1925 May

1st  The A’s introduce another future Hall of Famer, 17-year-old C Jimmie Foxx, who pinch-hits and singles against Washington. But the A’s lose, 9–4.

Detroit reliever Lil Stoner makes just one pitch, a wild one, to allow the winning run to score as Cleveland wins, 8–7.

2nd Boston and the Phillies split a pair, with Joe Genewich winning the opener, 4–1 for the Braves. Hal Carlson is the Phillies winner, 12–6, in the nitecap. Boston’s Dick Burrus, back in the majors after a 5-year hiatus, hits his 1st ML homer, off Carlson. Burrus will collect 200 hits and post a .340 average.

4th Still got my locker? The Cardinals reacquire OF Hi Myers from the Reds, after selling him to Cincinnati on April 22. Myers played 3 games for the Reds, will play one more with St. Louis, and finish his 5-game season and 14-year career.

George Sisler leads the Browns to a 5–4 win over Detroit. Sisler hits a homer to keep his batting streak going at 19 games, and also steals home in the 8th inning.

On the White House lawn, Washington manager Bucky Harris is presented with a gold watch by Calvin Coolidge. The presentation of the watch, a gift from friends and admirers, was originally scheduled to be at the ball park but the President could not make it. The watch is engraved on the back “Presented by Calvin Coolidge, President of the United States, to Stanley Harris, White House, May 4, 1925.”

5th  Ty Cobb is 6-for-6, including three HRs, in Detroit’s 14–8 win over the Browns. All three homers are off different pitchers. Cobb’s 16 total bases tops Joe Hauser’s 14 of August 2, 1924 and sets a new AL record.

Everett Scott is benched by New York manager Miller Huggins, ending his record 1,307-game playing streak. Pee Wee Wanninger replaces him at SS in the 6–2 loss to the A’s. Scott will soon go to Washington on waivers. The Yanks send lefty P Ray Francis to the Red Sox for OF Bobby Veach and P Alex Ferguson. The 2 will be waived together in August.

The Red Sox acquire pitcher Ray Francis from the Yankees, where he rang up a 7.71 ERA. He’ll post the same ERA for Boston before they waive him on June 17.

6th Ty Cobb belts two more homers, off Dave Danforth and Chester Falk, giving him five round trippers in 2 days, tying Cap Anson’s 1884 feat. His 1st inning single gives him 9 straight hits, and two other drives in the game are barely caught. His 6 RBIs lead the Tigers to a 11–4 clawing of the Browns. Mickey Cochrane hits his 1st ML homer, off Sam Jones.

The Senators score 7 runs in the 1st inning to give Walter Johnson a 7-1 lead against the A’s, but the Big Train runs out of fuel and loses, 10-8. Phil Todt belts a 2-run homer in the 9th over the towering RF fence to beat Johnson. No Senator has hit a homer over the RF fence since it was heightened before the 1924 season, but Ruth, Speaker and Witt did it last year.

7th  At Pittsburgh, the Pirates SS Glenn Wright pulls off a unassisted triple play at 2B in the 9th, grabbing Jim Bottomley’s liner, stepping on the bag before Johnny Cooney can get back, and tagging Hornsby coming down from 1B. But the Cards still win 10–9 after scoring 6 runs in the 8th.

The Phils game with New York is rained out, the 8th postponed game in a row for Philadelphia.

8th  Every NL city will have a Golden Jubilee Day celebrating 50 years of organized baseball. The first, between two of the original teams left from the 1876 season, at Boston, sees former Boston players George Wright and Jack Manning from 1876 on hand as the Braves beat Chicago 5–2. Also present is William McLean, the umpire in that first game.

The Red Sox beat the Tigers, 15-7, as Ira Flagstead walks 5 times, scores 5 runs and Ike Boone drives home 5.

At the Polo Grounds, Billy Southworth hits a 9th inning 2-out walkoff grand slam, off Dickerman, to give the Giants a come-from-behind victory, 5-2. Southworth knocks in the other run in the 5th.

9th Behind Jess Barnes, the Braves beat the visiting Cubs, 2–1, in 11 innings. Dave Harris’s walk off homer in the 11th wins it.

11th  In a feat heavily promoted in the Tribune, Chicago C Ray Schalk holds on to a ball dropped 460 feet from the top of the Tribune Tower in Chicago. It takes him three tries. The lunchtime stunt stops traffic on Michigan Avenue for 20 minutes. Schalk sits out the afternoon game with the Senators, a 9-0 shellacking by the Nats’ Walter Johnson. It is his 108thshutout, and he runs his strikeout total to 3,232.

In a Mississippi Valley League game, 55-year-old former Giants star Joe McGinnity hurls Dubuque to a 7–3 victory over 18-year-old John Welch of Ottumwa.

12th  A record to date 20 homeruns are hit in the ML this day. Phils pitcher Jimmy Ring collects one of them, a grand slam off Pittsburgh’s Vic Aldridge in an 8–5 win before the Pirates win, 13–8. Kiki Cuyler scores 5 runs for the Bucs in game 2.

