1928 June

1st Hornsby makes his first appearance in Boston as the Braves manager, but the Reds spoil the homecoming, winning 7–6. The Reds tie it in the 9thwith solo homers by the finishing battery—Val Picinich and Ray Kolp. Hughie Critz then homers in the 10th off Joe Genewich for the win. Fans cheer George Sisler who tallies 3 hits for his new team.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants beat the Robins, 4–3, as winner Larry Benton finishes his 10th game in 10 starts. Mel Ott’s single drives home the winner to beat Jumbo Jim Elliot.

2nd  St. Mary’s College football star Larry Bettencourt breaks in at 3B with the Browns in a 5-2 win over the Senators. A future member of the College Football Hall of Fame, Bettencourt was an All-American center who will later play for the Green Bay Packers. The $6,000 bonus he receives is a record for a rookie just out of school.

The Phillies defeat the Cardinals 12–11, as the two teams use 37 players and combine for 6 homers. Jim Bottomley blasts two and Wattie Holm hits a pinch grand slam in the 8th for the losers. The Phils counter with two pinch homers to give Bill Sherdel the win over Sugar Sweetland.

In Boston, Braves 3B Les Bell takes advantage of the fences shortened last year by smashing 3 HRs. A 4th hit bounces off the top of the RF wall for a triple. Les drives home 6 runs, but Boston still loses to the Reds, 20–12. The Reds pound 6 pitchers for 23 hits, including 4 each by Chuck Dressen and Wally Pipp, who scores 4 times. Sisler and Hornsby each have 3 hits, including Rajah’s homer into the short first base bleachers. Pete Donohue is the winner over Art Delaney in a 2 hour, 30 minute contest. Bell is the first National Leaguer to hit 3 homers and a triple in a game: Wes Westrum in 1950 will be the next.

6th  Cy Williams hits his 2nd pinch HR in 2 games but the Phils lose to the Cubs 5–3. Williams’ previous pinch HR came on June 2 against St. Louis.

Brooklyn tops the visiting Reds, 8–5, behind Del Bissonette’s 5 ribbies. Bissonette belts his 10th homer to take the NL lead. Rube Bressler adds 4 hits to back Doug McWeeny’s pitching. Ray Kolp takes the loss.

7th At Cleveland, Joe Shaute pitches credible ball, allowing an early homer to Tony Lazzeri, but in the 8th he gives up 4 unearned runs. Then in the 9th he serves up back-to-back homers to Ruth (#20) and Gehrig (#12). The Babe’s is a 3-run shot. Cleveland loses, 8–2, with George Pipgras winning his 10th.

The Robins beat the Reds, 1–0, in 11 innings as both starters go all the way allowing 11 hits. Bill Doak is the winner over Pete Donohue.

The Phils end their 9-game losing streak stopping the Cubs, 4–2. Ray Benge goes all the way for the win, giving up a homer to Hack Wilson in the 9th. Wilson now has 10 homers to tie Bissonette for the NL lead.

The Giants nose out the Cardinals, 4–3, to regain 2nd place, but lose CF Edd Roush for the season when he tears an abdominal muscle diving for a ball. The injury will plague him the rest of his career. The win goes to Larry Benton (9-2).

8th  Braves OF Eddie Brown is benched, ending his record (NL) 618-game playing streak. The Braves pound out 17 hits with Brown’s replacement Jack Smith going 3-for-3. Pete Scott has a pair of homers into the new LF bleachers, and Hornsby also homers to back Brandt.

At St. Louis, the Macks get a grand slam homer in the 1st from Sammy Hale and homers in the 9th from Cochrane and Hauser. But the Browns answer with a record tying three homers in the bottom of the 9th as Bettencourt, Brannon and Blue connect. The five homers in an inning is a ML record that will be tied in the 20th C but never topped. The A’s win, 10-8.

The Pirates trade veteran OF Joe Harris and C Johnny Gooch to Brooklyn for C Charlie Hargreaves.

The A’s waive pitcher Ike Powers to Bloomington (3I league) and send along 2B Bill Simmons, younger brother of Al Simmons, for a trial.

9th Outfielder Charlie Jamieson starts his 2nd triple play in 3 weeks, this time against the Yanks in the 2nd inning. Ben Paschal is on 3B, and Lazzeri on 1st, when Jamieson snags a line drive hit by Joe Dugan. Charlie’s quick throw to 1B Lew Fonseca nabs Lazzeri, and Paschal is out at home when he tries to score. Again, Cleveland is on the losing end, as New York wins 7–3.

