1924 May

1st White Sox SS Bill Barrett steals home twice, in the 1st and the 9th, in a 13-7 win over Cleveland. He ties the ML mark.

In St. Louis, Jack Tobin and Ken Williams each hit 3-run homers, Baby Doll Jacobson has 4 hits, including a homer, as the Browns edge the Tigers, 8-7. Ernie Wingard, with 7 innings of relief, wins his first game in his ML debut. The University of Alabama graduate will win 13 games as a rookie, the most wins this century by a pitcher with no minor league experience. However, from 1928-41, Ernie will toil in the minors. Jim Abbott, in 1989, will win 12 ML games in his first pro season.

7th  Babe Adams makes his first start of the year for the Pirates and lasts just 7 pitches before retiring with a sore arm. Four more pitchers follow but the Cubs are the winners, 5-1. Adams will not return to the mound until late August.

8th  At Boston, Shano Collins hits a 2-run triple off Walter Johnson in the 1st inning as the Red Sox beat the Senators, 4-2. Johnson strikes out 8 but his three walks all come around to score. Howard Ehmke is the winner on a 5-hitter.

11th  Behind Stan Coveleski, the Indians beat the A’s, 8-5, sending the Athletics to their 11th loss in a row. The A’s will drop another to the Tribe before winning in Detroit.

12th  Cincinnati edges past New York into first place in the NL. They’ll swap places until June 13th, when a 5–1 win over the Braves boosts the Cubs into the top spot.

13th Pitching for the Reds, Carl Mays picks up his first win, 4–3 over the Phillies. The submariner will have a 13–0 streak against the Phillies, never losing.

14th It is Babe Ruth Day at Yankee Stadium, as Ruth receives the AL MVP Award for 1923. He is then held to a single as the Browns spoil the occasion with an 11–1 win.

At Chicago, Charlie Hollocher, playing in his first game after holding out for a month (as noted by historian John Snyder) has three hits, including a homer. The homerun comes when the ball rolls through a hole in the right field fence. The Giants shrug it off and win, 6-4.

16th The visiting Giants club the Cubs, 16–12, with Claude Jonnard winning over Sheriff Blake. Young Bill Terry rips his first ML homer, off Rip Wheeler, and adds another to drive in 5 runs. George Grantham counters with a grand slam for Chicago.

Vernon and Salt Lake City combine to hit a PCL-record 11 homers in a 14-11 Tigers win.

23rd  Walter Johnson strikes out 14, a career-high, including 6 in a row, in a 4–0 one-hitter over the White Sox for his 103rd shutout. Harry Hooper, who had the lone hit in a 1915 game against Johnson, does it again. Johnson will have his best season in 5 years, going 23–7. His 6 consecutive strikeouts ties the AL record and will next be matched in 1938 by Bobo Newsom and Bob Feller.

24th The At Salt Lake City, San Francisco (Pacific Coast League) outslugs the Bees. 30–14. The Seals outhit the Bees 37-17 with Paul Waner, Bert Ellison and Joe Kelly recording 6 hits apiece. Three of Ellison’s hits are homers and he will have two more tomorrow. He will set PCL marks for homers in two games (5), homers in three games (8), homers in a seven-game series (10) and most hits in a seven-game series (25) going 25-for-37. Pete Kilduff and Sam Agnew, with three doubles and two triples, each have 5 hits.

The Reds trade George Harper to the Phils for Curt Walker.

25th  The Red Sox’ 6–5 win over the Yankees deadlocks the 2 at the AL top. They’ll run neck and neck until June 14th when the Sox begin to unravel.

28th In the first game of a twinbill in St. Louis, Reds P Allen Sothoron beans Cards 1B Jake Daubert in the 1st inning. Daubert homered yesterday against the Cards. The veteran star is able to walk to the dugout and is quickly taken to a hospital where X-rays show no fracture. Daubert will be out 2 weeks and at the end of the season will die of a failed appendectomy. The doctor who signs the death certificate will list as a secondary cause: “a concussion resulting from pitched ball.” A few years later Daubert’s widow will file a lawsuit against the Reds. Sothoron wins, 6–0, today and the Reds take the nitecap, 5–3.

The Red Sox and A’s split a doubleheader with the A’s winning the opener, 2–1, and Boston the second game, 1–0. Ira Flagstead’s leadoff homer off Roy Meeker is the only score of the game. With the Yankees splitting, the Sox and New York remain tied for first.

30th The Red Sox split a pair with the Senators, winning 9-4 before losing 10-5. Ike Boone has a grand slam for Boston. With the Yankees sweeping two, New York and Boston are tied for first place in the AL.

In Philadelphia, the Giants sweep the Phils, winning 11-5 and 6-5. Catcher Frank Snyder has two homers in the opener and drives in 6 runs as the Giants total 20 hits.

After 5 relief appearances, Hi Bell makes his first start and the Cardinals rookie makes it to the 15th inning before the Pirates ring him up for the winning run in a 3-2 victory. The 14.1 innings in a first start is a major league record (as noted by Tom Ruane).