1st The Cubs play their first night game and find the hitting is easy as they win 8–4 in Cincinnati behind Roy Henshaw. Billy Herman lights up Crosley Field with two doubles, two triples, and a single.
At Fenway, the Red Sox defeat the Senators, 8–3, behind Wes Ferrell’s 3-hitter. In the first inning, Bill Werber collides with a photographer while going after a foul ball, and the ball drops untouched. (as noted by Dick Thompson) The photographer was standing ten feet in (in foul territory) from the wall/fence separating the playing field from the stands and was changing bulbs in his camera. He was not watching the action. The umpires decide not to call interference. The sequence of play though leads to run that would not have been scored had Werber fielded the ball. The game account states this was a rare and unusual event.
Yankees OF George Selkirk suggests a cinder path, 6 feet wide, be installed in the outfield so a player knows when he is nearing the wall.
Ed Cole of Galveston throws the first perfect game in Texas League history, beating Tulsa, 1-0. Cole will spend 7 seasons in the Texas League.
2nd After 7 straight hits, the Cubs Gabby Hartnett lines out in the 6thagainst the Reds to end his hit streak. The Cubs win, 9–3.
3rd To cut their payroll. the Cubs drop Kiki Cuyler. He will sign with the Reds 2 days later. Today, the Reds trip the Cubs, 4–3, when Ernie Lombardi hits a HR in the 10th at Crosley Field.
Can’t I just play second, Skip? Cleveland rookie infielder Roy Hughes plays his one game at third base and commits four errors as the Tigers beat the Indians, 11-7. Hughes will field .987 at second base, best in the league.
In the Giants 4–3 ten-inning loss to the Phils, Giants SS Dick Bartell has no fielding chances. Carl Hubbell is the loser.
4th The Cardinals move into 2nd place with a twin win over the Cubs, The Cards manage just 3 hits off Charlie Root in the opener, but win 5–3. In the nitecap, 4 Cub errors help Dizzy Dean to a 6–4 win. St. Louis trails the Giants by 9 games at the season’s midpoint.
5th At the Polo Grounds, the Giants reliever Slick Castleman, making his first appearance of the season, walks the first 2 Brooklyn hitters, and is lifted. He won’t appear the rest of the year. The Dodgers prevail, 14–4, pinning the loss on starter Hal Schumacher. Tony Cuccinello, with Brooklyn, and brother Al, with New York, both homer: the next time brothers homer in a game against each other will be on June 30, 1950, when Joe and Dom DiMaggio do it.
Detroit rolls over the Browns, 16–1 as Hank Greenberg paces the Bengals with 4 hits including a pair of homers. Hank also drives in 4 and scores 4.
6th The Senators win game 1 from the Yankees, 8–3, then drop the nitecap in 11 innings, 10–7. In the 11th inning, the Yankees Tony Lazzeri swipes home. It is Tony’s second steal of home in extra frames, tying Hornsby and setting the AL record. In the 1940s, Wally Moses will swipe home three times in extra innings to set the ML record. Joe Kuhel has a grand slam for the Senators.
7th At St. Louis, the Dean brothers deal the 2nd-place Cards a double win over the Reds, 9–4 and 5–1. In the 4th inning of the opener Diz is booed when he relieves Jess Haines in the 4th inning. Dizzy, who refused to take a bow in an exhibition game at St. Paul, turns the boos to cheers when he hits a single in the 5-run 5th inning, and holds the Reds scoreless the rest of the way to win his 13th. Paul scatters 7 hits in the nitecap.
After four attempts, Carl Hubbell wins his 10th, defeating the Dodgers, 9–2. The Dodgers take a 2–1 lead but Mel Ott’s grand slam in the 3rd sends the first-place Giants to a 6 ½ game lead at the All-Star break. Ott has 18 homers, tops in the NL: Greenberg is leading the AL with 23.
The Yankees crush the Senators, 11–1 as Lazzeri and Gehrig drive home all the runs. Both hit homers, Gehrig hitting a grand slam and Tony’s a 3-run shot, off Buck Newsom. Lazzeri adds another three RBIs on singles. Johnny Broaca pitches the complete game win for the first-place Yankees (45-26).
The Tigers crush the Browns, 12–5, for their 10th straight win. St. Louis pitchers hand out 11 walks as Detroit scores 11 in the first three innings. Moose Solters accounts for all of the Brownie runs with homers his first three times up. Hank Greenberg has a double and triple and three RBIs to give him 103 at the All-Star break. Despite leading the AL in homers, doubles and RBIs, Hank is not named to the All-star team.
Phillies 2B Lou Chiozza ties a NL record with 11 assists in a 9–1 win over Boston. Chiozza has a pair of hits to back Curt Davis’ pitching.
At a special meeting, the AL owners raise the waiver price from $4,000 to $7,500, the same as the National League. There was no discussion of the reputed plan to shift the St. Louis Browns franchise elsewhere, but the club owners informally endorse a plan to give the all star voting “back to the fans.”
