 9–0. Boston’s Socks Seibold fires a 5-hitter in the nitecap, with Chuck Klein collecting 4 of the hits, including a HR. Losing pitcher Collins has the other. Red Worthington has 3 hits and 3 RBIs in each game.
Baltimore’s (IL) Buzz Arlett again hits 4 HRs in a game, one grand slam from the right side of the plate, and the other 3 HRs from the left side, with Reading again the victim. It is the 2nd time Arlett has accomplished the feat in 5 weeks. Baltimore wins, 21–10, then ekes out a game 2, 7-inning win, 9–8, as Buzz homers in his first at bat.
5th The Baltimore Orioles (IL) defeat the New York Yankees, 9-2, in an exhibition game at Baltimore. The hot-hitting Buzz Arlett homers in the 3rd inning.
6th Following Lon Warneke’s 6–1 win over the Phillies in Chicago, Cubs SS Bill Jurges is shot twice in his room at the Carlos hotel, 2 blocks north of Wrigley, by a spurned girlfriend, Violet Popovich Valli. In a scuffle for the gun, Jurges is hit in the shoulder and hand. Jurges fails to prosecute, and Valli will be signed to a 22-week contract to sing in local nightclubs and theaters. She is billed as “Violet (I Did it for Love) Valli—the Most Talked About Girl in Chicago.”
8th Cleveland’s Wes Ferrell beats the Senators, 6–5, to run his record to 16–5. Ferrell has completed 18 of 20 starts.
9th Yankees OF Ben Chapman has two HRs and collects 6 RBIs in the 2ndgame of a doubleheader with Detroit at Yankee Stadium. Both homers are inside-the-park, as the Yankees win, 14–9. New York took the opener as well, 7–6, with the home run heroics provided by Ruth, Gehrig, and Joe Sewell.
After losing a pair yesterday, the White Sox shut out the A’s, 7–0, behind Ted Lyons. The loss goes to Lefty Grove, snapping his 11-game winning streak. The A’s rebound in game 2 to win, 11–2.
At Pittsburgh, the Dodgers score 7 runs in the 9th inning to beat the Pirates, 9–3. Vance wins his 9th, allowing 6 hits. Two of the hits are by C Earl Grace, who plays his 63rd game without an error, breaking the record for catchers set by Detroit’s Johnny Hassler in 1926.
10th An extraordinary 18-inning game is finally won by the Athletics at Cleveland, 18–17. To save train fare for the single-date appearance, Connie Mack takes along just 2 pitchers. Lew Krausse, Sr. the A’s starting pitcher, gives up 4 hits in the 1st inning and his replacement, Eddie Rommel then pitches 17 innings in relief, giving up a record 29 hits. Amazingly, he wins. Cleveland has the game apparently won in the 9thinning but with two outs and leading 14–13, first sacker Ed Morgan allows a ground ball by Dykes to roll through his legs. A walk to Simmons and a single by Jimmie Foxx, one of his 6 hits in the game, ties the score. Cleveland’s Johnny Burnett sets a ML record by collecting 9 hits in 11 at bats, while Foxx bangs hits including HRs 31, 32, and 33, which comes in the 16th inning. Double X totals 16 bases in the game, the 3rd AL player to do it, and drives in 8 runs, including the winner. Wes Ferrell (16–6) is the hard luck loser, pitching 11+ innings of relief two days after pitching a complete-game win over Washington. Cleveland sets an AL record for stranded runners with 24, and the two teams combine for an AL record 39 LOB. The Cubs and Reds will strand 44 runners in a 1944 game,
11th Back in Philadelphia, Cleveland sweeps a pair from the tired A’s, winning 9–8 and 12–7. Earl Averill is 6-for-10 in the 2 games, with 3 homers.
15th After beating the Red Sox yesterday in 11 innings, 9–8, the White Sox do it again, winning 4–2 today. Chicago 2B Jackie Hayes handles 34 chances over the two days without an error. Today he has 6 PO and 10 assists.
Do the Freddy. In St. Louis, Freddy Fitzsimmons pitches the Giants to a 12-4 win over the Cardinals and Fred Lindstrom hits a grand slam to back up Fat Freddie.
The Yankees Lefty Gomez beats the Indians. 8-5, for his 15th win. The weak-hitting Gomez has 2 hits to knock in 2 runs and New York knocks out Wes Ferrell in the 4th inning. Ferrell, suffering from his 20+ innings of work in 3 days, relates to Don Honig years later: “Now, that was a little relief stint, those 11 innings. A few days later I’m taking my regular turn, against the Yankees in New York. I got out there, and I just don’t have anything on the ball. They beat me. I’m sitting in the clubhouse after the game, and Peckinpaugh comes over and says, ‘Hey, why don’t you bear down out there?’ ‘What the hell are you talking about? I said. I was steaming. I’ve been winning 20 games every year for you and pitching out of turn whenever you needed me, and you ask me why I wasn’t bearing down? I always bear down. I just didn’t have anything to bear down with today.’” Ferrell’s relationship with Peckinpaugh will go downhill after that and result in Ferrell’s suspension.
Despite three home runs by Al Simmons, the A’s lose to Detroit 11–10.
