1937 July

2nd  At Wrigley, Gabby Hartnett clouts the 200th homer of his career, the 2-run four-bagger coming in the 8th inning off Pittsburgh’s Red Lucas. Augie Galan follows suit with a 2-run shot in the 9th inning to give the Cubs an 8–7 win.

Rollie Hemsley is suspended by the Browns for violation of training rules. It is not the first time the fun-loving catcher has been suspended.

3rd Rudy York hits a grand slam in Detroit’s 7-run 2nd inning as the Tigers claw the Indians, 9-5.

In Japan, Victor Starffin, one of the aces of the Tokyo Giants, pitches a no-hitter against the Korakuen Eagles.

4th  Bob Feller makes his 2nd start of the season and takes his 2nd loss, dropping a 3–2 decision to Detroit in a 7-inning game. Rain shortened the scheduled doubleheader.

5th Before 39,240 at Wrigley Field the Cubs outlast the Cardinals in a doubleheader, winning the opener 13–12 in 14 innings, and taking the nitecap 9–7. Bill Lee starts both games for the Cubs, and hangs on for the victory in game 2. Charlie Root is the winner in game one with 6 innings of relief. Billy Jurges drives home the winner in the first game and Frank Demaree is 6-for-7. Demaree manages another 2 hits in the nitecap. The two games last 6-1/2 hours. The Cubs now lead the Giants by 2 games.

The Indians pound on the Browns like a drum, winning 14–4 and 5–4. In the opener Cleveland’s Hal Trosky drives in 7 runs on three successive homers, the first two off former teammate Oral Hildebrand. Sheriff Blake serves up the 3rd homer. In the nitecap, Beau Bell, Sammy West, and Harlond Clift leave the Browns in the 8th to catch a train to the All-Star game.

Before a Stadium crowd of 61,146, the Yanks sweep two from the Red Sox, winning 15–0 and 8–4. Joe DiMaggio provides the winning margin in the nitecap with his first career grand slam, connecting in the 6th inning off Rube Walberg to snap a tie. It’s Joe’s 20th homer of the year and the 425-foot drive lands in the Yankee bull pen between the LF stand and the bleacher. Comparable balls hit, according to correspondent Dan Daniels, include one by Foxx that landed in the upper left field stands, and another by Tony Lazzeri two years later that landed in the bull pen. According to a ground rule, since eliminated by the construction of a fence, Tony was held to a double.

7th  Lou Gehrig leads the AL All-Stars over the NL 8–3 with a HR, double, and 4 RBI in a game that President Franklin Roosevelt attends in Washington. Joe Medwick has 4 hits for the Nationals. In the 3rd inning, Dizzy Dean’s right toe is fractured by a drive off the bat of Earl Averill. After the injury Dean is unable to pitch with the same delivery. He uses an unnatural motion, causing an arm injury from which he never recovers. Left off the powerful AL squad is Hank Greenberg, whose 103 RBIs at the All-Star break will not be topped.

9th Joe DiMaggio is 5-for-5 and hits for the cycle with 2 homers, triple, double and single to lead New York to a 16–2 win over the Senators. Gehrig also homers for New York. The game is marked by a free-for-all between the two squads, and Joe Kuhel and Jake Powell are ejected for fighting. The trouble between the 2 goes back to last week when Powell knocked a throw out of Kuhel’s glove. When Powell took his place in LF after that incident he was showered with pop bottles.

PCL home run champion Art Hunt marries Charlotte Axelson on the pitcher’s mound of Seattle’s Civic Field. The ceremony is viewed by 9,272. The best man is former big league pitcher Clarence Pickerel, who homers in the game following the wedding, a 3–1 win over Sacramento. Hunt is 0-for-4. The bride is walked down the aisle by Washington governor Clarence Martin and following the ceremony the bride and groom walk under crossed bats held by both teams.

10th The Red Sox sweep a pair from the A’s, winning 9–2 and 5–3. Cronin had a pair of homers in the opener to back starter Lefty Grove, who exists after 5 innings because of the heat. Foxx and Mills also bust homers. In the 11-inning nitecap, pitcher Lynn Nelson plays LF and belts a triple and homer.

At Detroit, the Indians and Tigers combine for 25 extra base hits as they divide a twinbill. The Tigers win the opener, 12–11, and the Indians the nitecap, 8–7. Hal Trosky has a homer in the opener and 2 more in the nitecap. Schoolboy Rowe wins his first game of the season pitching in relief in game 1.

11th Peaches Davis and Al Hollingsworth each pitch shutouts over the Cardinals as the Reds win 6–0 and 7–0. Davis allows 9 hits in the opener and Hollingsworth surrenders 6. St. Louis had not been shut out before today.

