1934 June

1st  The Dean brothers claim to have “sore arms” that only pay raises can heal. Diz is getting $7,500 and Paul, a rookie, $3,000. When manager Frankie Frisch tells them to go home, the brothers will back down.

2nd In the first of two at Pittsburgh, newly healed Dizzy Dean goes 9 innings to beat the Pirates, 13–4. Ripper Collins helps with a pair of 3-run homers and 7 RBIs. In game 2 Larry French stops the Cardinals, 6-3. Wally Roettger has 5 RBIs.

3rd  The St. Louis Browns tie the AL record with 9 consecutive hits in the 6th inning, all with 2 outs, to beat Cleveland, 12–8. The loss drops the Tribe out of 1st place.

At Crosley Field, Billy Herman has 3 hits and 3 runs as the Cubs beat the Reds, 7-1. Herman’s batting streak reaches 20 games.

5th A tough way to end a streak. In the opener of two, Dodger outfielder Buzz Boyle cracks four hits to run his hit streak to 25-straight games. The skein is stopped in game 2 when Boyle pinch hits for Hack Wilson and makes out. The Phils use two late-inning rallies to beat Brooklyn, 11–10 and 5–4.

It is a driveby in game 1 as Detroit rolls over the visiting Indians, 20-2. Five players score 3 runs each as Detroit hammers all four Tribe pitchers. The worst beating is given to Thornton Lee who gives up 13 hits and 11 runs in 3+ innings. Vic Sorrell coasts to his 4th win. Hank Greenberg has a homer and 4 RBIs and Charlie Gehringer has 4 hits and 6 RBIs. Game 2 is a tad more competitive as the Indians score 3 in the 9th to win, 5-4. Goose Goslin has a hit to extend his hitting streak to 30 consecutive games. The loss leaves the Bengals in a virtual tie with New York.

At Fenway, the Red Sox top the Yankees, 8-3, as newly acquired Wes Ferrell (1-0) wins with 5.2 innings of shutout relief. Lou Gehrig goes 0-for-5 to stop his streak of 41 straight games (he reached base in his last 8 games in 1933, pushing the 2-season total to 49) in which he has reached base. He will reel of 52 straight games of reaching base before being stopped in game 2 on July 31.

At St. Louis, Paul Dean (6-0) is in control, stopping the Cubs, 6-3. Babe Herman has a 2-run homer in the 1st for Chicago, but the Cardinals overcome that to win.

The Giants roll over the visiting Braves, 13-4, as Mel Ott drives in 4 runs on 2 hits, including a homer. Critz and Jackson also homer as the Giants stay tied for 1st with the Cardinals. Counting today, Ott will hit 5 homers in the next 8 games and drive in 20 runs.

6th  Myril Hoag, subbing for Babe Ruth, ties the AL record with 6 singles in 6 at bats in the first game of a doubleheader with the Red Sox. The Yanks rout Lefty Grove and roll to a 15–3 win. Boston wins the nitecap, 7–3, to drop the Yanks to 2nd place.

Cleveland’s Bob Weiland, recently acquired, fires a one-hitter at the Tigers, but loses, 2–1. Charlie Gehringer’s RBI single is the only hit. Weiland does stop Goose Goslin’s hit streak at 30 games. The victory by Schoolboy Rowe puts the Tigers in 1st place.

The Phillies use 11 hits, 3 HBP, and 9 walks to pound the Dodgers, 12-4. Brooklyn also loses Lonnie Frey for three weeks when he is spiked by Dick Bartell sliding into 2B. A year ago, Brooklyn lost Joe Judge for five weeks after Bartell spiked him. On April 22, Dodger Joe Stripp slid into the Phils Jimmy Wilson at home and fractured his ankle, putting him on the bench for 5 weeks. Bartell apologizes after today’s game, but Brooklyn is having none of it. “It’s bad enough to be beaten by a $400 a month ball club without being bulldozed, groused one Dodger. “They must want us to drop out of the league so they can finish sixth.” Stengel is very bitter about Frey, a favorite of his, especially since the young infielder missed three weeks of spring training after getting beaned.

The Cubs get 6 runs in the 13th inning to beat the Cards 12–6. At the end of the 12th, Joe Medwick is called out at a play at home and manager Frankie Frisch gets into a row with umpire Cy Rigler. After Frisch shoves the ump, Rigler hits him on the jaw with his mask. Both are fined $100. The Cubs then unload for 6 runs in the top of the 13th, scoring all off Tex Carleton, in relief of Paul Dean (3 hitless innings). The loss puts the Cardinals in 2nd place, a game behind the Giants.

