1923 September

2nd  After playing 238 games without being shutout, Kansas City is stopped by Milwaukee’s Nelson Potts, who wins 5–0. The string of scoring games ties the AA record set by Minneapolis between September 1920 and June 1922.

4th  Yankee Sam Jones no-hits the Athletics, 2–0, beating Bob Hasty. Babe Ruth makes the only strikeout of the game as he slips a point behind Detroit’s Harry Heilmann in the batting race. Not till Ken Holtzman’s no-hitter in 1969, will another pitcher record a no-hitter with no strikeouts.

In a twilight charity game, Ruth plays 1B for Philadelphia’s Ascension Catholic Club. Ruth scores the only run in a 2–1 loss to the Lit Brothers.

7th  The A’s are hit with a no-hitter for the 2nd time in 4 days as Boston’s Howard Ehmke strikes out one while pitching a 4–0 no-hitter against them. “Ehmke’s zippy crossfire came out of the shortstop’s chest like bad news from a gatling gun” (Philadelphia Public Ledger). Preserving the no-hitter is rival pitcher Slim Harriss, who hits the ball to the wall in the 7thand winds up on 2B, but he is called out for failing to touch 1B. An 8thinning liner by Frank Welch is fumbled in LF and he reaches 1B. The liner is initially ruled a single but changed before the inning is over. Ehmke has now won 6 straight over the A’s this season. For Ehmke’s batterymate, Val Picinich, it is his 3rd no-hitter, each with a different team.

9th At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees roll to a twinbill sweep over the Red Sox, winning, 6-2 and 4-0. Whitey Witt has a homer in each game and Babe Ruth homers in the second contest to back Bob Shawkey’s 3-hitter. In game 1, Sox RF Ira Flagstead starts two DPs, his 6th and 7th of the year. He’ll start one more next week. In April 1926 he’ll start three in one game to set the AL mark.

In an IL game, the Syracuse Stars are leading 3–2 in the 7th and final inning when ump George Magerkurth calls a Baltimore runner safe, giving the Orioles a last chance at bat. Stars manager Frank Shaughnessy protests and the fans agree with him by pouring out onto the field, and the ump awards the forfeit win to the O’s.

11th Four days after tossing a no-hitter, Howard Ehmke almost does it again. After Yankee leadoff hitter Whitey Witt reaches first base on a controversial infield hit that is ruled a single, Boston P Howard Ehmke retires the next 27 batters for a 3–0 win, his 20th of the year. The Yankee crowd exhorts the scorer Fred Lieb to reverse his call on the hard grounder that 3B Howard Shanks booted, but the one hit stood. Ehmke has now given up just one hit in his last 2 games.

Minor league head M. H. Sexton fines the president of the Norfolk club $1,000 and suspends the team indefinitely for an attack on umpire. Barry led the attack by fans on umpire Harper. Sexton also accused the Virginia League president of laxity in that this is the 2nd attack on an ump in the league this year. Since the season is closed the suspension of the team does not affect the standings.

13th  The Senators win 7–3 over Detroit, with Walter Johnson picking up the victory. Harry Heilmann is 2-for-4 and scores a run for the Bengals.

The White Sox buy OF Maurice Archdeacon from Rochester (International League) for $50,000. After batting .402 in 22 games, including two 5-hit games, the little speed merchant will drop to .319, then to .111, then out of sight.

14th  The Sox beat the visiting Indians, 4–3 in 12 innings on Ira Flagstead’s bases-loaded single to left. George Burns, 1B for the Boston Red Sox, makes an unassisted triple play in the 2nd on a line drive hit by Cleveland’s Frank Brower. He tags out Rube Lutzke returning to first and rushes to 2B sliding in to the bag for the 3rd out before Riggs Stephenson returns. Burns also finishes off a 9-4-3 DP started by Flagstead, Ira’s 30thoutfield assist. Flagstead won’t play the last two weeks of the season and in just 102 games will still end up with 31 assists, four short of the AL record. The Sox will set an ML record for outfield assists (87) as a record five fielders total 10 or more outfield assists (as noted by Clem Comly): Ira Flagstead 31; Shano Collins 17; Joe Harris 11: Mike Menosky 12: Dick Reichle (10). Howie Shanks (1) Nemo Liebold (1) and John Donahue (4) add assists as the group starts 14 double plays. Today’s triple play hit into by Cleveland is the 4th triple play they’ve hit into this season, a ML record. No team in the 19th or 20th century will match it.

The Cubs Vic Keen stops the Giants, 7–1, cutting the NL leaders lead down to ½ game. The lone Giants score is a George Kelly homer off Vic Keen.

