1927 May

1st  One-year wonder Hod Lisenbee, 28, blanks the Red Sox 6–0 for the Senators in his first ML start. He will be 18-9 with 4 shutouts for the 3rd-place Senators and never have another winning season.

The Pirates rally in the 9th inning to beat the Cubs, 7–6. Cubs’ starter Charley Root walks the bases loaded before Paul Waner singles in the winning run. Chicago went ahead in the 7th inning when Chick Tolson hits the first pinch grand slam in Cubs’ history.

The Yankees ride the tandem of Ruth and Gehrig to a 7–3 win over the Athletics. Ruth bangs a first inning homer off Jack Quinn, and Gehrig hits one off Quinn in the 6th. Babe comes back in the 8th with another homer, off Rube Walberg as New York takes over undisputed possession of first place.

3rd In the first matchup of pitching brothers in ML history, Brooklyn’s Jess Barnes defeats his Giants’ brother Virgil, 7–6. In relief of McWeeny, Jess pitches the last 7 innings, and is the recipient of 6 runs in the 7th and 8th. Virgil allows 12 hits in the first 7 2/3 innings, and takes the loss.

5th The Senators even the series at 2 apiece with the Yankees as Hod Lisenbee wins, 6–1. The Yanks manage 6 hits—3 by Meusel. The Nats are playing their 4th game without stars Rice and Goslin: Rice is out with sinus trouble and Goose has pleurisy.

7th At Comiskey Park, Lou Gehrig christens the new RF pavilion by parking a 9th inning grand slam there, off Ted Lyons. It’s the 1st homer in the remodeled park. The Yankees coast to an 8–0 win behind Herb Pennock.

8th  The Yankees draw a record 52,000 to Comiskey Park but Waite Hoyt spoils the party by winning one of his league-leading 22 games, 9–0, the 2nd straight shutout of the Sox. Batterymate Pat Collins homers in the 7th, while Gehrig adds a pair of triples.

In Detroit, Marty McManus singles in 2 runs in the 9th to lead the Tigers to a 3–2 win over the Red Sox. Fats Fothergill goes hitless for the 1st time this season to end his 21-game hitting streak. Fothergill hit .500 (42-for-84) during the streak, which began last year. Fats will hit .500 during another 20-game streak this year from August 31 (G 1) through September 21. Fothergill is the only player to hit .500 or better in two 20-game hit streaks.

At New York, the 2nd place Giants take the Cubs to camp, 5–4, behind the pitching of Barnes. Bill Terry’s double in the 9th drives home the winning run. Earl Webb hits a 2 run homer for Chicago in the 6th as Chicago manages to leave no runners on base in the game.

At Ebbets Field, Flint Rhem (3-0) tosses his second two-hitter in two weeks as the Cardinals beat the Dodgers, 5-1. Chick Hafey has a pair of homers to drive in 4 runs.

9th Pounding five Boston pitchers for 22 hits, the 2nd-place Tigers outlast the Red Sox, 17–11. Harry Heilmann leads the cat attack with two homers and two singles.

11th In St. Louis, Ruth belts his 2nd homer in 2 days and his 8th of the year, off Ernie Nevers, as the Yanks win, 4–2. The ball is to the left of the CF flagpole in Sportsman’s Park, the longest ball to date ever hit there. Martin Haley in the St. Louis Post Dispatch writes: “Homeric Herman careened the animated leather for a sky-scraping bulls eye into the distant center-field bleachers, the ball clattering up the icy seats at the point where the left-center and dead-center field sections conjoin.”

In Detroit, it is Ty Cobb Day and more than 30,000 pay to see the former Tiger manager in his first appearance at Navin Field in an A’s uniform. With Collins on base in the first inning, Cobb drives a double into the overflow crowd to start the A’s to a 6–3 win. Lefty Grove is the victor.