7th Big Jim Weaver pitches a 1–0 victory for the Cubs over the Cardinals, topping Bill Hallahan, and dropping the Birds to 4th place in the tight NL race. Weaver, a 25-game winner at Newark in 1933, was sold to the Browns by the Yankees, but cash-poor St. Louis returned him to Newark despite his 2-0 record. The Cubs picked him up in mid-May for $12,500.

Len Koenecke hits a leadoff homer off George Darrow for the only score of the game as Brooklyn beats the Phillies, 1–0. Dutch Leonard applies the calcimine.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants score 6 runs in the 8th to whip the Boston Braves, 14–5. Johnny Vergez collects a home run and double in the inning, while Ott clouts 2 homers and drives home 4 runs in the game.

8th After a 2–1 loss to visiting Pittsburgh yesterday, the Reds become the first ML team to take an airplane, flying to Chicago on two American Airline planes. One coach and seven players, including Mark Koenig and Jim Bottomley, decline to take the plane and instead take the train to Chicago. The Reds shake off any travel fatigue by edging the Cubs, 4–3, behind the hitting of Babe Herman. With a man on, he hits his 3rd homer in 4 days, and scores in the 6th after hitting his 2nd double of the game.

At Yankee Stadium, Lefty Gomez stops the A’s, 11-4, as Lou Gehrig has a single, 2 doubles and a homer to drive in 4 runs. He also scores 4. New York trails Detroit by a game.

9th  A tired and sore-armed Lefty Grove gives up ML record-tying 6 doubles, including a ML record 5 consecutive, in the 8th inning as the Senators beat the Red Sox, 8–1.

For the second time in three days, Mel Ott has a pair of homers, including one in the 9th to give New York an 8-6 lead. Ott has 4 hits overall as first-place New York wins, 8-7.

The Central League, down to four teams, suspends operations.

10th  Doc Cramer hits for the cycle, but the Yankees still beat the A’s, 7–3, on Gehrig’s 2nd grand slam of the year. Lou larrups it in the 1st inning off Bill Dietrich.

Mel Ott drives in 5 on 3 hits, including a homer, while Blondie Ryan has 5 RBI on 4 hits including a homerun. The Giants tally 18 runs to whip the host Phillies, 18-7. The one fly in the ointment is Carl Hubbell leaving the game in the 5th after slipping on the wet grass and injuring his pitching hand.

11th  The Cubs send Dolph Camilli and cash to the Phillies for Don Hurst, the 1930 RBI leader. Camilli will later win the 1941 MVP with the Dodgers, while Hurst hits .199 for the Cubs and disappears.

The Yankees drill West Point, 7–0, in their annual exhibition game. Jimmy DeShong provides the whitewash.

12th  At Wrigley, the Cubs edge the Phillies, 6-5, as Chuck Klein contributes a 3-run homer. Johnny Moore drives in 2 runs in the Phils 5-run 4th and extends his hitting streak to 23 games. Don Hurst is hitless at 1B following his acquisition from the Phils for Camilli. Dolph did not show up today and has not communicated with either team.

Fred Fitzsimmons pitches the leading Giants to a 12-1 win over the Dodgers and the pudgy knuckleballer also contributes 4 straight singles. Ott has 4 RBI on a single, double and triple, and is one of three players with 3 hits.

13th  At St. Louis, Billy Urbanski, Braves SS, has 4 walks and 2 sacrifices for no at bats in 6 plate appearances against the Cardinals. He scores once. Rival SS, slick-fielding Leo Durocher, makes 4 errors in the 9–0 Boston rout.

14th  The Red Sox sell a star player unknowingly. They peddle infielder Bucky Walters to the Phillies where he will convert to pitcher and subsequently win the 1939 MVP with the Reds.

In Philadelphia, Hal Trotsky belts a 9TH-inning grand slam off Bob Kline and the Indians top the A’s, 11-7.

Yankee P Johnny Broaca, two weeks out of Yale University, gives up a 3rdinning single to Sammy West, the only St. Louis hit, to top the host Browns, 7–0.

Led by Leo Durocher, who drives in six runs, including four on an inside-the-park grand slam, off Leo Mangum, the Cardinals down the Braves, 12-9. Leo makes up for his four errors in yesterday’s loss.

15th Detroit’s Schoolboy Rowe tops the Red Sox, 11–4, scattering 9 hits. This will start Rowe on a 15-game win streak.

With a four-run 6th against Ed Lagger, recently of Northwestern, the Indians double the A’s, 12–6, in Philadelphia. For the Tribe, Earl Averill has a three-run homer and Sam Rice has 4 hits, including a homer, his last in the majors. He last hit a homer at Shibe Park on May 5, 1919.

