1937 June

1st  Before 1,500 at Chicago, White Sox P Bill Dietrich pitches an 8–0 no-hitter against the Browns. It is the 3rd no-hitter Luke Sewell has caught, having previously been behind the plate for Wes Ferrell in 1931 and Vern Kennedy in 1935. Dietrich, in his last outing 2 days ago against the Indians, gave up 10 runs in less than 4 innings.

2nd  NL President Ford Frick suspends Dizzy Dean for refusing to retract statements made after a balk call in the May 19th game, which led to an on-field brawl. Dean forces a meeting with the press at which he denies the statements, and his suspension is lifted a few days later.

In Detroit, the Senators take a 7-0 lead after 4 ½ innings only to watch the Tigers come back and tie. Goose Goslin’s grand slam off Ed Linke in the 7th knots it. After the Nats score a run in the top of the 11th, Detroit ties it again and Birdie Tebbets ends it with a 3-run homer for an 11-8 victory.

3rd  Josh Gibson is credited with a drive that hits just 2 feet below the rim of Yankee Stadium, about 580 feet from home plate. It is estimated by some that the ball would have traveled nearly 700 feet.

5th  Gus Suhr’s NL record of 822 consecutive games, started on September 11, 1931, ends when leaves New York to attend his mother’s funeral in San Francisco. Visiting Pittsburgh, in first place by three games, loses to the Giants, 7–5. They also lose the services of Fred Schulte when he is beaned in the 8th inning by Cliff Melton. Schulte is out cold for 10 minutes.

At Detroit, the Yankees bang four homers—two by Gehrig, one by DiMaggio and a pinch homer by Red Ruffing—to edge the Tigers, 6–5. Reliever Pat Malone stops Gee Walker, who already had three hits, in the 9th inning with the winning run on 2B.

6th  Umpire Bill Klem declares the Cardinals winners of the 2nd game with the Phils when the Phils stall and delay until a Sunday curfew of 7 p.m. is reached. The first game was delayed 1 ½ hours because of rain, and the nitecap doesn’t start until after 5:30. The Phils trail 8–2 with 2 outs in the 5th inning when the game is forfeited. Joe Medwick loses a homer in the nitecap and will end the season tied with Mel Ott for the HR lead.

The Reds Alex Kampouris hits a bases loaded HR, his second in four weeks, to pace the Reds to a 9–2 win over Brooklyn. Rookie Johnny Vander Meer is the winner. One of baseball’s rarest feats takes place when Woody English of the Dodgers wins a suit by hitting a double off the sign of clothier Abe Stark at the base of the Ebbets Field scoreboard.

7th  Pete Cascarella (0-5) gives up 10 runs (2 earned) to the Indians before he is lifted in the 3rd, and the Indians tee off on reliever Ed Links for another 7 runs as they swamp the Senators, 17-5. The Tribe score 4 in the 1st and 8 in the 3rd as Earl Averill has a triple and 3-run homer in the big frame. He is the first Cleveland player to hit a triple and homer in the same inning as he scores 4 runs before exiting.

8th  The White Sox take first place from the Yankees, beating New York 5–4 for their 10th straight win. The loss goes to Johnny Broaca (1-4). Broaca will make one more appearance this year and none next year. It is announced next week that he has a torn ligament in the socket of his right arm, and the condition is calcified.

Bob Johnson’s 4th inning double is the only hit against Eldon Auker as Detroit beats the A’s, 6–0. Hank Greenberg is 3-for-4 with a homer and Pete Fox adds a round tripper.

9th  Mickey Cochrane is taken off Detroit’s active-player roster. Tiger 3B Marv Owen is sidelined with a broken bone in his hand, and Rudy York is recalled from Toledo to replace him.

Dizzy Dean outpitches Carl Hubbell as the Cards top the Giants, 8–1. The two will pair up again on June 27. with the outcome reversing.

In a Nebraska State League game at Sioux Falls, Arnold Anderson of Sioux Falls strikes out 19 in beating Norfolk, 6-2.

11th  In one of the Giants’ worst trades, popular Fred Fitzsimmons is sent to Brooklyn for rookie prospect Tom Baker.

It is Zeke Bonura Day at Comiskey Park. After receiving a car in pregame ceremonies, Zeke paces the Sox to a 14–8 win over the Senators, as he knocks in 5 runs with a HR, 2 doubles, and a single.

Bobo Newsom, a 17-game winner last year, and OF Ben Chapman are traded by Washington to the Boston Red Sox for the brother battery of Wes and Rick Ferrell, as well as P Mel Almada.

12th Homers account for most of the scoring at the Polo Grounds as the Giants edge the Reds, 4–3. Mel Ott hits a three-run homer, his 9th of the year, while Alex Kampouris and Virgil Davis homer for Cincy. The win keeps the Giants a half-game ahead of the Cubs, winners today over the Phils.

