1936 July

1st  Powel Crosley, Jr. exercises his 2-year option and buys controlling interest in the Cincinnati Reds.

Detroit collects 25 hits off 3 White Sox pitchers to win 21–7.

The Athletics send veteran pitcher Bill Dietrich to Washington for the waiver price. He’ll be there three weeks before the Senators waive him to the White Sox on July 20.

2nd  Cleveland’s Roy Hughes scores 5 runs and OF Bruce Campbell, recently returned from a bout with spinal meningitis, goes 6-for-6 in the first game of a doubleheader. Campbell singles in his first AB in the nightcap. The Indians sweep two, winning 14–6 and 4–2.

4th At the Polo Grounds, the Giants and Braves split a pair, with New York taking the opener, 7-6, in 10 innings. New York scores two in the 10th for the victory. Wally Berger hits a grand slam in the second game and Boston rolls to an 11-3 win.

5th In the first of two games with the A’s, Boston explodes for 11 runs in the 2nd inning to ease home 16–2. Ten of the runs come off Pete Naktenis, making his first and only start of the year. He goes 1.2 innings. Wes Ferrell is the winner while his brother Rick collects 4 hits. The Sox ease up on the nitecap to win, 8–2. The Mackmen have now lost 12 straight.

7th  The NL, having lost the first 3 All-Star Games, wins 4–3 at Boston’s National League Park with four different Cub players (Galan, Herman, Hartnett, and Demaree) scoring runs. After Dizzy Dean and Carl Hubbell each pitch scoreless 3-inning stints, Curt Davis is hammered by the AL, including Lou Gehrig’s HR, but Lon Warneke shuts the door. Meanwhile, the NL is helped by Joe DiMaggio’s loose fielding and error and Augie Galan’s HR. DiMag is the first rookie to play in an All-Star game. NL plays its starting lineup except for 2 late-inning pinch hitters. Local favorite and 3-time starter Wally Berger doesn’t appear. Missing from the NL roster are Dolph Camilli and Buck Jordan, co-leaders at .348, as well as the eventual batting champ Paul Waner.

9th The temperature is 106 in Central Park, the hottest day on record in New York as the Indians take on the Yankees at the Stadium. The temperature at the park is 102. The Yanks score 4 in the 1st inning, but Cleveland comes back to score 11 runs on 15 hits, including 5 homers, to win 11–4. Hal Trosky, Roy Weatherly and Joe Vosmik all homer in the 2ndframe to tie the ML record. Trosky hits another homer to tie for the AL lead with 23. Gehrig and Earl Averill also homer.

10th  Philadelphia’s Chuck Klein hits four HRs in 5 at bats in a 10-inning game at Forbes Field. His final HR, on the first pitch in the 10th, helps beat the Pirates 9–6, and makes a winner out of Bucky Walters. Except for his three-run homer off Jim Weaver in the 1st, all of homers are solo flights. At 36, Klein is the oldest player ever to hit 4 homers in a game, and the first National Leaguer in the 20th century to do so.

The Yankees roll to an easy victory over the Indians, as Red Ruffing takes the shutout, 18–0. Lloyd Brown, the first of 3 pitchers, is the loser. Gehrig has a pair of homers to take over the AL lead with 23.

Bobo Newsom pitches one-hit ball in blanking the Tigers, 5–0. The lone hit off the Washington pitcher is Jack Burns’ 3rd-inning grounder that both the first baseman and 2nd baseman go after. Second sacker Kuhel stops the ball but no one covers the bag.

11th  In the 5th inning at Sportsman’s Park, Cardinals ace Dizzy Dean is hit on the left side of the head by a line drive off the bat of Giants second baseman Burgess Whitehead. Dean is knocked unconscious as the ball bounces into LF. A stretcher is brought out as Dean is not revived while on the field. X-Rays will reveal nothing. The Cards win, 9-3.

12th At Cincinnati, Phillies starter Joe Bowman gives up his first hit of the game, a lead off triple in the 9th inning to Kiki Cuyler, and then is relieved by Claude Passeau, who retires the next 3 batters. The Phils win 4–0.

