1934 July

1st  At Crosley Field, the Cardinals outlast the Reds 8–6 in an 18-inning first game of a double bill in Cincinnati. Dizzy Dean (13-3) and Tony Freitas duel for 17 innings. Joe Medwick homers in the 17th, the first scoring since the 9th, but the Reds tie it up in the bottom of the inning. The Cards plate 2 runs in the 18th off Paul Derringer to win, though it takes a running catch by Medwick with the bases full to finish the game.

Bill Terry is the top vote-getter in the All-Star balloting. Babe Ruth leads all AL outfielders.

2nd  The Cardinals protest a game with the Cubs in a dispute over a delayed call on an bases loaded infield fly by veteran umpire Bill Klem. Scoring 4 runs the Cubs drive Paul Dean from the mound in a riotous 7ththat sees Klem toss manager Frankie Frisch, coach Mike Gonzales, and Dizzy Dean. The Cubs win 7–4, but the end of the game will be replayed July 31st.

Red Kress has a single and 2 HRs and drives in 3 runs as the Senators trip the host Athletics, 7-3. Bill Dietrich gives up the two roundtrippers, but he does stop Joe Cronin’s 22-game hitting streak.

3rd  Boston snaps the Yankees 8-game winning streak by edging the Bombers, 10–9 in 11 innings. Roy Johnson hits a 2-run HR off Johnny Murphy to win. Gehrig, Werber, Chapman, Lyn Lary and Crosetti also homer in the game at Yankee Stadium.

4th  In Philadelphia’s Baker Bowl, Brooklyn takes the first of two games, 8-5, but the Phillies jump on Boom-Boom Beck for 3 runs in the 1st inning of game 2. When Dodgers manager Casey Stengel comes out to the mound to remove Beck the frustrated pitcher turns and fires the ball at the tin wall in RF. Dodgers OF Hack Wilson, not paying attention to the happenings, hears the ball clang off the wall, and hurries to retrieve it. He then fires a strike to 2B to prevent the imaginary runner from advancing. The Phils win, 11-2.

Kiki Cuyler sparks the Cubs 6–2 second-game win over the Cards by stroking three doubles and a triple and scores 3 runs at Sportsman’s Park. Jim Weaver is the winner in game 2. The Cards take the opener by the same score.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants tomahawk the Braves, scoring 29 runs in two games today. New York wins the opener 14–5, then Carl Hubbell coasts to a 15–0 win in the nitecap. After the finish of all the holiday doubleheaders, the Giants have a clear lead of 3 1⁄2 games ahead of the Cubs and 4 1⁄2 in front of the Cardinals.

The AL race has seesawed between the Yankees and Detroit with New York only one game ahead. The improved Red Sox are 6 1⁄2 behind, and Washington, last year’s winner, 7 back and dropping fast.

Satchel Paige pitches a 4–0 no-hitter against the Negro League Homestead Grays in Pittsburgh, with only a walk and an error spoiling a perfect game. Paige strikes out 17. Paige then comes in relief in game 2 and is tagged with the loss. In his next start, Satch will shut out the host Chicago American Giants 5–0 in 10 innings on July 8. In Paige’s autobiography, he erroneously recalls that he threw the no-hitter in Pittsburgh, then drove all night to Chicago and beat the Giants the next day, but researcher Dave Marasco corrected Satch’s story.

5th  Lou Gehrig hits an inside-the-park grand slam, as the Yankees beat the Senators 8–3. It is his 4th slam of the season and 17th overall, passing Babe Ruth’s record career total. Gehrig adds another homer and two singles to drive in seven runs for the second time this year as the Yankees top the Senators, 8–3. Gehrig will eventually set a career record of 23 grand slams. Gehrig now has 321 career HRs to Ruth’s 698.

In Philadelphia, Lefty Grove has his infected tonsils removed. This is believed to be a possible cause of his sore arm.

At Ebbets Field, the first-place Giants score 5 runs in both the 6th and 7thinnings to beat the Dodgers, 13-7. Jo-Jo Moore hits a grand slam for the visitors.