12th Brooklyn P Dazzy Vance collects 4 hits and holds the Reds to the same number, all doubles, and Brooklyn wins 6–3. The Robins last run comes on a clean steal of home by Max Carey.

The Giants edge the Cardinals, 3–2, scoring the winning run in the 11thwhen Taylor Douthit drops a fly ball. Starter Pete Alexander is the loser to Burleigh Grimes. Les Bell is 0-for-5 with 5 strikeouts for the Birds.

13th With a bunt in the 3rd inning, Ty Cobb stretches his hit streak to 14 games as the A’s pound the Tigers, 10–3. Howard Ehmke holds Detroit to 6 hits. Eddie Collins is 1-for-2 with 4 walks, and Al Simmons has a homer, double and single for the A’s.

14th During a game between the Phils and Cards, a section of 10 rows in the RF stands at Baker Bowl collapses from the weight of the crowd and hundreds of fans fall on those below. There are many injuries, but the one death that occurs is caused by the crowd stampede, not the stands collapsing. Philadelphia is leading 12–4 in the top of the 7th—4 runs coming on Russ Wrightstone’s 2nd grand slam of the year—when the tragedy occurs, and the game is called. The Phils 12 remaining home games in May will be played at Shibe Park.

Cubs pitcher Guy Bush must feel his name as he and Braves starter Charlie Robertson battle for 18 innings before Robertson tires and the Cubs win 7–2. Jimmy Cooney drives in the winning run and Sparky Adams contributes 4 hits. Bush goes 18 innings and Robertson 17 1/3. Two NL pitchers—Hubbell in 1933 and Law in 1955—will match Bush’s marathon effort.

15th In St. Louis, Bing Miller has his 2nd 4-hit day in a row, and Wally Schang is 3-for-3 with a grand slam to lead the Browns to an 8–6 win over the A’s. Collins and Simmons homer for Philley.

16th Yankee OF Bob Meusel swipes 2B, 3B, and home in the 3rd inning as New York tops Detroit, 6–2. Muesel follows a homerun by Gehrig with a single, then steals 2B. Lazzeri draws a walk and then is trapped off 1B. With Tony in a rundown, Muesel swipes third and keeps on running. A nifty hook slide gives him the tying score. When Smith walks 3 Yankees in the 9th, Jim Walkup, in his 2nd and last ML appearance, is given the unenviable task of pitching to Ruth. The Babe drives in 2 with a single. Besides his homer, Gehrig adds 2 doubles to back Dutch Reuther’s pitching.

17th  Charlie Grimm singles in Hack Wilson with the winning run in the 22nd inning to give the Cubs a 4–3 victory over the Braves at Boston. Braves pitcher Bob Smith goes the distance, while Bob Osborn hurls 14 runless relief innings to win for Chicago. He gives up 6 hits while striking out 1. The two teams have now combined for a ML record 40 innings in their last two games. Smith’s 22-inning stint, the 5th longest in history, will not be matched this century. Only Oeschger-Cadore on May 1, 1920 and Coombs-Harris on September 1, 1906, were longer.

19th  White Sox players give their former manager Eddie Collins a wristwatch and diamond stickpin on his return to Chicago with the A’s, then win 3–0 behind Tommy Thomas’ 6th straight win. In addition to new Sox manager Ray Schalk, there are three ex-Sox managers present: the A’s Eddie Collins and Kid Gleason, and umpire Clarence Rowland. Another ex-manager, Ty Cobb of the Tigers, hits in his 19th straight game.

At Cleveland’s Dunn Field, Lou Gehrig bangs a 1st inning drive off the CF scoreboard, 478 feet away, and legs out a 2-run inside-the-park homer. The Yanks score in the 9th on two singles and a sac to win, 4-3. Home run distance expert Bill Jenkinson calls the Gehrig homer the longest inside-the-park homer ever hit.

