1937 May

1st Joe DiMaggio makes his debut as a starter after missing six games, and strokes three hits against Rube Walberg. New York tips the Red Sox, 3–2.

3rd  The Giants equal a ML record, playing a 9-inning game against the Boston Bees with no chances for their outfielders. The Bees gardeners have just 3 chances in winning, 3–1.

The first-place Tigers outslug the White Sox, 12-9, as the two teams combine for 35 hits. Hank Greenberg has a grand slam for Detroit.

4th  Ripper Collins, Joe Marty, and John Bottarini homer for the Cubs in the 8th inning against the Phils, as visiting Chicago wins 14–7.

Carl Hubbell wins his 3rd straight the year, 19th overall, but did not finish the game as the Giants nip the Reds, 7–6. Dick Bartell hits 2 homers to back King Carl.

With the bases loaded in the 11th inning, the Washington Senators pull of a triple steal, with Ben Chapman on the front end, to break a 5–5 tie. When the dust clears, the Senators score 7 to beat the Indians, 12–5.

5th At Braves Field, the Cardinals club the Braves, 13-1, using five homers to do it. The first is a grand slam by Joe Medwick. Dizzy Dean (4-0) is the easy winner, fanning Vince DiMaggio 4 times.

The Cubs score in 8 of 9 innings and down the host Phillies, 17-4. Frank Demaree contributes a grand slam and 6 RBIs.

8th Washington’s Bobo Newsom, who will pitch in four decades, hits his only major-leaguer homer. It comes in Detroit off Tiger ace Schoolboy Rowe as the Talkative One wins, 8–3.

9th  Reds C Ernie Lombardi ties the modern ML record with 6 hits (5 singles and a double) in 6 consecutive times at bat, as Cincinnati routs Philadelphia 21–10 on 24 hits. Alex Kampouris tallies eight RBIs for the Reds on three homers, one a grand slam.

Before a crowd of 36,520 at the Polo Grounds, Carl Hubbell wins his 4thstraight and his 20th in a row, subduing the Cubs and Bill Lee, 4–1. The game is scoreless for 6 innings. Dick Bartell hits a 2-run HR in the 8th and Frank Demaree homers in the 9th for the only score of King Carl. Hubbell matches the mark of Rube Marquard, who won one game in 1911 and 19 straight more in 1912.

10th Monte Pearson pitches a one hitter in stopping the White Sox, 6–0. Joe DiMaggio hits his first 2 homers of the year and George Selkirk his fifth for NY. Chicago’s only hit is a one-out first inning single by Larry Rosenthal, who is erased on a DP.

Cleveland insures Bob Feller for $100,000 and flies him home to Iowa on a private plane for his high school graduation. Feller pitched 6 innings on April 24 before leaving with a sore arm. His next start is May 23 versus the Yankees.

11th White Sox P Monte Stratton allows 7 hits in subduing the Yankees, 7–2. One of the hits is by Tommy Henrich, who goes 1-for-4 in his ML debut. Henrich, recently signed, was called up to take the place of Jake Powell, out with appendicitis.

12th  St. Louis OF Joe Medwick tallies 4 extra-base hits: two HRs—off Claude Passeau and Orville Jorgens—and a pair of doubles in a Cards 15–3 win over the Phillies. The Cards collect 20 hits, including four by Pepper Martin and a round tripper by Brusie Ogrodowski.

Chick Hafey is restored to active duty with the Reds after a 2-year retirement.

13th  At Chicago, Washington’s Joe Kuhel ties the modern ML record with 3 triples as the Nats win, 10–2. Kuhel adds a single to drive in 3 runs.

Detroit’s George Gill makes his first ML start and shuts out the Red Sox, 4–0. Gill allows five hits, three by Joe Cronin, as Detroit replaces the Red Sox in 3rd place. Wes Ferrell allows just five hits, including a double and homer by Charlie Gehringer.

Joe DiMaggio replaces Lou Gehrig as the Yankees cleanup hitter and drives in three runs, as the Yankees trip the Browns, 4–2. Gehrig, hitting 5th gets a double after going hitless in his last 21 at bats. Tommy Henrich, making his 2nd appearance, bats third. He collects a pair of singles. Winning pitcher Lefty Gomez is the only Yankee without a hit.

