1937 October

1st At Ebbets Field, the Dodgers make the off-season look a little better by topping the Giants 7–4 and end their 14-game losing streak. Only once before has Brooklyn lost as many as 14 games in a row.

2nd  Thirty-four-year-old rookie Jim Turner of the Boston Bees wins his 20th game, 7–1 over the Phillies. Tomorrow, fellow first-year pitcher Lou Fette, 30, will also win his 20th, against the Phils, marking the only season in ML history that three rookies each win 20 games.

The Yankees (101-52) erupt with an 11–3 pasting of the Red Sox. New York clubs 4 homers, including Gehrig’s 37th of the year. Lou follows that with a bunt single in his next at bat to reach 200 hits. The Sox, aware he had 199, were looking for the bunt.

Rudy York of Detroit hits his 35th HR, tying the 1934 AL record of Hal Trosky for rookies, but Trosky clubs 2 homers to power the Indians to a 12–5 win. This gives him 103 for the year in, including tomorrow, just 375 at bats; this is a ML record for the fewest at bats in a season for a player reaching the century mark. Barry Bonds will have 101 RBIs in 373 at bats in 2004.

3rd  Cleveland’s Johnny Allen’s effort on 2 days rest to tie the AL record of 16 straight wins is frustrated when Detroit’s Jake Wade beats him with a one-hit shutout 1–0 on the final day of the season. A two-out single by Hal Trosky in the 7th is Detroit’s only hit. Detroit scores the only run in the 1stinning when a hot grounder gets by 3B Odell Hale to drive in Pete Fox with the only run; Greenberg’s RBI single is his 183rd of the year. A miffed Allen almost comes to blows with Hale after the game. Allen finishes with 14 complete games, a 15–1 mark, for an AL record winning percentage of .938.

The Yankees (102-52) close out the season with a 6-1 win over Boston at Yankee Stadium. Monte Pearson picks up the win as Joe DiMaggio hits his league-leading 46th homer, a grand slam, off Joe Gonzales. It is DiMag’s 3rd grand slam of the year.

The Pirates take a closing day doubleheader from the Reds, 4–3 and 4–0, in 7 innings, extending their win streak to 10, and the Reds’ losing run to 14 (the longest to finish a season since the Cardinals in 1916). The Pirates beat the Reds 21 of 22 games, tying the ML record set by the Cubs over the Braves in 1909 and the Yankees over the Browns in 1927. They won 17 straight over the Reds, starting with game 2 of a doubleheader on May 31. The Bucs will tack on three more wins in 1938 to set a ML record of 20 straight over the Reds. Ken Heintzelman wins the opener in his ML debut, and Mace Brown takes the second game in relief.

The A’s and Senators split a pair, the A’s winning 5–4, and the Nats take the nitecap, 4–3, in 5 innings. Rookie Joe Kohlman (1–0), who won 25 straight for Salisbury (25–1 in the Eastern League), with 2 no hitters, is the nitecap winner over Earle Mack’s A’s. It’s Kohlman’s only ML decision.

Hal Schumacher, the first of 3 pitchers for the Giants is credited with the win as the Giants trip the Dodgers, 4–1. Schumacher belts a 3-run HR in the 2nd. Manager Burleigh Grimes uses a ML record tying 23 players in the game. Grimes is also thumbed out of the game for the 10th time this season.

4th  Cincinnati releases 38-year-old Kiki Cuyler. He will sign with Brooklyn. Shortstop Leo Durocher is traded to the Dodgers by the Cardinals for OF Johnny Cooney, Joe Stripp, Jim Bucher, and Roy Henshaw. Cooney, who started his ML career as a pitcher in the 1920s, led the AA in hitting in 1935 with a .371 average. Durocher will start at shortstop for the next 2 seasons in Brooklyn.

6th  Carl Hubbell and Lefty Gomez duel in the opening game of the WS, a rematch of last year’s teams. The Yankees score 7 runs in the 6th inning on 5 singles, 3 walks, and 2 errors. Tony Lazzeri homers in the bottom of the 8th to make the final score 8–1.

7th  The Yankees win the 2nd game, again by an 8–1 score, with Red Ruffing beating Cliff Melton. Ruffing fans 8 and drives in 3 runs with 2 hits.

8th  The Yankees continue their mastery over the Giants, who unravel with 4 errors. Monte Pearson and Johnny Murphy combine to pitch a 5-hitter, winning 5–1. Pearson retires the first 14 batters, setting a once-tied WS mark, and besting Eddie Plank’s mark of 13 set in 1913.

9th  Carl Hubbell staves off a Yankee sweep with a 6-hit, 7–3 victory. The Giants score 6 runs in the 2nd inning. Lou Gehrig hits a 9th inning HR to give him a record 34 RBIs, breaking Ruth’s record of 33. The Yankees make no errors in the series, setting a record; the next team to match them will be Baltimore, in a 4-game series in 1966.

The White Sox crush the Cubs, 14–2, to even the City series at 2 each.

Boston Bees manager Bill McKechnie signs a 2-year contract to lead Cincinnati. McKechnie has managed the Bees since 1929 and for finishing in 5th place this past season was named Manager of the Year by The Sporting News.

10th  Lefty Gomez wins again, and the Yankees wrap up the Series. Gomez himself knocks in the winning run in the 4–2 clincher. It is a record 5th WS win, without a loss, for Gomez. Another record comes as the Yankees complete the Series without an error.

11th The White Sox defeat the Cubs, 6–4 in the 5th contest of the city series.

13th The Sox top the Cubs, 6–1 to win the City series, 4–3. The Sox have now won 15 of 22 meetings with one ending in a deadlock.

15th  Rather than accept any trade offers, the Yankees release Tony Lazzeri and allow him to make his own deal. On October 28, he signs as a player-coach with the Cubs and will help Chicago to the ’38 World Series.

20th  Ossie Vitt, the highly successful manager of the Newark Bears (IL), becomes the new manager of the Cleveland Indians, replacing Steve O’Neil.

23rd  Before a crowd of 22,500 at the Polo Grounds, the Cuban Giants young Johnny Taylor outpitches Satchel Paige and the Satchel Paige All-stars to win, 2–0, on a no-hitter. Taylor faces 28 batters. The game is scoreless until the 8th inning when Jim West swings late and lofts a 2-run homer into the LF stands.

25th  Casey Stengel signs to manage the Boston Bees, replacing Bill McKechnie. Donie Bush, five-year manager of the Minneapolis Millers, turned down the job three days ago.