1929 May

1st The first-place Athletics score 8 runs off Milt Gaston in the first 2 innings en route to a 24–6 pasting of the Red Sox. Grove is the easy winner, exiting after 5 innings. Foxx has a pair of homers and Simmons has 5 hits, including a double and homer. The 24 runs matches a franchise record set in the Cobb protest game in 1912, and the 29 hits sets a franchise mark.

4th At Comiskey Park, Lou Gehrig wallops 3 home runs against the Sox in an 11–9 New York shootout. His middle HR, in the 7th inning, is sandwiched between roundtrippers by Ruth and Bob Meusel. With his homer off Red Faber in the 2nd, Gehrig joins Ruth as the 2nd slugger to clear the RF stands, 75 feet high and 360 feet away from home plate. The Ruthian clout came off Tommy Thomas in 1927. His last homer of the day is served up by Dan Dugan.

At Baker Bowl, Cubs pitcher Pat Malone holds the Phillies scoreless, and collects 3 singles and 2 RBI to win easily, 16–0. Hack Wilson and Kiki Cuyler each hit 2 doubles, and Rogers Hornsby homers. The Cubs take the 2nd game as well, 9–7.

5th  The Braves play their first Sunday home game in history, losing to Pittsburgh, 7–2 before 35,000. The winning pitcher is Burleigh Grimes, who helps his own cause by starting a 3rd inning triple play (1-5-2-5-4-2) on a grounder by Spohrer. Mueller is run down, Spohrer is caught trying to reach 2B, and Maranville is caught trying to score. The Bucs have 4 triples, one each by the Waners.

6th  The AL announces that it will discontinue the MVP award. The NL will abandon it after this year; in 1931 the Baseball Writers Association will pick it up and conduct the balloting from then on.

In Chicago, the Yankees and Sox are tied 3-3 after 9 innings, but that quickly changes. Bob Meusel cracks a 10th inning grand slam off Tommy Thomas and the Yanks hang on as the Sox score 3 runs. The final is 7-6 New York.

7th  Yankee southpaw Tom Zachary wins a 6–5 game in relief at St. Louis, the first of his 12 wins without a loss for the year, a ML record. No pitcher will have a better season without losing a game. His batterymate, rookie Bill Dickey, helps out with his first major league homer, off General Crowder.

8th  At Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park, the Giants Carl Hubbell pitches an 11–0 no-hitter against the Pirates, allowing just one walk. In the 9th, the 1sttwo batters reached on errors before Hubbell records a strikeout and starts the game-ending DP. It’s the first no-hitter by a lefthander since Hub Leonard in 1918. Chick Fullis starts the scoring with a HR in the 2nd, his 3rd in three days, and Mel Ott adds 2 HRs to take the NL lead.

9th Welcome to the majors, rook. Pittsburgh rookie Larry French makes his ML debut and Andy Cohen hits his first pitch for a leadoff homer. Chick Fullis homers on the 1st pitch in the 2nd inning, but French holds on to beat the Giants, 3–2.

10th The visiting Reds beat the Braves, 5–2, behind Red Lucas. Joe Stripp homers for Cincy, which scores another 3 unearned runs on Maranville’s first error of the year. Boston’s Lester Bell homers and teammate CF Earl Clark sets two NL records that will last the century: most putouts by a center fielder in a game (12), which will be tied often, and most chances (13).

At the Polo Grounds, the Cubs roll over the Giants, 11-4, handing Jack Scott his 10th straight loss to the Cubs. The streak started in 1925.

At Cleveland, Jake Miller stops the powerful A’s, 9-0. Batterymate Earl Averill does his part with a grand slam, connecting off Rube Walberg in the 3rd.

11th  After 25 consecutive complete games, White Sox righthander Tommy Thomas comes out in the 5th inning of a 9–2 loss to Washington. He will still lead the AL with 24 CG, the 3rd year in a row he’ll complete that many starts.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants Larry Benton stops the first-place Cubs on two hits and the Giants win, 6-0. Bill Terry puts the game away with a 7thinning grand slam.

12th With Eppa Rixey on the mound, the Reds win 9–3 over the Braves. Boston makes 25 assists.

13th In Cleveland, fans have no trouble telling the players apart, as both teams wear numbers on their uniform backs. This is a first in the majors. The Indians beat the Yanks 4–3, despite a homer by New York’s Mark Koenig off Willis Hudlin in the 6th inning. Also in the 6th, Yankee catcher Bill Dickey records three assists. For New York, it is their 3rd loss after 6 straight wins.