8th Before an all-star record crown of 69,812, the AL continues its All-Star Game reign, winning the 3rd event, at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium, 4–1. Jimmie Foxx is the hitting star with a homer and 3 RBI. Lefty Gomez goes six innings for the win, while Bill Walker takes the loss.
10th Hal Schumacher wins his 11th consecutive game as the Giants beat the Pirates 10–3. Hank Lieber has 3 hits for New York.
The Tigers’ win streak of 14 ends, despite a record-tying 10 doubles—three by Greenberg–in a 12–11 loss in Washington. Detroit scores 5 in the 9th but falls short.
At Cincinnati, the Reds Babe Herman hits the first night homer in history, off Dutch Leonard, to lead the Reds to a 15–2 win over Brooklyn. The Reds score 8 in the 3rd. There were 3 previous night games, all of which went homerless.
An exceptional game is played in the Texas League between Galveston’s Eddie Cole and Tulsa’s Ed Selway. Cole throws a perfect game with Bill McGhee hitting a homer with 2 outs in the 9th for a 1-0 victory. McGhee also has a triple and single.
11th At Washington, the Tigers take 10 innings to beat the Senators, 7–6. Detroit leadoff hitter Pete Fox has his hitting streak stopped after 29 games. Gehringer has a homer and triple and Goose Goslin has 3 hits including a homer for the winners.
13th The A’s Doc Cramer is 6-for-6 in the opener against Detroit, tying the AL mark for the 2nd time. He also did it in 1932. Jimmie Foxx is 3-for-3 with a homer and pitcher Johnny Marcum is 4-for-6 as the A’s roll, 18–5. The Tigers take the nitecap, 6–3, as Tommy Bridges wins his 12th. Greenberg clouts his 26th homer in the 2nd game and has 4 RBIs for the day. After 92 games, Hammerin Hank has 118 RBIs. The A’s Bob Johnson leading the AL with .353, is 3-for-6 in the nitecap with all 3 RBIs.
Johnny Mize goes 3–for–3, all homers, but his Cardinals drop a 10–5 decision to Boston.
15th Cincinnati beats New York 13–6 and ends Hal Schumacher win streak at 11. It is Schumacher first career loss to the Reds since joining the Giants in 1931.
16th The A’s trip the Tigers again, 8–2, at Shibe Park behind three doubles and five RBIs from Pinky Higgins. Jimmie Foxx clouts his 17th homer to back George Blaeholder’s pitching. With the Yankees topping Chicago, Detroit falls to 2 ½ games behind New York.
At Wrigley, the Cubs lose, 7–5 to the Phils, the Chicubs first loss after 8 straight wins. For Philadelphia, the win snaps a five-game loss streak. Jim Bivin, the Phils 3rd hurler, gets credit for his first ML win.
17th Bill Werber of the Red Sox ties the ML record and sets the AL mark with 4 straight doubles in the opening game of a doubleheader with Cleveland. He’ll do it again in 1940 while with the Reds, the only one to accomplish it in both leagues. The Sox win the pair 13–5 and 3–1.
In a rowdy game in Cincinnati, the Giants win, 6–3. Reds manager Chuck Dressen will be fined $50 for ‘inciting the crowd.”
21st The Tigers finally get to Lefty Grove, scoring a run in the 8th and 3 more in the 9th to take a 4–2 lead. In the bottom of the 9th, while Grove is tearing up the clubhouse, pitcher Wes Ferrell pinch hits for Lefty and hits a home run with 2 outs and 2 men on to give Boston a 7–6 win. Grove has now won 6 straight.
At Cincinnati, the Phillies twice shut out the Reds, winning 4-0 behind Curt Davis and 2-0 behind Joe Bowman.
22nd Boston beats the Browns 2–1 and, for the 2nd day in a row, Wes Ferrell clouts a 9th inning home run. Today he is also the winning pitcher on his game ending home run.
23rd Paul Dean puts the Cards in first place with a win in the opener of a doubleheader with the Giants. The Giants regain the NL lead in the nightcap with an 8–2 win.
San Francisco (PCL) beats Mission pitcher Boom-Boom Beck, 2-1, but he stops young Joe DiMaggio’s hit streak at 27 straight games. Joe is 0-for-4.
24th Behind Chief Crowder, the Tigers beat the Yankees 4–0 to go ahead by one-half game, but they are a fraction of a percentage point behind. Jo Jo White leads off the game with his first ML homer, off Red Ruffing.
Carl Hubbell (13-6) notches his first win over Dizzy Dean as the Giants edge the Cards, 4–2.
The third-place Cubs move to 2 ½ games behind the Giants and Cards by sweeping a doubleheader with Brooklyn at Wrigley Field. The Cubs win the opener, 9-3, after taking a 9-0 lead. Chicago takes a two-run lead into the 9th of game 2 only to see Danny Taylor give the Dodgers the advantage with a grand slam. The Cubs tie with a pair in the bottom of the 9th, then win it in the 11th when Ken O’Dea hits a walkoff homerun. O’Dea entered the game when catcher Gabby Hartnett was lifted for a pinch runner in the 9th.
