1930 June

1st  Danny MacFayden, in relief, beats the Yankees 7–4 to end a 14-game losing streak for the Red Sox. A triple play by the Sox helps overcome 4 hits by Dusty Cooke, including a homer, and a home run by Babe Ruth.

The A’s take over 1st place from Washington in the AL by thumping the Senators for the 4th straight game, 9–6. Sam Jones loses his first after 6 wins. A homer by rookie Dib Williams with two on in the 6th is the margin of victory.

The Giants score 12 runs in the 3rd inning of a game with the Braves, winning the nightcap of the doubleheader 16–3.

For the 2nd time in a week and the second time this century, teammates hit back-to-back homers twice in a game. Johnny Frederick and Babe Herman do it in the Dodgers 10–2 win over the Phillies.

The Cubs drub the Pirates, 16–4, behind the slugging of Hack Wilson, who drives in 6 runs with 2 homers, a double and a single. Wilson now has 16 homers to lead the NL. Guy Bush is the easy winner.

2nd In a Central League at Ft. Wayne, Springfield outkicks Ft. Wayne, 38–18. The Blue Sox pile on 10 runs in the 9th. CF Dennehy is 7-for-7 with 3 HRs and 3B Reagan has 3 home runs.

3rd  Grover Cleveland Alexander is released by the Phillies after posting a 0–3 record. He ends his career thinking he has the NL record for most wins at 373, one more than Christy Mathewson. In 1946, a win disallowed in 1902 is restored to Mathewson’s record, to leave the 2 pitchers at a tie.

4th  First-place Brooklyn makes 8 errors, losing to Pittsburgh at Ebbets Field, 12–6.

6th  Denny Sothern, Phillies OF, has 4 doubles in a 5-for-5 game, and scores 5 runs as the Phils whip the Reds, 14-5.

The Cubs cut the Robins’ lead to one game, beating host Brooklyn, 13–0. Dazzy Vance strikes out 10 Cubs in 6 innings, but allows 10 hits. Root gives up 2 singles in the win.

At Decatur, (Three-I League) Tommy Bridges of visiting Evansville strikes out 19 batters, but Decatur wins, 5–2. Bridges will go 7–8 in the league but K 189 in 140 innings to earn a call-up to Detroit in August.

7th The White Sox light up Lefty Grove for 7 hits and knock the A’s undefeated ace out of the box in the 2nd inning en route to a 6–5 win. The loss goes to Rommel in relief.

8th  The increased hitting in the NL is reflected in these current batting averages: Riggs Stephenson .420; Babe Herman .414; Chuck Klein .401; Harry Heilmann .400; and Bill Terry .399. Giants’ manager John McGraw observes, “It’s not the pitching, it’s that new jack-rabbit ball. All a batter has to do is meet it. If it’s not hit right at somebody, it’s a base hit.”

The Giants whip the Cards today, 9–7, with a 5 run rally in the 7th. Mel Ott has a pair of two-run homers to lead the win over Bill Hallahan. The Cardinals, after winning 17 of 18, have now lost 12 of their last 13 and are in 4th place with a 24–25 record.

9th A game at old Washington Park in Indianapolis is the first night game in the American Association. Rabbit Warstler leads the Indians offense with 4 hits, including a triple and a homer, scores 4 times and has 3 RBIs. The Indians will open Perry Field next year to replace Washington Park. In 1937, Minneapolis will be the last AA team to light up.

10th  The A’s Lefty Grove (7-1) loses his first game of the season, 7–6, in 11 innings to the White Sox at Comiskey. Smead Jolley does the damage with a single and a homer and cuts down an A’s runner at the plate in the 10thand again in the 11th. Carl Reynolds scores twice but has no hits after six straight multi-hit games.

The PCL sees its first night game when Sacramento hosts Oakland before 10,000 fans at Moreing Field. There are 180,000 watts of light from 40 lamps on 40 poles. By the end of next season every PCL team will have lights. Ed Bryan turns the lights out on the visitors, winning 5-0.

