1938 July

1st  Dodgers C Babe Phelps fractures the thumb on his throwing hand for the 2nd time this year, and he’s replaced by Shea. The Giants win at Brooklyn, 3–1.

Bill Dickey drives in 7 of the Yankees 8 runs, all off starter Harry Kelley, to lead New York to an 8–0 shut out of the Senators. Bill’s big blow is a grand slam. The Yanks add an 8th run on a homer by Frank Crosetti.

2nd In St. Louis, the Browns ignore a 3rd-inning grand slam by Detroit’s Pete Fox and beat the Tigers, 13-5. It is the Brownies’ biggest score of the year.

3rd The Yankees pound out four homers—three off loser Wes Ferrell—to whip the Senators 12–2, for their 7th straight win. Joe DiMaggio leads the attack with a triple, two singles and a homer to drive in 4 runs. New York now trails the Indians by two games.

At Chicago, Cleveland takes the opener, 2-1, as Johnny Allen tops Ted Lyons. For Allen (12-1) it is his 12th straight win: last year he won 15 in a row. The Sox win the second game, 3-0, behind Thornton Lee. Allen’s run will end here and he will go just 2-7 record with a 6.29 ERA in the second half. Accounts vary as to the reason—one being that in the locker room at his all-star appearance he slipped on a bar of soap and injured himself—but his effectiveness decreased.

4th In a game interrupted by a deluge of bottles following an unpopular call, the visiting Yankees outpoll the Senators, 10–5 behind Red Ruffing Gehrig drives in three runs for the New Yorkers. Yanks SS Frank Crosetti nabs George Case with the hidden ball trick. Game 2 ends in a 4–4 tie.

In their first appearance at Shibe Park, the Phillies split with the Boston Bees, losing 10–5, then winning 10–2.

In the second of a pair, Dodger Luke Hamlin has the dubious distinction of serving up two grand slams to the Giants. Dick Bartell and Gus Mancuso do the honors, the second time in two months that teammates have slammed in a game. New York rolls 16–1, after winning the opener, 3–0 behind Hal Schumacher.

6th  The NL wins the 6th All-Star Game 4–1, with the aid of fine pitching and 4 AL errors. Starter Johnny Vander Meer gets the win before his hometown Cincinnati crowd with 3 shutout innings. In the 7th Brooklyn’s Leo Durocher has a “bunt home run” when he lays down a sac bunt to move Frank McCormick. Third sacker Jimmie Foxx fields it and throws it into RF. where it is retrieved by Joe DiMaggio. Joe D throws wildly trying to nab McCormick, allowing Leo to circle the bases.

8th  Fans vote to continue a game. At Hook Park in Paducah, Kentucky, the Fulton Eagles and Paducah Indians (Kitty League) go into extra innings. In the top of the 15th, Fulton Manager Ray Clonts is denied his request to allow a 15-minute break so players could eat steaks for some strength. The umpires say no, but in the top of the 19th, accede to Paducah Manager Pete Mondino’s request to have the remaining fans vote on whether the game should continue. The fans vote yes unanimously. After 5 hours 28 minutes, the game finally finishes at 1:45 AM after the Eagles score five in the top of the 20th to win, 14-9. (as noted by Phillip Lowry).

9th  New York’s Carl Hubbell is routed when Boston’s Tony Cuccinello, Max West, and Elbie Fletcher sting successive 3rd-inning HRs. Boston wins, 7–0 behind Lou Fette.

The Reds Bucky Walters scatters 6 hits in beating the 3rd-place Cubs at Wrigley Field, 11–0. Wally Berger has 4 hits including a HR, while Ernie Lombardi drives home 4.

In an Arkansas-Missouri League at Carthage, Kenneth Rutledge of Monett strikes out 20 Pirate batters, as Monett wins, 2-0.

10th  The Senators take a pair from the A’s, 5-2 and 8-7. Jimmy Wasdell has a grand slam for the Nats in the opener, off Bud Thomas in the 4thinning.

11th  In St. Louis, the Reds score 8 runs in the 1st inning and coast to a 9–5 win over the Cards.

The Dodgers buy former ML hurler Whitlow Wyatt from Milwaukee (American Association).

12th  Behind Ed Brandt, the Pirates take their 13th straight win, 14–6, over the Cubs’ Tex Carleton. Al Todd has a bases-loaded double, single and a homer to drive in 5 runs. It is the 8th straight win on this road trip, a team record for a single road trip streak that will not be matched until 2015. With their 40th victory in their last 54 games, the Pirates take the NL lead for the first time.

At Brooklyn, the Dodgers beat the Giants, 13–5, pummeling Hal Schumacher for 8 runs in the 1st. It is the Giants first loss to Brooklyn in 11 games and drops them out of first. Rookie Packy Rogers, up from Elmira, debuts with 3 hits and 3 RBIs. The real beating occurs in a nearby saloon after the game when Dodger fan Robert Joyce, a postal employee, is teased by Giants’ supporter Frank Krug about the Dodgers. Joyce goes out to his car and returns with two guns and in retaliation he kills Krug and wounds another.