16th  After losing the lidlifter to the White Sox, 9–7, the A’s come back to win the nitecap, 7–6, behind the remarkable hitting of Bob Johnson. Johnson ties the AL record going 6-for-6 with 2 HRs, a double, and 3 singles. His homers are off Chicago’s Whit Wyatt. In the opener, the Sox benefit from a grand slam by Bob Boken, acquired from the Senators last month for Red Kress. Boken’s poke comes off Bob Kline, his second slam served up in three days.

17th  The Dean brothers collaborate to give the Cards a double victory over the Phillies. Paul (8-0) hurls a 5-hit shutout to win the opener, 6–0, and Dizzy, in relief, wins the nitecap, 7–5, when rains ends it after 8 innings. It’s Diz’s 9th win of the year.

Lefty O’Doul belts a pinch grand slam in the 6th inning, off Heine Meine, to help the first place Giants to a 9–3 win over the Pirates. The 4th place Bucs have lost 7 of 8 games.

18th  At Fenway, the Red Sox take a pair from the Browns, winning, 6-5, in the first game and 14-9 in game 2. Reliever Fritz Ostermueller has a save in game 1 and a win in the second match. The Sox enjoy the game 2 blowout so much they will repeat it in their next game on June 20thagainst the visiting White Sox. Dick Porter, with 6 hits today, will have 3 more on the 20th to raise his average to .373 since coming over from Cleveland.

19th  Veteran infielder Pie Traynor replaces George Gibson as Pirates manager.

20th The first-place Giants score 7 runs in the 3rd to crush the Cubs, 12–7. Mel Ott leads the way with two homers—his 16th and 17th—and drives in 6 runs. Joe Moore has 4 hits including a homer and Fred Fitzsimmons, who weakened in the 8th, is credited with the win. Charlie Root, who got none out in the 3rd before retiring, is the loser. The Giants now lead the Cards by five games.

At St. Louis, the Dodgers use 15 hits to down the Cards, 9–5. Danny Taylor, with three extra base hits, and Tony Cuccinello, with a 3-run homer, pace the fusillade. Van Lingle Mungo wins his 11th of the year, allowing 11 hits. Pepper Martin has two of the hits and a steal of home.

The AL leading New York Yankees trip the Indians twice, 3–2 and 3–0, at Yankee Stadium. New York ties the first game on Frank Crosetti’s solo homer in the 8th off Bob Weiland, then wins it on Gehrig’s 18th in the 9th. Lefty Gomez, in relief of Johnny Broaca, is the winner. In game 2, Hal Trosky’s single is the only hit off Red Ruffing, who also knocks in a run.

The Browns rout the A’s, 11–3, behind 5 RBIs by Rollie Hemsley. Hemsley is knocked out in a collision in the 4th inning, but stays in to triple with the sacks full in the 7th. Bob Johnson, leading the majors in homers, hits his 20th in the 9th inning. Connie Mack misses the game to be best man for his son Connie, who is married in Washington to Susan Sheppard, daughter of Texas Senator Morris Sheppard. The two met at Duke, where the bride was named Queen of Beauty.

The Tigers score 3 in the 11th to defeat the host Senators, 13–10. The Tigers get three-hit efforts from Owen, Cochrane, Gehringer, and Greenberg, who includes a homer. Eldon Auker is the winner over Thomas. Heinie Manush, leading the AL in hitting, has 4 hits and two homers, including an inside-the-park grand slam, as Washington collects 17 hits. Manush now has 102 hits in 60 games; no one the rest of the century will reach the 100-hit mark as quickly (Darin Erstad, in 2000, will reach 100 hits in 61 games).

New manager Pie Traynor paces the Pirates to a 6–5 win over the Braves, stopping a losing skein of five games. Traynor laces three doubles and single and counts the winning run in the 9th inning. Arky Vaughan is 4-for-4 for the winners to raise his average to .363, two points off the leaders (Leslie: 365; Medwick: .365; Terry: .363) Wally Berger keeps the Braves in the game with a two-run homer in the first and a game-tying homer in the 9th. Leon Chagnon, in relief of Red Lucas, is the winner.

22nd  Bill Terry and Joe Cronin, managers of the 1933 pennant winners, are named to head the All-Star teams, establishing a precedent that is still followed.

Detroit takes over first place, beating Washington 11–3, dislodging the Yankees who lose 4–1 to Cleveland.

At Wrigley, the Cubs pound the first-place Giants as they take a 15-0 lead after seven innings. The final is 15-2, an easy win for Bill Lee. Chuck Klein backs him with a grand slam.