12th Cleveland’s Clint Brown shuts out the first-place A’s, 4–0. Cleveland collects 3 homers, 2 by Morgan.

13th  Cleveland again beats Philadelphia, 15–2 and takes over first place. Wes Ferrell wins easily as Cleveland clubs southpaw nemesis Rube Walberg.

Rip Collins goes all the way to give the Browns a 1–0 win over the Red Sox in 11 innings.

In probably its best trade ever, Washington swaps the slumping Goose Goslin to St. Louis for Heinie Manush and Al “General” Crowder. Crowder was the top pitcher in the AL in 1928, while Manush hit .355 in 1929; The Senators will regain the popular Goslin in 1932, and with Manush and Crowder, he will help them win a pennant the following year.

In the first night no-hitter in the Texas League, Lil Stoner of Ft. Worth blanks San Antonio, 2-0. He walks one batter who is nipped in a double play.

15th At Cleveland’s League Park, an overflow crowd is on hand for the Yankees trouncing of the Indians 17–10. Ruth walks his first 4 times up, then clouts his 25th homer of the year. Gehrig hits 2 homers to drive home 7 runs as starter Herb Pennock goes the distance in a neat 16-hitter.

Dazzy Vance can’t overcome 5 Brooklyn errors and loses to the Cardinals, 9–4. Ex-Dodger Andy High adds a triple with two on and a homer with one runner on: all the runners reach by errors. Vance hits Taylor Douthit twice before Douthit hits back, tripling in the 9th with a runner (via error) on and scoring on an error for the last Cardinal run.

The Cardinals swap spit, acquiring veteran Burleigh Grimes from the Braves for another spitballer, Wee Willie Sherdel, and young P Fred Frankhouse. The Braves had picked up Grimes from Pittsburgh 2 months earlier. Grimes will win 17 for the Birds in 1931, while Frankhouse will win the same in Boston in 1934.

The Senators sends its best reliever Garland Braxton along with Benny Tate to the White Sox for self-promoting first sacker Art Shires. Manager Walter Johnson will later say the trade made better pitchers of his starters, since they were not looking to Braxton to bail them out of trouble.

16th  At Baker Bowl, the Phils build up a comfortable 16–3 lead over the Pirates after 6 innings, only to have the Bucs come back with 11 runs. The final score is 18–14 as Philley rides to victory on homers by Klein, Lefty O’Doul, Don Hurst, and Fred Brickell. Klein adds 2 singles and double to extend his hit streak to 25 games.

At the Polo Grounds, the Cubs, down 4–3 in the top of the 9th, load the bases with 2 outs against Carl Hubbell. He retires Cuyler and Wilson on pop flies, but Riggs Stephenson squibs a infield single to tie the game. Charlie Grimm then hits a grand slam. Shanty Hogan answers with a pinch homer in the bottom of the 9th for the Giants 5th solo homer of the day—a NL record for runs on solo homers—but the Cubs hold on for a 8–5 victory. Terry, Jackson, Allen, and Leach also reach the bleachers.

In a barn burner in Detroit, the Tigers score in the 8th and 9th and Chief Hogsett throws 4 innings of scoreless relief to give the Tigers a 9-8 win over the A’s. Roy Johnson has a pair of homers for Detroit and Dale Alexander has a double and homer and 4 RBIs to extend his batting streak to 29 games. Dib Williams has 3 doubles for the A’s.

The Reds hammer Burleigh Grimes for three innings and coast to an 11–1 win over the Braves. Tony Cuccinello and Wally Berger hit homers and Bennie Frey pitches a complete game win. After the game, the Braves send Grimes to the Cardinals for Fred Frankhouse and Wee Willie Sherdel.

Charles Comiskey finally tires of the flamboyant Art Shires and trades the 23-year-old to Washington for lefty Garland Braxton and catcher Bennie Tate. Shires is hitting just .258 with a .298 OBP. He’ll hit .369 in 38 games for the Nats.

