1936 June

1st At West Point, the New York Yankees easily subdue the cadets, 6–2. Lefty Gomez pitches the first 3 innings and allows 2 runs.

2nd In the first of 8 night games this season at Crosley Field, the host Reds take an 8–2 lead into the 9th, but the Phillies score 6 times to tie, before losing, 8–7. Ival Goodman’s HR in the bottom of the 9th is the difference.

4th The Tigers score 10 runs in the 3rd and 6 in the 5th en route to a 18–9 thrashing of the A’s. Philadelphia scores 6 in the 9th but still comes up a bit short. Mickey Cochrane belts an inside-the-park grand slam in the 3rdand collapses after running it out and is replaced. Manager Cochrane will not be in the lineup as a player until July 15. Eldon Auker goes the distance for Detroit and might have had a shutout except for 4 errors. The A’s misplay 6.

Coming in as a reliever, Cards pitcher Paul Dean loses for first time to the Dodgers. The final is 4–3.

5th  Lou Gehrig plays in his 1,700th consecutive game, as the Yankees beat Cleveland, 4–3.

6th  Stu Martin, Cardinals rookie 2B, has his 17-game hitting streak stopped but ties the ML mark with 11 assists in the first game 4–3 loss of a St. Louis-New York doubleheader. Lefty Al Smith wins the nitecap, 7–0, as rain stops the match after 7 innings. The Cards lead is reduced to 2 games.

7th  George Selkirk’s HR in the 16th gives the Yankees Red Ruffing a 5–4 win over Oral Hildebrand of the Indians. Ruffing has 3 hits, including a HR. Both starters finished the game but neither record a strikeout, an American League record.

Mike Kreevich belts a 6th inning grand slam as the White Sox snap a 5-5 tie with the host Red Sox. Chicago rolls to a 13-5 win.

8th Behind Larry French, the Cubs win 3-0 at Wrigley Field over the Phillies. During the game, Cubs trainer Andy Lotshaw rushes from the dugout to aid a woman hit by a foul ball only to discover that the injured woman is his wife. She is not badly hurt (as noted by John Snyder).

9th Browns manager Rogers Hornsby makes 2nd and last appearance of the season as he replaces the injured Jim Bottomley at 1B. The Browns beat the league-leading Yankees, 5–3, when The Rajah draws a walk to force in the winning run and Beau Bell follows with another walk.

Playing outfield for the first time in his career, Johnny Mize belts a first inning grand slam, off John Lanning, as the Cards beat the visiting Braves, 7-5. Mize will soon return to first base.

10th The Pirates hand the visiting Dodgers a 6–3 defeat, the 7th loss in a row for Brooklyn. Though he hasn’t pitched since a pounding in Chicago on June 5, Van Lingle Mungo jumps the team in Pittsburgh, complaining of poor support and demanding to be traded.

12th Ken O’Dea and Ethan Allen furnish bases-loaded triples as the Cubs roll over the visiting Braves, 17-1. It is Chicago’s 9th victory in a row.

13th After a 2 day absence, Van Mungo rejoins the Dodgers in Cincinnati and pitches the final 3 innings of the 2nd game of a doubleheader, preserving a 2–1 win for Fred Frankhouse. The Reds win the 13-inning opener, 6–5.

14th  The Yankees trade All Star centerfielder Ben Chapman, who briefly was a spring holdout, to the Senators for OF Jake Powell. Powell hit .312 with 98 RBIs in 1935, and will take over in CF, with DiMaggio moving from LF to RF.

Hal Schumacher allows 5 hits in stopping the Pirates, 8–0. Pirates 1B Gus Suhr completes a string of 70 consecutive errorless games for a NL record. He’ll drop one tomorrow against the Dodgers.

At Shibe Park, Bob Johnson hits a grand slam in the first inning and the A’s hang on for an 8-6 win over Cleveland.

Behind Lon Warneke, the Cubs beat the Braves, 3-1, for their 11thconsecutive win.

16th Jimmie Foxx hits a pair of homers, including a towering shot, off Sugar Cain that clears the left field roof of Comiskey Park and travels a block before dropping into 35th street. It’s his second homer in the same area, and his 4th on the roof this year. This one travels an estimated 600 feet, and Foxx will later say this is the longest home run he ever hit. But Cain limits the Red Sox to 8 hits and beats Lefty Grove, 4–2.

At Detroit, Carl Reynolds wallops a pinch homer in the 10th inning with 2 men on and Washington holds on to beat the Tigers, 9–8. The loss leaves Detroit tied for 4th with the Nats.

