1927 June

3rd Paul Waner of Pittsburgh homers off Claude Willoughby of the Phils in a 11–1 rout at Forbes Field. Wright and Grantham also homer as Vic Aldridge allows the visitors just one hit till the 9th inning. For Waner, his homer is the start of a NL record 14 straight games in which he’ll have at least one long hit (12 doubles, 5 triples, 3 HR). From today through June 16 Waner will go 26-for-48 (.542).

4th Pitching his 2nd game of the year, Walter Johnson is pounded by the Browns, who win 5–3. Johnson finishes the game, striking out 6 and allowing 9 hits, including a homer by Schulte. Elam Vangilder is the winner.

5th Pete Alexander shuts out the visiting Robins, 5–0 for a Cards victory.

7th The Cubs send Jimmy Cooney and Tony Kaufmann to Philadelphia for pitcher Hal Carlson. Carlson will go 12–8 for the Cubs the rest of the way.

At New York, Ruth and Gehrig belt back-to-back homers in the 4th inning, off Al “Tommy” Thomas, to beat the White Sox, 4–1 and increase the Yanks lead over Chicago to 2 games. Pat Collins also homers for NY, while Bud Clancy matches for Chicago.

At Philadelphia, the Browns outhit the A’s 18–14, but lose 11–9. Both starters Rube Walberg and Milt Gaston are knocked out in the 3rd, but when Gaston is lifted he bypasses to dugout and leaps into the stands to punch a spectator who has been riding him. The police escort him from the field. Cobb has 3 runs and a stolen base for the A’s, while George Sisler has 3 steals and is 4-for-4 for the Browns.

8th Tony Lazzeri clouts three homers in the Yankees 11-inning, 12–11, win over the White Sox. Tony’s first 2 round trippers come off Red Faber, and his 3rd is a 2-run line drive in the 9th inning off George Connally that ties the game. Lazzeri plays both 3B and SS in the game so he is not the first shortstop in history to hit 3 homers. The Yanks were behind, 11–6, going into the 9th inning. New York wins it in the 11th after Cedric Durst triples, Lazzeri is intentionally walked, and Ray Morehart singles over Barrett’s head in RF.

9th Walter Johnson (1–2) loses his 2nd game in a row as the Indians pound him 7–1, knocking him out in 5 innings. Johnson allows 6 hits and 2 strikeouts.

At New York, the Yanks win for the 3rd straight time over Chicago, winning 8–3. New York knocks Blankenship out of the box in the 7th and Ray Morehart hits reliever Cole’s 1st pitch for a 3-run homer. Babe Ruth follows with a triple and then steals home. The Yanks score 6 in the frame.

10th  George Stallings, Rochester (IL) club owner, fires himself as manager.

11th  After 5 wins in a row, the A’s lose to the Tigers, 5–4. Despite Lefty Grove being lifted for a pinch hitter in the 8th, for the 9th inning the Philadelphia Athletics field a team of seven Hall of Famers. The outfield consists of Ty Cobb in right, Al Simmons in center and Zack Wheat in left. At 1B is Jimmie Foxx, while at 2B. Cy Perkins started as catcher batting seventh, but when Mickey Cochrane pinch-hit for him in the last inning, seven Cooperstown-bound players were in the lineup. On May 24th of next year, the A’s will again field 7 HOFers and combine with the Yanks to showcase 13 Hall of Famers.

In New York, Babe Ruth clouts two consecutive home runs (numbers 19 and 20) off Garland Buckeye, but in his next time up Ruth is set upon by Cleveland C Luke Sewell who demands that the umpires inspect the Bambino’s bat. The umps find nothing illegal, but the crowd of 30,000 cheer the Babe, who strikes out. Lazzeri adds a homer and New York wins, 6–4. Burns is 3-for-3 with 2 doubles for the Tribe.

The Dodgers spoil Paul Waner Day in Pittsburgh beating the Bucs, 11–10. Waner, who’s wedding was last night, collects 3 hits, including a double, and a 7-passenger car and teammate Barnhart has 2 triples and a double, but it’s not enough. Brooklyn has 15 hits and scores 4 times in the 9th to give Vance the win.

Fred Werber of the Augusta Tigers (South Atlantic) sets a minor league record by stealing 7 bases. The record will be equaled by Lee Mazzilli and Rickey Henderson.

12th  Despite Ruth’s 21st homer, the Yankees are nosed out by the Indians, 8–7. Cleveland scores 7 in the first 2 innings to rout Waite Hoyt. His replacement George Pipgras homers and pitches well. It is Joe Hornung Day at the Stadium, as the veteran from the 1880s celebrates his 72ndbirthday. He receives a testimonial and money from his friends.