6th At St. Louis, Ernie Lombardi has 5 hits, including a triple and homer, 4 runs and 6 RBIs to help the Reds nose out the Cards, 16–15. Leo Durocher makes the last out of the game when he is thrown out at home plate. Rip Collins scores 5 runs for the losers, just the 2nd time in history that has happened.

The Braves and Phils rack up 41 hits as Boston holds on for a 16-13 victory. Hal Lee has 4 hits and 3 homers for the Braves.

With Van Lingle Mungo on the mound the Dodgers whip the Giants, 11-2. Sam Leslie hits a grand slam in the 6th.

The Red Sox triple the A’s, winning 18-6. The Sox have 20 hits, 3 by winning pitcher Wes Ferrell, who adds a stolen base. Billy Werber scores 5 runs.

The ML teams score 143 runs today with the NL scoring 83. The record for the NL is 101 runs, set on May 17, 1887.

8th  At Boston, the A’s leadoff hitter Max Bishop collects 8 walks in a doubleheader, tying his own ML record, as the 3rd-place Red Sox win 7–4 and 7–2. Bishop is the only player to walk more than 6 times in a doubleheader, and he’s done it twice. Foxx hits a pair of homers in the opener, #25 and #26, while Bob Johnson hits #25 in the same game.

Playing the last-place Reds, the Cardinals can only manage a split of a doubleheader in St. Louis. Dizzy Dean wins the opener, 6-1, but the Reds jump on brother Paul in game 2, scoring seven runs in the first three innings to win, 8-4. Harlin Pool crack’s a grand slam in the 3rd off Dean.

Phils rookie Euel Moore makes his first start after being purchased from Baltimore (IL) and beats the Braves, 5–3. Moore, the only member of the Chickasaw nation to make the majors, will suffer arm woes that will render him ineffective.

9th  The Cardinals throw the Dean brothers in a doubleheader with the Reds. Dizzy takes the first game, 6–1, but the Reds upend brother Paul in game 2, 8–4. Harlin Poole hits a grand slam in the 3rd inning.

10th  The 2nd annual All-Star Game produces Carl Hubbell’s amazing feat of striking out 5 future Hall of Famers in a row. Off to a shaky start with 2 on base in the first inning, Hubbell uses his screwball to fan Ruth, Gehrig, and Foxx. He adds Al Simmons and Joe Cronin to start the 2nd. After 3 scoreless innings he leaves with the NL ahead 4–0. The AL rallies, scoring 9 runs off Warneke, Van Lingle Mungo, the eventual loser, and Dean. Meanwhile Mel Harder pitches 5 shutout innings in relief of Red Ruffing to hold the lead. Frisch and Medwick hit HRs. Earl Averill’s 3 RBI are decisive for the AL 9–7 victory. Tomorrow’s edition of the Washington Post records apparently that Hubbell’s number was pinned on his jersey:

“Well, you may close up the books on the great All-Star game of 1934 for me. A slim, tanned fellow with the number 14 pinned to his back has gone trotting off the field toward the locker rooms while a crowd of upward of 50,000 lovers of pure baseball covered his departure with crashing applause and cheers that lingered long after the figure in the cream-white had taken the last pat on the back from the ecstatic bleacherites who leaned far out of the stand by the locker room door in the center field stands to touch the wonderful shoulder of the man who, with two men on base and none out in the first inning, had struck out Ruth, Gehrig and Foxx in succession.”

12th  Schoolboy Rowe fans 11 Yankees in a 4–2 win that puts the Tigers back in first place.

Chuck Klein is out of the Cubs lineup because of injuries as they beat the Braves 7–4. He is batting .331 with 19 HRs and 65 RBI, but will miss much of the 2nd half and never again will return to the high level of performance previously shown.

The Philadelphia Phillies sell pitcher Ed Holley to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Holley won 24 games the last two seasons but was just 1-8 this year with an ERA of 7.18. It’ll get worse as he goes 0-3 for the Bucs giving up 16 runs in 9 innings. No pitcher this century will have as low a winning percentage with that high an ERA (8.12)

13th  Babe Ruth hits his 700th HR, a two-run shot in the 3rd off Timmy Bridges, to lead the Yankees to a, 4–2 win at Detroit’s Navin Field. As he is circling the bases, Ruth shouts to his teammates, “I want that ball.” As with his 500th and 600th homer, the Babe pays $20 to a youngster for the ball. The victory puts New York back in first place. Lou Gehrig singles in his first at-bat and then has a lumbago seizure and has to be helped off the field. Jack Saltgaver takes his place. Red Ruffing scatters six hits for the win.

