1929 June

3rd  Homerun-hitting 1B Joe “Unser Choe” Hauser is sold by the A’s to Cleveland.

At Yankee Stadium, New York edges the White Sox 1–0 in 1 hour, 20 minutes. Ed Wells allows 2 hits in beating Ted Lyons.

After losing 2 straight to the Phils, the Pirates wreak vengeance on the visiting Quakers, beating them 14–2. The Phils pull off a triple play in the 4th (Thompson to Hurst to Friberg) to keep the scoring down. Burleigh Grimes wins his 9th straight with no defeats.

After 9 straight wins, Detroit’s George Uhle loses, 3–2, to the A’s in 13 innings. Foxx opens the 13th with a double, 2 intentional walks follow, and an unintentional walk to Max Bishop ends it. Lefty Grove goes all the way for the win.

4th Former Red Sox owner Harry Frazee dies. Frazee is forever remembered as the man who sold the Babe to the Yankees.

Capped off by a steal of home, the Senators score 6 runs in the 9th inning, 2 on a single by Jack Hayes, to beat the Browns, 9-8. Ossie Bluege steals home with Chad Kimsey on the mound. The winner is ex-Yankee Walt Beall, making his first appearance for the Nats (as noted by Jan Larson).

The first-place Cards split a pair with the visiting Dodgers, winning 3-1 behind Jesse Haines in the opener. Jim Bottomley has a double and homer and drives in 2. Harvey Hendrick has a pair of homers in the nightcap to drive in 6 runs as Brooklyn wins, 11-8.

5th The last-place Reds take advantage of the Phils’ pitching and batter the visiting Quakers for a 21–4 win, hitting 5 triples. The Reds score 9 in the 6th and fail to score only in the 7th. Red Lucas scores 4 runs and is the victor while Hughie Critz drives in 6 runs.

7th Babe Ruth enters New York’s St. Vincent’s Hospital for treatment for a cold, and a heart murmur is discovered. The Babe is ordered to rest and will be out of action for two weeks. Without Ruth, the Indians cuff the Yankees, 7–3, sending them back into 3rd place. Joe Sewell hits a 3-run homer in the 1st and Ed Morgan follows with a roundtripper.

The first-place A’s are a bit too hospitable to the 2nd place Browns, as the Mound City Maulers score 15 runs in the first six innings to win, 15-6. Heinie Manush has a grand slam for St. Louis.

8th Burleigh Grimes wins his 10th straight as the Pirates roll over the Dodgers, 9–2. Dazzy Vance gives up 5 runs—all unearned—in relief.

9th Babe Herman’s bases-loaded double in the 8th pushes the lowly Dodgers past the league-leading Pirates, 9–6. Jess Petty is the loser, giving up 14 hits. The Waner brothers each hit a homer off starter McWeeny, but the win goes to Dudley in relief. It is the 2nd time the Waners have homered in the same game.

10th Pete Alexander, in relief of Clarence Mitchell, is hit hard by Philadelphia, but emerges with a 10–9 Cards win. Chick Hafey leads the Cards offense with a double, triple, and a homer.

11th Fred Fitzsimmons shuts out the Reds for the 2nd time in 4 days as the 4th-place Giants win, 9–0.

14th The New York Giants send Jimmy Welsh from whence he came, trading him back to the Braves for Doc Farrell. Welsh was hitting just .248 this season.

15th The Giants outlast Pittsburgh 20–15 in 14 innings as the 2 teams combine for 52 hits. New York scores 8 runs in the last inning, with the host Bucs plating three runs. The 8 runs in the 14th is a ML record for most runs in an extra inning and won’t be matched in the NL this century. The game takes 4 hours and 17 minutes to complete. For New York, Edd Roush has 5 hits, while Fred Lindstrom, Travis, Jackson, and Fred Leach add 4 apiece. Jackson hits include 2 homers, double, and a triple, good for 7 ribbies. The Pirates are no slackers collecting 24 hits including 6 by Lloyd Waner and 4 by Rollie Hemslie. After Donie Bush is ejected in the 14th, fans behind 3B toss pop bottles, and a half inning later fans surge onto the field. Police hold the fans in check.

After the Phillies score 5 runs in the top of the 6th, four on a grand slam by Spud Davis, the Cubs use a 6-run 7th to win, 8–7. Rogers Hornsby has a grand slam in the frame, the 10th of his career to briefly take over the ML career lead in that category. Babe Ruth will add three slams to his total by year’s end.

16th  The Reds beat Burleigh Grimes, 8–1, ending the Pirate spitballer’s 10-game win streak. He’ll finish 17–7, the top Pittsburgh hurler. The Bucs win the opener, 8–3, behind Heine Meine’s pitching and 4 hits by Lloyd Waner.

Phils P Ray Benge strikes out 13 Cubs, the high in the NL this year, in Chicago to win, 7–2.

18th  Bill Terry of the Giants racks up 9 hits and 6 RBIs in a doubleheader against the Dodgers, but the Giants lose both games 8–7 and 7–6.