With the Pirates winning a pair from Boston, the Cubs lose 6–4 to the visiting Dodgers. Chicago now trails Pittsburgh by 3 ½ games. Hornsby, filling in at 3B, commits 2 costly errors and allows several balls to skip by him, earning him jeers from the fans. Clark is the winner over Tinning.
16th After two wins in relief over the Browns in the past two days, Washington’s Tommy Thomas gets a start and bests St. Louis, 11–0, for his 3rd win in 3 days. He gives up just 3 hits, 2 to Ferrell. He also won on July 11th beating Chicago, the team that sold him to the Nats a month earlier. Thomas will top the Browns 7 times this year, and beat them 7 times in 1927.
17th The fans get their money’s worth as Indianapolis outscores Minneapolis, 22–20, to set an American Association record for most runs by both teams.
18th Washington 3B Ossie Bluege equals the AL record with 5 walks in the first game of a doubleheader won by Detroit 8–6 and 2–1.
The Giants route the Cubs, 13–3, the 6th game in a row that Cubs player-manager Hornsby has started at 3B. He makes another 2 errors. The experiment has not worked well and Hornsby benches himself for good. Joe Moore and Vergez each have 4 hits with 2 of the latter’s coming in the 8th inning.
19th In St. Louis, the A’s sweep a pair from the Browns, winning 9–8 and 16–6. Jimmie Foxx collects 3 doubles and an inside-the-park homer, his 40th, in the pair, while Doc Cramer has 4 hits in each game, scoring 4 runs in game 2. For Cramer, it is his third 4-hit game in a row. Cleveland stays a game behind the 2nd-place A’s with a 7–0 win over Boston.
22nd In Pittsburgh, Billy Jurges, who was shot on July 6, returns to the Cubs lineup, allowing Woody English to move back to 3B. But Pittsburgh’s Steve Swetonic tops Pat Malone, 3–1, for the win. Pittsburgh now leads the Cubs by 3 ½ games.
At Baker Bowl, the Phillies bang out 20 hits in beating the Giants, 9-5. Dick Bartell has 4 hits as does Spud Davis, who includes a pair of homers in his total. An interesting footnote is provided by Brooklyn pitcher Fred Heimach, who strikes out in his only pinch hitting appearance of the year and his last career pinch hitting appearance. He concludes with a .390 pinch hitting average (20-for-52), the highest for a pitcher with 50 pinch hitting appearances (according to historians Scott Flatow and David Nemec).
In the AL’s only game, the A’s easily defeat the Senators, 8–4, as Mickey Cochrane hits for the cycle, scoring 3 and driving home 4. Walberg is touched for 15 hits, but Washington helps with poor baserunning. They have 4 singles and no runs in the 8th.
23rd Cleveland P Wes Ferrell makes 10 assists in a 12-inning game, but loses to the White Sox, 6–5. The record in both leagues is 12. Chicago amasses 19 hits and scores twice in the 12th.
In St. Louis, the Browns and Tigers divide a doubleheader, with Bump Hadley, on his way to a 20-loss season, copping the opener. Tommy Bridges is the winner for Detroit, 9-4, in game 2. Jack Burns has a grand slam for the Brownies.
25th In the only ML game played today, the A’s edge the Yankees, 8-7,but lose Doc Cramer, who breaks his left collarbone when he dives for a fly ball. Mule Haas takes his place in left field and belts a walkoff 2-run homer in the 9th, off starter Lefty Gomez. Cramer will get one at bat at the end of the season. He is the second A’s outfielder to go down with an injury. Rookie Ed Coleman broke his ankle in early June, ending his season. He was hitting .342.
27th Pittsburgh’s Bill Harris gets two wins today, both in relief against the Giants, and the Pirates increase their lead over the Cubs to 5 games. Harris tosses three innings in the opening 9–8 win, and another two in the nitecap. The Pirates score 3 in the 9th to win, 4–2.
28th The mighty Pirates sweep another pair from the Giants, winning 10–7 and 9–1. Pitt’s Tony Piet has 2 hits in game 1 but then explodes with 7 RBIs in 2 innings in the nitecap. Piet homers with 2 on in the 2nd inning, then connects with the sacks full in the 3rd. He adds a pair of singles and another run scored.
At Cleveland’s League Park, Babe Ruth has 3 hits, including his 27th and 28th homers, and drives in 7 tallies to personally account for the Yankees 10-4 win over the Tribe. Ruth is still suffering from an injured leg but is needed today because Ben Chapman is ill. Ruffing fans 10 in the victory.
30th Brooklyn’s Hack Wilson hits a grand slam to beat his old pal pitcher Pat Malone and the Cubs, 7–2. It’s Wilson’s second grand slam off Malone in two months.
31st Cleveland plays its first game in the new Municipal Stadium before a crowd of 80,184 (paid attendance of 76,979), the largest crowd to date in baseball history. But Mel Harder loses to the A’s Lefty Grove (16-7) 1–0 on Cochrane’s RBI single. Tommy Connolly, who umpired the first game in AL history, umps the last the game of his 35-year career. The English-born future Hall of Famer is on the field at 3B in the only game he umps this year. He still holds the American League record for most years and games umpired. Municipal Stadium will be the only new park built between the opening of Yankee Stadium in 1923 and Candlestick Park in 1960. From 1932 through 1946, the Tribe will play about 40% of their games at Municipal Stadium, with the other 60% at League Park.