13th  Bill Lee wins a 1–0 duel from Carl Hubbell, who allows just two hits, as the Cubs move into first place. It is the last game the Giants ace will lose in 1936; he will win his next 16 decisions this year and his first 8 next year.

14th Thanks to Pepper Martin’s heroics, the Cardinals stay tied for first place on the strength of an 11-7 victory over visiting Brooklyn. Martin is as hot as the 108 degree temperature, hitting a two-run homer in the 4thand a walkoff grand slam in the 9th inning. The four-run homer comes off George Jeffcoat.

Pitcher Roger Wolff, in his debut with Oklahoma City (Texas League) holds Galveston hitless and runless for 9 innings but loses on 2 hits in the 10th.

15th  At Pittsburgh, the Giants lose the opener, 5–4, when reliever Carl Hubbell walks in the winning run. With the loss the Giants are 11 games in back of the leading Cubs. New York rebounds in game 2, winning 14–4 behind Bill Terry. Terry, playing on an injured knee, collects a single, double and triple. The Giants will win 39 of their next 47 games.

Cincinnati plays the first Ladies Night game, beating Brooklyn, 5–3.

After an absence of several weeks, manager Mickey Cochrane rejoins the Tigers in New York, as they split a doubleheader with the Yankees. The Tigers take the opener, 5–1, then lose 7–4, as New York maintains its 9-game lead. Cochrane will suffer a relapse and coach Del Baker will take over on the 21st.

16th Braves C Al Lopez reaches first 3 times on errors, the 3rd player to do so, each time hitting the ball to SS Billy Jurges. It is little help though as the Cubs edge the Braves, 1–0, in 10 innings. Lon Warneke is the winner over hard luck Ben Cantwell.

The Reds move their game with the Dodgers to August 28 because of the high temperature.

17th  Carl Hubbell starts his winning streak, beating Pittsburgh 6–0. The Giants hit a NL record tying 4 triples in the first inning: Joe Moore, Mel Ott, and Hank Leiber hit them in succession, and Eddie Mayo adds one later in the inning to equal the ML record.

Yankees Red Rolfe, Lou Gehrig, and Bill Dickey hit 3rd-inning HRs against Detroit to tie the AL record, since topped. New York rolls, 9–4, dropping the Bengals to 4th place. Goose Goslin has a pair of homers for Detroit.

The Los Angeles Times reports that ML starting pitchers are completing games just half the time: in 1312 contests, just 541 have finished. 302 CG in the AL and 239 in the NL. Wes Ferrell leads with 15 CG.

18th  The Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia A’s set an AL record for most runs scored by 2 teams, as the White Sox win 21–14 in the nitecap. Chicago OF Rip Radcliff ties an AL record with 6 hits (4 singles and 2 doubles) in 7 at bats in the 9-inning game. The Sox also won the opener, 7–4.

19th  After winning their 9th straight, 11–2, the Indians lose to the Senators in the nitecap, 9–6. Young Bob Feller makes his ML debut in relief pitching the 8th inning of game 2, giving up no hits, walking two, and fanning one.

Just Ducky. Joe Medwick is 7-for-7 in a doubleheader sweep over the visiting Braves. The Cards win, 8-1 and 7-2 to stay a game in back of the Cubs, who split with the Phillies.

The White Sox continue to pound the A’s pitching, winning their second straight doubleheader, 11–5 and 8–2.

20th  In an exhibition game in Pittsburgh, former Yankee Waite Hoyt stops his old teammates, 7–2. Lou Gehrig’s 6th inning homer is the first score for New York. Ted Kleinhaus is cuffed in his 8 innings. While Hoyt wins, another old pitcher loses as the Pirates hand Guy Bush his release. The Bees will sign him.

21st  Cardinals slugger Joe Medwick has 10 hits in succession to equal the NL record. He had 7 hits in his last 7 times at bat in a doubleheader on the 19th, and he hits safely in his first three today. He is finally stopped by the Giants Carl Hubbell, but he extends his hitting streak to 21 games. The Giants break a 1–1 tie on Dick Bartell’s homer in the 10th off Dizzy Dean to win, 2–1.

