1930 October

1st  The World Series opens with a Wednesday game at Philadelphia’s Shibe Park. The defending World Champion Athletics are held to 5 hits by Burleigh Grimes. Lefty Grove limits the Cards to a pair of runs, as the A’s capitalize on their power. Their 5 hits include HRs by Mickey Cochrane and Al Simmons’ 2 triples and a double, providing Philadelphia with single runs in 5 different innings and a 5–2 victory.

2nd  Flint Rhem is a surprise starter for the Cardinals but he fails to astonish the Athletics batters. He gives up 6 earned runs in less than 4 innings, all the Athletics need to win 6–1 behind George Earnshaw’s 6-hit pitching. Mickey Cochrane for the A’s and George Watkins for St. Louis hit homers.

4th  Bill Hallahan blanks the A’s 5–0, giving up 5 walks and 7 hits. Philadelphia A’s hurler Jack Quinn, at age 46, pitches 2 innings of relief against the St. Louis Cardinals, thereby becoming the oldest player to appear in a WS game.

5th  Jesse Haines pitches a brilliant 4-hitter to beat Lefty Grove and the A’s 3–1, thereby evening up the Series.

6th  The A’s take the lead in the Series, 3 games to 2, when George Earnshaw and Lefty Grove combine to shut out the Cardinals, 2–0, on 3 hits. Philadelphia’s runs come in the top of the 9th when Burleigh Grimes is tagged for a long 2-run HR by Jimmie Foxx.

8th  George Earnshaw finishes off the Cardinals 7–1, pitching shutout ball until the 9th inning. He is clearly the pitching star of the WS with 2 wins and 7 shutout innings of a game in which reliever Lefty Grove got the decision. Despite the “lively” 1930 ball and the many outstanding hitters on both sides, it is a pitching-dominated Series. The Cards bat only .200 as a team and the A’s .197. The A’s staff has a combined ERA of 1.73.

10th  The New York Yankees announce they have signed Joe McCarthy to manage the team for 4 years. The Cubs made him available one year after he had led them to a pennant, and the Yankees lost no time in signing him. McCarthy will lead New York to 8 pennants and 7 World Championships before resigning in 1946.

With no MVP award for the second year in a row, the Associated Press polls its members and names Joe Cronin unofficial AL MVP for 1930. The Baseball Writers Association names Hack Wilson the MVP of the NL. The Cubs give Wilson a bonus of $1,000, the monetary reward that the MVP title had carried as an official league honor.

14th  Brooklyn sends a bundle of cash to the last-place Phillies, together with Jumbo Elliott, Clise Dudley, and Hal Lee to obtain Lefty O’Doul and Fresco Thompson. Elliott, 10–7 with Brooklyn in 1930 (his only winning season in 5 for the Brooks), will win a league-high 19 games in 1931.

19th At Havana’s Stadium Cerveza Tropical a group of major league all stars completes a 7-game series with a squad led by Jewel Ens winning 6–2 over Dave Bancroft’s team. The Ens team takes the series, 5 to 2, with most of the games close (as researched by Bill Nowlin) and very well attended. Participating are future Hall of Famers Bancroft, Heinie Manush, Rabbit Maranville, Paul Waner, Al Lopez, Pie Traynor, Chuck Klein, Carl Hubbell and Bill Terry. But the star of the series is Larry French, who wins 3 games. In between games 5 and 6, the Bancrofts beat a Havana all-star team, 2–1, scoring the winning run in the 9th. A plaque at the stadium commemorates the series.

29th The Giants sell Wally Roettger to the Cincinnati Reds.