For the 2nd day in a row, Brooklyn and Pittsburgh play an 11–10 game, with the Pirates losing again, but this time at Brooklyn. Reliever Norm Petty wins the game with a single in the 8th, while Paul Waner collects another 3 hits for the Bucs. The Robins are in the midst of a 7-game streak of one-run games, which will conclude on June 15. The seven one-run games ties a NL mark of the 1920 Cardinals and 1910 Giants; the Reds in 1967 will reel off 11 one-run games in a row.

The Giants trade righthander Hugh McQuillan back to Boston with P Kent Greenfield and IF Doc Farrell for C Zack Taylor, IF Herb Thomas, and P Larry Benton. Benton was part of the trade for McQuillan between these two teams in 1922.

13th New York defeats the Indians 14–6 at New York. Ben Paschal belts 2 homers, a triple and double and scores 5 runs to lead NY. Lazzeri, Pat Collins and Dugan also homer with Collins connecting for a grand slam. Herb Pennock is the winner.

At Boston, the Browns Elam Vangilder shuts out the Bosox to win, 2–0. He also has two singles and a homer over the clock in left center. Ted Wingfield pitches 8 innings in losing.

14th The St. Louis Star reports the following change in ground rules at Sportsman’s Park: “A change has been made in the rule which allowed a batter a home run if he hit a ball behind the projecting wire screen, which guards the bleacher and pavilion wall. Hereafter, it will be a three-base hit in Cardinal games as in the American League games.” (as noted by Wayne Townsend)

15th At Philadelphia, Ted Lyons overcomes a 1st inning grand slam by Al Simmons to beat the A’s, 6–4. The Chicago ace wins his 12th, tops in the AL, and his 9th straight. Lyons hits a 2 run triple in the 8th to break a 4–4 tie.

At New York, St. Louis lefty Tom Zachary lasts just an inning in losing to New York, 8–1. Zachary serves up Ruth’s 22nd homer, with Combs on, and Gehrig follows with his 15th. Waite Hoyt allows a solo homer to Schulte in winning.

16th  The Pirates’ Lee Meadows wins his 9th of the season to beat Boston 6–0 as red-hot Paul Waner hits in his 19th straight game, and the 12thstraight game he’s had 2 or more hits. Waner also has 3 RBI, the 12thstraight game he has knocked in a run, and the 11th straight game he has tallied an extra base hit. His extra base streak will reach a NL record 14 games before it is stopped on the 20th.

The Cubs win their 12th straight game, whipping the Phils 7–2. Hal Carlson, acquired from the Phils 9 days earlier, picks up the win.

17th The Phils hammer the Cubs 12–2, to snap Chicago’s win streak at 12 games.

18th  The Phils beat the 2nd place Cubs, 7–2, for their 2nd straight win against Chicago. Rookie Bob Osborn takes the loss against Alex Ferguson.

It’s Charles Lindbergh Day in St. Louis as the transatlantic flyer helps raise the Cardinals NL pennant before a 6–4 win over the Giants. Rogers Hornsby makes his first appearance in St. Louis since the big trade of last fall and Cards owner Sam Breadon picks today to raise the pennant and hand out Series rings. The Rajah has a double in the game, off Pete Alexander, but Jim Bottomley’s 3-run homer for the Cards offsets that.

Continuing a feud that dates back to Smith’s days with the Braves, Pirates C Earl Smith decks Braves manager Dave Bancroft with a right to the jaw after they exchange words in the 7th inning. Bancroft is carried off the field. Smith draws a $500 fine and 30-day suspension. The Pirates score 3 in the 1st led by Paul Waner’s 2-run triple en route to a 7–4 win. Waner extends his hitting streak to 21 games and 13 straight games with extra base hits. He’ll have a pair of doubles tomorrow.

At New York, Lou Gehrig belts #16 and #17 to drive in five runs and lead the Yanks over the Browns, 8–3. Lou scores 3 runs. Myles Thomas gives up a homer to Wally Schang in winning his 6th in 7 starts.

19th  At Cincinnati, Phils pitcher Jack Scott performs an ironman feat by pitching two complete games of a doubleheader, beating the Reds 3–1 before losing, 3–0. The 35-year-old is the last to pitch 2 complete games in one day. Scott allows 6 hits in the opener and 9 in the nitecap, with two going for extra bases. The Reds score in each of the first 3 innings of the nitecap and Eppa Rixey scatters 7 hits to win. Carl Mays loses the opener.

In Chicago, the Cubs double the Pirates, winning 14-7, and move a game behind the league leaders. Pittsburgh’s Paul Waner has an extra base hit for the 14th straight game, a major league record.

Cleveland’s Joe Shaute pitches a 4-hit, 3–2 win over the White Sox to snap Ted Lyons 9-game win streak. Lyons has 2 hits and a run in the loss.