15th  Paul Strand, RF for Salt Lake City (PCL), makes his 290th hit, a pro baseball record. He will play in 194 games, make 325 hits, including 66 doubles, 13 triples, and 43 HRs, for a .394 BA, with 180 runs and 187 RBI. He also has 612 total chances in the OF. Strand, 30, had come up to the Braves as a pitcher in 1913 and was 6-2 for the 1914 pennant winners, mostly in relief. The Athletics will pay a reported $100,000 (which Mack later says was really $40,000) for him, but he will hit just .228.

16th The Cubs lose 10–6 to the Giants in Chicago, despite the hitting of Hack Miller who collects 3 doubles and a triple. A riot occurs in the 8thinning when umpire Charlie Moran makes an out call at 2B on Sparky Adams. Moran is pelted by hundreds of pop bottles. Judge Landis, in attendance at the game, shakes his cane at the angry mob, and play is held up for 15 minutes. John McGraw and the umpires need a police escort at the conclusion.

17th  The Giants’ George Kelly sets a ML record by homering in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th against the Cubs Vic Aldridge as New York rolls to a 13–6 win. Kelly adds a single and double to run his total bases to 15 for the game plus 7 RBIs. Kelly has now hit a record 6 homers off cousin Aldridge this year, a mark off one pitcher that will be tied by Ted Williams (in 1941, off Johnny Rigney) and Ted Kluszewski (in 1954, off Max Surkont). Kelly is the first player to homer in 3 successive innings.

At Washington, Walter Johnson notches two wins against the Browns, winning one game in relief, and the other as a starter. Game 1 is 5–4 in 10 innings and game 2 is 12–2 in 7 innings.

19th The Reds sweep the visiting Phillies, winning 1–0 behind Eppa Rixey, and 6–5 as Pete Donohue notches his 20th win. Rixey will record his 20thwin in 2 days, beating the Dodgers, 4–3, in 11 innings. With Luque already over 20, the Reds have three 20-game winners. The pennant winning Giants will have one pitcher with more than 16 wins.

20th  The Yanks clinch their 3rd straight pennant, beating St. Louis 4–3 to lead by 18 games. Their final margin is 16.

Now pitching: Lou Gehrig. According to the Bridgeport Telegram, “‘Lefty Lou’ Gehrig, heavy hitting Hartford first baseman, went to the mound for the first time in the Eastern League today and defeated New Haven, 6 to 4, displaying a fine curve ball. Both teams played great ball in the field. The Hartford infield cut off runs in several instances with brilliant plays.” Showboat Fisher, who started the year with the Washington Senators, said in a 1930 interview (as noted by historian Stew Thornley) that when he played for New Haven, he faced Gehrig (in this game). The New Haven catcher was a friend of his who asked what kind of a pitch he’d like. Fisher said a curve, and Gehrig’s curve came in and hit him in the head, finishing his season.

21st  Babe Ruth is the unanimous choice of the AL committee of baseball writers for the MVP award.

Detroit and Boston split a pair with the Sox taking the opener, 4-3, then losing 15-6. Ty Cobb scores 5 runs in game 2 for the 3rd time in his career.

23rd In Atlanta, the wooden Ponce De Leon Park, home of the Crackers (South Association) burns down in a spectacular blaze. There is only one injury—a secretary who had fallen asleep in the front office is rescued but suffers burns. The park will be rebuilt in steel and concrete, renamed Spiller Park after the club president, and reopen for the 1924 season.

24th  Bill Terry takes his first swings in a Giants uniform as a pinch hitter. On September 30th he will play his first game at 1B and get his first hit in a 4–3 win over Boston.

Detroit pitcher Ray Francis, with a 3–0 lead over the Yankees, issues a bases loaded walk to Babe Ruth, but hangs on for the victory.

25th Rogers Hornsby is fined $500 and suspended indefinitely by the Cardinals when, feeling ill, he refuses to take the field for a game against the Robins, despite the team doctor’s opinion that he is in condition to play. Raj is not needed as Haines tops Brooklyn, 4–1, for his 20th win.

Pittsburgh wins 18-5 over the Phillies as rookie Eddie Moore scores 5 runs in his ML debut.

26th  At Yankee Stadium, the Tigers score 5 runs in the top of the 10th to whip New York, 8-3. Lu Blue has 3 hits, including his first homer of the year, and drives in 3. Wally Pipp is 1-for-3 and then sits down to rest for the World Series. Young Lou Gehrig takes over and drives in 2 runs. Gehrig will make is first ML start tomorrow. The loss goes to starter Bullet Joe Bush who is bushed by the 10th inning.

