1930 May

1st At Fenway, a high fever strikes out Indians SS Joe Sewell, ending his consecutive game streak at 1,103. He has not missed a game since 1922. The Indians still prevail, 8–5.

At Pittsburgh, rookie Wally Berger blasts homers in the 7th and 8thinnings to lead the Braves to a 4–3 win over Larry French. After Berger’s first homer, Johnny Neun, in his 5th season, adds his first ML homer.

2nd  Des Moines (Western League) defeats Wichita 13–6 to open the first ballpark with permanently installed lights. The field is a predecessor of Sec Taylor Stadium. The Demons’ victory is the first night game to be broadcast nationally.

5th Making his first start, Lefty Gomez (1–1) goes all the way to beat the White Sox, 4–1, on a 5-hitter. Red Faber takes the loss for Chicago. Lefty’s one other appearance, in relief, resulted in a loss on April 29th.

Reds SS Hod Ford smashes 4 extra base hits—3 doubles and a triple—in his first 4 at bats to lead Cincinnati to a 10–6 win over the Braves. Burleigh Grimes is the loser.

At Pittsburgh, Giants pitcher Bill Walker cracks a 4th inning grand slam to lead New York to a 9-1 victory.

The Athletics say it with homers beating the Browns 4–3 in 12 innings and scoring all their runs on solo four baggers. Al Simmons’ leadoff homer in the bottom of the 12th makes Lefty Grove a winner over General Crowder, as both starters go all the way. Light-hitting Joe Boley with 2 and Haas with one provide the other A’s scores, a record to date in the AL. The Giants will score 5 runs on solos 5 weeks from now.

6th  The Yankees get Red Ruffing, loser of 47 games in the past 2 years and with a lifetime 39-96, from the Red Sox for $50,000 and Cedric Durst.

The Cubs top the Dodgers, 3–1, with Sheriff Blake outgunning Dazzy Vance.

7th  George Watkins scores 5 runs and Chick Hafey has 5 RBI in the 5thinning as the Cards beat the Phils 16–11 to move out of the cellar and begin the climb to an eventual pennant. Pete Alexander makes his first appearance against his old mates and is hit hard. Lefty O’Doul is 5-for-5, the 4th game in a row he’s had 3 or more hits. The loss drops the Phils to last place, while the Cards head the other way.

The Cubs beat the Dodgers, 9-5, at Wrigley Field behind the 9-strikeout pitching of Charlie Root. Root gives up successive homers to Wright and Del Bissonette early and then the only run after that is a Bissonette ground ball down the RF line that bounces into the stands for a HR.

The Red Sox edge the visiting White Sox, 6–4, behind the hitting of rookie Tom Oliver, who has 4 hits. Oliver has now hit in 16 straight games. Veteran umpire Tommy Connally, who has not ejected a player since 1923, thumbs out two today, on the same play, and both White Sox. Coach Mike Kelly and Jimmy Moore are tossed for protesting a call at first base.

8th  Fred Lindstrom has his second 5-hit game of the season, hitting for the cycle, as the Giants defeat the Pirates 13–10.

9th  The Yankees and the Tigers outfielders make only 2 putouts for an AL record that has never been equaled. The NL record for OF idleness is one chance (Pittsburgh versus Brooklyn, August 26, 1910). Detroit’s George Uhle strikes out 8 in winning, 5–4, and dropping the Yanks to 7th place. Henry Johnson (7 innings) and George Pipgras are the New York hurlers.

10th The A’s conquer the Indians, 6–4 at Philadelphia. Jimmie Foxx’s 7th-inning triple with two on breaks the tie.

11th  In a display of offensive symmetry, Indian OF Bibb Falk collects 5 hits, 5 RBI, and scores 5 runs in the first 5 innings as the Tribe scalps the Athletics, 25–7. Cleveland collects 27 hits, but no homers, and scores in every inning but the 8th. The 25 runs without a homer ties a ML record (sets a new AL mark) set in 1901 and will not be matched again.

12th  A bad err day for Umpire Brick Owens as he calls 5 balks against Cleveland’s Milt Shoffner—3 in the 3rd—and 3 against Philadelphia’s George Earnshaw. Philadelphia wins 13–7.

The wind is blowing out at Wrigley Field as Giants P Larry Benton sets a modern ML record (since tied several times) by surrendering 6 HRs in a game, four in one inning. Chicago spots New York a 14–0 lead and trails 14–4 when they add 5 runs on 4 homers in the bottom of the 7th to tie the ML inning-record set in 1884. Clyde Beck drives in 5 runs as he and Cliff Heathcote each have two of the Cubs’ homers. The Giants counter with 3 HRs including one by Benton as the New Yorkers manage to hold on to win, 14–12. The victory goes to Benton, but New York will trade him in 10 days.

The Yankees waive pitcher Tom Zachary to the Boston Braves.