Mickey Cochrane has a relapse, and Del Baker again takes charge of the Tigers. Detroit takes a pair from the visiting A’s, winning 8–0 behind Tommy Bridges, and 9–8, as Schoolboy Rowe wins in relief. The Tigers score a pair in the 8th inning when, with the bases loaded, Mickey Owen hits into a double play. Goslin scores the tying run and Walker, who reaches 3B on the play, scores when 1B Chubby Dean is caught napping.

In a slugfest at Cleveland, the A’s score 3 runs in the 9th to break a tie and beat the Indians, 15-12. Wally Moses has 4 hits, including a double and homer, for the Mackmen, while Frankie Hayes also has 4 hits and 5 RBI. Billy Sullivan has 4 hits for Cleveland. Veteran George Uhle, signed in July, takes the loss, the last decision of his career, giving up 2 runs in 3+ innings. Uhle also bangs a 2-run homer and will finish his 17-year career with a .289 batting average.

At Ebbets Field, the Cubs top the Dodgers, 5-3, handing Ed Brandt his 11thstraight loss to the Cubs. Brandt ties Jack Taylor (1897-1906) for the most consecutive losses to the Cubs.

22nd In a 16–4 cakewalk over the Pirates, Phillies OF Johnny Moore hits 3 straight homers.

23rd  The White Sox edge the Nationals, 7–6, for their 17th win in 21 games. Vern Kennedy wins his 9th straight when he drives home the winner with an 8th-inning double against Bobo Newsom. Luke Appling is 2-for-4 to keep his Al-leading batting average at .382.

Before a paying crowd of 1,932 at Ebbets Field, Joe Stripp bangs a 9th-inning double to give the Dodgers a 6–5 win over the Cubs.

25th  In the A’s 15–12 win over the Indians, Philadelphia A’s C Frankie Hayes equals a ML record with 4 doubles, the last coming in the 9th with the bases loaded. Veteran pitcher George Uhle, recently added to the Indians roster hits a homer, but is replaced by Lloyd Brown. Reliever Harry Kelley is the winner, despite he and Carl Doyle giving up 18 hits. Doyle gives up 10 runs, the fourth A’s pitcher this month to be so generous: Buck Ross, July 1; Pete Naktanis, July 5; Gordon Rhodes, July 19). Not until the Brewers of 2010 will a team have four pitchers give up 10 runs each in a month. To add to Connie Mack’s pain, Doyle will repeat his generosity with 10 runs on July 28, the last pitcher to have two such starts in a row. Doyle will pitch another inning in September, then resurface with the Dodgers in 1939.

The Red Sox tally 20 hits to crush the Tigers, 18–3, scoring all their runs in two big innings. The Sox score 6 in the 2nd to drive Tommy Bridges from the mound, then tally 12 more in the 5th: it is the 2nd time this month that the Red Sox have score more than 10 runs in an inning. Doc Cramer has 4 Boston hits, while three others have three hits. Lefty Grove gives up 9 hits in the easy win.

The Cubs pound out 19 hits to beat the Phils, 17–4, and extend their lead over the Cardinals to three games. Curt Davis is the winner, holding his former teammates to six safeties. Three of the Philley hits come in the 9thwhen they score three runs on Bashore’s single and consecutive homers by Chuck Klein and Dolph Camilli. The Cubs are led by homers from Augie Galan and Ethan Allen as they chase Bucky Walters with 4 runs in the 3rd, and add another 9 off Sy Johnson in three innings.

The Reds disagree with a statement from Yankees scout Hank DeBerry that night baseball is useless to a scout. “You can’t tell a thing about pitching at night. One might be unbeatable at night and in the afternoon be unable to get anybody out,” adding that the same applied to other players.

