1929 October

1st Before fewer than 500 paying fans, in the first of a 5-game series, the host Reds drop a 3–2 decision to the Cubs and Guy Bush.

3rd At St. Louis, the Browns General Crowder tops the Indians, 3–2, in 10 innings. Accounting for the Indians scoring is Earl Averill’s 2-run HR, his 18th of the year and his 5th off the general. Only George Kelly’s 6 off Vic Aldridge in 1923 (and later on, Williams in 1941, off Rigney, and Kluszewski in 1954, off Surkont) will top Earl’s 5, according to homer historian Dave Vincent.

5th  Mel Ott and Chuck Klein go into today’s Giant-Phils doubleheader tied at 42 home runs apiece. In the opener, a 5–4 Phils victory, Ott manages a single, but Klein homers off Carl Hubbell in his first at bat to take the HR lead. In game 2, Ott singles in his first at bat. After that, manager Burt Shotton orders the Phillies pitchers, rather than give Ott a chance to tie Klein, to semi-intentionally walk him 5 times (he will lead the league in walks with 113). The last (semi) intentional walk comes on a 3-2 count with the bases loaded as the Giants win, 12–3 (Ott was not credited with an RBI). Phillie Lefty O’Doul gets 6 hits in the 2 games for an NL record of 254 hits for the season. In the 5th inning of game 1, Lefty’s 3rd hit of the game, a 5th inning HR, is his 251st of the year. He has a 4th hit in game one to raise his average to .398, then two more in the nitecap. Lefty will later contend that he played 18 holes of golf every morning during the seasons he won the batting titles (and other seasons) and that it tired him out just enough so he didn’t overswing in baseball. Chuck Klein follows O’Doul’s HR with one of his own, his 43rd. For Rogers Hornsby, it was a tough inning, as the two homers eclipse two of his NL season records: most hits (250) and most HRs (42). Each player connects in all National League parks, the first players not named Ruth to accomplish the feat. Bill Walker picks up the game 2 win, scattering 14 hits but allowing just 3 earned runs. His 3.08 ERA tops the NL, the highest ERA to win an NL title.

In Cincinnati, Reds righthander Rube Ehrhardt, making his only start of the year, becomes one of only five men to pitch a shutout in their final ML game. He blanks the Cubs 9–0 on 5 hits for his only win of the year. Mike Cvengros is the loser.

Mission (PCL pitcher Herm Pillette notches his 23rd win tossing a 4-0 no-hitter against lowly Seattle, losers of 135 games this year.

6th  While the 3rd-place Indians lose two to the 4th-place Browns, 4–2 and 4–1, Cleveland’s Joe Sewell finishes a 152-game schedule with just 4 strikeouts. The Browns bid farewell to Dan Howley as Bill Killefer is signed to manage the Browns next year. The Reds will hire Howley as their manager on October 15.

The Tigers score 4 in the top of the 9th to beat the White Sox, 7–6. Detroit’s Bob Johnson has 2 doubles and triple to top 200 hits for the year. He joins Dale Alexander (215) as the only two rookie teammates to ever top 200 hits. Among the 800 fans is Donie Bush, 1930 manager of the Comiskeys.

At Boston, the Giants close the season by beating the Braves, 9–4. In the 9th, the Braves put in 2 coaches, Johnny Evers at 2B and Hank Gowdy at catcher, Gowdy’s 10th game of the year. Roy Parmelee is the winner with Red Lucas pitching the last 4 innings. Lucas leads the NL in complete games (28) and pinch hits: Lucas hits .293 in 140 at bats.

Former hurler Nick Altrock, 53, now a coach-comedian for the Senators, plays one inning in RF and collects a single in his one AB against the Red Sox, 2–1 winners over Washington. Other graybeards making season-ending token appearances include Browns coach Jimmie Austin, 49; Braves coach Johnny Evers, 48.

At Wrigley Field, Larry French of the Pirates beats the Series-bound Cubs, 8–3. Batting practice pitcher Hank Grampp lasts just an inning in losing. The Pirates collect 12 hits in the win giving them a ML record (since 1919) 102 games in which they’ve racked up 10 hits or more. No team will match them this century. The Cubs end the season with an attendance of 1.6 million, a figure they will not top until 1969. Though none drive in a run today, the Cubs finish with 4 players (Cuyler, Hornsby, Stephenson and Wilson) with 100 RBIs or more. This ties the club mark set in 1894.

Bill McKechnie signs a 4-year contract to manage the Braves, replacing Emil Fuchs, the owner, who managed last season.

8th  Howard Ehmke (7-2), who has been scouting the Cubs for a week, is the Athletics’ surprise starter in game 1 of the WS at Chicago. A crowd of 50,740 Cubs fans watches Ehmke strike out a WS-record 13 that will stand until Brooklyn’s Carl Erskine fans 14 Yankees in 1953. He holds the Cubs scoreless until the 9th for a 3–1 win. Charlie Root (19-6) yields just 3 hits, but one is a HR by Jimmie Foxx in the 7th.

9th In game 2 of the World Series, a 3-run HR by Foxx and a 2-run blast by Al Simmons are enough for a 9–3 A’s win over Pat Malone (22-10). George Earnshaw (24-8) is kayoed in a 3-run Cubs 3rd; Lefty Grove comes in and shuts down the Cubs.

11th  In Philadelphia for game 3, Guy Bush (18-7) is tagged freely but the A’s strand 10; Earnshaw comes back with a 6-hitter, striking out 10, but 2 hits, a walk, and an error in the 6th produce 3 tallies for a 3–1 Cubs win. Cuyler’s 2-run single is the key blow to back Bush’s complete-game effort.

12th  At 45, John Quinn (11-9) gets a start against Root. After giving up a HR to Charlie Grimm with a man on in the 3rd, Quinn serves up 4 straight singles to open the 6th, and in comes Rube Walberg (18-11). The inning ends with the score 7–0. Trailing 8–0 in the 7th, the Athletics, in the greatest rally in World Series history, shake Chicago by scoring 10 runs for a 10–8 victory. The most damaging play is Hack Wilson’s misjudgment of a fly from Mule Haas’s bat, which goes for a 3-run, inside-the-park HR.

14th  After a Sunday off, a special train from Washington brings President and Mrs. Hoover to Shibe Park to see if Howard Ehmke can wind up the Series against Pat Malone. They match zeroes for 3, but with 2 outs in the 4th, a walk and 3 hits give the Cubs a 2–0 lead. Malone stifles the A’s with 2 hits and the 2–0 lead holds up into the 9th. The Athletics rally and come up with 3 runs, the winning run scoring on a Bing Miller double, and take the series four games to one. There won’t be another winning rally by a team down 2 runs in the 9th of game 7 this century; the Diamondbacks, in 2001, will do it next. NL MVP Rogers Hornsby, hobbled with a heel spur, manages just five hits in the Series.

Coming off a .344 season, Detroit’s Harry Heilmann clears waivers and is sold to Cincinnati. The future Hall of Famer has been bothered by arthritis in his wrists, but will hit .333 in 1930 before retiring as a regular player.

16th The Reds acquire aging Yankee star Bob Meusel for cash.

17th  The Yankees sign former P Bob Shawkey as manager, replacing Higgins.

22nd  Phils C Walt Lerian, 26, is killed when a runway truck hits him while he is waiting for a trolley in Baltimore. Lerian had just been named the top fielding catcher in the NL by the New York Times.

30th  Former C Gabby Street is named manager of the Cardinals.