1924 September

1st In the second twinbill whitewash in the NL in 2 weeks, the Reds shut out the Cardinals, 5–0 and 9–0. Carl Mays submarines the Birds in the opener and Rube Benton coasts in the nitecap.

At Boston, the Giants split with the Braves, while the Pirates win two to cut New York’s lead to a game. Boston wins, 5-4, in 11 innings, then falls, 10-2, as the Giants unleash a 17-hit attack. Stuffy McInnis strikes out in game 1 ending a NL record streak of 93 games without a strikeout.

2nd At Yankee Stadium, Danny Clark hits a grand slam and drives in 5 runs as the Red Sox whip the Yankees, 14-6. Joe Harris has 4 hits and 4 runs for Boston. Sensational Earl Combs, out with a broken ankle since June 15, makes a pinch-hitting appearance, his last game of this season. New York asserts itself in game 2 to win, 5-2. The Yankees are in second place, a game and a half out.

3rd   The Pirates stay a game and a half in back of the Giants with a 14-1 win over the Cardinals ringing Hi Bell for 6 runs in the 1st inning. Wilbur Cooper (19-10) is the victor as every Pirate starter records an RBI. Cooper has two hits and has now hit in 16 straight games he’s appeared in (as noted by Trent McCotter), believed to be a ML record for pitchers. Cooper made no pinch-hitting appearances in his streak.

After winning 7-6 behind Burleigh Grimes’s 20th win, the Robins complete a sweep of Philadelphia, 7-0, behind Bill Doak. Zack Wheat is the offense in game 2 as he drives in 6 runs with two homers and a double. Jimmy Ring walks 12 for the Phils in game 1, four going to Jack Fournier. Jack will take 4 walks tomorrow and will lead the NL with 86. Brooklyn is 2 games in back of New York.

Walter Beall, the Yankees $50,000 purchase from Rochester, makes his debut for New York, and pitches a solid 7 innings, allow 4 Red Sox hits. In the 8th he walks 3 and allows a single before exiting, but the Yankees prevail, 11-6. Aaron Ward has a triple and homer for New York, and Ruth has a pair of hits before twisting his ankle and leaving. The win puts the Yankees a half-game behind the Senators.

The Browns split with the Indians, winning, 7-6, behind Ernie Wingart and then losing, 9-5, to Stan Coveleski. Wingart wins his 13th and helps his cause with a 3-run homer. He will lose his next two decisions but his 13 wins is a post-1900 ML record for a pitcher in his first professional season.

In an exhibition at Baltimore, the A’s manage just 2 hits in losing to the IL-leading Orioles, 5-0. Baltimore ace Lefty Grove, in his 5th season with the Birds, is the winner. Grove strikes out 1108 batters in his stay at Baltimore, a minor-league record. He will be with the A’s next year when Dunn sells the star to his old friend Connie Mack for $100,600, topping the $100,000 offer of the Cubs and Brooklyn.

4th  Dazzy Vance (24-4) chalks up his 12th straight win, and 24th on the year, beating the Braves, 5–1 and striking out 11. It’s also the Robins’ 12thstraight win. Dutch Ruether then wins the nitecap, 9–1, giving Brooklyn a NL-record four doubleheader sweeps in four days. The Phils were swept for six straight on September 1, 2, and 3. In the second game, Brooklyn batters Tim McNamara for 18 hits in 8 innings.

The Phils keep the pennant race close with a 10-6 win over the visiting Giants. Cy Williams’ first four-run homer in 11 years, a walkoff grand slam in the 10th off Rosy Ryan, is the difference. Brooklyn and Pittsburgh are within a game of the Giants.

5th In Philadelphia, the Giants sweep 2 from the hapless Phils, winning 6–5 and 15–3. Harry Baldwin and Hugh McQuillan are the winners. George Kelly and Travis Jackson hit grand slams in the game 2 rout. The Phils have now lost 4 doubleheaders in 5 days. For Kelly, it is his second grand slam of the season and the 7th of his career, giving him the ML record for slams in a career.

The Tigers swamp the Indians, winning 7-3 before turning it on in game 2 to win, 20-1. Don Holloway allows an unearned run. Cobb has a single, double, triple and a pair of steals; Manush and Rigney each score 4, while Pratt and Bassler each drive in 4. The 20 runs is high in the AL this year. Cleveland’s Charlie Jamieson has his 23-game hitting streak stopped in game 2.

6th  Spitball hurler Bill Doak pitches the Robins into first place with a 1–0 win over Boston. It is Brooklyn’s 15th win in a row, and their 12th straight road win. The 12 in a row on the road will not be topped by a Dodger team this century. The 2013 Dodgers will win 13 on the road. The win streak ends in a 5–4, 10-inning Braves victory in the 2nd game, and Brooklyn will fall back to 3rd place behind the Giants and Pirates.

Travis Jackson hits his second grand slam in two days as the Giants and Phils slug their way to a split. The Phils win the opener, 8–7, scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the 10th. In the second game, the Giants score 9 runs in the 6th to come back to win, 16–14, stopping a Phillies threat with a 9th inning triple play (4-4-3) Harry Baldwin, in relief, wins his 2nd in 2 days. For the Phils, Cy Williams collects 5 hits and scores 4 runs, while Walter Holke has 4 hits.

Urban Shocker of the Browns hurls 2 complete–game victories over the White Sox, winning each contest by a score of 6–2. He fans only one batter in the 2 games.

7th  The Giants bring a half-game lead into Ebbets Field. With the park already packed, some 7,000 fans batter down the LF exit gate with a telephone pole and break into the field. The Giants win the thriller, 8–7, despite 3 Robin runs in the 9th, and lead Brooklyn by 1 ½ games.