23rd  The Cards beat the Dodgers 5–4 with the win credited to Bill Hallahan, who relieves in the 6th inning and gives up a run. In the bottom half, the Cards score 5 runs, and Dizzy Dean comes in and shuts out Brooklyn in the last 3 innings. The official scorer refers the decision on the winning pitcher to NL president Heydler, who gives it to Dean, eventually making his 30-win season possible. Heydler’s telegram (as noted by Bill Deane) reads in part: “Dean pitched great ball during three innings to protect one-run lead and is winner. Hallahan pitched one inning rather poorly and did not stand to lose the game even had he continued.”

24th  After being hitless in his last 21 at bats, Babe Ruth hits a grand slam in a 5–0 Yankee win over the White Sox. Sad Sam Jones serves up the four-run homer.

25th  Johnny Broaca, Yankee pitcher, fans 5 times in a row while beating the White Sox, 13–2. Not until Bernie Williams, on August 21, 1991, will another Yankee fan 5 times (by Bret Saberhagen). Gehrig hits for the cycle for the first time in his career, and the Yankees regain first place from the Tigers, losers 13–11 in Philadelphia.

Jimmie Foxx connects for a pair of homers and drives in 6 runs to lead the A’s to a 13-11 win over the Tigers. Foxx now has 20 homers, 2 behind teammate and AL leader Bob Johnson. Philadelphia collects 19 hits.

The Reds waive Dazzy Vance to the Cards.

26th  Paul Dean wins his 10th game against one loss, defeating the Giants 13–7. Paul allows 15 hits, including homers by Jackson and Ott, in winning. Brother Dizzy’s record is 10–3.

27th  The temperature reaches 115 degrees at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis. Dizzy Dean leaves the game with 2 out and the score tied 7–7 in the top of the 9th. Reliever Jim Mooney retires Mel Ott, and when Bill Delancey homers in the bottom of the inning to win the game, Dean is given credit for the win, his 12th of the year, though he wasn’t the pitcher of record when the winning run scores. As on the 24th, Mike Haley, the scorer who had been overruled earlier that day, is the scorer and gives the win to Dean. Taking no chances, he asks Heydler to review his decision and Heydler agrees.

At New York, Al Simmons cracks a 4th-inning grand slam for the White Sox to tie the game but the Yankees push across a run in the 11th to win, 8-7. Johnny Murphy picks up the victory. The win gives New York a half game lead in the AL over the idle Tigers.

29th  On the hottest June 29th in New York history (101 degrees), the first-place Giants hand the visiting Dodgers their 8th straight defeat, 7–2. Travis Jackson lines a 3-run homer in the first off Mungo. The ball rattles under the bullpen bench in RF allowing Jackson to circle the bases. Fred Fitzsimmons scatters 11 hits for the win.

Mel Harder and Les Tietje throw 10 scoreless innings before the Indians tee off for 5 runs in the 11th. Hale hits a 2-run homer off Tietje to start the scoring. The Sox score 2 in the bottom, but lose, 5–2.

Lou Gehrig is beaned in an exhibition game played in Norfolk, Virginia, and suffers a slight concussion. Ray White, a former Columbia University player, hits Gehrig his 2nd time up; he homers his 1st time up. Ruth is 4-for-4 in 5 innings as the Yankees prevail, 11-9.

30th  Gehrig plays and has 3 triples at Washington. However, the game is rained out after 4 1⁄2 innings, depriving Gehrig of a record.

Led by pinch hitter Harlan Pool’s record-tying 2 hits and 2 runs in one inning, the Reds drop 9 runs on the visiting Cardinals in the 8th inning, and win, 11–4.

In a 4–3, 10-inning loss to the Browns, Tiger CF Gee Walker is picked off base twice on the same play, earning him a 10-day suspension for his ineptitude. After Hank Greenberg singles, Walker reaches base on a error, but then gets caught off base when C Rollie Hemsley fires to 1B. Greenberg attempts to draw a throw by running to 3B and is thrown out, with Walker taking 2B. Moments later, with Walker standing 6 feet off the bag “as brave as a boy on a burning deck” (writer Charles P. Ward’s description), pitcher Jack Knott’s throw to SS Alan Strange nabs him. Cochrane is so furious he suspends Walker and fines him $20—the 6thtime this season that has earned a $20 fine. Gee’s next appearance won’t come until July 16 when he pinch hits for Cochrane.

On 25th anniversary of Forbes Field, a granite monument to Barney Dreyfuss is unveiled to the left of the exit gate before the start of the Cubs-Pirates match. The Windy City squad wins, 4–2, behind Bill Lee, the 8th straight win for the Cubs.