Cleveland’s Odell Hale hits for the cycle against Washington, but the Senators are victorious, 9–8.

White Sox pitcher Bill Dietrich is placed on the voluntary retired list for the rest of the season. He is suffering from an elbow infection.

13th  At Yankee Stadium, Joe DiMaggio belts his 2nd homer of the game, a 3-run homer in the 10th, to give the Yankees a 15-12 win over the Browns. DiMag drives in 6 runs and Gehrig adds his 15th roundtripper of the year.

In a Tuberculosis Day game in St. Louis, Johnny Mize belts 3 homers and drives in 5 but the Bees top the Cardinals, 10-5.

In Pittsburgh, Brooklyn scores 7 runs in the 9th inning to beat the Pirates, 10-5, and snap the Corsairs 13-game winning streak. The Pirates and Giants are in a virtual tie for 1st.

In a West Texas-New Mexico League at Lubbock, Jerry Blanchard of Lubbock strikes out 22 Spudder batters as Lubbock stops Wink, 12-1. Blanchard was notified before the game that he was going to be recalled by the Oklahoma City Club of the Texas League, after the game.

Carl Lehman of Wausau (Northern League) no-hits Fargo-Morehead in a 7-0 win.

14th Red Sox pitcher Lefty Grove seriously injures his arm fielding a bunt and throwing to 1B against the Tigers. He leaves after 4 innings and is given the win as the Sox roll, 12–1. Grove has 14 victories but will not win again this year.

15th  Terry Moore returns to the Cardinal lineup following his June 11thconcussion. He gets 3 hits and scores 3 to help St. Louis snap an 8-game losing streak with a 10–6 win over the Bees.

At Fenway, the Red Sox take the lead on Bobby Doerr’s 5th inning grand slam to beat the Browns, 5-3, giving St. Louis their 10th loss in a row.

At Crosley, a Girls Day crowd of 27,443 watch the Reds lose to the Giants, 3-2. Pitcher Hal Schumacher has 2 hits and an RBI in the win.

16th Goody Rosen and Tuck Stainback each have 4 hits as Brooklyn beats the host Reds, 12-5. On a attempted tag at home on McCormick, Brooklyn catcher Gilly Campbell is spiked on the left foot and requires 10 stitches. The Dodgers will recall backstop Roy Thomas.

17th In the first game of a big doubleheader (43,241 on hand) in Pittsburgh, the Giants edge the Pirates, 2-1. The Bucs overcome a grand slam by Mel Ott in New York’s 6-run 7th to tie, 7-7, in a game called after nine innings because of the Blue Law. The Pirates score a run in the 8thand two in the 9th to tie. The two teams are virtually tied for first place in the NL.

19th In game 1, Harl Maggert drives in 2 runs in the 8th, and Whitey Moore pitches a 2-hitter to lead the Reds to a 2–0 win over the visiting Braves. In the nitecap, Boston pitchers nail 4 Reds batters to tie a NL record for the 20th century as the Reds win, 7–2. Hutchinson plunks one and Bobby Reis pops 3 in 7 2/3 innings.

Prior to the Giants 7–6 win in St. Louis, Babe Ruth tops all competitors in a hitting competition with a drive of 430 feet, the ball landing in the second car tracks of Grand Avenue. Medwick is second with a clout of 425 feet over the left field barrier into Sullivan Avenue. Ruth receives $50 and Medwick $25. The US Army measures the drives.

20th  Johnny Mize of the Cardinals has 3 HRs in a game for the 2nd time this season, in a 7–1 win against the Giants. In game 1, the Cards take it, 7–2.

Catcher Gabby Hartnett replaces Charlie Grimm as manager of the 3rd-place Cubs. The Cubs are off today and are 5 ½ games behind the Pirates and Giants, as Hartnett takes over. Grimm goes to the radio booth.

21st Linus “Skeeter” Ebnet, 23-year-old shortstop of the Winnipeg club of the Northern League, dies in a hospital as the result of injuries received when he was struck by a pitched ball on July 16. (as noted by Joey Beretta)

22nd Pitching for the last place St. Louis Browns, Fred “Cactus” Johnson makes his first appearance in the majors since chucking for the Giants 1922-1923. The long-time minor leaguer gives up 5 hits and 3 runs in 2 2/3 innings to finish a 9–7 Browns win over Washington. Cactus will go 3–7 this year for the Browns.

23rd Chicago’s Dizzy Dean outpitches Hal Schumacher to give the Cubs a 3–1 win over the Giants. In a rundown play, Cubs SS Billy Jurges crashes into 2B Dick Bartell and the two roll around kicking and punching.

24th  In Philadelphia, the Tigers take two from the A’s, 7-6 and 7-3. Hank Greenberg hits a grand slam in the 6-run 5th inning of game 1.

