1926 October

2nd  Game 1 of the WS before 61,658 at New York belongs to southpaws Herb Pennock (25-11) and Bill Sherdel (16-12). Two hits give the Cards a quick first-inning run. Sherdel issues 3 walks for a New York run without a hit. In the 6th, Babe Ruth slaps a single to left, moves to 2B on a sacrifice, and scores on a Lou Gehrig single for a 2–1 win. It is the first of Gehrig’s record 8 game-winning RBI in WS play.

3rd  Grover Alexander (9-7) faces Urban Shocker (19-11) as a record 63,600 look on. The Yankees score twice in the 2nd, but Old Pete sets down the last 21 batters, striking out 10. Billy Southworth and SS Tommy Thevenow collect 3 hits each, including a home run apiece, for a 6–2 St. Louis win. Thevenow’s is a line drive that skips by Ruth for an inside-the-park homer: Thevenow will hit 2 regular season HRs in his career–both inside the park.

In Baltimore, the Bacharach Giants’ Red Grier tosses a 10–0 no-hitter against the Chicago American Giants in the 3rd game of the Negro League World Series. Grier wins just more one game before an unexplained ailment ends his career.

4th  In St. Louis, the Tigers sweep the Browns aside, winning 10-4 and 11-6. The outfield leads the way as Al Wingo has 4 hits and 3 RBIs in game 1 and collects a hit and scores thrice in game 2; Ty Cobb is 4 hits and 4 RBIs in game 1 and a pair of hits in game 2; Harry Heilmann has 3 hits in each game, driving in 5 runs in the second contest. Wingo, in his only season as a regular outfielder, hits .370, third best among the trio. Cobb is at .378 and Heilmann leads the circuit at .393.

5th  Jesse Haines (13–4) stifles the Yanks on 5 hits while the Cards kayo Dutch Ruether (14-9 on the year, 2-5 for the Yanks) in the 5th. Haines helps his own side with a 2-run HR in the 4th. The 4–0 St. Louis win gives them the Series lead.

6th  In game 4, the Yankees tee off on Flint Rhem (20-7) and 4 other Cardinal hurlers for 10 runs and 14 hits, while Waite Hoyt (16-12) strands 10 Cardinal runners for a 10–5 win. Babe Ruth hits 3 HRs to fulfill his October 1st promise to a bedridden 11-year-old, Johnny Sylvester. Ruth’s 3rd clout, in the 6th, is the longest blast ever seen in St. Louis. It clears the park and goes through the window of an auto dealer across the street. In the 4th, Taylor Douthit and Chick Hafey collide in the OF as the ball drops; Douthit is sidelined for the rest of the Series.

In a PCL game, Sid Martin of Seattle gives up 11 hits to first-place Los Angeles but shuts them out.

7th  With the Series tied at 2–2, 39,552 pack Sportsman’s Park to watch Herb Pennock and Bill Sherdel duel again. The Cards score first on a double by Jim Bottomley and single by Les Bell. Ragged play costs the Cards a run in the 6th. Tied 2–2 in the 10th, Mark Koenig singles, takes 2B on a wild pitch, and after a sacrifice, comes home on Tony Lazzeri’s long fly for a 3–2 Yankees win.

9th  Grover Alexander scatters 8 hits in game 6 while the Cards tee off on Bob Shawkey (8-6), Urban Shocker, and Myles Thomas for 10 runs and 13 hits in a 10–2 romp.

At San Francisco, Mission (PCL) beats Los Angeles, 15–6 behind the hitting a pitching of Clyde Barfoot. He goes 3-for-5, with 3 home runs, 9 RBIs. Barfoot, who pitched for Detroit earlier in the year, was a .263 hitter in the majors.

10th  On a drizzling New York afternoon, only 38,093 show up at the Stadium for the deciding WS contest. Grover Alexander, possibly sleeping off a hangover in the bullpen, barely notices when Jess Haines take a 3–2 lead over Waite Hoyt into the 7th. Haines weakens in the last of the 7th; 3 walks put Earle Combs, Bob Meusel, and Lou Gehrig on base with 2 out and Tony Lazzeri at the plate. Hornsby then waves in Alexander. On a 1-1 count Lazzeri hits a line drive into the left-field seats, a few feet to the foul side of the pole, then swings and misses for strike 3. Alexander sets the Yanks down in order until Babe Ruth draws his 11th walk with 2 out in the 9th, and is thrown out inexplicably trying to steal 2B. The Cards and St. Louis have their first World Championship. Each winner collects $5,584.51, the losers, $3,417.75.

11th  The Browns announce that George Sisler will be back as a player but not as manager.

Babe Ruth hits three home runs off of “Cannonball” Dick Redding in a barnstorming game in Trenton. Beforehand, he and his manager Christy Walsh visit 11-year-old Johnny Sylvester in Essex Falls, NJ. Ruth had responded to the request by the ailing youngster and sent him a ball signed, “I’ll knock a homer for you in Wednesday’s game.” Which he did.

13th  Cleveland 1B George Burns is voted AL MVP. Hitting .358, Burns makes 64 doubles, topping Tris Speaker’s 59. It’ll be the record until Earl Webb’s 67 in 1931.

20th  John “Stuffy” McInnis is named manager of the Phils succeeding Art Fletcher. Fletcher will sign on with the Yankees as coach.

22nd  Manager Lee Fohl resigns after 2 last-place finishes with the Red Sox.

23rd In South Bend, Indiana, the Babe Ruth All Stars, including Johnny Mostil, Marty McManus and Urban Shocker, beat the local South Bend Indians 7-3 in a game called after 6 innings because of a late start. The all stars were delayed 2 hours when their vehicle broke down, as researched by historian Kevin Paczkowski. The Babe is 3-for-4 and hits a HR estimated at 600 feet. In preparation for the Babe’s visit, the local team stocked up on baseballs at a cost of $1.23 each: in Montreal on October 17, the Babe hit 36 into a nearby river, according to the South Bend Tribune, and the ensuing game had to be stopped for lack of balls. Babe’s squad will tie tomorrow when the Indians pitch the Giants Fred Fitzsimmons, who lives nearby. Joining Freddie is Fred Lindstrom.