1936 May

2nd The Cleveland Indians leave Boston tonight for Washington under a medical injunction to take precautions against contagion from the spinal meningitis afflicting right fielder Bruce Campbell. The Indians, 7–3 winner today over Boston, will be allowed to play the Senators tomorrow, but every player is told to isolate himself from family and children for three weeks.

Bucky Walters, infielder turned pitcher, holds the Reds to 7 hits in 7 2/3 inning, and bats in the winning run to give the Phils a 4–3 win. Philadelphia scores all its runs in the 6th when they drive Al Hollingsworth, Cincy’s leading pitcher, from the mound.

Toronto (IL) pitcher Leroy Herrmann pitches a 10-inning 1-0 no-hit no-run game against Newark. The effort will earn him a recall to the Cincinnati Reds.

3rd  Playing LF, Joe DiMaggio makes his regular-season debut with the Yankees and has 3 hits, one a triple, as New York routs St. Louis 14–5. Joe scores 3 runs and knocks in one. Gehrig and Ben Chapman each collect 4 hits and Gehrig scores 5 runs. New York will win 5 of their next 6 games with DiMag in the lineup. To make room, the Yankees waive OF Dixie Walker, hitting .350, to the White Sox.

5th The Braves Danny MacFayden bests Paul Dean, 1–0, to knock the Cards out of 1st place. MacFayden allows 3 hits.

6th Jimmie Foxx hits his 7th and 8th homers of the season as Wes Ferrell beats the St. Louis Browns, 9–6, to keep the Red Sox in first place.

9th Joe Medwick has a homer and 5 RBIs and Johnny Mize crashes a pair of homers as the Cardinals beat the Cubs, 11-9, at Wrigley. Frank Demaree has his third 3-hit game in a row for Chicago and has now collected 36 hits in his first 20 games of the season. No Cub will top it this century. Billy Herman has one hit and has 35 for the first 20 games, a mark that will be equaled by Starlin Castro in 2011.

10th  Joe Sullivan, Detroit pitcher, weakens after 12 innings of scoreless relief and Cleveland edges Detroit 9–7. Sullivan takes over for Auker in the 2nd and is splendid before losing in the 15th. Tribe second baseman makes a ML record 14 putouts in the game (as noted by Trent McCotter and Lyle Spatz).

By beating the A’s, 7–2, at home the Yankees move into first place and will remain there the rest of the season. Rookie Joe DiMaggio makes his belated home debut and hits his first home run, off George Turbeville. Lou Gehrig has 4 hits and two RBIs and Johnny Murphy, in his first start of the season, picks up the win. Gehrig has no 5-hit games in his career.

In Washington, the Senators top the A’s and Lefty Grove, 4–0. Grove had come into the game having allowed just one earned run in his previous 48 innings.

11th Mel Ott drives in 8 runs, including a 3-run HR with two out in the 9thinning, to give the Giants a 13–12 win over the Phillies.

12th  After the Dodgers beat Dizzy Dean, 5–2, at Ebbets Field, Cardinal captain Leo Durocher and Casey Stengel agree to meet under the stands and the Dodger manager gets a cut lip in a brief fight. The fight was the result of much bickering about calls during the game and some pre-game bantering.

Before a crowd of 700 fans, the Browns snap a 13-game losing streak by beating the Yankees, 7–0. Journeyman reliever Al “Tommy” Thomas, signed as a free agent, makes his first start of the year to beat the AL leaders. St. Louis gets all its runs in the first two innings off Pat Malone.

Ground crew notches save. At Comiskey Park, a shower with 2 outs in the 3rd inning delays the game 10 minutes. The grounds crew covers the mound and the batters’ boxes for the duration. Then with the sun shining, they attempt to make the field “playable” by taking rakes and shovels to the first and third-base lines and end up rendering the field unplayable. The umpires have no recourse but to call the game, taking Ted Lyons, with a 3-0 deficit, off the hook.

14th Joe DiMaggio bangs three doubles and single to pace the visiting Yankees to a 6–1 win over the Browns. DiMag will end the season with a .323 batting average, and a .352 OBA, still below the league OBA average of .363. The Browns shut out the Yanks yesterday to break their 13-game losing streak.

15th Washington’s Bobo Newsom strikes out 11 former teammates to hand the Browns their 23rd loss in their last 27 games. The Nats win, 10–5, behind a 17-hit attack. Les Tietja is the loser without retiring a batter.

16th  The Cubs young Phil Cavarretta poles a grand slam in the 8th inning off Bucky Walters to power the Cubs to a 7-3 win over the Phillies. The Phils argue to no avail that Cav’s homer is foul.

Pittsburgh P Waite Hoyt has an emergency appendectomy.

17th  Thanks to a big first inning the Browns are able to hold on and beat the Athletics, 8–5, their 2nd victory in 19 games. Buck Ross walks 4 of the 1st 5 Brownie batters and is lifted. Jim Bottomley then clears the bases with a triple. Moose Solter hits a HR in the 7th to break a 5–5 tie.

20th  The Giants take first place from the Cardinals, defeating them at the Polo Grounds 10–7. Tomorrow Paul Dean will pitch the Cards back on top, as the NL lead seesaws.