With the Cubs losing to the Braves, 7–6, the Giants’ 7–6 victory over Pittsburgh puts them two games ahead of Chicago in the NL. Joe Moore’s two homers, single and double pace New York. Fitzsimmons wins his 12th.

Boston’s Wes Ferrell is the whole show, blanking the Browns till the 9thand winning, 7–3. Ferrell hits a pair of homers good for 4 runs.

14th  In Detroit, Gehrig’s consecutive-game string is extended by having him lead off and listed in the lineup as shortstop. He singles and leaves the game, and Red Rolfe pinch runs. But the Tigers win a swatfest, 12–11, to regain the AL lead. The Tigers bang out an AL record 11 doubles (The 1905 A’s had the record with 10) while the Yanks add 3, while Ruth and Crosetti chip in with homers. Marberry beats Grimes.

In the first of 2, the Phils score 11 runs in the 2nd inning and coast to an 18–0 win over the Reds. Snipe Hansen is the winner over Don Brennan. It is the Phillies second 18–0 win over the Reds in four years and ties the team mark for largest margin in a shutout.

15th  Gehrig returns to 1B and goes 4-for-4, including 3 doubles, off Schoolboy Rowe, but the Yankees lose again to Detroit, 8–3. The Tigers take 3 out of 4 to go 1 ½ games ahead.

Waite Hoyt, now with the Pirates, has a one-hitter against the Braves, winning 5–0.

Cleveland defeats Washington twice by identical 10–8 scores. Willis Hudlin and Belve Bean are the winners and Odell Hale has a grand slam for the Tribe. Pinky Higgins has a grand slam as the A’s sweep a pair from the White Sox, 11–7 and 10–5.

17th  Babe Ruth draws his 2,000th base on balls at Cleveland, off Oral Hildebrand. He will retire with a still untopped walk record of 2,056. But the Indians pound 3 pitchers for 17 hits to win, 13–5.

Although Bob Johnson, Jimmie Foxx, and Pinky Higgins hit successive HRs in the 4th inning, St. Louis Browns P Jack Knott perseveres to beat the A’s, 7–4.

Lon Warneke, Cubs mound ace, intentionally walks Gus Mancuso in the 7th to load the bases and bring up the Giants pitcher Roy Parmelee. After two wild swings, Tarzan hatchets a high pitch for a grand slam and a 5–3 win.

NL President William Heydler upholds the Cards protest of a loss to the Cubs on July 2. The game will be resumed from the point at which umpire Klem waited too long to call an infield fly and be played prior to a scheduled July 31st game.

18th  An AL-record 22 players hit safely in the Cleveland 15–14 win over New York. Babe Ruth is banged in the leg by a ball hit by Gehrig and will be out for 10 days, the 2nd time an injury has sidelined him this season. The Indians score three in the 9th to edge Lefty Gomez and the Yankees, 15–14. Belve Bean is the winner.

In Chicago, light-hitting Bill Cissell hits a first inning grand slam as the Red Sox score 9 runs against the White Sox. Joe Mulligan doesn’t need to do this one over as he is the easy winner over Whit Wyatt, 16-3. Cissell adds two doubles and finishes with 7 RBI.

19th The Reds pound 12 hits against the Giants Hal Schumacher but don’t score as the Prince shuts them out, 4–0.

21st  At Detroit, Hank Greenberg paces the first-place Tigers to a 4-1 win over the Browns. Greenberg starts a triple play in the field and in four at bats connects for a single, two doubles and a triple.

22nd  Dazzy Vance’s last hurrah? He wins the last complete game he will ever pitch and notches his 2,000th strikeout to beat the Braves 4–2 for the Cardinals.

Shortstop Ray Ater dies in the hospital after being hit in the head by a pitch from H. Smith in the 5th inning of last night’s game in Pampa, Texas between the Roadrunners (IND) and the Shawnee (OK) Braves. Ater was generally pegged a certain major league star and said to be potentially the most talented infielder in Texas League history when he entered pro ball in ‘32 after being named an All-American, along with Ernie Koy, at the University of Texas. However, a beaning in ’32 left him with double-vision, though he refused to stop playing.