25th  Cleveland’s Johnny Allen has his 12-game win streak snapped by the Red Sox, as Boston wins, 1–0, behind Dickman. Jimmie Foxx’s homer is the only score. Cleveland takes the nitecap, 3–0, behind Mel Harder.

26th  At Chicago, the White Sox scrub the Red Sox, winning 9–1 behind Ted Lyons. The Sox substitute OF Fabian Gaffke in his only appearance behind the plate and he breaks up double steal with an assist.

27th  Hank Greenberg of the Tigers, who had hit HRs his last 2 at bats the day yesterday, a 6–1 win over the Senators at home, homers his first 2 times up to tie the ML record (Bobby Lowe) of 4 in a row. Detroit whips the Nats, 9–4.

In a raucous game in Brooklyn, pop bottles fly as the Cubs shell the Dodgers, 10–8, scoring twice in the 9th. Manager Burleigh Grimes and captain Leo Durocher are tossed after protesting an out call at 2B that would have loaded the sacks for the Dodgers. When Billy Jurges appears to muff a DP ball at the keystone sack, umpire Bill Klem, who is close to the action, calls him out on a signal from 3B ump Ziggy Sears. That results in the pop bottles flying, and Sears tossing the 2 protesting Dodgers. It also results in Larry MacPhail complaining after the game that Klem missed a call 10 feet away and he was demanding a meeting with the umps and Ford Frick. Catcher Gilly Campbell has 3 hits but allows Hack (who will lead the NL with 16) and Galan to steal a base while he argues with umpire Ballanfant that a pitch should have been strike 3 and not ball 4. It was strike 3. Rip Collins has 4 hits and 3 RBI for Chicago.

Baserunning errors keep 41-year-old rookie Fred Johnson (He pitched 35 total innings in 1922-23) from winning his first start in the AL, as the Yankees beat the Browns, 7-5. Glenn McQuillan hits a 425-ft single to CF with the bases loaded, but Mel Mazzera, the runner on 2B, hesitates at 3B and is thrown out at the plate. Johnson had gone 2-2 for the 1922-23 Giants, pitching in just 35 innings. The Yankee starter is Joe Vance, another recruit from the American Association (8-1, 34 straight innings without a run), who hits a pair of doubles before being replaced by Steve Sundra (2-2) Sundra has a homer and single.

At Boston, Reds pitcher Paul Derringer and Wally Berger homer in the 3rdinning, off Jim Turner, to help beat the Boston Bees, 6-2. For Derringer, who allows 5 hits, it is his first ML homer. His 2nd and last will come this year.

In a West Texas-New Mexico League game at Lubbock, Ralph Marshall of Lubbock strikes out 22 Pioneer batters as Lubbock beats Clovis, 8-1. Marshall is the second Lubbock pitcher in two weeks to strike out 22 batters.

28th  After taking the first 3 games in St. Louis, the Yankees are stopped by Browns P Oral Hildebrand, who tops New York 4–3. All three Yankee scores come on solo home runs, by DiMaggio, Selkirk, and Gehrig. New York now leads the Indians by a game, and the Red Sox by three.

In a night game in Zanesville, Ohio, the Homestead Grays overwhelm the Memphis Red Sox, 17-4, as Josh Gibson hits four home runs. The future Hall of Famer connects twice in the 10-run 5th inning. Gibson will hit 9 homers during the Grays 9-0 nine-game series.

At Neosha (Arkansas-Missouri League), William Gill of Neosha strikes out 19 batters as Neosha beats Fayetville, 5-0.

30th In the Tigers sweep, 10-7 and 8-7, over the A’s, Hank Greenberg hits his 9th HR in a week, tying the mark set by Babe Ruth in 1930. Greenberg started the week with a grand slam on the 24th. Hank has homers in the 8th innings of each game, but has to share slugging honors with Charley Gehringer who has a homer, double, 3 singles and 6 RBIs. Harry Eisenstat is the beneficiary of both 8th inning power outages (5 runs, 3 runs) and wins both games in relief.

Cleveland beats the visiting Senators, 8-5, though Zeke Bonura’s hits a grand slam for the Nats. The Tribe stays a game behind the Yankees in the AL.

31st  After New York wins the opener, 5–1 behind Monte Pearson, New York’s Spud Chandler pitches all 15 innings as the visiting Yankees beat the White Sox 7–3. In a postgame radio interview with Bob Elson, Jake Powell of the Yankees will make headlines with remarks about “beating up niggers and then throwing them in jail” as part of his off-season duties as a policeman. For the statements, Judge Landis suspends Powell for 10 days. According to historians Dan Okrent and Steve Wulf, after Powell’s suspension, the outfielder went to Harlem and worked his way south stopping in every bar to buy drinks and apologize for his remarks.

In St. Louis, the Browns take two from the Red Sox, winning 7-6 in game one when they score 2 runs in the 9th. A 7-run 1st inning in game 2 is enough as the Browns win, 10-2, in 6 ½ innings. Shortstop Red Kress has a grand slam in the game 2 first frame.