1932 June

1st In a game stopped by rain after 7 innings, Cardinals rookie Dizzy Dean bests the Cubs Pat Malone, 1–0. Two Bird homers, by Pepper Martin and Eddie Delker, in the 8th are washed out. It would’ve been Delker’s first homer.

Max Bishop ends a game 1 battle with the Yankees with a 16th inning 2-run homer off Brown to give the A’s an 8-7 win. Red Ruffing, who scores 3 runs, hits a HR in the 9th to send the game into extra frames. Lefty Grove pitches 15 innings of indecision. The A’s take game 2 by a run, 7-6, with Jimmie Foxx’s 2-run homer in the 7th putting the A’s ahead.

2nd  The Senators sweep a pair in Boston, beating the Red Sox, 6–4 and 8–1. Monte Weaver wins the opener, handing Danny MacFayden his 14thstraight loss at the hands of the Nats. The 14 straight losses to one team ties the ML record. Lefty Bob Burke wins the nitecap.

Buzz Arlett hits 4 consecutive homers for Baltimore, as they edge Reading 14–13 in an IL game.

3rd  John McGraw, who came to New York in 1902, resigns as manager of the Giants and is replaced by Bill Terry, the team’s star 1B. The headline announcement comes at the Polo Grounds, where the game with the Phillies is rained out. McGraw was reportedly the highest paid manager at $50,000 a year, the same as earned by Connie Mack, who owns about half of the A’s. Joe McCarthy of the Yankees now ranks 2nd at $40,000.

In Philadelphia, Lou Gehrig hits 4 consecutive HRs and narrowly misses a 5th in the Yankees-Athletics slugfest won by New York, 20–13. Tony Lazzeri hits for a natural cycle, including a grand slam in the 9th, as he hits them in order. The teams set a still-standing record for extra bases on long hits in a single game (41). Gehrig’s 5th inning homer—his 3rd of the game—comes off A’s starter George Earnshaw and follows a blast by Babe Ruth, his 15th. Lou’s last homer, in the 7th, is served up by Roy Mahaffey. Earl Combs adds another for New York to help the Yanks set a total base record of 50. Jimmie Foxx has a triple as he and Mickey Cochrane connect for the A’s.

In an 11-inning defeat, 6–5, in Pittsburgh, two balls bounce by Chicago’s right fielder Rogers Hornsby for triples. The Cubs player-manager, trying the outfield for a week, will bench himself. Starter Steve Swetonic is the winner when Tony Piet lines Jakey May’s 1st pitch in the bottom of the 11th to the flagpole in deep CF and jogs home with an inside-the-park homer.

4th  The Phillies get Cardinals problem pitcher Flint Rhem. The Cards also announce the purchase of Jimmie Reese from Minneapolis. Reese had been sent to the minor by the Yankees last November.

With new manager Bill Terry at the helm, the Giants sweep the Phils, 10–4 and 6–4, to move out of last place in the NL.

5th  The Red Sox sell pitcher Danny MacFayden (1-10) to the Yankees for $50,000 and pitcher Ivy Andrews and Henry Johnson. The Yanks will option Jack Saltzgaver to Newark to get down to the 23 player limit by June 15th.

7th  Pitcher Jack Quinn, at 47, becomes the oldest player to have an extra-base hit and bat in a run, as his Dodgers beat the Cubs, 9–2. His double is good for three runs.

Waite Hoyt is unconditionally released by the Dodgers.

9th  Hack Wilson avenges an April humiliation as he clouts a first inning grand slam off Chicago’s Pat Malone to lead the Robins to a 5–2 win. Hack also drives home the 5th run. Weeks ago in Chicago, the Cubs had walked a man to load the bases for Wilson, who then grounded into a DP. The fans heaped scorn on Hack and showered lemons onto the field. Wilson’s five RBIs is a birthday present for the 21-year-old Van Lingle Mungo, who finishes the win in an hour and 37 minutes. His only mistake is a two-run homer to Gabby Hartnett in the 2nd.