Carl Hubbell wins his 5th straight, and 21st over 2 seasons, stopping the NL-leading Pirates, 5–2. Arky Vaughan’s two homers account for all the Pittsburgh scoring. Leading off, Dick Bartell hits his fourth homer in five days to continue his 12-game hitting streak, as the Giants hand reliever Waite Hoyt the loss.

15th  Walter Johnson Jr. makes his professional debut pitching for Des Moines.

16th  Browns 3B Harlond Clift equals the AL record with 9 assists in a 5–4 loss to the Tigers. A fumble and late throw in the 1st inning would have given him a 10th assist. By the end of the season, Clift will set a new record for total chances and the still-standing mark of 405 assists. Tigers Gee Walker has a single to run his hit streak to 21 games.

A sac fly by Chick Hafey in the 9th gives the Reds a 3–2 win over the Cubs. Hafey makes his first appearance since retiring in May 1935.

Cy Pfirman, longtime NL umpire dies. At one time he held the record for consecutive games umpired at 1,710.

Major League attendance today is 180,000. Pittsburgh is high in the NL with 39,571 and Shibe Park is tops in the AL with 38,728 watching the A’s-Yankees.

In the first of two games in Kansas City, Monarchs pitcher Hilton Smith fires a no-hitter to stop the Chicago American Giants. He walks one in the 4-0 win. William “Sug” Cornelius is the loser despite giving up just 3 hits.

18th  At Fenway, the Indians use six pitchers and a 4-run 9th to beat the Red Sox, 7-4. Lyn Lary is 5-for-5 for the Tribe as he will amass 39 hits in his first 20 games, a record for shortstops (since 1920) that will last this century.

19th  Dizzy Dean instigates another donnybrook following a number of knockdown pitches in a game with the Giants. The Giants score three runs in the 6th inning after Dean is called for a balk by ump George Barr. Losing 4–1 to Carl Hubbell in the 9th, Dean knocks down Jimmy Ripple with a pitch. Ripple follows with a bunt on the first base side in a effort to make Dean field the ball. The bunt, however, bounces to 2B Jimmy Brown, who prepares to throw to Johnny Mize at 1B. Dean, who had started toward the ball, keeps running and barrels into Ripple. The two benches empty, and when the field is cleared by the umpires and policemen, the batter Ripple, who was never put out at first base, is credited with a single. Catchers Gus Mancuso and Mickey Owens are ejected after staging their own private boxing match. The only player who doesn’t leave the bench is Hubbell, who wins his 6th straight game of the year and 22nd regular-season decision in a row. The Cards scoreboard attendant counts pitches in the game: 172 by Dean and 93 by Hubbard (70 strikes, 23 balls). King Carl uses 5 pitches in both the 1st and 8th.

The leading Pirates drop a 5–4 decision to the Phils as Dolph Camilli steals home in the 9th inning when relieve Mace Brown goes into a full windup. Morrie Arnovich collects a single, double and homer for the Quakers.

In the first night game of the season, the visiting Bees sting the Reds, 3–1. Rookie Lou Fette is the winner over Johnny Vander Meer, making his first start in the majors. Two railroads run special trains to bring 1500 fans from Southwestern Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky.

20th  Down 4-3 going into the 9th inning in St. Louis, the Giants win over the Cards, 7-4, when Dick Bartell hits a grand slam, off Lon Warneke.

22nd Facing Wes Ferrell in Boston, Hank Greenberg hits a long centerfield home run out of Fenway Park. It exits to the right of the flag pole and is called the longest HR ever hit at Fenway. Gee Walker has 3 hits to run his hit streak to 26 straight games, but the Red Sox counter with 14 hits of their own to win, 11–9. Walker’s streak will end on the 24th after 27 games.

The Athletics regain the AL lead by beating the White Sox, 10–9 in 11 innings. In the inning, however, they need 2 singles, a runner safe on an error, and 3 walks to win the game as Chicago C Luke Sewell picks one runner off at 2B and throws another out at 3B on a steal try.