20th At Ebbets Field, the Cubs top the Dodgers, 7–5, behind Tony Kauffmann. Fans interrupt the game with a shower of bottles after a disputed call by umpire Pete McLaughlin. Babe Herman has a pair of homers for Brooklyn, but costs his team 2 runs with a errant throw.

At the Polo Grounds, the Pirates whip the Giants, 8-3, as Pie Traynor, with his 4th hit of the game hits a grand slam in the 12th inning. Lee Meadows (5-0) is the winner. Doc Farrell has 5 hits for the Giants.

At Philadelphia, the Reds win the opener, 6–3, behind Pete Donohue’s mastery of the Phils. George Kelly provides a grand slam, the 8th of his career. This is a ML record that will be tied by Hornsby in August and topped by Ruth in September. Kelly, who felt ill in game 1, sits out the second game. Tomorrow he’ll undergo an emergency appendectomy and miss three months of action. The Phils roll to a 15–2 win in the nitecap as Cy Williams belts two HRs, one a grand slam off Jakie May, and a triple, collecting 7 RBIs and scoring 4 times. Williams, with a homer in game 1, ties Ruth and Gehrig for the ML lead with 9 homers.

21st  The Cubs move into first place in the NL when a 9-run 9th inning gives them an 11–6 win and doubleheader sweep at Brooklyn. Pinchhitter Floyd Scott ties the NL record with two hits in the frame. Chicago takes the opener, 6–4. For the second day in a row, a disputed call—this one by Frank Wilson—causes fans to stop the game. Meanwhile, the Pirates are beating New York for the 3rd straight game, 5–3.

It is George Burns Day in Cleveland as he is presented with a diploma as the MVP of 1926, a silver bat, $1,150 in cash, and an automobile. Burns has a pair of doubles but the visiting Yankees win 6–4 in 12 innings.

22nd At Brooklyn the Dodgers make it easy for Dazzy Vance, beating the Phillies, 20–4, on 22 hits. Willoughby takes the loss without retiring a batter in the 1st. Babe Herman has 5 singles and a sac fly in 6 trips to the plate.

23rd  Despite first inning back-to-back home runs by Ruth and Gehrig off Sloppy Thurston, the Senators edge the Yankees, 3–2.

The St. Louis Browns down the Detroit Tigers, 15-10, as each team scores in 7 different innings to tie a league record set in 1901.

25th The Cardinals and Cubs split a pair, with the Redbirds taking game one, 8-5 and dropping game two, 8-4. Les Bell’s 5th inning grand slam, off Tony Kaufmann, is the victory margin in game 1 as the win goes to Pete Alexander. Bell has a pair of RBIs in game 2.

27th In St. Louis, the Indians beat the Browns, 7–3, scoring their only earned run on John Hoddap’s homer. For the 2nd game in a row, veteran 1B George Burns swipes home on the front end of a double steal with Joe Sewell, pulling it off in the 9th. The two did it yesterday in game two’s 9–7 win.

The Yankees split with the Senators, losing 7-2 before winning, 5-0. Herb Pennock goes just 4 innings in game 1 and watches as Tris Speaker and Joe Judge pull off a delayed double steal. Speaker swipes home. Gehrig hits his 11th homer in game 2 to back Waite Hoyt, who allows 3 hits in the 5-0 victory.

The Giants lose their 5th and 6th in a row as the Robins prevail, 5-3 and 5-1. Dazzy Vance allows 10 hits in the opener, including a single, homer and triple by Hornsby, but he strikes out 10. Doc Farrell, leading the NL with a .407 average, makes 4 errors at 3B and is benched for Lindstrom in game 2. The Giants will trade Doc in 2 weeks. Jigger Statz hits his only homer of the year inside-the-park in game 2 and is matched by Bill Terry’s solo HR. The “silver-haired” Jess Petty is the victor.

The Pirates win their 9th in a row, overcoming a 6-run deficit and beating the Cardinals, 8-7. Reliever Joe Bush drives in the winning run with a 10thinning single.