17th  Chuck Klein sets a Phils’ club record by hitting in his 26th straight game, collecting a single in the 8th inning. Klein started his streak on May 18 and has hit .482 since then, but he will go hitless on the 20th to end the streak at 26. He’ll tie his mark with another 26-game streak later in the season. Lefty O’Doul’s 10th inning single drives home the winner and the Phils edge the Pirates, 5–4.

18th  The Athletics beat Wes Ferrell and the Indians 7–2 with 3 consecutive HRs in the 5th (Al Simmons, Jimmie Foxx, and Bing Miller). The three in a row is the ML record, since topped, and with a chance to hit a 4th in a row, Joe Boley bunts for a safety. Enter a new pitcher and exit Ferrell, who throws his mitt in the stands.

19th  At Yankee Stadium, Babe Ruth clubs his 22nd homer, off George Uhle, and the Yankees edge the Tigers, 5-4. Dale Alexander has a sac fly but goes 0-for-3, stopping his 29-game hitting streak. New York stays 1 ½ games behind the A’s.

In the A’s 4-2 victory over Cleveland, Johnny Hodapp singles to run his hitting streak to 22 straight games.

20th Dazzy Vance loses a tough one to the Reds, 2–1, when two runners reach on errors before George Kelly drives them home with a double.

At Wrigley, the Cubs top the Braves, 7-3, behind Pat Malone’s 6-hitter. Two of the hits are solo homers by red-hit rookie Wally Berger. He has now reached the 20-homer mark in 51 games, setting a rookie mark (Gary Sanchez will tie it in 2016).

21st At Shibe Park, Ruth clouts two homers, in the first and third innings off George Earnshaw, to lead New York to a 6–0. But Philadelphia scores 9 runs in the 7th inning and wins 15–7. The Yanks last run is a solo shot by Ruth off Lefty Grove in the 8th inning. Unconcerned, the A’s take the nitecap as well, 4–1, with New York’s only run coming on a tremendous homer by Ruth that ball lands in a back yard a block away from the park, reputedly the longest ball ever hit at Shibe.

22nd At Shibe, the Yanks turn tables on the A’s and sweep a doubleheader, winning 10–1 and 20–13. Ruth continues his hot hitting, belting two homers in the opener and one in the nitecap, giving him 6 homers in 3 games. Lou Gehrig matches Ruth in the nitecap, cracking three home runs.

23rd  After 2 outs in the 6th inning, Brooklyn makes 10 hits in succession against Pittsburgh to equal the Cardinals’ ML record for an inning, tied last year by the Cubs. Al Lopez tries to score on a hit and is thrown out at the plate to end the inning. Starter Heine Meine is finally lifted, having given up 14 runs on 19 hits, and setting the NL record by teeing up the 10 straight safeties. The Dodgers begin the 7th inning with 2 more hits to total 12 straight, off Moose Chagnon, to tie the ML record set in 1920, also over 2 innings. When the smoke clears, Brooklyn emerges a 19–6 winner.

Hack Wilson hits for the cycle with 2 singles, a double, triple, and HR and drives in six as the Cubs kick the Phils 21–8 at Wrigley. Winning pitcher Guy Bush adds a triple and two singles, while Kiki Cuyler has 3 hits, 3 RBI, and scores 4 times. Cuyler will score 39 runs against the lowly Phils this year.

The A’s sweep a pair from the White Sox, winning 2-1, then outslugging the Sox, 17-8. Al Simmons scores 5 runs in game 2.

The second-place Senators sweep two from the Indians to move into 2ndplace, winning 9-5 behind General Crowder, and 3-2 behind Firpo Marberry. Heinie Manush has 3 hits in the opener but goes hitless in game 2 to end his consecutive-game hitting streak at 27.