At Forbes Field, Pirate ace Johnny Morrison (24-12) fires a one hitter in beating the Phillies, 6-0. September callup Andy Woehr has the lone hit for Philadelphia.

Cleveland sweeps a pair from the host Athletics, winning 5-3 in 11 innings, and .6-2 Rube Walberg goes the distance in the first-game loss and is almost matched by winning pitcher James Edwards. Tris Speaker has hits in both games to run his hitting streak to 23.

27th  Signed in June for a $1,500 bonus, and recently brought up from Hartford (Eastern League), Lou Gehrig hits the first of his 493 HRs. It comes off Bill Piercy at Fenway Park in an 8–3 New York win.

Red Sox owner Bob Quinn announces that Frank Chance will not manage the team next year.

The International League fare well in exhibition games as Baltimore beats the New York Giants, 4–3, behind Lefty Grove, and Reading and the Philadelphia Athletics battle to a 12-inning 6–6 tie.

28th  Three weeks after both pitchers have thrown no-hitters versus the A’s, Sam Jones of the Yankees and Howard Ehmke (20–17) of the Red Sox clash. It is not Ehmke’s day; he is routed after facing a AL record-tying 16 batters in an 11-run 6th inning, as manager Frank Chance declines to relieve his ace in mid-inning. The Yankees beat the Red Sox 24–4 with 30 hits in 55 at bats, both AL records. Ruth is 5-for-6 with two doubles and his 28th HR, Wally Schang adds 5 hits and 5 RBIs, and Gehrig 4 hits, including 3 doubles. Gehrig will not have a 5-hit game in his career. Winning pitcher Sam Jones has 3 hits to combine with his batterymate for 8; it is the second time in Schang’s career he has had 5 hits and his batterymate had 3.

In another slugfest, the Tiger maul the Indians 17–3. Harry Heilmann is 4-for-4 to raise his average to .398 and Ty Cobb scores 4 runs.

The Giants beat Brooklyn 3–0 behind Art Nehf to clinch the NL flag. Bob Meusel’s single off Grimes in the 1st inning scores 2, and he scores on the front end of a double steal. The Giants are the first NL team to lead or tie for first place the entire season.

29th The Reds Dolf Luque ends his campaign in style beating the visiting Cardinals, 11–1. He leaves after the game for Havana with a ML-leading won-loss record of 27-8, still the best single-season mark ever posted by a Latin American pitcher in ML play. Last year his 23 losses led the NL.

In Boston, the Red Sox take two from the Yankees, winning 5-4 and 3-2 in 16 innings. Jack Quinn spits his way to a win in the opener, allowing 14 Yankee hits, all singles. George Murray pitches 16 innings in game 2 to earn the victory. George Pipgras takes the loss in relief of Bob Shawkey, who toils 14 innings.

The Tigers (77-69) beat the Indians (76-68), 3–0, and move into a tie for 2nd place in the AL each with a .527 winning percentage. Rookie Earl Whitehill (2–0) wins in relief of starter Dauss, who is given the hook. (as noted by Retrosheet) Umpire Holmes stops the game and rules that Ty Cobb is using an illegal bat. Cobb chooses 3 others, then asks if he may go back to his locker and find another.

30th On Zack Wheat day in Brooklyn, the Phils Cy Williams ties the score in the 7th with his 39th homer and seals the win in the 12th with his 40th. The Phils win 6–4. Wheat has 2 hits and receives an automobile. Wheat finishes last in fielding this year with a dismal .908 percentage after leading the circuit with a .991 last season.

At Chicago, Hack Miller hits a 2-run HR in the 8th to give the Cubs a 5–4 win over the Pirates. Reb Russell hits a 2-run HR for the Bucs, his ball rolling under the screen in RF in the 6th inning for an inside-the-park homer.

The NL champion New York Giants wrap up their home season with a 4–3, 10-inning win over the Braves. Moses Solomon, the “Rabbi of Swat,” drives in Frisch with a double in the 10th. Solomon, who hit a minor-league record 49 homers at Hutchinson this year (a 50th was washed out August 26th), breaking Perry Werden’s 1895 record of 45 at Minneapolis, is 2-for-4 in his ML debut. But this is his only ML season. Hack Wilson, who made his ML debut yesterday, is 2-for-4. Young Bill Terry, who debuted on the 24th, is 1-for-3. Solomon will hold the home run record for just a year: Clarence “Big Boy” Kraft will hit 55 at Ft. Worth next year.