1933 October

1st  Nick Altrock, clowning coach of the Series-bound Senators, pinch-hits for Johnny Kerr at the age of 57 in a 3–0, 11-inning loss to the A’s. Altrock bats with 2 outs in the 11th against Rube Walberg. The Washington Post reported it as follows:

“Amid such absurdities as Cliff Bolton playing right field, and Nick Altrock pinch hitting as the Nats’ dying gesture, the American League season came to a close at Griffith Stadium yesterday, with the Athletics winning, 3 to 0, in the eleventh inning of a ball game that had no more bearing on the baseball situation than the NRA code of the buttonhole workers. Three runs behind and two out going into the last of the eleventh, the Nats went down fighting, leastwise, Nick Altrock did. Uncle Nick was the Nats’ last hope. Walberg showed his contempt by calling in all his outfielders. His infielders surrounded the pitching box. Walberg dared Nick to hit the ball, and Nick hit it. He hit it back to Walberg and then went down fighting. Walberg fielded the ball, ran to the baseline and waited for Nick, but he reckoned without the ‘inside’ baseball of the Nats’ clown. Altrock sidestepped Walberg via the dugout and reached first safely. When he was called out for running out of bounds, he pleaded in vain with the official scorer to overrule umpire Summers’ decision.”

Babe Ruth attracts 25,000 fans to the Stadium as he takes the mound against the Red Sox. Before the game, the Babe beats Smead Jolley in a fungo-hitting contest, 395 feet to 325, then holds Jolley to a single in 5 appearances. Ruth hits a 5th inning HR and takes a 6–0 lead into the 6thinning, then hangs on for a 6–5 complete-game win. The Yankees back the Babe with 18 outfield putouts. Today is his last pitching appearance, and he finishes his Yankee pitching career at 5–0. Bosox hurler Bob Kline takes the loss. Ruth now has 10 winning seasons in 10 years as a pitcher, a mark that will be matched in 2004 by Andy Pettitte.

At Boston, the Braves end the season with a 4-1 victory over the Phillies. Wally Berger’s grand slam accounts for all the Braves scoring. He ends the year with 34 homers and 121 RBIs.

Missions outfielder Ox Eckhardt is 6-for-8 in a doubleheader against Hollywood to lead the PCL in batting for the third straight year. Ox gores the league’s pitching for a .414 average. He will get one more cup of coffee in the majors in 1936, at the age of 35.

3rd  In the battle of first-year managers, the Giants take the opener of the WS at the Polo Grounds, as Carl Hubbell holds the Senators to 5 hits and 3 unearned runs. Washington unravels when Buddy Myer makes a record-tying 3 errors. Mel Ott is the hitting star, tying a WS record with 4-for-4.

4th  Scoring 6 runs in the 6th inning, the Giants make it 2 in a row over Washington. The Senators are again held to 5 hits.

The White Sox edge the Cubs, 3-2, in the Windy City Series, and will go on to win all 4 games.

5th  The WS moves to Washington, and Earl Whitehill blanks the Giants 4–0. President Roosevelt throws out the first ball and stays the whole game despite a steady rainfall.

Chicago Cubs president William Veeck, Sr, dies of leukemia at age 55. He had been president of the club since 1918.

6th  Carl Hubbell wins for the 2nd time, going 11 innings for the 2–1 victory in a pitching duel with Monte Weaver. Heinie Manush is thrown out of the game for brushing umpire Charlie Moran in the 6th inning. Travis Jackson beats out a surprise bunt to open the 11th inning, is sacrificed to 2B on a close play, and scores on a single by Blondy Ryan.

7th  At the World Series, flags are at half staff to honor William L. Veeck, Chicago Cubs president who died suddenly.

In Washington, the WS comes to a close when Mel Ott homers in the 10thinning for a 4–3 Giants, victory. Dolf Luque gets the win in relief. The Giants are World Champs for the 4th time.

10th  Joe Cronin is rewarded with a 3-year contract as player-manager of the Senators.

12th  Jimmie Foxx (AL) and Carl Hubbell (NL) are named MVPs by the baseball writers. Foxx is the Triple Crown winner in the AL while Triple Crown winner Chuck Klein is distant second in the NL voting, jut 4 points ahead of Wally Berger in third place.

22nd  Phil Ball, millionaire owner of the St. Louis Browns, dies at the age of 69 of septicemia. With Ball’s financial support gone, the Browns will sell their Milwaukee franchise, retaining San Antonio as their sole minor league club. Manager Rogers Hornsby will run the team.