26th  Umpire Bill Summers is forced out the game after he hit in the groin by a pop bottle thrown from an unruly crowd of 50,000 at Comiskey Park. The crowd is upset with an out call at 1B on Ray Radcliff in the 8th of the nitecap. Judge Landis, on hand to watch the game, offers a $5,000 reward over the PA system for the culprit, but only draws more boos. The deluge of pop bottles finally abates when Jimmy Dykes pleads through the field amplifier. The Yanks sweep a pair from the Sox, winning 12–3 and 11–8 in 11 innings. Gehrig hits his 29th with two aboard to start New York’s scoring in the opener. DiMaggio and Lazzeri add round trippers to make it easy for Johnny Broaca. Sugar Cain is the losing pitcher. In the nitecap, Gehrig adds another homer, while Zeke Bonura homers and drives home 4 runs for the Sox. DiMaggio has one hit, a triple. The sweep increases New York’s lead to 9 ½ games. Landis will state tomorrow that he is considering a ruling that all beverages be served in a paper cup.

The Tigers strand 14 runners and lose to Boston and Wes Ferrell, 10–3. The Tigers have 13 hits including Goose Goslin with 3-for-3. Jimmie Foxx hits his 28th homer of the year in Boston’s 5-run 8th, then hits another in the 9th, to pin the loss on Eldon Auker.

Before a paid attendance of 41,596 in Boston—the largest crowd in the NL since 1930—the Cards and Bees split. The Bees take the opener, 4–3, on Wally Berger’s two run homer in the 8th inning off Jess Haines. The nitecap is knotted at 2–2 in the 7th, when the Cards unload 5 runs. Joe Medwick leads off the frame with a homer, Johnny Mize doubles, and Virgil Davis homers to knock out Ben Cantwell. After two more reach base, Dizzy Dean drives them both home to ensure his 16th win of the year. Dean adds a run-scoring triple in the 3rd as well.

Bucky Walters allows just two hits in beating the Cubs, 4-0, in the first of two games. The Cubs roll in game 2, winning 18-5, as Frank Demaree has 5 hits including two homers. Auglie Galan, Stan Hack, Ethan Allen and pitcher Lon Warneke also hit homers.

The Giants score 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th to beat the Reds, 5–4. Helping the victory is a 4th inning triple play started when LF Hank Lieber makes a brilliant catch near the left CF wall.

27th  Under rainy conditions at Ebbets Field, the Dodgers thrill a crowd of 485 by routing Cy Blanton and beating the Pirates for the 3rd straight time, 6–3. Fred Frankhouse has only one bad inning—the 3rd in which the Bucs make all their runs on 6 hits—in winning his 6th against 8 losses. Frankhouse has 5 assists while SS Frey has none.

The A’s knock out Vern Kennedy and then break an 8–8 tie with 7 runs in the 9th to win, 15–8. Russ Evans in the loser to Harry Kelley. The A’s collect 25 hits including 5 by Lou Finney.

In an exhibition game against a semipro shoe company, Paul Dean is hammered for six hits and 4 runs in 4 innings. The Cards then rally with Flint Rhem and Pepper Martin on the mound to win, 8–5. A tearful Dean threatens to quit after the rout.

28th  In the 6th inning of a 16–6 Yankee win in Detroit, the Tiger’s Goose Goslin drives a ball in the gap in right center. Right fielder DiMaggio and CF Myril Hoag, in for a slumping Powell, sprint for the ball and collide, the ball bounding by for an inside-the-park homer. Both players are knocked unconscious but appear unhurt: Dimag stays in though Hoag is replaced. He’ll play tomorrow and collect a single, then collapse in his hotel room on the 30th with a brain clot. Hoag will be operated on successfully at Harper Hospital and will be out the rest of the season, but he’ll return to play six more years. New York wins the game on 20 hits, scoring 4 runs in each of the first two innings, and three apiece in the 4thand 5th. Lou Gehrig scores 5 runs and has two doubles, single and number 31 with two aboard to pace the visitors. Tommy Bridges is the loser while Johnny Murphy, who relieves Monte Pearson in the 4th, is credited with the win. Selkirk adds a homer for the Yankees, who have now hit 122.

Earl Averill raps his 18th and 19th homers of the year, off Earl Whitehill, as Cleveland beats the Senators, 6–4. Lloyd Brown is the winner, allowing 11 hits. Hal Trosky extends his hitting streak to 22 games, while Cleveland’s Roy Weatherly sets an AL rookie record by hitting in his 20thconsecutive game.