15th  In a lead-changing battle at Wrigley Field, the Braves score three runs in the 9th to top the Cubs, 10-8. Lance Richbourg has a grand slam for Boston. The loss drops the Cubs a half game off the NL lead.

16th  Washington wins a doubleheader from Philadelphia and moves into first place. Bump Hadley wins the opener, 5–3, and Ad Liska adds a 3-hit 4–0 shutout in the nitecap, beating Earnshaw. Joe Judge’s 3-run homer in the 8th puts the game away.

17th With the help of a grand slam from Fats Fothergill in the 8th, the Tigers overcome the Browns, 12-7. Dale Alexander hits a homer as well.

Washington swamps the A’s, 16-5. Sammy West has 4 hits for the Nationals, and his 3-run homer in the 5th causes a 58-year-old fan to have a fatal heart attack. Nats vet Sam Rice has a hit to extend his consecutive-game hitting streak to 28 games.

The Braves sweep a pair from the Giants by 4-3 scores. In the opener, Wally Berger hits a pair of homers as Boston wins in 10 innings. The Giants hit 3 homers in game 2 and Berger adds his 3rd of the day.

18th George Pipgras tosses his 3rd shutout of the season as the Yankees again support his pitching by bombing the Red Sox, 11–0, in Boston. Babe Ruth clocks an Ed Morris pitch over the RF bleachers, one of the longest homers ever at Fenway.

At Washington, the A’s nip the Senators, 1–0, behind Lefty Grove’ 5 hitter. Philadelphia manages just 3 hits off Lloyd Brown. The Senators now lead the A’s by a game in the AL.

20th At Sportsman’s Park, Cards shortstop Charlie Gelbert hits a grand slam, off Al Shealy in the 8th, as St. Louis pummels Chicago, 16-3. The win leaves the Cards a half game off the lead, while the Cubs are 1 ½ games back in 5th place.

21st  Babe Ruth hits three consecutive HRs in the first game of a doubleheader against the A’s, hitting the first two over the fence off George Earnshaw, and the 3rd over the RF fence off Lefty Groves. Then batting against Jack Quinn in the 9th, Ruth decides to hit right handed. After 2 strikes, he switches to lefty but strikes out. This is the first of two career 3-homer games for the Babe. Max Bishop draws 5 walks for the 2nd time in his career (he is the only player to do this twice), and Foxx homers to help the A’s to a 15–7 victory. Ruth is homerless in the 2ndgame, a 4–1 Yankee loss, but Bishop has 3 more walks. Bishop will walk 8 times in a doubleheader in 1934, the only player to collect more than 6 walks in an afternoon.

Cincinnati sends 2B Hugh Critz to the Giants for veteran P Larry Benton. Critz will prove a fine pickup for the Giants.

22nd  In Philadelphia, the Yankees and the Athletics continue the HR barrage as the Yankees take both games of a 2nd straight doubleheader, 10–1 and 20–13. Babe Ruth hits a pair of HRs in the opener, off Rommel and Quinn, as does Ben Chapman and winning pitcher George Pipgras. His 2-run homer in the 3rd inning off Rommel travels 540 feet (as estimated by Ruth historian Bill Jenkinson) clearing two rows of houses to Opal Street. The Yanks score 9 runs in the 1st two innings of the 2ndsecond game, but the A’s come back to tie it at 12 apiece. The Yanks win the assault 20–13 as Lazzeri is 4-for-4 scores 5 runs, and knocks in 4. Ruth hits another in the 2nd game, while Gehrig powers 3 round trippers, including a grand slam, to drive in 8 runs. On the A’s side, Foxx has 2 homers to drive in 6 runs. For the afternoon, the teams combine to hit 14 round trippers, a then-record 10 in game 2.

23rd Despite a homer by Bill Terry in the 8th and a 3-run shot by Ott in the 9th, Carl Hubbell loses to the Phillies, 9–8. Philadelphia bangs out 17 hits, including a HR by Pinky Whitney, against King Carl.

24th  In New York, the Yanks and A’s play their 3rd doubleheader in 4 days. Ruth homers in both games, hitting one of Quinn for the 2nd time in three days, and one off Rube Walberg. The shot off Rube is to the top bleacher row in right field and lands in a water barrel, more than 500 feet away. The Babe has now hit 8 homers in six games, and drives home 7 runs to help New York sweep, 10–6 and 11–1. Newly acquired Red Ruffing is the easy winner in the nitecap.

At Boston, the Robins score three runs in the top of the 11th as they beat Boston, 5-2. Starter Ray Phelps goes the distance for the win. Dodger rookie Gordon Slade hits a homerun off Bob Smith in his first ML at bat.