Feller allows just 2 hits, but 6 walks and a wild pitch gives the Tigers a 3–2 win over the Indians. Hal Trosky and Moose Solters hit HRs off Boots Poffenberger for the Tribe.

The Bees Lou Fette edges the Phils Sy Johnson, 1–0, in a 13-inning game.

John Shibe, former president of the A’s, dies after a year’s illness. He had stepped down January 11 and was replaced by Connie Mack.

12th  The last place Phillies score 6 runs in the 7th inning to beat Hal Schumacher and the Giants 6–3. With the bases loaded in the first, Giants OF Mel Ott starts an unusual 9–2–5 triple play. Reds base runners Hersh Martin, at 2B, and Leo Norris, at 3B, are called out for leaving their bases early, turning a sacrifice fly into a triple play. The highlight of the game comes when umpire Bill Klem ejects Giants manager Bill Terry for the first time in Terry’s 15-year career.

13th  Before 12,249 in St. Louis, the first-place Yankees and Browns slugged it out, New York taking the opener, 16–9, while the nitecap is called after 11 innings with score tied 8–8. The Yankees collect 20 hits in the opener, while the Browns add 14. DiMaggio contributes 3 homers in the nightcap, driving in 5 runs, and his last circuit breaker ties the game in the 9th inning at 8 apiece. DiMaggio had two homers on July 9th, when he hit for the cycle. The Browns’ Harlond Clift hits 2 homers in the opener and one in the nightcap.

The Cardinals’ Pepper Martin is fined $200 for violation of training rules.

14th  Bobo Newsom tops the Browns, 15–6, for his 5th straight win since coming to the Red Sox. Boston’s Fabian Gaffke ties the AL record as he scores 5 runs and Colonel “Buster” Mills knocks in 5 runs. The Red Sox move into 2nd place 6 ½ games behind New York.

15th  The Athletics snap a 15-game losing streak, beating the White Sox 3–1. The loss leaves the 2nd place Sox 7 ½ games in back of New York.

16th  In the opener of two at Philadelphia, Cardinal P Si Johnson beats Phils’ starter Bucky Walters, 10–3. Both pitchers relieve in the nitecap and Johnson again tops Walters as the Cards win 18–10, scoring 8 runs in the 10th inning. There are six homers in the two games, with Terry Moore collecting two. St. Louis is now tied for 3rd with Pittsburgh.

At Detroit, the Tigers score 7 runs in the 6th inning on one hit and seven passes to trounce the Yankees, 14–7, ending New York’s win streak of 10 games. Monte Pearson starts the action by walking three on 15 pitches, fans Gee Walker, then walks Rudy York. Pat Malone then gives up a hit and walks two. Two errors and another walk forces in a 7th before Gee Walker strikes out again to end it. Detroit bats around in the 8th to score another 5 runs off Johnny Broaca, in his last appearance with the Yankees. He’ll go AWOL after this game. Poffenberger is the winning recipient. New York ends its 9-game win streak, but stays 6 ½ ahead of Boston.

The Bees freshman sensation Lou Fette records his 11th win, stopping the NL-leading Cubs, 6–1. Vince DiMaggio supplies the firepower with a single, triple and homer off Bill Lee.

18th  In Cleveland, Joe DiMaggio breaks a 1–1 duel between Red Ruffing and Bob Feller (0-4) by clouting a 9th inning 2-strike curve ball for a grand slam, his 2nd in two weeks. Feller ends the game with 172 pitches thrown, and takes his 4th straight loss. Feller is just pitching on Sundays to lure in big crowds, but will soon pitch every 5th day. DiMaggio’s homer is his league-leading 24th.

In a twinbill at St. Louis, the A’s lose second sacker Wayne Ambler, who fractures his jaw crashing into Browns catcher Ben Huffman. Both men are knocked out. They’ve already lost SS Skeeter Newsome for the year who fractured his skull when he was beaned by spitball thrown by a semipro in an recent exhibition game. The Browns win 10-6, then lose 7–6.

19th  Pitcher Johnny Broaca is fined $250 and suspended indefinitely by the Yankees for jumping the club. Broaca’s wife is 8 months pregnant but she is ignorant of his whereabouts. On the 13th, the Yanks announced Broaca had a torn ligament in the socket of his right arm. The Yanks will recall Spud Chandler to take Broaca’s spot. Broaca, 1-4 with the Yanks this season after going 39-23 over three seasons, will disappear for the next two years and the Yanks will sell him to Cleveland in November 1938.

20th At Sportsman’s Park, the Browns load the bases with no outs in the 10th inning against the Yankees, but fail to score. Pinch hitting manager Hornsby grounds into a force at home, then Ethan Allen’s fly out result in a tag out at home. DiMaggio contributes his 25th homer of the year, and adds a double play from CF as the Yanks win it, 5–4. DiMaggio has two hits in the nitecap to extend his hitting streak to 21 games, and New York wins 9–6. The 2 losses give the Browns a season record of 25–52.

