1928 May

1st Indians’ outfielders tie the ML record with 5 assists in a game against the Browns and rookie Sam Langford has 4 of them, also equaling the ML record (Cliff Blau points out that the Plain Dealer play-by-play account of this game gives Langford only 3 assists) It’s the 10th time (once in extra innings) it has happened in the major leagues, and the last time this century. The Tribe is outhit 12–10 by St. Louis but they win, 4–3, as Johnny Hodapp scores all 4 runs.

In Chicago, the Tigers take a 10-0 lead over the White Sox, before Chicago scores 5 in the bottom of the 7th to make the final, 10-5. Sox pitcher Charley Barnabe hits a pinch homerun off Josh Billings, good for 3 runs, just the 6th AL pitcher to hit a pinch homer. Barnaby will go 4-for-8 with 6 RBIs, but his .500 average is topped by his career ERA (5.48) and the Sox will release the lefty in a month.

2nd John McGraw pays the supreme compliment to Dodger rookie Del Bissonette (20-for-60 with 11 extra base hits) by ordering him walked in the 9th inning with the bases loaded and 2 out. (as noted by Bill Deane). Giants pitcher Larry Benton had allowed 2 hits before the 9th inning and is nursing a 2–0 lead. Bissonette walks forcing home a run, and Harry Riconda then strikes out.

3rd Ty Cobb hits the 700th double of his career while his Athletics lose to the Red Sox, 3–1.

4th At Pittsburgh, the Boston Braves beat Ray Kremer and the Pirates, 5–4, in 11 innings. Kremer is matched by Ed Brandt who also goes 11 frames. For Kremer, it is his first loss at home after 22 wins, a ML record for consecutive wins at home that won’t be matched in the 20th century.

At Comiskey, Joe Dugan jumps on a 1st inning pitch by Tommy Thomas and hits it for a grand slam in New York’s 10-4 win over the White Sox. Babe Ruth is 4-for-4, including a homerun, and drives in 3 runs for the league-leading Bombers.

6th In the PCL, Oakland scores 2 runs in the 22nd inning to beat Sacramento, 7-6. This matches an April 10, 1921 mark and is two shy of the PCL record of 24 innings, achieved twice.

In the New York-Penn League all 8 clubs are at .500.

7th Trailing the Browns 15–1, the Senators let reliever Clay Van Alstyne bat in the 9th inning, Clay had earlier scored the only Nats run and responds with his first ML home run, a solo shot. It is also his last home run and his last at bat (as noted by Bill Deane).

10th The Giants send OF George Harper to the Cards for C Bob O’Farrell. O’Farrell, who managed the Birds in 1927, never regained his effectiveness behind the plate after an arm injury. The trade makes room for 18-year-old Mel Ott to take over the RF position, a spot he will hold for 18 years.

11th The Cards and Phils swap catchers, with Spud Davis going to Philley and Jimmy Wilson to St. Louis. Wilson, the better defensive backstop, will improve the Cards.

Lou Gehrig has 2 doubles and a grand slam, off Joe Shaute, as the Yankees edge the Indians, 7-6. Sam Langford’s 3-run homer for the Tribe in the 8thmakes it close.

12th At Boston, the Red Sox score 11 runs in the 3rd inning against the Browns and roll to a 15–2 win. Ken Williams has the only homer of the game, connecting off Boom-Boom Beck in the big 3rd inning.

13th The Reds move into briefly first place in the NL with a 11–4 win over the Phils. Carl Mays is the winner, allowing 11 hits.

In a PCL game, Mission pitcher Carl Holling tosses a one-hitter against Portland, giving up a homerun to Harry Sigafoos. It is the third one-hitter in the past four years in the PCL where the lone hit was a homerun.

14th In Chicago, Charlie Root beats the Giants, 8–2. Fred Fitzsimmons takes the loss. Outside the park after the game, John McGraw is knocked down by a taxicab and suffers a broken leg that will keep him out of the dugout 6 weeks. Roger Bresnahan takes over.

15th The Giants make 6 double plays against the Cubs at Wrigley, but lose 10–7.

19th The Cubs win their 13th straight, edging the Braves, 3–2. Pitcher Charlie Root breaks a 2–2 tie with a sacrifice fly. Hack Wilson clubs a homer for Chicago. The Cubs are in first place, but will lose tomorrow, and in 3 days, the Reds will regain the lead with a win over Pittsburgh.