25th  At Cleveland’s League Park, Ted Lyons allows 4 hits to win his 6thstraight as the White Sox club the Indians, 9–1. Carl Reynolds and Bill Cissell each have three of the 16 hits for Chicago. Cleveland’s Eddie Morgan has a very long double as noted in the Cleveland Plain Dealer: “Eddie Morgan slammed one up against the wooden lattice work that tops the concrete wall out in center field. The drive covered something like 400 feet, yet netted the speedy Morgan only two bases. A week from now, with the screen and lattice down, such a hit will be a home run, as it deserves to be.” (noted by Greg Beston).

26th  The Indians take a pair from the White Sox winning 7–3 and 3–2 behind Wes Ferrell and Clint Brown. Ferrell’s mound opponent Red Faber holds the Tribe hitless until 2 are out in the 5th, when 8 straight hits drive him from the mound. In the nitecap, White Sox lefty Pat Caraway twice throws third-strike seeds past Joe Sewell, an occurrence that Joe later blames on the white shirts in the CF bleachers. It is the last time the Indians 3B will fan this season, and he will end the year by striking out only 3 times in 353 at bats. Once before, on May 13, 1923, Sewell was fanned twice in a game.

At Yankee Stadium, Washington wins a 10–7 slugfest with the Yankees as Goose Goslin and Joe Judge of the Senators hit back-to-back HRs twice in the game. It is the 1st time it has been done this century but it will be repeated in 5 days.

27th The Indians sweep another doubleheader with the White Sox, winning both games by one run, 9-8 and 3-2. It is no fault of Sox right fielder Smead Jolley, who gets to Sox on the board in game 1 with an 8thinning homer, then goes 4-for-4, with a homer off Pete Appleton, in game 2. He also pulls off an unassisted DP in the 4th when he snags Appleton’s line drive in the 4th and runs in to double up Carl Lind, the runner who was on 1B.

Like furniture. The Reds swap Ethan Allen and Pete Donohue to the Giants for INF Pat Crawford. Allen is hitting .217 but will rebound with the Giants and finish the season with a .292 average, the same as last season. In his decade with the Reds, Donohue won 127 games, but the 30-year-old has struggled the past 3 seasons with arm problems. Crawford will be sold at the end of the season to the Cards.

28th  Cubs reliever Hal Carlson, 38, dies suddenly of a stomach ulcer hemorrhage. The previous evening he had complained about stomach cramps while sitting with teammates in the lobby of Chicago’s Carlos Hotel, where he had a room. Hours later, he called the Cubs trainer saying he was in great pain and an ambulance was called. But Carlson dies before the ambulance arrived. He was 4-2 for the year, and had won 114 games over a 14-year career.

Phillies Grover Cleveland Alexander makes his last ML appearance, giving up 2 hits and 2 runs in relief as the Braves win, 5–1. The Phillies release him a few hours after the game.

29th The Cubs scheduled game with the Reds is postponed due to the sudden death of Chicago pitcher Hal Carlson.

30th  With 2 on base in game one, Del Bissonette, Brooklyn 1B, hits the ball over the RF screen at Ebbets Field, but baserunner Babe Herman, “the Headless Horseman of Ebbets Field,” stops to watch and is passed by Bissonette, reducing the HR to a single. Despite this, the Robins win a pair of games from the Phillies, 11–1 and 11–9 and take first place. Unfazed, Herman will pull off the move again on September 15th. In the nitecap, Bissonette collects 5 hits, including a homer. Chuck Klein homers in each game for the Phils to bring his total to 13.

The Cubs Rogers Hornsby, already limping after off-season surgery on his heel, breaks an ankle sliding into 3B in the first game of a doubleheader in St. Louis. The Cubs win both games, 2–0 and 9–8 in 10 innings, to move into 3rd place, but Hornsby will miss most of the season.

Senators junkballer Ad Liska leads 6–3 over the A’s with 2 outs in the 9thinning when his catcher Muddy Ruel neglects to chase a pop up that could make the 3rd out. Two singles and a homer by Al Simmons knots the game. Simmons then doubles in the 11th and is stranded, but doubles in the 13th and scores the winning run as the A’s win, 7–6. Having hurt his knee in a rundown, Simmons sits for the nitecap. But with the bases jammed in the 4th inning of the nitecap, and the A’s down 7–5, Simmons hobbles to plate to hit a pinch grand slam off Bump Hadley to help the A’s to a 15–11 win. Simmons later tells John Carmichael this was his greatest game.

The Yankees trade two stars of the 1927 team, Waite Hoyt and Mark Koenig, to the Tigers for Ownie Carroll (0–5) and Harry Rice. Hoyt’s departure follows an argument with manager Bob Shawkey.

31st The Phillies top the first place Robins, 3–1, defeating Dazzy Vance. Vance is lifted for a pinch hitter with Brooklyn down, 2–1.

The Browns make only 5 hits but steal a 3-2 win from Red Faber and the White Sox. St. Louis scores the tying run with 2 outs in the 9th and wins it when veteran Oscar Melillo steals home. Dave Harris has a 5th inning homer for the White Sox (as noted by Jan Larson).