Veteran Fred Lindstrom, who abruptly quit the Dodgers and returned home to Chicago, says he may return to play for Brooklyn next year if he’s feeling good. He doesn’t.

21st  The Phillies reacquire “The Clouting Kraut” Chuck Klein, from the Cubs, along with P Fabian Kowalik and a reported $50,000, for P Curt Davis and OF Ethan Allen. Klein is hitting .294 this year for the Cubs.

22nd Phils pitcher Bucky Walters shuts out the Dodgers, 15–0. Fred Fitzsimmons, routed before getting an out, is the loser. The big blow in the 7-run 1st inning is a grand slam by Pinky Whitney.

Collecting 17 hits, including 8 doubles, the Cards overwhelm the Pirates, 11–4. Dizzy Dean breezes to his 6th win and the Cards increase their lead to 1 ½ games. Pepper Martin scores in his 13th consecutive game, but will go runless tomorrow.

23rd  At Crosley Field, Following a single by Lee Handley, and two pinch hitters reaching base, Sammy Byrd hits a pinch ultimate grand slam in the bottom of the 9th to give the Reds a 4–3 win over Pittsburgh. Bucs starter Bob Swift loads the bases and reliever Cy Blanton serves up just one pitch to Byrd who lets it fly. Byrd will hit one more homer this year and then retire next March 10 to play professional golf. The three pinch hitters scoring ties the NL record.

Tony Lazzeri hits 3 HRs, 2 in the nitecap, good for 4 RBI as the visiting Yankees pound the Athletics, 12-6 and 15–1. The crowd of 24,240, one of the largest in several seasons, pelts the field with cushions, bottles and other articles, making play difficult. Dickey, Chapman, Rolfe, and Crosetti also homer for NY.

24th  Yankees 2B Tony Lazzeri sets several slugging marks with two grand slams, a third HR, and a triple for 15 total bases in a 25–2 slaughter of the Athletics at Shibe Park. Tony has now hit 7 HRs in 4 games and 6 in three games. He also sets a new AL mark of 11 RBIs in one game. DiMaggio has three hits, including a homer, and Frank Crosetti also goes deep as a league mark is tied when 9 Yanks score two or more runs. Another ML record is tied when Ben Chapman draws 5 walks as the Yanks are handed 16 bases on balls. Gehrig exits early and is replaced by his favorite sub, Jack Saltzgaver. Monte Pearson is the winner over George Turbeville in the laugher.

The Giants whip the Phillies, 13–5 as Sam Leslie goes 5-for-5 and hits for the cycle for New York.

26th  In Boston’s 5–4 win at Fenway over the Yankees, New York C Bill Dickey suffers a contusion of the left kidney, which will send him to the hospital.

27th  Carl Hubbell beats the Dodgers 5–4 in 12 innings for his 6th win, as the Giants tie the Cardinals for first place.

Cleveland OF Bruce Campbell is released from the hospital after a 3rdattack of spinal meningitis. Cleveland wins today, 12–2, over the Browns with Billy Sullivan collecting 5 safeties and Hal Trosky hitting his 10th HR, a triple, and single.

28th At Wrigley, Reds pitcher Al Hollingsworth stakes himself to a 4–0 lead by belting a grand slam off Chicago’s Lon Warneke in the top of the 2nd. He then surrenders 7 runs in the bottom of the frame and eventually loses, 11–5. Johnson, Stine, and English get tossed after a bench-clearing brawl erupts in the 3rd. The Cubs won two days ago by scoring 7 runs in the 3rd.

Goose Goslin gives Detroit the lead with an 8th-inning grand slam, but the White Sox score 4 in the top of the 9th to win, 6-5.

The Indians ride Odell Hale’s 7th inning grand slam to a 6-5 victory over the St. Louis Browns.

29th In the 2nd 15–0 shutout in a week, New York’s Al Smith is the beneficiary of the hitting as he closes down the Braves. Smith will toss 4 shutouts this year, tops in the NL. Smith gives up a Texas Leaguer by Hal Lee in the 8th and a ground single in the 9th.

On tour in the US, Japan’s Waseda University nine loses to the University of Chicago, 18–16, as the 2 teams combine for 34 hits and 17 errors. Waseda scores 9 in the top of the 9th and Chicago answers with 5. Waseda will win tomorrow’s rematch, 10–5, as pitcher Wakahara allows 10 hits but strikes out 17.

30th At Yankee Stadium, a crowd of 71,000 watch the Bronx Bombers sweep the Nats, 7–1, and 6–1. DiMaggio has 3 doubles in the nitecap in support of Red Ruffing’s 2 hitter.

31st  Stu Martin’s 4th hit of the game, a single in the 12th inning, drives in the winning run as the Cards beat the Reds, 8–7. Dizzy Dean ‘scatters’ 19 hits, including 5 by Lew Riggs, in winning his 9th.

In a 5-run rally in the 9th at Detroit, Rogers Hornsby’s pinch single drives in the winner and gives the Browns an 11-10 win over the Tigers. It’s the first of 2 games that Rajah will play in this year. Starting pitcher Chief Hogsett, making his first appearance with the last-place Browns, hits 4 Detroit batters to tie the ML record.

The Cards sell Wild Bill Hallahan to the Reds.