In Boston, the Pirates sweep the Braves, winning 6-2 and 6-3. Pete Scott has one of three homers in game 1 for Pittsburgh and has a record-tying 5 homers in the past three games. He had 2 yesterday and 2 the day before. He will go homerless in game 2 but pick up an RBI, giving him 11 in 5 games. These are the only homers of the year for Scott, who will hit .311 in his third and last ML season. Rogers Hornsby has an extra-base hit in game 1, the 12th straight game he’s done it. During the streak, which began in game 1 of a May 27th doubleheader, the Rajah has 9 doubles and 8 homers (according to historian Trent McCotter). Only Paul Waner, in 1927, and Tip O’Neill, in 1887, will have longer streaks. Hornsby had a streak of 11 such games in 1924.

11th At Boston, the Cards wallop the Braves, 8–1, collecting three homers, including one by winning pitcher Pete Alexander. Alex parks one in the new LF bleachers. The Braves only score is a 9th inning homer by Les Bell, who also hits his in the new LF stands.

At Detroit, Al Simmons and Jimmie Foxx belt successive solo shots in the 8th inning off Sam Gibson to break up a pitching duel with Ossie Orwell. Orwell wins, 4–2.

12th  Brooklyn beats the Cubs 13–1, as 3B Harvey Hendrick steals 2B, 3B, and home against Chicago in the 8th.

The visiting Pirates maul the Phillies with 25 hits to win, 15–4. Every starter has at least 2 hits, except C Earl Smith with a lone single. Seven players tally at least three hits, with winning pitcher Ray Kremer collecting 4 hits.

At Comiskey Park, the Yanks follow two losses to the Sox with a 15–6 butchering of Grady Adkins. Gehrig leads the way with two homers and two triples in 4 at bats and scores 5 runs, while Ruth adds #23. Pat Collins and Earl Combs also homer for New York as George Pipgras runs his record to 11–1.

Umpire Frank Wilson dies following an appendicitis operation. Wilson umped in the AL from 1921-1923 before switching to the NL.

13th Behind Dazzy Vance’s 10 strikeouts, the Robins beat the Cubs, 7–2. Kiki Cuyler’ solo homer in the 1st inning put the Cubs in the lead, but Babe Herman tops that with two homers, one inside and one outside the park. Pat Malone takes the loss.

14th The Braves change the rules and stop the homer orgy that has racked up 48 homers in 15 home games. The ground rules are changed today so that any balls hit into the LF grand stands are ground rule doubles. The cardboard stands will soon be demolished, but today four balls are hit there in the Cards, 3–2 win. St. Louis wins in the 9th when Jim Bottomley triples and Chick Hafey follows with a homer, both off reliever Joe Genewich. Cy Pfirman is pelted with bottles in the 4th inning after thumbing manager Rogers Hornsby for protesting a 3rd strike call.

15th  The Giant send four players to the Braves for pitcher Joe Genewich (3–7), Boston’s best pitcher last year. He’ll go 11–4 for New York, but win just 5 games in 2 seasons after that. Receiving Boston tickets are rookie pitcher Ben Cantwell, rookie catcher Al Spohrer, and pitchers Bill Clarkson and Virgil Barnes. The two rookies will blossom in Boston, while the vets will be gone in a year.

The Cards top Brooklyn, 5–2, in 14 innings, winning on Jim Bottomley’s 3-run blast off Bill Clark. St. Louis spitballer Clarence Mitchell, “rescued from the junk heap a few days ago” (NY Times) pitches the first 11 innings before giving way to Syl Johnson. With the win, the Cards wrest first place from the Reds, 8–7 losers to the Phillies.

At Boston, the Cubs take a 5-4 win over the sliding Braves. Farrell for the Braves, and Beck and Cuyler for the Cubs are deprived of homers by the new ground rule regarding balls hit into the LF bleachers. The bleachers were erected to give Rogers Hornsby more homers, but the Rajah doesn’t play today as he is saddled with a five-game suspension for yesterday’s outburst. The Cubs do get 2nd inning homers from Hack Wilson and Charley Grimm, with both shots going into the CF bleachers.

At St. Louis, Otis Brannan has a homerun and 3-run double to pace the Browns to a 5-4 victory over the Yankees. Red Kress also homers for St. Louis while Babe Ruth hits his 24th for the Bombers.

In Cleveland, Ty Cobb of the A’s doubles in Lefty Grove in the 8th inning and reaches 3B on a ground out. Then Cobb steals home just evading the tag of C Luke Sewell. It is Cobb’s 32nd and last steal of home as he leads the A’s to a 12–5 win over the Indians. Grove is the winner.