At Newark, the Bears beat the Reading Keys, 13-4 and 9-8. Al Mamaux is the game one winner, helped by 5 hits by Jocko Conlon. It is the 26th and 27th consecutive losses for Reading.

28th In his first starting assignment, New York’s Wilcy Moore loses a heartbreaker to the Senators, 3–2, in the nitecap of a twinbill. Gehrig is spiked at 1B by Bucky Harris as Firpo Marberry scores the winning run. The Yanks win the opener, 8–2, as Ruth uncorks his 12th homer of the year, a 3-run shot. Tris Speaker plays most of game one despite fracturing his left thumb in batting practice.

Behind Lee Meadows 7th win without a loss, the Pirates win their 10th in a row, beating the Cardinals, 6–4. The win streak has pushed the Bucs into first place.

29th In a loosely played game at Yankee Stadium, the Yanks swamp the Red Sox, 15–7, scoring 7 runs in the 8th inning. Babe Ruth propels his 13thhomer, off Danny MacFayden, while Johnny Grabowski is 4-for-4 with a walk. Ruether is ineffective, serving up gopher ball to Bosox Hartley in the 2nd and Haney in the 3rd. The Sox give it back in the 4th with 3 walks, 2 errors, a single by Meusel and a double by Koenig, to make 4 runs. Ted Wingfield, pitching 2/3 of the 4th, takes the loss.

30th  Finally making his first appearance of the season after recovering from a broken foot sustained in spring training, Walter Johnson hurls the last shutout of his career, No. 110, winning 3–0 over Boston. Johnson faces just 29 batters, giving up 3 hits. The Senators take the 2nd game of the holiday twinbill, 10-5, behind recruit Bump Hadley.

In game 1 at Shibe Park, the Yankees collect 15 hits off Lefty Grove, strike out 11 times, and score 8 runs, but the A’s prevail, 9-8. No pitcher this century will allow 8 or more runs, strike out 9 or more, and emerge a winner. Ryan Zimmermann in 2016 will be the next. New York takes game 2, 6-5, when Babe Ruth hits his 14th homer of the year, off Rube Walberg, with no outs in the 11th.

Unassisted triple plays are a rarity, but SS Jimmy Cooney makes one for the Cubs against Pittsburgh in the opener of the Memorial Day doubleheader. He catches Paul Waner’s line drive in the 1st inning, steps on 2B to retire Lloyd Waner, and tags Clyde Barnhart going back to 1B. Paul Waner still collects 3 hits and 2 RBI, but the Cubs win 7–6 in 10 innings to snap the Pirates 11-game win streak. The Bucs win the nitecap, 6–5, in 10 innings as Lloyd Waner has 7 hits for the day.

Reading, PA, managed by Fred Merkle, defeats Baltimore in the International League to break its 32-game losing streak.

31st  Detroit 1B Johnny Neun pulls off the 2nd unassisted triple play in 2 days. It happens in the 9th against Cleveland to end the game when Neun catches Homer Summa’s line drive, touches Charlie Jamieson in the baseline and runs to 2B where he tags the base Glenn Myatt has vacated. Detroit wins, 1–0, as Rip Collins escapes with the win. There won’t be another game-ending unassisted triple play until 2009.

The Yankees slug the 3rd-place Athletics into submission, winning 10–3 and 18–5. Ruth homers in each game to run his string to 4 straight games. He finishes the month with 12 homers, and 16 altogether. Rookie strongboy Jimmie Foxx belts his first ML homer, off Urban Shocker, in game 2. Lazzeri and Koenig homer in game 2, while Gehrig has two singles to go along with his double, triple and homer in the opener.

Led by Joe Harris, the Pirates score 9 runs in the last 4 innings to beat the Cubs, 10–9. Harris has 5 hits, including a double and 2 triples, for the first-place Pirates. Pete Scott matches Harris with 5 hits for the Cubs.