1931 June

2nd At Redland Field, the Phillies whip the Reds, 6-2, as Chuck Klein hits a double and a pair of homers. Fred Brickel and Buzz Arlett each have a single and a triple. After his first 40 games, the minor league vet Arlett is hitting .378/.469/.678 with 10 homers among his 59 hits.

In Pittsburgh, the Pirates score one in the 8th and 2 in the 9th to come from behind to beat the Braves, 4-3. Ed Brandt (8-1) takes his first loss of the season.

4th  After hitting safely in his last 8 times at bat, Oscar Melillo, the slick-fielding but light-hitting 2B of the Browns, is stopped by Red Ruffing of the Yankees. St. Louis wins, 8–6.

In the 9th inning, Kiki Cuyler hits a two-run walkoff homer into the centerfield bleachers as the Cubs beat the Dodgers, 6–4.

5th Two days after beating the White Sox, 2–1, Lefty Grove pitches 6 innings of relief against Chicago, losing 7–5 in 12 innings. A homer by Lew Fonseca beats Grove, ending an 8-game winning streak by the A’s ace. He’ll promptly start another streak on the 8th.

6th At Yankee Stadium, the Indians take a 7–4 lead into the 9th when Morgan and Vosmik single against Jim Weaver. Willie Kamm lines to Lou Gehrig who starts a 3–6 triple play. The Tribe still wins, 7–5.

7th  With Sunday baseball still prohibited in Philadelphia, the A’s make a one-day trip to Detroit. They win 12–2, and leave 18 men on base.

9th  In Philadelphia, the first-place A’s score 5 runs in each of the 7th and 8th innings to come from behind and beat Detroit, 12-3. Pitcher George Earnshaw helps his cause with 4 hits for the A’s.

10th  Rabbit Maranville scores 5 runs in the Braves 13-4 victory over the Cardinals.

13th  After Lefty Grove stops the visiting Browns, 10-3, George Earnshaw coasts to a 14-1 win in game 2 as the A’s sweep. For the second straight game, Earnshaw has 4 hits. He’ll hit .263 for the year.

Adam Comorosky, the Pittsburgh LF who made an unassisted DP on May 31, makes another as the Giants win, 6–4. With the Giants leading 1–0 in the 5th, Comorosky snags a Freddy Leach line drive and doubles up Clarence Mitchell, the runner at 2B.

The Cubs and Pirates swap catchers, Earl Grace going to Pittsburgh and Rollie Hemsley to Chicago.

14th Cardinal vet Taylor Douthit, with 2 hits in his last 2 at bats yesterday, collects 7 straight hits in today’s doubleheader win over the Phillies and drives in 6 runs. His reward will come tomorrow when he’s informed that he’s been traded to the Reds for Wally Roettger in a move to make room for Pepper Martin.

15th  Cut-down day for ML rosters brings the retirement of Eddie Collins and Harry Heilmann. Collins becomes a coach for the A’s. Heilmann will return briefly to the Reds in 1932.

16th At St. Louis, the Phils Chuck Klein hits a solo HR in the 1st inning, off Burleigh Grimes, to account for the only scoring till the 9th. With one out in the bottom of the 9th, George Watkins and Frankie Frisch hit back to back homers off Ray Benge to win, 2–1.

17th  Tommy Connolly, who had umpired the first AL game in 1901, retires as an active arbiter to become supervisor of AL umpires.

20th At Chicago, Rube Walberg pitches the first-place A’s to a 5–4 win over the White Sox. Luke Appling, pinch hitting in the 9th, hits his first ML HR off Walberg.

21st  George Earnshaw notches the 12th consecutive victory for the A’s 6–5 at Chicago.

At Boston, the first-place Cards split a pair with the Braves, losing 6–2 and winning 1–0. Pepper Martin homers in game 2 for the only score, as Grimes socks Siebold.

22nd The tail-end Browns take the final game, 14-10, in the 5-games series with the Yankees. Oscar Melillo scores 5 runs as St. Louis overcomes a pair of HRs by Lou Gehrig, each with Ruth on base. Gehrig hits 5 homers, 4 singles and 3 doubles in the series.

23rd The Indians make it easy for pitchers Clint Brown and Willis Hudlin, as Cleveland wins 13–0 and 10–0 over the visiting Red Sox. Cleveland totals 31 hits, including 7 by Earl Averill.

The A’s Lefty Grove allows just 2 hits in beating the Browns, 3–0.

24th  Bill Sweeney, Red Sox 1B, makes 21 putouts, one fewer than Hal Chase’s 1906 record, as Boston infielders record 25 putouts. Boston outfielders have no putouts as the Red Sox win 7–3 in Cleveland. Berry drives in 5 runs for Boston.

The Cards sweep a pair from the Phils, winning both games by 4–2 scores. After allowing just 3 hits in 8 innings, Ray Benge loses the opener in the 9th, the 2nd straight game he’s lost to Redbirds in the 9th. In the nitecap, George Watkins strokes 3 consecutive homers, in the 4th, 6th, and 9thinnings, for the Cards to make Flint Rhem a winner.

25th At Ebbets Field, Dazzy Vance retires the first 18 Cardinal batsmen before George Watkins leads off the 6th with a bunt single. Jim Bottomley singles Watkins to 3rd and then when Vance tosses over to 1B, Watkins swipes home. Vance allows just 3 hits, but loses, 1–0, to Cards rookie Paul Derringer.

26th At Philadelphia, Lefty Gomez outduels Ed Rommel to give the Yankees a 6-2 win over the A’s. The loss snaps the A’s winning streak of 17 games. (5 home, 12 road).

27th At St. Louis, Larry Bettencourt hits the first pitch in the bottom of the 14th to give the Browns a 5–4 win over the Red Sox. Dick Coffman, who pitched scoreless ball over the last 7 innings is the winner over starter Jack Russell.

28th  Records for catching fly balls are set in a doubleheader as the A’s beat the Tigers 9–1 and 5–1. The Detroit OF make 24 putouts, and Philadelphia’s adds 19 for a 2-team total of 43 in the 2 games. Art Mahaffey is the winner in game 1, allowing just an unearned run. Mahaffey will make 128 career starts without recording a shutout, a ML mark. Al Nipper will come close with 124 starts.

29th  At Ebbets Field, Johnny Frederick belts a 5th inning grand slam as the Dodgers edge the last-place Reds, 6-4.

30th Behind Pat Malone, the Cubs roll over the Phillies, 14–3, as Rogers Hornsby clouts a three-run homer in the 1st and a grand slam off the loser, Clise Dudley in the 5th. He is the only Cub player this century to drive in 7 runs twice in a season. Derrek Lee will match him in 2009.

At the Polo Grounds, St. Louis infielder Sparky Adams leads off with a home run, his first four bagger since 1925: he had been at bat 3,104 times since without a homer. Adams adds a double and Frisch has a HR and 2 singles to drive in 4 runs. New York’s Ethan Allen answers with a 5th-inning pinch grand slam, off Paul Derringer, to tie the game. But the Cards hold on for an 11–10 win. Ray Blades has a homer and 2 RBIs for the Cards.