21st  At Boston, the Braves sweep a pair from the Cardinals, 5-1 and 2-1, behind the complete game efforts of Lou Fette and Johnny Lanning. Ray Mueller ends game 1 with a walkoff grand slam in the 11th inning. He’ll hit just one other homer this season.

At Cleveland, the Indians edge the A’s, 9-8 and 8-7. In game 1, relief pitcher Lynn Nelson gives the A’s the lead with an 8th inning grand slam, but the Tribe plate runs in the 8th and 9th as Bob Feller wins in relief. Game 2 is similar as the Indians score two runs in the 9th for the victory.

Rogers Hornsby is fired as manager of the St. Louis Browns for “for just cause.” again construed as playing the horses. Hornsby grouses, “they always bring that up.” Jim Bottomley takes over.

22nd The Phils jump on Clyde Shoun and Larry French for 7 runs in the 8th and top the league-leading Cubs, 7–4. Claude Passeau is the winner.

Wally Berger’s homer in the 9th gives the Giants a 6–5 win over the Reds. New York is now a game in back of Chicago, which comes into the Polo Grounds tomorrow. Goodman has three hits, including a homer for the Reds, while Burgess Whitehead collects 3 hits for New York.

Behind Danny MacFayden, the Bees stop the Cards, 3–0, to sweep the four-game series at Boston. It is MacFayden’s 2nd straight shutout. Ducky Medwick, the NL leader in hitting (.404) homers (20), and RBIs (94), is 1-for-5.

23rd In the first of two at Detroit, the A’s pound Tiger pitching for 16 runs as they win 16-4 behind Harry Kelley. Jesse Hill has 4 hits and 5 RBI, while Bill Werber and Bob Johnson have 3 hit apiece. For the 4th game in a row, Wally Moses hits a homer. The A’s score a run in the 11th of the nitecap to take a lead, but Detroit plates 2 to win, 9-8.

24th The Senators sweep a pair from the Browns, winning each by 6–5 score. Pinch hitter Wes Ferrell drives in the winning run in both games, hitting a sac fly in game 1 and a single in game 2.

25th  Washington’s Mel Almada ties the AL record by scoring 5 runs in the first game of a doubleheader, a 16–10 win for Washington. Almada has 3 hits in 5 at bats. When he adds 4 runs in the 2nd game, a 15–5 Nats win, he sets an 18-inning ML record. Teammate Buddy Lewis raps out 8 hits, 5 in the opener, in the doubleheader, and will tally three on the 27th and four the following day. His four game hit total (15) ties Washington’s Joe Cronin for the AL record. The Senators sweep tarnishes a tribute to St. Louis manager, Jim Bottomley, who is presented with gifts and flowers in the 5th inning of the lid lifter. In game 1, Sammy West hits a grand slam, the Brownies’ first since 1935.

In the first of 2 at Ebbets Field, the Dodgers edge the Cardinals, 7-6 in 11 innings, scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the 11th for the win. Tom Winsett caps off the scoring by legging out an inside-the-park homer. The second contest ends in a 12-inning 7-7 tie.

In Philadelphia, the Reds and Phils split a pair, Cincy taking the opener, 13-3, and Philley taking the second game, 7-3. In game 1, Chick Hafey has a first inning grand slam off starter Syl Johnson and drives in five runs.

A doubleheader at Comiskey Park draws 50,000 as the Yankees and White Sox split. New York wins the opener, 12-11, on a DiMaggio homerun. Bill Dickey hits two in the game. Chicago overcomes two homers and 5 RBIs from Tommy Henrich in game 2 to win, 7-6. The Sox score 3 in the 8th and the winner in the 9th.

26th  Mickey Cochrane resumes command of the Detroit Tigers as a bench manager.

28th  Jimmie Foxx walks 4 times against the Browns, but in his one at bat he puts the Sox on the board with a 6th-inning home run. The Sox score another 4, including 2 in the bottom of the 9th and beat Bobo Newsom, 5-4.

29th At Pittsburgh, the Pirates score 7 runs in the 2nd inning but the Phillies come back to win, 11-7. Dolph Camilli hits a grand slam for the Phils.

30th At Cincinnati, Phillies’ 1B Dolph Camilli could’ve stayed home as he gets no putouts in Philadelphia’s 1–0 win over the Reds.

31st Light-hitting Elbie Fletcher hits his only homer of the year, a 4thinning grand slam, to pace the Braves to a 9-7 win over the host Pirates.

The New York Yankees purchase the Kansas City Blues from Johnny Kling, who has had full control of the team since 1935. Yankee owner Ruppert will change the name of the Muehlebach Stadium to Ruppert Stadium, and reinstitute segregated seating, which Kling had abolished.