20th At the Stadium, George Pipgras goes to 7-0 as the Yankees beat the Browns, 9-3. Earl Combs connects for a grand slam off Sam Gray in the 4th. Pipgras has now won his last 11 decisions but the streak stops here.

22nd Sam Langford has a HR and 2 doubles for Cleveland but the White Sox prevail, 4-3. Sox CF Johnny Mostil handles 12 chances, equaling Happy Felsch’s AL record, also made against Cleveland as the Sox win, 4–3. Mostil also legs it home from 2B with the winning run on a wild pitch by George Uhle, a rarity this year as the ML reaches a historic low in wild pitches (as noted by Cliff Blau).

23rd Jack Slattery quits as manager of the last place Braves. Owner Fuch announces that “after much persuasion” Rogers Hornsby has consented to takes over as manager.

Cleveland left fielder Charlie Jamieson starts a 9th inning triple play against the White Sox in a 4–3 loss. Today’s TP occurs when Bud Clancy is out on a short fly to Jamieson, who then throws out Johnny Mann, the runner on third who tries to score. The relay from C Ray Sewell to his brother Joe at 2B catches Ray Schalk off base, and he is tagged at 3B. Jamieson will start another triple play against the Yankees on June 9, setting a ML record for outfielders.

24th In the first game of a doubleheader in Philadelphia, a ML record 13 future Hall of Famers take the field as the first-place Yankees take on the 2nd-place A’s. This number does not include non-playing Hall of Famers Herb Pennock and Stan Coveleski, managers Miller Huggins and Connie Mack, nor umpires Tom Connally and Bill McGowan. [HOFs: Combs, Durocher, Ruth, Gehrig, Lazzeri, and Hoyt for New York; Cobb, Speaker, Cochrane, Simmons, Collins, Grove, and Foxx for the A’s] Led by Tony Lazzeri’s three hits and six RBIs, the Yanks edge the A’s, 9–7, handing the defeat to Lefty Grove. The A’s win the nitecap, 5–2, behind rookie Ossie Orwell. George Pipgras takes the loss.

26th The A’s make it easy for New York by making 7 errors as the Yankees win, 7–4. Tris Speaker has a two-run homer for the A’s.

27th In St. Louis, Reds ace Red Lucas suffers a broken wrist when he is hit by a ball during pre-game batting practice. Lucas (8-2) beat the Cards 2 days ago, 2-0, the same score that Mays will win by today. Lucas will return in a few weeks and go 5-7 the rest of the year.

Aging star George Sisler clears AL waivers and joins another former St. Louis hero Rogers Hornsby on the Braves. Sisler will hit .340 for the remainder of the season.

28th The A’s buy P George Earnshaw from Baltimore for $50,000 and 2 players.

29th At Ebbets Field, Bill Terry hits for the cycle to lead the Giants to a 12–5 win over Brooklyn. His homer is a grand slam.

At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees sweep a pair from Washington, 3–2 and 12–3. Leo Durocher’s bases-loaded triple in the opener gives George Pipgras (8-1) the win. Gehrig and Ruth both slug a pair of homers in the nitecap: Lou hits his 9th in the 3rd, off Washington starter Milt Gaston, then Ruth and Gehrig hit back-to-back dingers in the 4th off Lloyd Brown. Ruth adds his 18th off Brown in the 7th. Combs also homers.

The Reds lose another star when CF Ethan Allen is beaned and breaks his cheek in an exhibition game in Buffalo.

30th Garland Braxton wins his first of the year as he shuts out the Yankees. The Senators win, 5-0, at the Stadium. Urban Shocker, a spring holdout, pitches 2 scoreless innings in relief for New York. In poor health, this is his last ML appearance.

31st At Philadelphia, the Braves beat the Phils 9–4 behind Bob Smith. Boston is led by Hornsby’s 3 hits and George Sisler’s three, including his first NL homer.

At Yankee Stadium, Herb Pennock tosses his 2nd shutout, beating Washington, 4–0, for his 8th win. Irv Hadley is the loser, giving up a HR to Cedric Durst and another to Ruth, his 19th. Babe almost adds his 20thwhen he blasts a long high fly with two on, but Leo Durocher, the runner on first, holds up to see if the ball will be caught. Durocher scores but the Babe is cut down at the plate.