Mel Ott duplicates his effort of two days ago by clouting a pair of homers in the Giants 3–2 win over the Reds at the Polo Grounds. The clouts help Mooney best Carroll. The southpaw allows just three hits after Larry Grantham connect for a homer in the 2nd. The win moves the Giants to 22–29.

St. Louis veteran Jess Haines allows just five hits—three in the 9th—to beat the Braves 20-year-old Bob Brown, 2–1. It is Brown’s first loss of the year. The 4th place Cards score twice in the 6th on doubles by Pepper Martin and Frisch and singles by Rip Collins and Ernie Orsatti.

The Indians outhit the A’s 16 to 15 and beat Philadelphia 9–8, dropping the A’s from 3rd to 5th place. The Tribe is paced by George Myatt, who has a homer and 5 RBIs and Burnett with four hits. Al Simmons homers for the A’s while Foxx, the triple crown leader, is 1-for-5.

The Browns send P Dick Coffman (5–3) to the Senators for lefty Carl Fischer (3–1). Neither will pitch well for their new teams and will be traded back for each other on December 13.

10th  At League Park, the A’s jump on starter Willis Hudlin for 4 runs in the 10th inning and beat the Indians, 10-7. Philadelphia loses RF Ed Coleman for the season when the rookie breaks an ankle sliding. Coleman is hitting .342.

11th  In Detroit, Eric McNair hits a 1st-inning grand slam off Tommy Bridges and the A’s win, 7-3, behind Tony Freitas.

At Brooklyn, the Dodgers upend the Cardinals, 12-3, leaving both teams 4 ½ games out of first place. Danny Taylor, purchased from the Cubs last month, belts a 5th inning grand slam for Brooklyn.

The White Sox sell pitcher Tommy Thomas to the Washington Senators.

13th  Outfielders Dale Alexander and Roy Johnson are traded by Detroit to Boston for doubles champ Earl Webb. Alexander, batting only .250, will hit .372 with Boston and will edge out Jimmie Foxx for the batting title by 3 points. Roy Johnson, who set a ML record in 1929 by making 31 outfield errors, will hit over .300 and average in double figures for errors with the Bosox.

14th New York edges Cleveland, 7–6, and the Yankees pull off a triple steal with Ben Chapman on the front end.

15th Dizzy Dean jumps the Cardinals after the team refuses to renegotiate his contract. Diz claims he was underage when he signed the agreement, but the Cardinals produce a copy of Dean’s marriage certificate showing the pitcher is 22, a year older than he says. The Commissioner declines to make Dean a free agent and the young ace rejoins the Red Birds.

In Philadelphia, the Cards score 4 runs in the 1st inning but the Phils match it with a grand slam by Pinky Whitney in the bottom of the frame. The Phils win, 7-4, in a game called after 5 ½ innings.

Earl Webb, in his first game in a Tiger uniform, has a pair of doubles as Detroit beats Washington, 7–6. Gee Walker also has a pair of doubles and steals home in the 4th. Manush has a homer and 3 singles for the Nats.

In Boston’s 9-3 loss to Cleveland, Dale Alexander is 2-for-3 with an RBI in his first game for the Sox.

16th Jesse Haines is all the Cards need as he hits a home run off Ray Benge and shuts out the host Phillies, 2-0.

At the Polo Grounds, the league-leading Cubs score 2 runs in the 1stinning off Carl Hubbell and Burleigh Grimes makes it stand up in a 2-1 victory. Sam Leslie accounts for the only NY score with a pinch homer in the 8th inning. Leslie will set the NL record (154-game season) this year for pinch hits in a season with 22.

18th For the second time this season a Texas League club loses its home field to fire as League Park in San Antonio burns. Tomorrow, the club plays at Breckenridge H.S. field and the next day returns to its former home, Tech Field. On May 4, the Shreveport park burned to the ground and the club relocated to Tyler, TX.