20th  Behind Lee Meadows (10-1), the Pirates shut out their rivals, the Cubs, stopping them 4-0 to take a 2-game lead in the NL. Johnny Gooch hits a 3-run homer in the 6th, off Hal Carlson, for the first score of the game. Paul Waner has a hit to run his hit streak to 23 games. Clyde Barnhart also hits safely and his 23-game hit streak will be stopped on June 24.

21st  A day after his ML-record extra-base hit streak (12 doubles, 4 triples, 4 homers) is stopped at 14 straight games, a NL record, Pirates OF Paul Waner’s 23-game hitting streak ends. Waner, in his 2nd season, will lead the NL with a .380 BA, 237 hits, and 131 RBI. His brother Lloyd will gather 223 hits for a .355 BA in this, his rookie year. They pace the 1927 Pirates to a team BA of .305. Today the Reds win 7–6, in 10 innings. Clyde Barnhart has a hit to run his streak to 21 straight games.

Boston edges the New York Giants, 7-5 in 10 innings behind the heavy hitting of Shanty Hogan. Hogan gets into a punching match with Heinie Mueller in the 8th inning, hits his first ML homer in the 9th, off Burleigh Grimes, to tie the game, then hits a 2-run homer in the 10th to win it.

The Cardinals sweep two games from the Cubs, but lose SS Tommy Thevenow when he breaks his leg in the 4th inning of the 2nd game. Jess Haines wins the opener, 6–5 in 13 innings over Charlie Root, who twice is given extra inning leads; Flint Rhem coasts to a 12–3 win in the nitecap as the Cards slam Buck Brillheart. Jim Bottomley chips in with a ML record-tying three triples.

22nd The Cards strengthen their hold on 2nd place by defeating the Cubs, 11–5, to sweep the series. Pete Alexander, pitching out of turn at his own request, stops the Cubs on 6 hits. Alexander wanted to face the team that had shipped him down the river last season. Frisch has 3 hits to put him at .331, a point ahead of Hornsby, for whom he was traded.

23rd At Boston, Lou Gehrig leads New York to an 11–4 victory by hitting three home runs, a first at Fenway Park. Gehrig hits a two run homer in the 2nd, and solo shots in the 6th and 8th, off Danny MacFayden. He adds a single to his total as Dutch Ruether coasts to the win.

With the help of a 3rd inning triple play, the Tigers down the White Sox, 6–5, in 11 innings. Ted Lyons loses again, to reliever Earl Whitehill.

24th At Pittsburgh, Charley Root gives the Cubs a 4–2 win over the Bucs. Barnhart of Pittsburgh has his 24 game hitting streak stopped.

26th In Washington, the Senators make it 3 straight over Boston, winning 8–7, scoring all of their runs in the 4th inning. Former Senator Buddy Myer belts a homer off Walter Johnson, who lasts 5 innings and gets credit for the win. Johnson will serve up six gopher balls to the Red Sox in his career, all in Washington. Goose Goslin homers, off Tony Welzer.

28th At Chicago, Lena Blackburne, filling in for manager Ray Schalk, ejected earlier in the game by Brick Owens, inserts himself as a pinch hitter in the 9th and singles. He comes around to score the winning run as the White Sox edge the Indians, 8–7.

The Yanks build a 9–0 lead against the A’s, and withstand an 8-run rally by the Mackmen in the 9th to win, 9–8. New York now leads the AL by 10 games. Lou Gehrig collects his 100th hit of the year, belting his 23rdhomer with one on. Ruth, nursing a sore right knee, sits out his 3rdstraight game.

30th Alphonse “Tommy” Thomas pitches a 5–1 win over the Browns, the 6th time this season that the White Sox pitcher has beaten St. Louis. He last beat them on June 22. Lefty Stewart, who gives up a homer to Earl Sheely in the 6th, takes the loss.

Pirates SS Glenn Wright, heading home from St. Louis after a beaning in a game with the Cards, is slightly injured when the train in which he is riding is wrecked near Dennison, Ohio. Pitcher Lee Meadows, accompanying Wright, is also shook up.

A crowd of 3,000 at Yankee Stadium see the Yanks hand the Red Sox their 12th straight loss, beating the visitors, 13–6 on 19 safeties. Gehrig takes over the home run lead when he clouts his 25th in the first inning, a bounce home run off Slim Harriss, but Babe Ruth, back in the lineup, golfs his 25th in the 4th, also off Slim. Gehrig has 3 hits and also swipes home. New York (49–20) wins its 5th straight while Boston loses its 12thstraight.

The Tigers edge the Indians, 6–5, beating George Uhle for the 5th time this year.