Veteran major league manager George Stallings dies of heart disease in Georgia after spending much of the previous twelve months hospitalized. When a doctor asked him if he knew why his heart was so bad, Stallings supposedly replied, “Bases on balls, you son of a bitch, bases on balls.” Stallings managed the Miracle Braves of 1914 to the World Series.

14th  After a slow start, the Athletics beat Detroit, 10–8, and move past the Yankees into first place, where they will stay for the rest of the year. The Yanks are rained out. Starter Jack Quinn, with the help of 3 relievers, is the winner.

15th  Before the start of the game with Boston at Comiskey, Art Shires and White Sox manager Blackburne get into a yelling match over Shires wearing a red felt hat during warmups. Soon it turns to blows and when the two are separated, Blackburne hurls a fine of $100 at Shires, who reacts by walking out. He returns before the end of the game and a day later apologizes. Although he will be back in the lineup on June 4, it won’t end there.

16th In Boston, Mel Ott hits for the cycle in New York’s 5–4 10-inning loss to the Braves in a doubleheader nitecap. Ott’s HR in the 7th lands half-way up in the RF bleachers, the longest HR to that section since 1915. Joe Dugan matches Ott’s 4 hits and scores the winner. The Braves also win the opener, 4–3.

At Forbes Field, Jim Bottomley leads the Cardinals to a 10-9 10-inning victory over the Pirates. Bottomley has a single, a double and 2 homers to drive in 6 runs. Losing pitcher Steve Swetonic is 3-for-3 as the Bucs pepper 16 hits.

Cleveland pitcher Jake Miller allows his 1st run in 27 innings, giving up a pair of singles for a run in the 9th against the Browns. And that is the game, a 1–0 loss, as General Crowder takes the shutout win, allowing 2 hits.

17th At Baker Bowl, the Robins hang on to edge the Phillies, 14–13. Chuck Klein hits a 2-run homer in the 9th, but the Phils leave the bases full when Susce grounds out. O’Doul is 4-for-4 with 4 runs scored, while for Brooklyn, Babe Herman has 4 hits, including a homer.

Hack Wilson hits a 6th inning grand slam, off Pete Donahue, and the Cubs roll over the visiting Reds, 9-3. With the Cards losing to Pittsburgh, the Cubs lead the NL by a half game.

18th  Brooklyn and Philadelphia score a ML-record 50 runs in a doubleheader at Baker Bowl. The Robins (Dodgers) win the opener 20–16, as neither team makes an error, and the Phils take the 2nd game 8–6, despite a Dodgers triple play when O’Doul lines to 1B Hendricks. Highlights include Brooklyn’s Johnny Frederick scoring 5 runs in the opener, which combined with his 3 yesterday, gives him a ML-record 8 in 2 games. Both Frederick and teammate Babe Herman collect 5 hits in the slugfest. Chuck Klein homers in each game, #’s 7 and 8, with one of them a grand slam.

19th  At New York, Ruth and Gehrig hit back-to-back homers in the 3rd off Boston’s Jack Russell, but in the 5th a cloudburst at Yankee Stadium sends a standing-room-only crowd rushing for the exits. A stampede in the RF bleachers leaves 62 injured and 2 dead, a 19-year-old Hunter College student and a 60-year-old truck driver who are both in the RF bleachers. Jake Ruppert vows never again to sell more tickets than seats. There are 2 outs in the 5th when the game is stopped at 3–0.

In the 4th inning at Detroit, fleet White Sox CF Johnny Mostil, 2-time AL SB leader, breaks his right leg tripping over home on the uncontested front end of a double steal. The injury ends his ML playing days at the age of 33. Mostil missed most of the 1927 season following a suicide attempt in spring training in Shreveport. Ted Lyons wins for the Sox, 10–3, making 2 hits and scoring twice.

20th  Watty Clark stops the Giants on two hits and the Dodgers whip the Giants, 6-1. Rube Bressler has 2 doubles and a triple for Brooklyn.

22nd In Boston, the Phillies sweep the Braves, winning 6-3 and 13-4. Chuck Klein is 1-for-1 with 3 walks in game 1, then goes 5-for-6 with 4 RBIs in game 2.