Before a 6–2 loss to the Reds in Cincinnati, the Dodgers announce that Van Lingle Mungo has been fined, suspended for 3 days, and given a bill for $1,500 worth of damage done to a St. Louis hotel room following a ruckus last week with teammates trying to get him to bed at 4 a.m. When a photographer asks to take a picture of Van Mungo’s black eye, the pitcher replies, “You can take it for $1,000, because that’s what it cost me to get it.”

23rd  Dizzy Dean, who was called for a balk in his last outing, shows what he thinks of the new balk rule in a 6-2 win over the Phils. With a runner on 1B in the 2nd inning, Diz comes to a full stop for three minutes before pitching to Jimmie Wilson. Before throwing the next pitch, Dean pauses for four minutes prompting a balk call. Dean then sits on the mound for four minutes before being called for another balk. At a luncheon a few days later, Dean will call Ford Frick and umpire George Barr “the two biggest crooks in baseball” (as noted in John Snyder’s Cardinals Journal). Frick will suspend Dean for three days, later reducing it to two days. Dean refuses to retract his “crook” remark.

25th  After hitting a solo HR against the Yankees in his third-inning at-bat off Bump Hadley to break a 1–1 tie, player-manager Mickey Cochrane is hit by a 3–1 pitch from Hadley in the 5th inning and suffers a skull fracture in three places. Coach Del Baker will run the team for the hospitalized Detroit leader, who will never return to active play. Cochrane’s homer is his last at bat. In the hospital, Cochrane will exonerate Hadley saying, “I lost the ball.” The Yanks win the game, 4–3, beating Schoolboy Rowe, who makes his first appearance of the season following a suspension for lack of conditioning.

26th  Cleveland’s Billy Sullivan and Bruce Campbell blast pinch homers against the A’s, the first time two AL substitutes have connected on round trippers. Harry Kelley serves up both home runs. The A’s score 4 in the 9th to win, 8–6.

Joe McCarthy of the Yankees and Bill Terry of the Giants are named to manage the All-Star teams. Judge Landis announces that the managers, not the fans, will pick the teams, and increases the squads from 21 to 23 players.

27th  Hubbell (8-0) pitches 2 innings in relief and wins his 24th straight game when Mel Ott hits a 9th-inning HR for a 3–2 victory over the Reds.

29th John Whitehead pitches the White Sox to a 4-1 victory in the first game of a twinbill with Cleveland. The Indians go on a rampage and take the nightcap, 15-3. Moose Solters hits a grand slam in game 2 off Bill Dietrich.

In a Class A Western League game between the Des Moines Demons and the Cedar Rapids Raiders, both teams wear polo helmets as head protectors.

30th At Boston, Senators pitcher Pete Appleton pitches and bats his way to an 11–4 win over the Sox. Appleton drives in 6 runs, hitting a single and triple with the sacks full in the 2nd and 3rd and going 4-for-5, to beat Fritz Ostermueller. Appleton’s RBI mark ties the ML record for pitchers that Vic Raschi will top (7-August 4, 1953). Wes Ferrell did it last year.

Led by Hank Greenberg and Gee Walker, the Tigers collect 20 hits in pasting the Browns, 18–3. Greenberg is 5-for-5 with 2 homers, and Walker also has 2 homers, including a grand slam, in 4 hits while driving in 7 runs. Rookie George Gill is the winner.

31st  A Memorial Day crowd of 61,756, the 2nd-largest crowd in Polo Grounds history, sees the Dodgers end Carl Hubbell’s consecutive-game winning streak at 24 over 2 seasons. Babe Phelps leads the way, going 5-for-6, as Brooklyn routs King Carl in the 4th inning and wins 10–3. Although Hubbell loses the first game of the doubleheader, he is honored in between games when Babe Ruth makes the presentation of the NL’s 1936 MVP Award. The Giants take the nitecap, 5–4.

In front of a crowd of 14,352 at Cincinnati, the Reds whip the Pirates, 8-3 in the opener before losing 5-4 in the second game. Peaches Davis is the winner with 5+ innings while Gee Walker has 2 triples and scores 3. For the Reds it is their lone victory this year against Pittsburgh: the Reds will go 1-20 against the Pirates and lose a ML-record 20 straight to one team, 17 of the losses this year to the Pirates.