1935 May

4th  Jimmie Foxx scores 5 runs, as the A’s beat the Indians, 12–1.

5th  Thirty thousand fans are on hand in Boston to watch two superstars face each other—the Cardinals with young Dizzy Dean on the mound against the Braves with 40-year-old Babe Ruth. Diz walks Ruth his first 2 times up, then with 2 strikes on the Bambino, Dean, with a big grin on his face, waves his outfielders back and pipes a fastball down the middle that Ruth misses. Dean wins the game, 7–0, and in his first at bat, homers over Ruth’s head in right. Dean will face Ruth again on the 19th, holding the Babe hitless again, and win that game as well.

6th Boston’s Fritz Ostermueller holds the Indians to six hits in winning, 2–1. The loss drop the Tribe to 2nd place behind the White Sox. Ostermueller wins his own game with a run scoring single in the 7th off Oral Hildebrand.

8th  Reds backstop Ernie Lombardi equals the ML record with 4 straight doubles, all in consecutive innings (6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th) and each off a different pitcher: Syl Johnson, Orville Jorgens, Euel Moore, and Franklin Pearce. The slow-footed Lombardi also has a “long single” in the 23-hit, 15–4 win over the Phillies in game 1. The Reds collect 7 doubles and 2 homers. In the nitecap, the Phils snap their 9 game losing streak with a 5–4 victory.

9th  The Braves Rabbit Maranville sets a new record for NL service by appearing in his 23rd season. It is his first appearance since breaking his ankle in last year’s spring training. The Rabbit has a single but Tex Carleton is too much for the Braves and the Cubs win, 8–1.

At Philadelphia, Charley Gelbert of the Cardinals plays his first game since a 1932 hunting accident almost severed his leg. Gelbert’s error in the 7th paves the way for the Phils’ first run as they win, 2–1. The victory goes to Bucky Walters, the infielder whom manager Jimmy Wilson has been endeavoring to convert to a pitcher all spring. Bucky allows 4 hits and scores the winning run in the 9th to win his first ML game.

11th  White Sox rookie John Whitehead beats the Red Sox, 13–3, as Chicago solidifies first place in the AL by 1.5 games.

The Yankees top the 2nd-place Indians, 10-4. Tony Lazzeri’s 9th-inning grand slam is the cherry on the Charlotte Russe.

15th  Lou Gehrig steals home in a 4–0 Yankee win over the Tigers. It is his 15th and last steal of home, all of which were double steals.

The Pirates swamp the Phillies, 20-5, as Lloyd Waner scores 5 runs.

The Giants make Dolf Luque a coach, the Browns buy Russ Van Atta from the Yankees, and the Dodgers obtain George Earnshaw on waivers from the White Sox.

17th  Washington 2B Buddy Myer is 3-for-3 with 4 RBIs as the Nats top Detroit, 10–8.

18th Bucky Walters shuts out the Cubs for ten innings and singles home Jimmy Wilson to win the game, 1–0. Walters gets two of the three Phils’ hits off young Roy Henshaw.

19th  In a 9–6 win over the Dodgers at home, Pittsburgh 1B Gus Suhr injures his hand and leaves the game. He will play in the OF one inning tomorrow to continue his consecutive-game streak, which eventually reaches a NL record 822.

20th Hank Greenberg collects 2 of his 3 RBIs in the 11th inning as Detroit tops the A’s, 8–6. A’s pitcher George Caster, heeding the advice of Jimmie Foxx, walks Gehringer in the last frame to pitch to Greenberg.

21st  Promising pitcher Buck Newsom, a 16-game winner last year but 0-6 this season, is sold by the Browns to the Senators for $40,000.

The A’s acquire P George Blaeholder, who won 10 or more games in each of the last 7 seasons, from the Browns for Ed Coleman and Sugar Cain. Blaeholder had one of the highest salaries on the cash-poor Browns. Coleman will set the AL record for pinch hits this year with 20, a record that Dave Philley will break it in 1961.

With Babe Ruth leading the way with a home run, the Braves beat the Cubs, 4–1. Fred Frankhouse is the winner over Tex Carleton.

22nd  After a ruling by Commissioner Landis in which he states that Alabama Pitts has paid his debt to society, the Albany Senators (IL) sign the legendary athletic star and parolee from Sing Sing prison. The Senators, a farm team of Washington, are managed by Pitts’ friend Johnny Evers. Pitts will have 2 hits in his first game, but after weak hitting Albany will release him. In the fall of 1935 he will sign a $1,500 contract to play professional football as a fullback with the Philadelphia Eagles, and play in 3 games. He will also tour with the Alabama Pitts All Stars, a New York professional basketball team during the 1935 offseason, playing sparingly, but using his name as the big drawing card. Next season he will sign with York (New York-Penn) before moving on to the Charlotte Hornets (Carolina) on July 28, 1936. On June 7, 1941, Pitts will die after getting knifed in a barroom brawl.

23rd  Cleveland has an internal problem between manager Walter Johnson and two veterans, 3B Willie Kamm and Glenn Myatt. Judge Landis refuses to intervene, and Kamm is eventually made a scout while Myatt is released. Johnson continues his shaky tenure, which will not last the season.

24th  After a day’s delay because of rain, the Cincinnati Reds host the Philadelphia Phillies in the first ML night game, winning 2–1 before a crowd of 24,422. On the initiative of Larry MacPhail, FDR throws the switch at the White House to turn on the lights. Memphis native Mike Chiozza is the first batter as the Reds Paul Derringer outduels Joe Bowan, though the Reds are outhit, 6 to 4. The Reds will play 7 night games in all, one each against the other NL teams.