16th Red Sox 2B Bill Regan bangs 2 HRs in the 4th inning in Boston’s 105 win over the White Sox. Regan matches his last year’s total in the inning. His first homer is off loser Les Blankenship; the second—an inside-the-park—off George Connally. The next Sox player to hit a pair of HRs in an inning will be Ellis Burks in 1990. Rookie Ed Morris is the winner today.

In Brooklyn, Del Bissonette hits a 6th inning grand slam for the Robins, but the Cardinals respond with 3 runs in the 9th to tie the game. Ray Blades hits a 2-run homer to tie. Both teams score in the 10th before the Cardinals win it in 11 innings, 6-5.

Led by rookie Eddie Morgan, the Indians scalp the A’s, 9–2. Morgan makes it easy for George Uhle by collecting 3 doubles, a triple, and a walk.

17th Dazzy Vance is dazzling as he strikes out 15 in Brooklyn’s 4–0 win over the Cubs. Batterymate DeBarry makes 17 putouts, a NL record, since topped.

Light-hitting Charlie Hargreaves, acquired by Pittsburgh on June 8, hits his lone homer of the year, a grand slam, as Pittsburgh tops the Giants, 6-0. Burleigh Grimes is the winner.

20th In the first of two games with the last-place White Sox, the Indians outhit the Pale Hose, 15-6, but fall, 6-4. Light-hitting Harry McCurdy hits a grand slam for Chicago. Cleveland takes the second game, 4-3.

21st In Chicago, the Cubs split with the Cards, winning 2–1 before losing 4–1. In the nitecap, Hack Wilson grounds out in the 9th, then climbs into the stands to swing at a heckling fan Edward Young. Teammates pull Wilson off before he does much damage.

22nd  Journeyman hurler Hank Johnson of the Yankees blanks the star-studded Athletics 4–0. In the game for Connie Mack’s team are Ty Cobb, Mickey Cochrane, Al Simmons, Jimmie Foxx, Eddie Collins, Tris Speaker, and Lefty Grove.

23rd     At Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox sweep a pair from New York, winning 8-4 and 7-1. Bill Regan’s 7th inning grand slam in the opener breaks a 4-4 tie. The Yanks collect just three hits, including a Babe Ruth homer off Danny MacFayden, in game 2, and Boston scores 3 runs in the 9th to pull away. Ruth hits a solo homer in game 1 as well, off rookie Earl Settlemire.

In St. Louis, the Browns collect 19 hits and score in every inning but one as they down the Indians, 10-3. Joe Sewell is the Tribe offense, hitting two homers good for 3 runs. He’ll have just 2 more homers all year.

24th  The Cardinals 41-year-old Grover Cleveland Alexander beats the Reds, 7-4, for the third time in 8 days to keep the Birds in first place.

25th  The Giants’ Fred Lindstrom strokes 9 hits in a doubleheader against Philadelphia to tie the ML mark. The Giants sweep, 12-4 and 8-2. Bob O’Farrell’s grand slam in game 2 is the big blow.

Bob Sanguinett of Midland (West Texas L) hits a homer to start a streak of homering in 10 straight games, a minor league record that will not be matched in the century. Mike Calise of Louisville (AA) will come the closest, hitting homers in 8 straight games in 1982. Sanguinett will break the record of 7 straight games, held jointly by Richmond (Blue Grass League) teammates Norman Nunn and Louis Munn, who did it in 1912.

26th  In St. Louis, a 6th inning grand slam by rookie Larry Bettencourt gives the Browns a 6-3 lead over Cleveland. The final is 6-3.

28th  Babe Ruth slugs two HRs to lead the Yankees to a 10–4 victory over the Athletics. Babe’s homer in the first is off Rube Walberg and his second homer, in the 8th inning off George Earnshaw, goes over the scoreboard in right CF and hits a house on 20th street (according to Ruth historian Bill Jenkinson). Ty Cobb appears in his 3,000th career game.

29th At Sportsman’s Park, the first-place Cardinals top the Pirates, 9-4. Paul Waner’s grand slam in the 9th ruins the shutout.

30th  At Boston, the Yankees win 2 from the Red Sox, 11–4 and 7–6, and close out the month 111⁄2 games in front of the A’s. Attendance lags, as the race appears over.

At Sportsman’s Park, the first-place Cardinals lose to the Pirates, 4-3. George Grantham drives in 3 runs on two homers for Pittsburgh.