19th The last place Red Sox name Marty McManus of the team (11-44), replacing Shano Collins. Collins, who resigned yesterday, guided the Sox to a 6th-place finish last season. In Cleveland, the lowly Red Sox drop a pair to the Indians, 9-3 and 6-3, despite Dale Alexander’s 6-for-8 against Tribe pitching. Cleveland sweeps the four-game series.

In Boston, Reds backup catcher Bob Asbjornson is given a day by fellow townsmen of Concord, MA. Asby receives a large check and then celebrates by hitting his lone career homer. He also strokes an apparent triple but is called out for missing 2B. The Reds win, 5–0, behind Si Johnson. After the game Asbjornson discovers the check is not signed; when he brings it to the restaurant where he is to be honored, no one else shows up.

20th  Doc Cramer of the A’s has 6 hits in consecutive times at bat as Philadelphia outslugs the White Sox, 18–11. Cramer will do this again in 1935, the only AL player to repeat the feat. Mule Haas adds a grand slam for the A’s, while Jimmie Foxx slugs a 3-run homer over the high wall in left center, one of longest homers ever at Comiskey Park. Mickey Cochrane has 4 RBIs on 4 hits as the A’s bang out 26 safeties.

21st  In St. Louis, the first-place Yankees score 3 runs in the 9th inning to beat the Browns, 11-8. Jumbo Brown is the winner in relief. Against Red Ruffing, Goose Goslin has a grand slam for the Browns in the 7th. The Yanks will score 10 runs in each of the next two games and lose both by a combined 11 runs.

22nd  The NL, at a meeting of club presidents, finally approves players wearing numbers. The AL had started in 1929.

At St. Louis, Lou Gehrig has a pair of homers and drives in 5 runs, but the Browns use a balanced attack to whomp the Yankees, 17-10. Every Brownie player has a run and an RBI. Bruce Campbell has 4 hits and CG winner Lefty Stewart has 3 hits.

23rd  At the Polo Grounds, the Giants top the Cardinals for the 2ndstraight day, winning 6-1. Jackson clouts a 2-run homer in the 2nd, off Paul Derringer, and three more runs in the 3rd. Rip Collins hit for Derringer in the 4th and popped out, his 26th straight trip to the plate without a hit. Jim Bottomley’s homer off Fred Fitzsimmons is the only score for St. Louis, while Johnny Vergez hits one for NY.

In Philadelphia, the Cubs and Phils combine for 30 hits as the Phils prevail, 16-10. Chuck Klein hits a grand slam for the Phils, who score in just three of the 8 innings.

In St. Louis, Lou Gehrig plays his 1,103rd successive game in a New York uniform, equaling Joe Sewell’s record with one team (Cleveland). The Yanks score two in the 1st when Bump Hadley walks Gehrig and Dickey with the bases loaded, and he walks three more in the 2nd but escapes unharmed. The Browns score three runs in each of the first two innings and top the Yanks’ George Pipgras, 14–10. Goose Goslin leads the way with three homers, the third time in his career he’s done it in a game, while Gehrig (#18) and Ruth (#22) connect for New York. The Yanks scored 10 runs yesterday and also lost to the Browns.

Veteran P Waite Hoyt, released by Brooklyn, signs with the Giants.

25th Foxx hits a 3-run homer but the A’s still fall to the Yankees, 7–4. Lefty Gomez wins his 11th straight victory.

27th Mule Haas hits a 7th inning grand slam in game 2 as the A’s beat the Red Sox, 9–4, breaking open a pitching duel between Tony Freitas and Bob Kline. For Mule, it is his 2nd grand slam in 7 days. Philadelphia also takes the opener, 15–8 behind Earnshaw. In game 1, Chicago is paced by Bob Johnson, who hits 2 homers including a grand slam.

30th At Philadelphia, the Phils top Brooklyn 9–3 behind Chuck Klein’s 23rd and 24th homers of the season. Klein finishes June with more homers than any NL hitter has racked up in that time.

At Wrigley, the Cubs take the field wearing numbers on their uniforms, the last team in the majors to do so. The numbers follow the lineup and SS Woodie English sports #1. Guy Bush, #14, has the Reds number, tossing a 7–0 shutout.