In a split with the Red Sox, the Tigers lose the services of C Ray Hayworth, who fractures his arm in game 2 when hit by a Bobo Newsom pitch. Birdie Tebbetts takes over. The Sox win 5–4 in 10 innings after losing, 3–2, in game 1. Foxx has a homer in each game.

13th In an afternoon doubleheader at St. Louis, the Yanks and Browns slug it out, with New York winning the opener, 16–9, by scoring 14 runs in the last 4 innings. The Yanks score 7 runs in the 9th inning off Jim Walkup and Lou Koupal to put it away. The hitting continues in the nitecap, with DiMaggio connecting for 3 straight homers, the 3rd off starter Julio Bonetti tying the score with two out in the 9th. The game is called after 11 innings with the score at 8–8. On the afternoon, there are 9 home runs: three each by DiMag and Harlond Clift, and Tony Lazzeri, Bill Dickey and Joe Vosmik each clouting one. The Yanks lead the AL by a half game.

15th  This one hoits. The visiting Dodgers rack up 11 walks against Johnny Vander Meer but come away with a 4–3 loss to the Reds. Vandy allows just 3 hits. Waite Hoyt is the loser.

The Boston Bees sell star OF Wally Berger to the New York Giants for $35,000 and P Frank Gabler. The former starting All Star has never recovered from a shoulder injury he suffered in 1936.

The Tigers release veteran Babe Herman, who they got from the Reds in April. The Babe was 6-for-20.

16th  At Yankee Stadium, Lefty Gomez and the Yankees beat the Indians, 4-1. Twinkle Toes Selkirk hits a 3-run double in the 4th to back Gomez. Gomez strikes out 9 including the first 5 batters of the game to tie the AL mark set by Walter Johnson in 1912.

20th The Yankees draw a crowd of 68,939 and sweep a pair from the White Sox, 8–4 and 7–4 Lefty Gomez tops Ted Lyons in the opener, with George Selkirk providing 2 homers. Pitching with a recently revealed bone spur on his right elbow, Monte Pearson (5-0) is the winner in game 2. Monte won’t pitch again till July 9.

21st  Johnny Allen, off to a 4–0 start for Cleveland, has an appendectomy in Boston and will miss 8 weeks of the season.

23rd At Fenway, Hank Greenberg hits a first inning grand slam, off Jack Wilson, but the Red Sox score 5 in the bottom of the inning en route to a 6-5 win. Detroit remains two games behind New York, losers to the Browns today.

In a 15–9 win over Martinsville (VA), Danville Leafs playing manager Herb Brett starts and ends a triple play. With runners on 2B and 3B in the 6th, Brett snags a line drive in LF and his throw gets the runner from 3B in a rundown. The runner from 2B also gets trapped in a rundown and Brett makes the put out.

25th  Cubs switch-hitter Augie Galan becomes the first NL player to hit HRs from both sides of the plate in the same game as Chicago, behind Tex Carleton, beats Brooklyn 11–2. Galan hits the first HR batting lefty of Fat Freddie Fitzsimmons and the 2nd off Ralph Birkofer, with Billy Jurges on board each time. The feat goes unnoticed in the Chicago newspapers. Ellis Burton, in 1963 and 1964, will be the only other Cub to accomplish the feat.

Red Sox RF Ben Chapman makes 7 straight putouts, a ML record, in a 4–2 win over the Browns. Buck Newsom wins his 3rd straight game since the Sox acquired him from Washington.

27th Backed by two Mel Ott homers, Carl Hubbell outpitches Dizzy Dean to give the Giants an 8–1 win over the Cards. This is the last time the two Hall of Famers will face each other; Hubbell is 6–4 in games in which they’ve both had decisions: Dean is 4–6 (Reliever Schindler beat Dean 8/25/34; Reliever Paul Dean beat Hubbell 7/26/34; Hubbell beat reliever Walker 9/14/36).

29th The Cubs nip St. Louis, 11–9, with the help of a grand slam by Billy Herman. Rip Collins has no putouts or assists at 1B, a NL record, the only NL first sacker this century to have such an easy day at the office, while catcher Gabby Hartnett and LF Augie Galan each have 8. The next first baseman to match the Cub first sacker will be Norm Cash in 1963. Rudy York, in 1943, will be the next first baseman to record no putouts.

30th Lefty Gomez has his no-hit bid spoiled by a 5th inning home run by the A’s Bob Johnson, but Gomez finishes with a 5–1 one-hit victory. The Yanks now lead the AL by four games. It is the second time this month that Bob Johnson has had the only hit for the A’s.

After the Braves Frank Gabler shuts out the Dodgers, 1-0, teammate Guy Bush follows suit with a 7-0 whitewash.

Wes Ferrell and the Senators top the Red Sox and Bobo Newsom, 6–4. In the first meeting since the two righties swapped uniforms three weeks ago, Ferrell drives in the tying and winning runs in the 8th with the bases loaded. Jimmie Foxx has a homer for Boston, while Cecil Travis has a single and a pair of triples for the Nats. A Washington crowd of 22,000 is on hand for the prearranged match between the 2 pitchers.