1931 May

2nd  Hack Wilson hits his first HR of 1931 as the Cards beat the Cubs 6–3 at St. Louis. After hitting 56 homers last year, Wilson will hit only 13 with the deader NL ball. The MVP will end up as an alternate in the Cubs outfield.

3rd Hollywood (PCL) spitballer Frank Shellenback loses a 2–0 decision to Seattle and Phil Page, snapping his 17-game win streak. He’ll promptly start a 15-game win streak in his next outing on May 10th, helping his cause with a grand slam.

4th  At Yankee Stadium, Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth, back in the lineup, switch positions to spare Ruth’s lame leg. Despite 5 hits by the pair, the Red Sox beat the Yankees, 7–3, as Gehrig makes an error. It is the last game in which Gehrig plays OF.

5th At Philadelphia, George Earnshaw strikes out 10 as he pitches the A’s to a 4–1 win over the Red Sox. The A’s (9-9) tied for 4th, will reel off a 17-game win streak to vault into first place.

7th The Cubs top the Reds, 5–4, in 11 innings. Jakie May gets the decision over Ray Kolp.

9th In Chicago, the Yankees score 5 runs in the 7th and 6 in the 9th—four on a grand slam by Lyn Lary—to take a 13-2 lead over the White Sox. Chicago scores 7 in the bottom of the 9th to make it respectable. The AL record for most runs by two teams in the 9th is 15, set in 1984.

10th At the Polo Grounds, Freddy Fitzsimmons scatters 4 hits and clouts a second inning grand slam off Pat Malone to lead the Giants to a 5-0 win over the Cubs. Fat Freddy will hit four homers this year. The Giants are 1 ½ games behind the idle Cardinals.

12th In the first game of two in Boston, the Reds lose, 4-2, their 17th loss in 19 games. It is the worst start in team history for Cincinnati. A pair of doubles in the 8th of the second game nets the Reds a 3-2 win as they embark on a modest 3-game win streak.

13th The A’s Jimmy Dykes swipes home in the top of the 11th against the White Sox as the A’s win, 7–5 over reliever Red Faber.

16th The A’s move into first place to stay with a 12–5 win over the Indians at Cleveland. Philadelphia scores 9 runs in the past 2 innings to give the win to Grove.

At Detroit, Tommy Bridges gives up 3 hits in stopping the Yankees, 3–1, and dropping the Bombers to 2nd place.

17th  Willie Kamm, star White Sox 3B, is traded to Cleveland for Lew Fonseca, who will manage Chicago next season.

18th Brooklyn’s Babe, Herman that is, hits for the cycle to help beat the Reds, 14–4. Al Eckert pitches 2/3 inning to take the loss, his last ML decision.

20th At Philadelphia, the Phils outslug the Pirates, 11–7, with the victory going to reliever Ben Shields, his last ML decision. The journeyman will wrap up his undefeated career, finishing 4–0, despite an 8.27 ERA.

21st  Dazzy Vance is knocked cold by a line drive while leading the Phillies 3–2 with 2 outs in the 9th inning. Jack Quinn gets the last out for Brooklyn.

Carl Hubbell stop the Braves, 3–0, in the opener and Giant pitcher Bill Walker matches the King with a 6–0 whitewash in the nitecap.

At Chicago, Heinie Manush drives in all 4 Senator runs with a single, triple and homer as Washington tops the White Sox, 4-2. The Sox also lose Smead Jolley for two months when he breaks his ankle trying to score in the 6th. Jolley already missed a month of action following an operation to remove boils on his back.

23rd Cleveland’s Earl Averill cracks 3 doubles and a HR in a 10–5 win over Chicago. Averill is the second Indian this year to hit 4 extra base hits in a game. Vosmik, who did it earlier, has a pair of doubles today.

24th  At Wrigley, Pittsburgh’s Erv Brame gets lucky as he allows a homer by Rogers Hornsby in the 1st and 12 more hits in his 5.2 innings pitched. He strikes out none, but picks up the win as the Bucs beat the Cubs, 10-7. Not until Adam Conley, in 2016, will another pitcher allow 13 hits and strike out zero with as few outs in a win as Brame.

25th  The A’s win their 17th in a row, 2 behind the White Sox’ AL record, beating the Yankees 4–2 and 16–4 at Philadelphia. Grove wins the opener and Roy Mahaffey coasts to the win in the nitecap. Cochrane and Chapman match homers in the opener, while Foxx is the only batter to leave the park in game 2. The streak, the 4th (tied) longest of the century, ends tomorrow when Lefty Gomez stops the A’s 6–2. The A’s are in first place by 5 games.

26th The Giants whitewash the Braves twice, beating Boston 6–0 and 3–0. Carl Hubbell pitches the nitecap following lefty Bill Walker’s win in the opener.

At Philadelphia, Lefty Gomez outduels Ed Rommel to give the Yankees a 6-2 win over the A’s. The loss snaps the A’s winning streak of 17 games. (5 home, 12 road).

27th AL Secretary Will Harridge is elected to succeed E. S. Barnard as president of the league.

The Giants surge past the Cards to move into first place, beating Boston 7–4.

28th  In St. Louis, the Pirates top the Cardinals, 11-8 in 7 innings, when the unlikely Eddie Phillips hits a grand slam in the top of the 7th. The Cards are 1 ½ games behind the league leaders.

29th In Cleveland’s 9-2 win over Detroit, Willie Kamm has four stolen bases.

30th The Cards retake first place and hold it the rest of the season, as they win a Memorial Day doubleheader from the Reds, 5–4 and 12–4.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants wave goodbye to first place as they lose a pair to Brooklyn, 5-2 and 18-8. In the 2nd game at the Polo Grounds, Robins 3B Wally Gilbert has 6 consecutive hits but falls one short of the ML record held by his manager, Wilbert Robinson. The Robins’ Gordon Slade adds a grand slam in the nitecap as Da Bums collect 22 hits.

Despite the Baker Bowl’s reputation as a HR haven, no one had hit a ball over the stadium wall since 1922. But Wally Berger, Boston Braves slugger, clears it in a 12-2 loss to the Phillies in game 2. The first game is a 10-0 Phils win behind Ray Benge.

At Boston, the A’s score 5 runs in the top of the 12th to break a scoreless tie in game 1. Lefty Grove goes the distance in beating the Red Sox, 5–0. Jack Russell does the same for the Bosox. The Sox return the compliment in game 2, scoring 6 runs in the bottom of the 9th to edge to A’s, 6–5. The loss snaps the A’s 14-game road winning streak; later this year they compile a 22-game home streak. Al Simmons goes hitless to end his 27-game hitting streak.

31st  Yankee Earle Combs’ hitting streak ends at 29, although the Yankees beat Washington, 4–2, in a rain-shortened 7-inning game.

After beating the Pirates three times in Pittsburgh, the Cubs come home and beat the Pirates for the 4th time in three days. With the help of an unassisted double play by Chicago CF Adam Comorosky, Bob Smith shuts out the Bucs, 5–0, on two hits. Heine Meine is the loser.

At St. Louis, the Cards take the first game from the Reds, 7–5, then drop the nitecap, 7–2, ending a streak of 25 straight home victories over Cincinnati. The streak, which started in the 2nd game on April 27, 1929, is a NL record.