23rd In Philadelphia, the A’s win a pair from the Senators by 9–8 scores. In game 1, they spot the Senators 8 runs in the 1st 2 innings and then come back to win. The win goes to Howard Ehmke, the A’s 4th pitcher. Walberg goes all the way to win the nitecap. Bluege has a HR in each game for the Nationals. The first-place A’s will sweep the series with the Nats.

The Browns split a pair with the Indians, losing the opener 5–4 in 12 innings, and taking the nitecap, 7–5. Oscar Melillo paces the 2nd game offense by hitting for the cycle.

24th  Chicago’s Ted Lyons and Detroit’s George Uhle go 21 innings before the Tigers get a run to win 6–5 in the longest game—3 hours and 31 minutes—ever seen to date at Comiskey Park. Uhle is the winner, tossing 20 innings, with Vic Sorrell pitching the bottom of the 21st. Lyons, the loser, goes the distance and gives up 24 hits. Charlie Gehringer drives in Johnson with a sac fly for the final run. No pitcher has matched either Lyons’ or Uhle’s marathon effort since. Les Mueller, in 1945, will come the closest.

25th At the Polo Grounds, the Giants belt 4 homers—2 by Jackson and one by Roush and Walsh—to whip the Braves, 10–3. Roush’s HR is the 2,000thin Giants history.

For the second time in a week, Brooklyn pulls off a triple play against the Phillies, this time doing it with the bases loaded. Peel lines to SS Dave Bancroft who fires to Hendrick and on to Moore. Brooklyn wins, 5-3.

26th Two pinch hitters supply the holiday fireworks: Les Bell for the Braves, off Carl Hubbell, and Pat Crawford for the Giants, off Socks Seibold, hit grand slams in New York’s 15–8 victory. New York plates 9 runs in the 6th inning to break a 2–2 tie. William Brandt, writing in the New York Times tomorrow will use the term “grand slam” to describe the action, the earliest recorded usage of the term (as noted by historian Skip McAfee). “The game’s most remarkable feature was the stark fact that each manager, in his turn, picked a pinch-hitter who delivered a home run with the bases filled.  One pinch-hitter thus producing what is known in baseball as a grand slam is enough to make a ball game momentous.  When two managers inside of a half-inning thus score a tie on each other in picking grand-slam pinch-hitters the game becomes one for the ages.”

Ten-for-ten might’ve done it, Taylor. Taylor Douthit is 7-for-10, including a grand slam, in a twinbill with the Pirates, but the Cardinals still drop a pair to the visiting Pirates, 12-8 and 7-5. Douthit has 6 RBIs in the opener.

White Sox spitballer Red Faber turns back the Tigers, 2–0, on a one-hitter. Gehringer’s single in the 4th is the only safety. The Sox score 2 runs in the 1st without a hit.

28th At Boston, the Red Sox top the first-place A’s, 5–4, to snap the Athletics 11–game win streak. Milt Gaston is the winner over Bill Shores.

29th The Pirates take over first place from the Cubs with their 8th straight win, a 7-2 whipping of visiting Chicago. Rookie Steve Swetonic, who holds the Cubs scoreless for 7 frames, is the winner.

Detroit’s George Uhle notches his 9th consecutive win of the year, beating the Browns, 7–6. McManus has 3 hits, including a HR and double for the Tigers.

Lew Fonseca totals 14 bases on two triples and two homers as the Indians scalp the White Sox, 11-1. Bibb Falk has two singles and two doubles as the Tribe amass 19 hits.

30th In Washington, the lackluster Yankees drop a pair to the Senators, losing 8-5 and 4-3. Washington scores 3 in the 9th to win the second game. New York is now in third place in the AL.

At the Polo Grounds the Giants win a pair of hard-fought battles from the Dodgers, 8-7 and 15-6. In the opener, Brooklyn knocks out Carl Hubbell after 5 innings, but the Giants score a pair in the bottom of the 9th to win. In game 2, Freddie Fitzsimmons gives up 14 hits in 7 innings but earns the victory. He also holds Harvey Hendrick hitless, ending his consecutive batting streak at 25 games. Mel Ott drives in 3 runs on a pair of doubles and Bill Terry has 4 RBIs on 3 hits.

31st George Sisler has 5 hits and scores 4 runs to lead the Browns to a 15-11 win over the White Sox. Every Brownie has 2 or more hits except winning pitcher Ernie Wingard, who has one. Rookie Ike Davis has 4 hits, including a pair of triples for Chicago. Davis will hit just .240 this year, but will score a 105 runs while leading all shortstops in DPs with 97. But his 53 errors earns him a return to the minors.