17th New York wins, 15–4 and 12–2, at Cleveland. Red Ruffing wins in the opener scattering 13 hits and contributing two singles and two HRs to the offense. In the nitecap, Rolfe, Gehrig, and Dickey belt 3rd inning homers to put it away. The first two blasts come off Roxie Lawson while Vic Sorrell serves up Dickey’s. Monte Pearson is the winner in the nitecap, and he matches Ruffing by also collecting 4 hits, while driving in 4 runs, probably the only time where winning pitchers in a doubleheader each collected four hits.

Roy Henshaw is driven from box, the first Cubs pitcher to not finish a game in 13 matches. But the Cubs win their 13th straight, beating the Phillies, 5–3.

18th  Washington’s Buck Newsom pitches a complete game win over Detroit, 12–4, although he allows 10 hits and walks 11. His teammates help with a triple play in the 2nd inning—Washington’s first in the 20thcentury—and they score 7 runs in the seventh.

Bob Smith, the 37-year-old coach for the Boston Bees, makes his first pitching start of the year and shuts out the first-place Cardinals, 4-0. At one point, Smith retires 25 men in a row.

19th  Joe McCarthy is named to manage the AL All-Stars, rather than the high-strung Mickey Cochrane, who is very close to a nervous breakdown.

20th At Brooklyn, the Cubs Ken O’Dea breaks a 4–4 tie with a 9th inning pinch single and Chicago wins, 6–4, extending its winning streak to 14 games. The lowly Dodgers knock starter Bill Lee out in the 2nd, but relievers Larry French and Charley Root are effective in holding the hosts in check.

In Chicago, Bob Johnson’s 9th homer of the year breaks up a pitching duel between Harry Kelley and Sugar Cain, as the A’s win over the Sox, 2–1. Each pitcher allows four hits.

At Detroit, Tommy Bridges gives up 5 hits and strikes out 11 in shutting out the Yankees, 5–0. The Tiger ace stops Lou Gehrig’s hitting streak at 18 games.

21st  At Brooklyn, the visiting Cubs take the opener, 7–2, behind Curt Davis, but in the nitecap, Van Mungo stops the Cubs’ win streak at 15, by winning 6–4. Charlie Grimm socks a pinch homer in the 8th of game 2, but it’s not enough as Bill Lee takes the loss. The Cubs are now a half game behind the Cards, who lose to the Giants. The Cubs win streak will be their 2nd longest of the 20th century: last year’s 21-game skein is the longest. No team the rest of this century will have winning streaks of 14 or more games in back-to-back seasons.

In Chicago, the A’s tally 8 runs in the 7th inning to top the White Sox, 11-5. Herman Fink is the winning pitcher. Chubby Dean contributes two pinch hits in the 7th, tying an AL record.

Mickey Cochrane checks out of the hospital and goes to a Wyoming ranch to recover his health.

22nd At Ebbets Field, the Reds start the scoring with 3 runs in the 5thinning highlighted by a unique inside-the-park homer by Ival Goodman. He hits a fly ball to right field that lands atop the scoreboard and stops in a ledge (as noted by David Vincent in Home Run). The ball is still in play as Goodman circles the bases. The Reds win, 7-2.

24th Joe DiMaggio ties 3 ML records as he connects for 2 home runs in the 5th inning good for 5 ribbies and 8 total bases to lead the Yankees to an 18–11 win over the White Sox. Joe is the 5th batter to hit two homers in an inning. His first is a two-run shot off Ray Phelps and the 2nd homer is a 3-run clout off Fred Lasher. For good measure, DiMag adds 2 doubles. for a ML record tying 4 long hits. New York scores 10 times in the 5th, 9 runs scoring on homers. Jack Powell accounted for 4 runs in the inning with a grand slam and Gehrig becomes the first MLer to collect 100 hits for the year.

25th  Brooklyn’s Van Mungo ties the ML record with 7 consecutive strikeouts, but loses to the Reds 5–4 in the first of two.

All the Cub starters score as Chicago rolls by the Phillies, 17-4. Curt Davis is the winner over his previous team.

Frankie Hayes hits a bases-loaded double in the 9th to give the A’s a 15-12 win over the Indians. Hayes has a record-tying four doubles in the game.

The Red Sox do all their scoring in the 2nd (12 runs) and the 5th (6 runs) to whip the Tigers, 18-3. Lefty Grove is the winner.

28th  Larry French and Bill Lee pitch the Cubs to twin shutouts 3-0 and 6-0 over the Giants and replace the Cardinals in the league lead.

In St. Louis, the Browns split a pair with the Yankees, winning the opener, 6-3, on the strength of Moose Solter’s grand slam in the 7th, off Johnny Broaca. New York takes game 2, 7-4, scoring a pair of runs in the 9th to ice it.