At Wrigley Field, Hack Wilson drives in 6 runs to lead the Cubs to a 13-6 victory over the rival Cardinals. Wilson clouts a grand slam, off Hal Haid, in Chicago’s seven-run 5th.

19th  In their 2nd straight doubleheader, the Giants sweep the Phillies, winning 15–14, in 11 innings, and 12–6. Mel Ott has 2 HRs and 4 doubles for the day—just the 2nd major leaguer to have 6 long hits in a twinbill, while Edd Roush goes 8-for-12. His 5 hits in game 2 is his third 5-hit game in 5 weeks. In tomorrow’s 11–6 win over the Phils, Ott will have 3 RBIs, giving him 11 straight games with at least one ribbie. The 20-year-old will have 27 RBI in the 11 games, and will finish the season with 151, 2nd in the NL. Lefty O’Doul has 5 hits in the opener.

20th The Giants continue beating the Phillies like a rented mule, winning, 11–6, as Mel Ott knocks in 3 runs, the 11th straight game that Memphis Bill has tallied a RBI. He’s driven in 27 runs in the streak. Freddy Leach has 3 hits, including a HR, and 4 runs, while Edd Roush has 3 hits.

In Chicago, Cubs pitcher Art Nehf edges Cardinals veteran Pete Alexander, 7–6. The Cardinals will drop Alexander from the starting rotation and on July 1st he will enter the Keely Institute where he’ll dry out. Alexander will rejoin the team in New York in mid-July.

21st The A’s and Yankees split a pair at the Stadium, with the A’s winning game 1, 11-1. Al Simmons scores 5 runs. New York takes the 2nd game, 8-3.

Pittsburgh’s George Grantham hits a grand slam to lead an 18-hit attack at Wrigley Field. The Corsairs prevail, 14-3, and wrest first-place from the Cubs.

At Boston, the Dodgers score 4 runs in the 15th to beat the Braves, 7-3, and pin the loss on a tired starter Ray Benge. Both teams score a pair in the 12th.

22nd The Giants sweep a pair in Philadelphia, winning 12-6 and 12-5 to stay in 4th place, 2 ½ games behind the Pirates. Mel Ott leads the way in game 1 by belting a 2-run homer in the 1st off Les Sweetland, then taking a pitch on the right elbow in the 3rd. (as noted by Retrosheet) The Phils allow a courtesy runner, Joe Genewich, to run for Ott. Mel pays Sweetland back in the 5th with another homer, and adds a 2-run double in the 6th off Hal Elliot. The Phils walk Ott in the 8th.

At Yankee Stadium in game 1, Rube Walberg tires, giving up 3 runs in the 9th, but the A’s win 7-3. Cochrane and Foxx contribute 2-run homers. Game 2 is a 14-inning battle between George Pipgras and Jack Quinn with New York finally winning, 4-3. The Yankees collect 18 hits off the spitballer, including 5 by Earle Combs, while Pipgras allows 4. The A’s leave no runners on base, an AL record for LOB in an extra inning game.

The Tigers sell infielder Frank Sigafoos to the White Sox.

23rd In the 2nd game of a doubleheader at Boston, P Phil Collins of Philadelphia hits a 2nd inning grand slam, off Kent Greenfield, but the Braves still prevail 7–5. The game is stopped prior to completion because of state Blue laws enacted last year that call for Sunday games to end at 6 p.m. Boston tops the Phils, 5-1, in the opener.

At the Polo Grounds, the Dodgers score in the 7th, 8th and 9th innings to tie the Giants at 8 apiece. Brooklyn scores again in the 14th to win, 9-8, with Cy Moore’s 6-inning scoreless effort earning him the win. Catcher Hank DeBerry is 6-for-7 with 3 RBIs for the Dodgers, the second 6-hit game in 8 days.

Before 43,000 at Wrigley, Pittsburgh makes it three in a row over the Cubs, winning 8–7. Swetonic gets the win in relief.

At Yankee Stadium, the A’s top the Yanks, 7–4, to win the windup of the 5-game series. For the 3rd game of the series, Huggins tries a lefty and the A’s batter him. Wells is the victim. Simmons, Foxx, and Haas homer for the A’s, while Gehrig hits his 20th for NY. The A’s lead the Yanks by 8 ½ games. The game draws 51,000 bring the 5 game total to 184,000 paid.

25th Down 2–1 going into the bottom of the 7th, the Tigers score 11 runs and win 14–2. The Sox help with 5 errors in the inning.

26th At Boston, Denny Sothern hits a 2nd inning grand slam in the opener as the Phils down the Braves, 6-0. Ray Benge records on of his two shutouts for the year. The Quakers take the second game, 5-2.

27th Roy Johnson hits a second inning grand slam and the Tigers defeat the visiting Indians, 6-2.

29th The Cubs Charlie Grimm strokes a first inning grand slam off Bill Sherdel and Sheriff Blake holds on to corral the Cardinals, 10–7.

At Philadelphia, the Yanks use 4 A’s errors and two Ruth homers to beat the A’s, 7–5. The loss goes to Grove, his 2nd of the year. Bing Miller is hitless, ending his 28-game hit streak.