24th  With the temperature at a since-topped record of 111 degrees in St, Louis, the Yankees lose 4–2 to the Browns. Yankee star LF Earle Combs (.319) crashes into the cement wall at Sportsman’s Park and suffers a broken collarbone and a fractured skull. New York calls up George Selkirk but learns he broke his arm today playing for Newark. Combs will announce his retirement on the 28th, but come back to play 89 games next season.

At Chicago, the White Sox top the Senators, 4-1, behind the 6-hit pitching of Les Tietje. The only run for the Senators comes on a solo HR by Johnny Gill. The temperature in Chicago today is 105 degrees, the highest ever recorded in the city.

25th The host Braves sweep a pair from the Reds, winning 2-1, behind Huck Betts, and 7-3 behind Bob Smith. Marty McManus provides a grand slam in game 2.

26th Sad Sam Jones of the White Sox celebrates his 42nd birthday and his 18th wedding anniversary by white washing the Senators, 9–0.

Dizzy Dean and Carl Hubbell confront one another for the 3rd time. Hubbell loses for the 3rd time, 7–2, but it is Paul Dean in relief who is the winner.

28th  The veteran Waite Hoyt stops the Cards’ Dizzy Dean’s win streak at 10 with a 5–4 win in Pittsburgh.

Chuck Dressen, who will win pennants in Brooklyn and manage 16 seasons in the ML, begins by replacing Bob O’Farrell at the helm for the Cincinnati Reds.

The Yankees Jimmy DeShong allows just one hit—a home run by Jimmie Foxx, his 34th of the year—in downing the Athletics, 2–1, and give the Yankees a split with the A’s. Babe Ruth’s pinch sac fly drives in the go-ahead run. Doc Cramer’s batting streak is stopped at 22 straight games. Philadelphia wins the opener over the Ruppert Riflemen, 4–3.

Schoolboy Rowe gives the visiting Tigers an 11–1 win over the White Sox. Rowe scatters 3 hits in 9 innings.

29th  Flint Rhem comes within a lazily fielded bunted ball to 3B of pitching a no-hitter for Boston against the Dodgers. He wins 1–0.

Schoolboy Rowe wins his 2nd game in two days over the White Sox, tossing 1 2/3 innings of hitless relief and cracking a game-winning home run in the top of the 9th. The Tigers outlast the Sox, 16–15 in the 1st of two games. In the nitecap, Sox rookie Marty Hopkins hits his first ML homer, a two-run shot off starter Firpo Marberry, and the Sox prevail, 6-4. Hank Greenberg homers in both games, while Zeke Bonura clubs two homers in the opener.

31st  When the Cards and the Cubs resume playing the protested game of July 2 at Wrigley Field, Chicago still wins. The final score this time is 7–1 instead of 7–4, with Lon Warneke winning over Bill Walker. Warneke allows one hit in 2 innings, then continues in the 2nd game, winning that as well, 7–2. Paul Dean takes the loss. The outcome of the replay does not change the standings since the Cubs win has already been entered into the official standings, but the individual performances in the replay replace those in the original game.

The Pirates overcome a grand slam by Ernie Lombardi to beat the Reds, 7–5 in a 10-inning nightcap at Crosley Field. The Reds take the opener, 6–4.

The Yankees sweep a pair from the visiting Red Sox, winning 11-2 and 2-1. Lou Gehrig has a pair of homers in the opener to back Lefty Gomez (17-3). Babe Ruth hits a 7th-inning homer in game 2. Gehrig does not reach base in game 2, stopping his skein at 51 straight games.

The Tigers and Indians split a doubleheader to leave the Tigers in a dead heat with the Yankees for the top spot. Cleveland wins the opener, 9-7, as Hal Trosky and Joe Vosmik drive in 7 runs. Tommy Bridges (13-6) wins the second game, 4-2, to start Detroit’s 14-game winning streak.

The Yankees release veteran Burleigh Grimes, signed by New York in May. Pittsburgh will sign the vet on August 8th