Al Simmons of the A’s has 3 hits, including a homer, as Philadelphia scores a run in the 9th in a 4–3 win over Detroit. Sam Gray goes to 6-0.

13th   At Ebbets Field, the Robins score 7 runs in the 7th inning to come back and beat the Cardinals, 9-8. Eddie Brown’s grand slam is the big blow in the 7th.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants win, 3-0, on Art Nehf’s one hitter. Reds 1B Rube Bressler connects for the lone hit.

14th  At Dunn Field, the Indians score a pair in the 9th to edge the Red Sox, 4-3. Ike Boone has a hit and an RBI to extend his batting streak to 20 straight games.

17th  A 9-game winning streak propels the A’s past Washington into first place. The A’s will hold the top spot through June with the Senators always at their heels.

Washington’s lefty Tom Zachary throws the pitch that Cleveland’s Tris Speaker socks for his 3,000th hit. Zachary still is victorious today, 2–1, over George Uhle.

Travis Jackson hits a 3rd inning grand slam at the Polo Grounds as the Giants whip the Cubs, 10-3.

The Browns roll by the Red Sox, 11–6, behind the pitching of Milt Gaston. Red Sox Pitcher Buster Ross doesn’t help his cause, committing 4 errors for an AL record, walking 8 and hitting a batter in 7+ innings. He gives up 11 runs on 3 hits, but just one of the runs is earned. George Sisler extends his hitting streak to 32 games with a hit, just one of 4 that the Browns collect.

18th At Baker Bowl, the Phillies collect 22 hits but still lose to the Cardinals, 10-9, in 11 innings. Chicken Hawks pecks out 5 hits, including 3 doubles, for the locals.

19th In the top of the 9th at Cleveland, pinch hitter Walter Johnson clouts a 2-run HR over the 45-foot right field wall at League Park to give the Senators a 4–3 win. The only other RH hitter to clear the wall is pitcher-turned-outfielder Smoky Joe Wood. Johnson, a good hitting pitcher, will have an extraordinary year at the plate, hitting a ML record .433.

The Phillies ride a 4th inning grand slam by George Harper to an 8-4 victory over the visiting Cardinals.

20th  George Sisler’s 34-game hitting streak, stretching back to Opening Day, is stopped by the A’s Lefty Grove and Slim Harriss. Browns teammate Ken Williams bangs a grand slam, but the A’s win, 8–6.

Casey Stengel buys the Worcester club in the Eastern League and arranges for the Braves to send 7 players down to his club.

The Indians score 6 runs in the last of the 9th to beat the Yankees, 10–9. Tris Speaker scores the winning run from 1B on a single.

Chicago and Boston pitchers combine to walk 20 batters, as the White Sox stroll to a 10–7 win.

21st  Behind the hitting (3-for-4) and pitching of Walter Johnson, the Senators tame the Tigers 6–2. The two teams combine for 9 double plays, setting a record (since tied) for a 9-inning game. The Reds and Braves will turn a record 10 double plays in 12 innings on June 7.

In Brooklyn, Hack Miller pinch-hits in the top of the 9th and triples home Sparky Adams with the Cubs 4th run. But Brooklyn still wins 5–4. It is Miller’s last appearance for the Cubs, who will release him on the 24thand he will sign with the Oakland Oaks.

A’s rookie Mickey Cochrane hits three homers to lead Philadelphia to 20–4 rout over the Browns. His first two clouts come off Milt Gaston, and the third off George Blaeholder. He will hit just another two all year to total six. Bill Lamar and Al Simmons each have 5 RBIs. Sam Gray (8-0) coasts home for the win.

In the Texas League, Ft. Worth completes a three game thrashing of San Antonio by winning 24-12. This follow victories of 29-8 and 19-8. Ft Worth scores 72 runs on 65 hits, while San Antonio has 28 runs on 46 hits.

22nd In Philadelphia, Reds pitcher Pete Donohue has 5 hits—4 singles and a homer—in beating his cousins the Phils, 11–2. Teammate OF Curt Walker also has 5 hits, including a homer. Mel Stottlemyre, in 1964, will be the next pitcher to collect five hits in a game.

At Ebbets Field, Cubs pitcher Percy Jones makes his first start of the year a good one, beating the Robins, 2-0, on a one-hitter. Jimmy Johnstone’s single is the only hit for Brooklyn.

23rd The Reds score 4 in the 9th to win 9-7 in Philadelphia, but the featured blows of the day occur when Reds C Astyanax Douglass breaks in on an argument between Philadelphia starter Jimmy Ring and Reds starting catcher Ivey Wingo and lands a punch to Ring’s jaw. Ring and Douglass are ejected, After the game the two fight round 2 in the clubhouse. Ring then follows Douglass to the railroad station where they tangle again. Next week the Reds will release Douglass, who had a total of 24 at bats.