Yankee P Hank Johnson cruises to a 15–0 4-hit win over the Browns. Ruth’s 24th homer paces the 18-hit attack. St. Louis earns a split in the nitecap, winning 10–6 behind Rip Collins. Starter Lefty Gomez is the loser as the Yankees drop to 3rd place in the AL

24th The Yankees sweep their 2nd straight double header from the A’s, winning 10–6 and 11–1. Babe Ruth hits another 2 homers, setting a ML record of 8 homers in 6 games.

In the Cubs 6-1 victory over the Phillies at Wrigley Field, slugger Hack Wilson fouls a pitch into the stands, where it is caught by 17-year-old Arthur Porto. Porto is confronted by an usher who tells him the Cubs cannot “afford to let the customers walk off with their baseballs” and demands the return of the ball. Porto and two friends argue and are arrested by stadium security and charged with disorderly conduct. In court the next day, the judge issues a landmark decision, ruling that a ball hit into the stands belongs “to the boy who grabs it.” The charges are dismissed.

25th  Gabby Hartnett leads the Cubs to 13–12 win over Philadelphia by hitting 2 HRs and 2 singles, and driving in 7 runs, including the game-winner in the bottom of the 9th.

The 3rd-place Yankees sweep a pair from the Browns, winning 5–4 and 16–4. Sam Byrd has a single, double and triple in the opener to pace New York, and Babe Ruth hits #25 and #26 in the nitecap, both off George Blaeholder, to back Red Ruffing’s pitching.

The Senators unload 11 runs in the 7th inning to beat Cleveland, 13–5. Bluege has 4 hits for the Nats.

26th  In a slugging match in New York, the Yankees top the Indians, 13-11. Tony Lazzeri hits a 4th inning grand slam to give New York a 10-2 lead. Johnny Hoddap, with a homer and 4 RBIs, leads a comeback that falls short for the Tribe.

27th  The A’s get slugging from their pitchers, but split a twinbill with the Browns. Lefty Grove hits a homer in the first game, but five A’s boots give the Browns an 8–2 win. Dick Coffman scatters 11 hits to win. In game 2, Jack Quinn, A’s pitcher who is 8 days shy of his 46th birthday, becomes the oldest player to hit a HR when he connects against the Browns Chad Kimsey. Quinn also picks up the victory, 8–3. Fellow sluggers Foxx and Simmons add homers.

A Ladies Day crowd swells the Wrigley Field attendance to a park record 51,556 (just 19,748 paid. Retrosheet lists the attendance at 48,000) to watch the Cubs 7–5 win over Brooklyn. Kiki Cuyler’s two-run 10th-inning HR is the clincher, as Guy Bush goes the route. Several of the 5 doubles are hit into the roped-off crowd. The Cubs trail the first-place Dodgers by a game.

The Pirates hold off a 9th inning rally by the Phils to win their 3rd straight over their cross-state rivals. Heine Meine is the winner, despite giving up 12 hits, including two doubles and two triples by Lefty O’Doul.

28th  The first night game in Detroit takes place at newly built Hamtramck Stadium as the Negro League Detroit Stars take on the Kansas City Monarchs. The stadium was opened May 11th when the Stars played the New York Cubans and Ty Cobb threw out the first ball.

29th  At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees edge the Indians, 7-6. The big producer for New York is rookie Jimmie Reese, who hits a 5th inning grand slam.

30th  Brooklyn, in need of an OF, buys Ike Boone from the San Francisco Missions (PCL) where he was hitting .448 through 83 games. In 1929 Boone compiled an all-time record of 553 total bases while hitting 55 homers and batting .407. Boone wasn’t even Brooklyn’s first choice; the Robins preferred another PCL batting star, Buzz Arlett, but he had his eye injured in a postgame fight when umpire Chet Chadbourne slugged the Oakland OF with his mask.

The Cubs move into first place ahead of Brooklyn by defeating the Giants, 10–3, at home. Sheriff Blake beats Joe Genewich for the victory.