1928 October

1st Washington owner Clark Griffith fires manager Bucky Harris. The former “Boy Wonder”, now 31, hit just .204 as player-manager.

4th  The Cardinals lack the Yankees’ power, but have a .325 hitter in Jim Bottomley, who tied with Hack Wilson for NL HR honors with 31 and led in RBI with 136. St. Louis has a solid infield defense with Frankie Frisch, the venerable Rabbit Maranville, and their fleet OF, led by Taylor Douthit, whose 547 putouts and 566 total chances in CF have set post-1900 records.

The first game is a swift execution before 61,425 at New York. Babe Ruth has a single and double and scores twice, once on Bob Meusel’s 4th-inning HR, and Lou Gehrig is 2-for-4 with 2 RBI off Bill Sherdel (21-10). Waite Hoyt (23-7) sets the Cards down with 3 hits, one a solo HR by Bottomley in the 7th, for a 4–1 win.

5th  Grover Alexander (16-9) faces George Pipgras (24-13) in game 2. Gehrig unloads a 3-run HR in the first. The Cards tie in the 2nd, but Pipgras shuts them out on 2 hits the rest of the way. Alexander is nicked for one in the 2nd and is driven to cover by a 4-run outburst in the 3rdand it’s 9–3 New York. Ruth is 2-for-3, and Gehrig has 3 more RBI.

7th  Veteran Tom Zachary (3-3 with New York) gets a start against the Cards’ Jesse Haines (20-8). Two infield hits followed by a triple give the Cards 2 runs. Lou Gehrig leads off the 2nd with a booming HR, and in the 4th the sharp-fielding Taylor Douthit misplays a single before a 2-run HR by Gehrig. Three runs in the 8th give New York a 6–3 lead that stands up when Zachary goes all the way for a 7–3 win. Ruth and Gehrig have 2 hits each, and Gehrig another 3 RBI.

9th  After a rainout, Waite Hoyt and lefty Bill Sherdel are back on the mound for game 4. After 6 innings, the Cards hold a 2–1 lead. With one out in the 7th, Ruth hits a HR, his 2nd of the game, after seemingly to take a third strike on a quick pitch from Sherdel who took the catcher’s relay with his foot on the rubber and fired back. The umpires discussed the quick pitch, allowed in the NL but outlawed in the AL, and ruled it would not be counted, and the homer stands. Not till Chase Utley, in 2009, will another left-handed hitter hit two homers off a lefty. Two pitches later, Gehrig follows suit. When Meusel singles, in comes Pete Alexander to face Tony Lazzeri. Lazzeri doubles and later scores the 4th run of the inning. In the 8th, Cedric Durst, subbing for Earle Combs, hits one out of the park, and Ruth follows with his third homer of the game. Final score is 7–3 and the Yanks sweep their second straight WS. Ruth’s World Series BA of .625 is still unmatched; with Gehrig’s .545 and a record 9 RBI, they also set individual and team offensive records for hits, HRs, total bases, and at bats in a game.

15th  Walter Johnson signs a 3-year contract to manage the Senators, Griffith having secured his release from the 2nd year of his contract to manage Newark. Tris Speaker will take over as Newark’s manager.

16th  Gordon “Mickey” Cochrane wins AL MVP honors, edging Heinie Manush by 2 points. Neither Ruth nor Gehrig is eligible, having won before.

17th  George Moriarty resigns as Tigers manager and is replaced by ousted Washington skipper Bucky Harris. Moriarty will return to the ranks of the AL umpires.

29th  The Giants send OF Lefty O’Doul and cash to the Phils for OF Freddy Leach.