1924 June

ight for the center field clubhouse. Umpire Ernie Quigley warns Kelly about not touching all the bases but head ump Hank O’Day overrules Quigley and says it is the call of the official scorer. NL Prexy Heydler later rules the hit a home run, but admonishes Kelly for not rounding the bases and promises a clarification of the rules. Kelly’s one-man offensive—a ML record for all runs driven in by one player—will be matched by Bob Johnson on June 12, 1938. The grand slam is his 7th, a ML record since topped. The win allows the Giants to move into a first-place tie with the Cubs.

The Yankees regain first place with a 6–2 win over the Tigers, but 10 days later the Senators will pass both of them.

The Red Sox snuff a Cleveland rally in the 4th inning with a 3-3-6 triple play, the third time this year they’ve executed a triple play. It is an AL record that will be tied this century but not topped. The Indians Pat McNulty swipes home in the 11th inning to give the Tribe a 3–2 victory and Stan Coveleski is the winner in relief.

15th Washington brings back funnyman Al Schacht, not as a player, but as a coach. Washington will promptly go on a winning streak, though they lose today to Chicago, 6–4.

In a 10-3 loss to the Indians, Yankee rookie Earle Combs breaks his ankle trying to stretch single into a double, catching his spike on the bag. Combs, hitting .412, will make one appearance this year, in September.

16th In Chicago, reliever Walter Johnson is nicked for his 2nd career grand slam, a 7th inning shot by Sox star Harry Hooper. The Sox win over Washington, 9–8.

Backup catcher Pat Collins hits a grand slam as the Browns club the visiting A’s, 10-2. Its Collins’s lone homer of the year.

17th Playing for Hartford, Lou Gehrig, who will hit a record 23 bases-loaded homers in the majors, hits his only minor league grand slam. Hartford wins, 5–2, over Worcester.

19th At Detroit, Cleveland wins the first game of a twinbill, 16-5 as George Burns collects four extra base hits. Detroit comes back to win the second game, 3-2.

21st In Philadelphia, the A’s Joe Hauser hits 2-run HR in the 1st, his 2ndhomer off Walter Johnson in 3 weeks. Rookie Al Simmons solos in the 4thoff Johnson—he hit his first ML homer off the Big Train last month—but that’s all the scoring for the A’s as Washington wins, 11–3. A’s OF Tilly Walker, hitting .275, quits the team after 52 games to go back to Kentucky where he’ll be a state trooper and ump in the Appalachian League. Walker hit 37 HRs and 100+ RBI in 1923, but Mack benched him for a faster outfielder.

In St. Louis, the Browns and White Sox split a pair with Chicago taking the opener, 8-5, and the Browns scoring a run in the 9th to win game 2, 7-6. Sloppy Thurston is the game 1 winner as the Sox spot him a 5-run lead in the 1st when they jump on George Lyons. Tony Rego makes his ML debut at catcher for the Browns; at 5’4” the diminutive Hawaiian is the shortest ML catcher in history. He and Lyons were obtained by St. Louis in a lopsided PCL trade that sent pitcher Charley Root, Cedric Durst, catcher Josh Billings, Bill Whaley and Rasty Wright to the Angels. All the players involved in the trade made the majors.

23rd The Phillies take two from the visiting Braves, winning 7-3 and 11-7. Backup catcher Joe Schultz, acquired two weeks ago from the Cardinals, hits two homers, including a grand slam, in game 2. He adds a triple as he drives in 6 runs.

24th Eppa Rixey retires the first 24 batters, but the Reds pitcher then allows a run in the 8th and 3 in the 9th to lose to the visiting Pirates, 4–3.

In the tight American League race, the Browns sweep a pair from the visiting Tigers, winning 7-5 and 5-1. Shortstop Topper Rigney hits a grand slam in game 1 for Detroit. Seven teams are within 4 ½ games of the first-place Senators.

25th  Pittsburgh relief hurler Emil Yde doubles in the 9th inning against Chicago to tie the game, then triples in the 14th to win it, 8–7. Pete Alexander takes the loss, his first in 9 decisions, struggling to the end after being hit by a line drive on the wrist. Upon returning to Chicago, X-Rays will show a fracture of Alex’s wrist. He will return to action in late August. Denver Grigsby has 5 hits for Chicago.

In game 1 at Redlands Field, Jess Haines (4-9) scatters 11 hits but his Cardinals edge the Reds, 3-2. Curt Walker has 4 of the Reds safeties. Carl Mays gives up 10 hits in game 2, but his Reds nick the Cards, 2-1, with a run in the 9th. Edd Roush is 3-for-3 to run his consecutive-game hitting streak to 27.

26th President and Mrs. Coolidge are on hand in Washington as Walter Johnson shuts out the A’s, 5–0. For the front-running Nationals, it is their 10th straight win.

In Chicago, the Yankees edge the White Sox, 5-4, in 14 innings, beating Sarge Connally who goes the distance for the Sox. Maurice Archdeacon has his fourth five-hit game since his debut in September 1923 (as noted by Tom Ruane). Hitting .390, he’ll finish the year at .319 and after 9 at bats in 1925, he’ll be through.

In the first pitching matchup of brothers in ML history, Jesse Barnes of the Boston Braves opposes his younger brother Virgil of the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds. Virgil receives a no decision while Jesse takes the loss as the Giants win, 8–1. The Barnes will match up four more times during their careers, including three days from now.

28th Eppa Rixey has 4 hits, including a HR and two doubles, and pitches the Reds to a 5–2 opening win over the Cards. The Reds complete the sweep, winning game 2, 8–7.

29th The Barnes brothers match up for the 2nd time in 4 days, with Jesse beating Virgil. The Braves beat the Giants, 4–1.

30th  In the first game of a doubleheader in Philadelphia, Babe Ruth clubs his 19th homer in the 1st inning and scores 3 times as the Yankees prevail, 10-4. Winning pitcher Bullet Joe Bush has 3 hits and 2 RBIs. In game 2, second baseman Max Bishop and 3B Sammy Hale, the first 2 men in the A’s batting order, draw 8 of the 9 walks issued by New York pitchers in the A’s 10–3 win. A .271 hitter for 12 years, “Camera Eye” Bishop will draw 1,153 bases on balls, giving him a walk percentage of .204, which is higher than Ruth’s and just behind Ted Williams’ .207.

The White Sox defeat the Tigers, 14-4, as Johnny Mostil scores 5 runs.

The Phillies and Boston split, with the Braves taking the opener, 9-4, as Casey Stengel and light-hitting Ernie Padgett hit homers off Johnny Couch. For the good field-no hit Padgett, it is his lone ML homer. The Phils win the 2nd game, 6-4.