At Griffith Stadium, the Indians go on the warpath as they collect 34 hits in sweeping a pair from the Senators, 10-6 and 13-8. Joe Vosmik, leading the league in hitting, has a homer, triple, two doubles and two singles. Odell Hale and Bill Knickerbocker each total 6 hits in the 2 games.
25th In the first game of a doubleheader, the first-place Giants beat the Cardinals and Paul Dean, 3–1, to take a 3-game lead. Hal Schumacher picks up the win, though he collapses on the mound in the 6th inning because of the 95 degree heat.
The Cubs beat the Dodgers, 4–2, for their 18th win in their last 21 games and move into 2nd place. Billy Herman is 2-for-4, his 5th multi-hit game in a row.
26th Jesse Hill’s line drive bounces off the head of P Ed Linke back to C Jack Redmond on the ﬂy, who throws to 2B to double off Ben Chapman. Linke will be hospitalized for 2 days. But the Senators knock the Yankees out of first for the first time since May 30, 9–3. Heinie Manush leads the Nats offense with 2 homers, one a grand slam.
27th Despite hitting a grand slam, Lefty Grove loses a tough game, 7–6, to the A’s in 15 innings. Grove will have just 5 RBIs all year. The Red Sox come back in the nitecap to win, 2–0, behind Wes Ferrell.
With the help of a Gabby Hartnett grand slam, in the 4th off Tony Freitas, the Cubs tip the Reds, 9-8, in the first of two games at Wrigley. Larry French, who fired a complete game victory yesterday, is the winner with 3 innings of relief. Chicago completes the sweep with a 12-1 victory in game 2. Chicago has now won 21 out of 24 and they trail the first-place Giants by a game.
28th Chicago pitcher Ted Lyons ties a ML record and sets the AL mark with 2 doubles in the 2nd inning while beating the Browns, 14–6, in game 1. The Sox tally 10 runs in the 2nd. In Game 2, the Browns, win 4–3. Umpire Red Ormsby is overcome by heat in the first game and taken to the locker room. The remaining ump, Harry Geisel, selects Ollie Bejma from the Browns and Jocko Conlin from the Sox to ump on the bases. Ormsby will miss tomorrow’s game as well.
The 2nd-place Yankees split a pair with the visiting Senators, winning 7-6 in game 1. Bump Hadley pitches the Nats to a 7-1 win in game 2, helped by a 3rd-inning grand slam by Jake Powell.
The Giants shut out the Dodgers twice today, winning 6–0 and 1–0. Carl Hubbell defeats Dutch Leonard in game 1 and Clyde Castleman tops George Earnshaw in the nitecap. Mel Ott’s homer is the only score.
29th The Browns manage just three hits off Les Tietje as they lose to the visiting White Sox, 7-2. The score might’ve been higher but the White Sox hit into a 9th inning triple play (2-4-5).
30th The Pirates fry Larry French, former Buc pitcher, for 4 runs in the 1st inning, but the red-hot Cubs win, 9–6. Bill Lee relieves French and allows just 4 hits after the opening inning. The game features a brawl between Billy Jurges and the Cubs reserve catcher Wally Stephenson. The fight earns Stephenson a quick trip back to Chicago, but when Hartnett hurts his ankle, the combative catcher will be told to rejoin the team in Cincinnati to back up Ken O’Dea. Hartnett won’t return to the lineup till August 11.
31st The Reds oversell their 6th night game, and an overflow crowd of 30,000 jam in for the match against the Cards. About 5,000 are ringed around the field and kept back by ropes and one female fan is severely injured by a line drive during the game. Fans in the lower boxes are forced to stand if they want to see. The Reds come from behind to win it in the 10th, 4–3. Goodman hits a ground-rule double and scores on a single by Billy Sullivan to hand the Cards their 9th loss in 10 games. Manager Frankie Frisch plays for the first time since June 28 and has 2 hits. With the Cards ahead 2–1 in the 8th inning, Kitty Burke, a nightclub singer who had kidded with Joe Medwick about hitting, slips under the ropes around the infield and grabs a bat out of the hands of Babe Herman and stands in against Paul Dean. Dean lobs a pitch and she grounds out and Cards manager Frisch demands it count as an at-bat. Kitty later tours the burlesque circuit as the only woman to bat in the Bigs.
Judge Emil Fuchs, president of the Boston Braves since 1925, forfeits his majority stock and retires.
Two AL pitchers each hit two HRs in a game; the 4 homers by pitchers sets a ML record. For the 3rd time in his career, Wes Ferrell clouts a couple, against Buck Newsom of the Senators, and knocks in 4 runs in a 6–4 win for Boston. Mel Harder hits 2 for Cleveland but loses 6–4 to the White Sox. No other hurlers will hit 2 HRs this season. Ferrell will end the year with 52 hits, tying George Uhle’s record for a pitcher, and he will knock in 32 runs to set a ML record. His 38 lifetime homers will set a ML record.