Dolph Camilli’s 9th inning homer, his second of the game, caps a 4-run rally as the Phillies top the visiting Cubs, 5–3. Reliever Larry French, who replaces Roy Henshaw in the 9th, loses after he gives up a single to Johnny Moore off the RF wall to tie, K’s Chuck Klein and serves up the dinger to Dolph.

Bill Dietrich makes his 1st start for the White Sox since being picked up on waivers and Chicago makes it easy with a 19–6 win over Philadelphia. Dietrich helps with 4 singles.

29th The football Dodgers? The Dodgers smother the Cardinals, 22-7, in the first game of a twinbill, then lose 5–4.

Athletics owner Connie Mack says the team is considering a proposal to do spring training in Mexico City next year instead of Ft. Myers, FL. They will go back to Florida.

30th  Vern Kennedy wins his 10th in a row, pitching the White Sox to a win over the A’s, 7–4. Bob Kennedy connects off Vern Kennedy for his 16th homer of the year, while Gordon “Dusty” Rhodes is handed one of his AL-high twenty losses. Hod Lisenbee, signed yesterday, is effective in relief of Rhodes.

Kiki Cuyler of the Reds has 8 straight hits—all singles—during a doubleheader split with the Phils. The Reds win the opener, 5–0, behind Bill Hallahan, then lose, 5–4 to veteran Ray Benge, making his first start for the Quakers since being acquired on waivers from the Bees.

Following a 4-3 loss to the Browns, the Boston Red Sox, led by owner Tom Yawkey and accompanied by AL President Will Harridge, fly from St. Louis to Chicago aboard one plane. Five players elect to take the train. In 1934, the Reds flew from Cincinnati to Chicago, but divided the players among two planes.

The Yankees, with Jake Powell back in CF for the injured Hoag, drop a 5–4 decision to Detroit. On August 1st, Powell will go to LF, with DiMaggio playing CF for the first time. Selkirk will return to RF. The Yanks loses today when Charlie Gehringer ties the match with a two-run homer in the 8th. Bill Dickey allows a ball to get by him in the 10th and Burns scores the winner. Schoolboy Rowe pitches 10 innings for the win over Johnny Broaca.

At Brooklyn, the Cardinals Jim Winford tosses a 4-hitter in stopping Stengel’s men, 7–0. The Cards climb to within a game of the top as the Cubs lose. After the game, at Mama Leone’s on W 48th Street, baseball writers give a birthday dinner to Casey Stengel.

Buffalo pitcher Bill Harris tosses his 2nd no hitter in the International League, stopping Newark.

At the funeral of Charles Knapp, president of the Baltimore Orioles as well as the International League, Warren Giles is named interim league president. Giles is the president of the Rochester Red Wings. With Knapp’s death, Mrs. Jack Dunn, majority owner of the Orioles, assumes the role of team president.

31st Behind Lefty Grove and Jimmie Foxx, the visiting Red Sox top the White Sox, 7–3. Grove wins his 13th on 7 hits, while Double X bangs his 30th homer, a triple and double. Boston sub Moe Berg adds a triple, double, and single off Ted Lyons.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants manage just 4 hits off Chicago’s Larry French and lose, 3–1. The Terrymen’s only tally is a homer by Hank Lieber. The loss leaves the front-running Cubs a game ahead of the Cards.

Led by Lou Gehrig, who clouts his 33rd homer, the Yankees down the Indians, 11–7, at League Park. The loss snaps the Tribe’s five-game win streak, and leaves the Yankees 8 ½ games ahead of Cleveland. Gehrig and Red Rolfe clout homers in the 5th to chase Mel Harder, but the Indians answer with three doubles by Earl Averill and a homer by Hal Trosky. Hadley, with relief from Johnny Murphy, hangs on for his 9th win.

In Berlin, a preliminary international organization is effected, whose aim is to put baseball permanently on the Olympic program. Leslie Mann and Dinty Dennis, the manager and GM of the U.S. team here to give exhibitions, are elected chairman and secretary. Mann is assured that at least 10 teams will participate in the group, including the U.S., Japan, Mexico, Chile, China, England, the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Canada. Mann says that baseball will be on the official program for the 1940 Olympics in Japan.