At Pittsburgh, Tommy Thompson hits a grand slam in the top of the 9thbut his Braves fall short, losing to the Pirates, 7-6.

25th  Babe Ruth has a last hurrah, hitting 3 home runs at Pittsburgh. The first shot is hit off Red Lucas, while the last two homers come off veteran Guy Bush. The final one, the last of his 714 career HRs, is the first to clear the RF grandstand at Forbes Field and is measured at 600 feet. With that, Ruth sits down in the dugout—Pittsburgh’s—next to rookie Mace Brown. Ruth, who hit 3 homers in a game just once in the AL (May 21, 1930), is the first player to turn this hat trick in both leagues. Ruth lifts himself in the 7th inning, finishing the day at 4-for-4 and 6 RBIs. But Ruth’s old teammate Waite Hoyt, in relief of Bush, is the winner as Pittsburgh defeats the hapless Braves, 11–7.

Here is Robert Creamer’s account of the Babe’s last home run in his 1974 book, “Babe”:

“[Guy] Bush said, ‘I never saw a ball hit so hard before or since. He was fat and old, but he still had that great swing. Even when he missed, you could hear the bat go swish. I can’t remember anything about the first home run he hit off me that day. I guess it was just another homer. But I can’t forget that last one. It’s probably still going. It was unbelievably long, completely over the roof of the double-decked stands in right field and out of the park. Nobody had ever hit a ball over the roof in Forbes Field before.’ Gus Miller, the head usher, went to investigate, and was told the ball landed on the roof of one house, bounced onto another and then into a lot, where a boy picked it up and ran off with it. Miller measured the distance from the first house back to home plate and said it was 600 feet. His measurement may have been imprecise, but it was still the longest home run ever hit in Pittsburgh.”

Forbes Field expert Dan Bonk, said in 2002 that the head usher had the wrong address for the Babe blast, and that the hit was very close to the foul line. It landed in a yard of a one-story house that today is painted in the blue and yellow Pirate colors.

At Yankee Stadium, the Bombers take a pair from the Browns, winning 3-1 and 8-7. Ed Coleman, recently acquired, makes it close in the nightcap with a 9th inning grand slam for St. Louis.

At Boston, Detroit wins, 3–2, on Hank Greenberg’s 2-run homer in the 6thinning. In his previous at bat in the 4th inning, Greenberg’s line drive hits pitcher Fritz Ostermueller breaking cheekbone and several teeth and sending him to the hospital.

26th In Cincinnati, Babe Ruth K’s three times and makes an easy out in his 4th at bat on “Babe Ruth Day” as his Braves lose 6–3 to the Reds. Syl Johnson is the winning pitcher. Tomorrow, the Babe will walk as a pinch hitter in the 9th as the Reds win, 9–5.

27th  The Red Sox get Oscar Melillo, star 2B, from the Browns, for Moose Solters and $35,000. Solters will make the trade look good, hitting .330 on the year with 104 RBI and become the first American Leaguer to collect 200 hits while playing for 2 teams. Only Irish Meusel, in the NL, has done it.

Rookie Pretzel Puzzullo makes his first start for the Phils and beats the Pirates, 4–2. Manager Jimmie Wilson likes it so much, he’ll start Pretzel tomorrow as well, but the Pirates will beat him, 3–1. Puzzullo is the only pitcher ever to makes his first two starts on consecutive days.

Whitey Wilshere (4-1) of the A’s stops the White Sox, 6-1. Luke Appling draws a walk for his 10th straight game and has 19 base on balls in 12 games. He will set a ML record for righthanded batters with 122 in 153 games this year.

28th  Washington’s Buck Newsom (later to be called Bobo) is hit on the left knee by a line drive by Cleveland’s Earl Averill in the 3rd inning. He finishes the game, but afterwards it is discovered that his kneecap is broken. Washington loses 5–4, when Cleveland scores 3 in the 8th. Buck will not pitch until July 7.

The Reds run their winning streak to 6 games, their longest in 4 years, beating Boston, 13–4. Babe Ruth is 0-for-3, scoring a run, but stumbles twice and injures his leg running and is replaced in LF by Lee.

29th  Led by Wally Berger’s 2nd inning grand slam, the visiting Braves take a 7-0 lead after two innings in Philadelphia. Last-place Boston holds on for an 8-6 victory.

30th  The Memorial Day twin bill at the Polo Grounds breaks all NL attendance records when 63,943 see the Giants take a pair from the Dodgers, 8–3 and 6–0. Thousands are turned away and the gates are closed 40 minutes before game time. Roy Parmelee coasts in the opener after Mel Ott hits a grand slam in the first inning. In his first appearance at the Polo Grounds as a Giant, Al Cuccinello also homers in the same inning. Fred Fitzsimmons twirls a 2-hitter in the nitecap.

Babe Ruth plays only the first inning of the opener of a doubleheader between Boston and Philadelphia at Baker Bowl, going 0-for-1. It is his final ML appearance. The Phils win 11–6 and 9–3.

Joe Medwick has 3 doubles and a triple in the first game, a 12–5 Cards win over the Reds. The Cards take the second game, 4–2, as Medwick contributes another 2 doubles and a single: his six long hits for the afternoon is the 3rd time it has happened in the NL.

The Yankees move into first place in the AL with a double win over the Senators, 4–0 and 9–3. Vito Tamulis pitches his 2nd straight shutout in the lidlifter.