The Cards trade C Mike Gonzalez and infielder Howard Freigau to the Cubs for catcher Bob O’Farrell. O’Farrell, who suffered a fractured skull from a foul tip, played just 71 games in 1924 and lost his job to Gabby Hartnett. But O’Farrell will have a banner year for the Cards, hitting .293 and catching 146 games, and then take over as manager in 1927. Freigau, a former batboy and mascot for the Cards, will hit .307 for the year.

25th  Clyde Barnhart has a pair of hits and an RBI as the Pirates edge the Cubs, 5-3, behind Johnny Morrison. Barnhart has now hit safely in 25 straight games.

26th  In the Tigers’ 8–1 win over the White Sox, Ty Cobb becomes the first to collect 1,000 career extra-base hits. He will finish with 1,139.

In Philadelphia, the Robins sweep a pair from the Phils, winning 10-4 and 3-1. Dazzy Vance strikes out 10 in the opener as Brooklyn breaks away with 7 runs in the last two innings. Burleigh Grimes takes game 2 and clips Chicken Hawks’ hitting streak at 20 games. Hawks will hit .322 in his second and final ML season, but the Phils will still sell him to Newark after the 1925 campaign. He’ll finish up in the PCL for the 1931 season.

27th  In Philadelphia, the Senators nip the A’s 10–9, as Walter Johnson wins his 7th in row. Al Simmons clocks one in the 4th inning with no one on that lands on 20th street. In five of Johnson’s wins, Washington has scored 9 or more runs.

At Forbes Field, the Pirates use a seven-run 4th to down the Cubs, 13-3. Glenn Wright hits a grand slam in the big inning.

The Browns have 26 assists in a 10-inning 4–2 loss to the Indians. They have 24 in the first 9 innings for an AL mark.

28th   The Cubs tally 11 hits and score 12 runs in the 7th inning to break open the game and win 13–3 at Cincinnati. In the 7th, Barney Friberg doubles and triples, Charlie Grimm has a single and double, and Arnie Statz and pitcher Wilbur Cooper each have two singles.

At Braves Field, Giants catcher Frank Snyder breaks an 8th inning tie with a 430-foot drive over the left field wall, the first home run ever hit over the left field barrier at Braves Field. New York wins, 8–6.

In Chicago, Willie Kamm hits an 8th-inning grand slam to give the White Sox a short-lived 4-2 lead over the Tigers. Detroit scores three in the 9th, the Sox one run, and Detroit ends it with two runs in the 10th to win, 7-5. The Tigers outhit the Sox, 17-8.

Despite pitching yesterday, Johnson comes back to pitch the 2nd game today in Philadelphia and opposing pitcher Bill Harriss pops a 2-run 2ndinning homer off the Big Train. The A’s win, 9–4 after losing the opener, 11–3.

In a Pacific Coast League game at Oakland, George Boehler of Oakland pitches 9 1/3 hitless innings over Sacramento. Boehler then allows 2 hits and loses 2-0 in 10 innings. Boehler strikes out 15 Senator batters. Boehler, with a 5-12 ML record, will earn another cup of coffee next year.

In a 7-3 victory over the Red Sox, Goose Goslin has 2 hits and 2 runs to extend his consecutive game batting streak to 21 games. Pitcher George Mogridge scatters 10 hits and starts one of the Nats 5 DPs.

30th  Between games today, Rogers Hornsby is named manager of the Cardinals by Sam Breadon, replacing Branch Rickey, who remains as general manager. An angry Rickey will sell his shares in the team to Hornsby. St. Louis, in last place, drops two games to Pittsburgh, losing 4–1 in the morning and 15–5 in the p.m. contest, despite a homer by the new manager. Playing in front of an overflow crowd at spacious Forbes Field, the Pirates sets a modern NL record by stroking 8 triples in the 2nd game, off pitchers Pea Ridge Day and Eddie Dyer; Max Carey and Clyde Barnhart each have 2, while Eddie Moore, Kiki Cuyler, Glenn Wright, and Pie Traynor have one apiece. Traynor adds a pair of doubles while Earl Smith completes a 20-game hitting streak with a homerun. The Cards tally one triple for a combined record-tying 9 triples. The normal rules about balls hit into the crowds being ground-rule doubles is expanded to make them triples today: eight of the three-baggers are ground-rule triples. The Pirates will lead the majors in triples this year with 105.

For the first time in ML history, two pinch hitters hit homers as Phillie subs Jimmie Wilson and Hal Carlson connect off the Giants Jack Bentley in game 2. The Phils win the opener, 7–4 before losing 14–5.

Former Red Sox 20-game winner Hugh Bedient ends his pro career in an unusual way (as noted by Greg Peterson). Pitching for Atlanta against the hometown Memphis Chicks, the 2–0 Bedient becomes upset by the ump’s decision. The Memphis fans shower the field with bottles, cushions and programs and the upset umpire then forfeits the game to Atlanta. Bedient’s pro career ends shortly after the game.

31st  At Ebbets Field, the Giants Jack Scott gets the better of Dazzy Vance, beating the Robins ace, 2-0. Vance allows just 5 hits and strikes out 13 in the loss.