1933 May

1st Earl Grace and Arky Vaughan slug grand slams for the Pirates and Bill Swift coasts to a 10–0 win over the Phillies.

2nd Lon Warneke shuts out the Giants, and the Cubs beat up on Hal Schumacher to win, 11–0. Billy Herman is 4-for-4 and Gabby Hartnett drives in 5 runs on 2 homers.

4th  New York’s Lefty Gomez throws no-hit ball for 8 innings before Detroit’s Charlie Gehringer leads off the 9th with a home run. Gerald Walker follows with a double, reaches 3rd when Gomez throws a wild pitch, and scores. Gomez then retires the side for a 5–2 Yankee win.

At Boston, Si Johnson allows just one baserunner, Wally Berger with a leadoff single in the 2nd inning, as the Reds top the Braves, 4-0. Berger is erased in a steal attempt. Johnson doesn’t strike out a batter in the gem.

5th  Pepper Martin of the Cardinals hits for the cycle and adds a double in 5–3 win against the Phillies.

6th  The Reds sign Jack Quinn, 49. Quinn is the oldest to ever play for the Reds. For Quinn, it is his 8th team, tying him with Jim Delahanty for most teams played for, a record that will be topped.

Senators 2B Buddy Myer is carried off the field unconscious after being hit by a Whit Wyatt pitch, as Washington tops Detroit, 6–2. Earl Whitehill wins despite giving up Hank Greenberg’s first ML homer.

7th  Reds SS Leo Durocher and Cardinals P Paul Derringer (0-2 this season) are the principals in a trade that gives St. Louis a player to replace Charley Gelbert, the victim of a hunting accident in November. Dutch Henry and Jack Ogden also move from the Reds to St. Louis while Sparky Adams and Allyn Stuart go to Cincinnati. The pickup is a good one for the Reds, as Derringer will fire four 20-game seasons for Cincy. This year he’ll go 7-25 with the Reds, however.

At Cleveland, the Yankees and Indians split a twinbill, with the Tribe winning the opener, 7-6, then dropping the nitecap, 8-4. Earl Averill ties an American League record with 8 singles in the two games: no one will match it this century.

Giants pitchers Carl Hubbell and Hal Schumacher apply the calcimine as New York shuts out the Reds, 1-0 and 5-0. King Carl wins the opener when Sam Leslie breaks up Bob Smith’s no-hit bid with a 7th inning homer. Smith allows one other hit. Prince Hall allows two hits in game 2.

9th  The Tigers sell Earl Webb to the White Sox.

10th PCL star Frank Shellenback pitches Hollywood to a 12-3 win over Portland and helps with a grand slam. Shellenback will hit 70 homers in his career.

11th The Browns ship catcher Rick Ferrell and pitcher Lloyd Brown to the Red Sox for catcher Merv Shea and cash. Ferrell will hit .300 for the Sox over the next 4 seasons, while Shea will play just a season for the Browns.

12th     At Ebbets Field, Chick Hafey hits a grand slam in the 1st inning off Boom-Boom Beck and the Reds whip the Dodgers, 7-3.

The Red Sox pay the Yankees $20,000 for P George Pipgras and rookie SS Bill Werber. Pipgras will win 9 games this season for the Red Sox before injuring his arm, ending his career. Werber had just two at-bats this year as a Yankee.

13th At Philadelphia, the Cubs and Phillies trade wins with Chicago taking the opener, 7-5. The Phils win game 2 by a 7-1 score, plating all their runs in the 5th inning. The big blow is a Spud Davis grand slam.

14th With rain pelting down at Ebbets Field, Hack Wilson pounds a 9thinning pinch grand slam, the first in Dodger history, to beat the Phils Ad Liska, 8–6. The homer is inside-the-park, just the 3rd pinch inside-the-park grand homer in history, and the first since 1910.

In the opener of two games against the Browns, The Yankees almost go scoreless, losing, 5–1. The world rights itself in game 2 as New York wins, 9-5. Tony Lazzeri hits a 3rd in grand slam for New York.

15th  The major leagues advance the cut-down date a month, limiting rosters to 23 players on May 15 instead of June 15.

In their second deal with New York in four days, the Red Sox pick up ex-Yankee Dusty Cooke from Newark (IL) for OF Johnny Watwood and 2B Marv Olson. Both Olson and Watwood go to the minors and never play a game with New York.

16th  Washington and Cleveland break a ML record by using 11 pitchers in a 12-inning game won by the Senators 11–10. General Crowder is the eventual winner over Mel Harder. Washington’s Cecil Travis plays his first ML game and gets 5 hits, all singles: three players collect 5 hits to tie the AL mark for one game.

18th  The first ML All-Star Game is announced for July 6 at Comiskey Park. It will be played as part of the Chicago World’s Fair celebration and is sponsored by the Chicago Tribune. Fans will pick the players.

Reds pitcher Si Johnson, who beat the Cubs, 1-0, four days ago allowing one hit, repeats his performance, beating the visiting Braves, 1-0. Buck Jordan’s single in the 2nd is the only hit.

19th  At Sportsman’s Park, the Cards overcome a 4th inning grand slam by Mel Ott and score five runs in the 8th inning and one in the 10th to beat the Giants, 8-7. Pat Crawford’s bases-loaded single drives home the winner.

22nd  Joe Sewell of the Yankees fans for the first time this season, a 3–0 win behind Lefty Gomez over Sewell’s old team, Cleveland. Sewell will strike out only 3 more times in 524 at bats.

24th Detroit’s Tommy Bridges tosses a one-hitter in topping the Senators, 3–1. Joe Kuhel’s homer is the only Washington safety. It is the first time in the AL that a pitcher has allowed a home run in a one-hitter.

The Cubs whip the Phillies, 5-2, behind the pitching and hitting of Lon Warneke. Lon has a double and a homer, and sprains his ankle in the 6thinning while in the batter’s box. He grits out the last 3 frames for the complete game.

25th Lefty Grove of the A’s tops the Tigers, 4–3, for his 13th straight win over Detroit stretching back to August 20, 1930 (as noted by Frank Williams).

26th  Phillies OF Chuck Klein hits for the cycle for the 2nd time in his career, but the Cards win 5–4 in 14 innings.

27th  The White Sox tally 3 in their half of the 8th inning to take an 11–3 lead against New York. The Yankees storm back with 12 runs in the bottom half of the 8th inning with Bill Dickey’s grand slam the big blow. The combined total of 15 runs is a new AL record for one inning. The final reads 15–11.

28th  At the Stadium, the first-place Yankees take two from the White Sox, winning 2-1 and 9-7. Babe Ruth hits 1st inning homers in each game and adds a 7th inning homer in the nightcap off reliever Red Faber.

30th Boston’s Dale Alexander suffers a career-ending injury when he twists his knee sliding into home in the 2nd game of a doubleheader loss to the A’s. The first baseman will undergo a new therapy, diathermy, which will lead to 3rd degree burns, gangrene and the near loss of his leg. Last year’s batting champ will hit just .281 this year and retire with a career mark of .331. The A’s win 7–3 behind the relief win of Lefty Grove, then 11–8 in 12 innings, with Grove throwing scoreless 10th and 11thinnings. Brown goes all the way for the Sox before tiring and walking three and giving up a pair of singles in the 12th.

Detroit OF John Stone is the first major leaguer to collect 6 long hits in a regulation length doubleheader, as he bangs out 4 doubles and two homers for Detroit in a split with the Browns. National leaguers Chick Hafey and Mel Ott have collected 6 long hits, but their games ran more than regulation length. The Tigers take the opener, 8–6, then drop the 2ndgame, 3–1.