Behind Carl Mays and Dolf Luque, the Reds sweep a pair from the visiting Pirates, 4–1 and 4–3. The two teams combine to tie a ML record as only one walk is issued in the twinbill.

8th Washington, with a 2-game lead in the AL, beats the A’s 8–4. Despite giving up solo HRs by Joe Hauser and Bing Miller, Walter Johnson’s wins his 10th straight and his 20th of the year, For Hauser, trailing Babe Ruth in the home run race, it’s his 3rd four bagger of the year off Johnson.

At the Polo Grounds, Brooklyn ace Dazzy Vance wins his 13th in a row, beating the Giants Art Nehf, 7–2, and pulling the Robins within a half game of the top.

9th In St. Louis, the Cards sink the Pirates, winning 7-4 and 6-4. Chick Hafey has a single, triple and homer in the opener to drive in 6 runs as the Birds knock out Emil Yde (13-2) in 3 innings.

10th At the Polo Grounds, the Giants rip the Braves 22–1 in the opener of a doubleheader. Frankie Frisch goes 6-for-6 before grounding out. Irish Meusel has 5 hits as New York totals 27. They let up a bit in game 2, winning just 8–0, behind George McQuillan.

Brooklyn tops the visiting Phillies, 5-1, behind the pitching of rookie Rube Ehrhardt (5-1). Zack Wheat has 3 hits, including a double and a homer, and drives in 3, and now has a 24-game consecutive hitting streak.

11th Light-hitting Frank Ellerbe, purchased by Cleveland from the Browns in June, hits his lone homer of the year, a game 1 9th-inning grand slam, as the Tribe sweep a pair from St. Louis, 12-7 and 10-6.

At Fenway, Babe Ruth cracks a 2-run homer in the 8th, off Howard Ehmke, as the Yankees tie the Red Sox, 3-3. Another run in the 9th gives them a 4-3 game 1 win. A 16-hit attack in game 2 produces an 8-3 win as New York moves to a game behind the front-running Senators.

12th Chicago’s Hack Miller hits a pinch home run in the 8th to tie the game with the Phils at 6 apiece. The Cubs go on to win 10–8.

13th Detroit’s Emory Rigney hits a 7th inning solo off Walter Johnson, but the visiting Senators chug their way to a 6–4 win. Hours later, Johnson receives word he’s been elected AL MVP with 55 points. White Sox 2B Eddie Collins is a distant 2nd. He was runner-up to Ruth last year.

Aaron Ward bashes a grand slam and the Yankees roll over the Tiger, 16-1, at Yankee Stadium. The victory keeps the Yanks one game behind the first-place Senators.

In Brooklyn, the Reds edge the Robins, 6-5, in 10 innings to drop Brooklyn 1.5 games behind the first-place Giants. Rube Bressler and Bubbles Hargrave each have 3 hits for the Reds, while Eddie Brown has a pair for the Brooks to run his hitting streak to 20 straight games.

The Cubs outlast the Phils, 10-8, as Pete Alexander garners the win and Sheriff Blake corrals the last out. Alex has 3 hits, including a homer, as the Cubs hit 3 homers and the Phils total 2.

14th  Brooklyn’s Dazzy Vance shuts out the visiting Reds, 2–0, for his 14thwin in a row. Dazzy strikes out 9 and walks none.

Heinie Manush hits his second grand slam of the year to pace the Tigers to a 5-2 win over the leading Senators. The Yanks fail to capitalize, losing by the same score to the White Sox.

Clarence “Big Boy” Kraft hits his 55th homer of the year in Fort Worth’s 5-2 win over Beaumont. The previous Texas League HR mark was 35 homers, set by Hack Eibel of Shreveport in 1921. Big Boy will set league marks in RBI (196), long hits (96), extra bases on long hits (211), total bases (414), and most games in a season with 2 or more homers (9). The 37-year-old Kraft, with one ML hit (1914), will retire after this season, turning down a 2-year contract offer from Ft. Worth, as well as major league overtures, to return to his automobile dealership, He will later serve as president of the Ft. Worth club.

16th  At Ebbets Field, Cards 1B Jim Bottomley’s 3 singles, a double, and 2 HRs produce a ML record 12 RBI in the St. Louis 17–3 win over the pennant-chasing Robins. Willie Sherdel coasts home for the win. Bottomley starts the rampage with a 2-run single in the 1st, doubles home a run in the 2nd, hits a 4th inning grand slam off Art Decatur, and a 2-run HR off Decatur in the 6th. He follows with a 2-run single in the 7th, off Tex Wilson, and a run-scoring single in the 9th, after which he’s removed for a pinch runner. Brooklyn manager Wilbert Robinson, watching from the dugout, set the previous record with the Orioles in 1892.

The Pirates and Phils split a pair in Philadelphia, with the Quakers winning the opener, 6-5 and the Corsairs take game 2, 13-7. Veteran Pitt receiver Walter Schmidt hits his first homer since 1916, a grand slam, in game 2, to drive in 5 runs. Glenn Wright has 5 hits to drive in 4 for the Bucs.

17th  With the Senators and Yankees deadlocked at 83–59, Walter Johnson edges the Indians 3–2. Washington will win tomorrow to sweep the three-game series.

18th Dazzy Vance, in his only relief appearance of the year, notches his 15th straight win in a 7–5 victory over the Cardinals. Vance comes in for the 9th inning and pitches 4 innings, winning in the 12th on Zack Wheat’s 2-run homer. Bill Doak then gives Brooklyn a 4–2 win in the nitecap. The Robins trail by just a half game.

19th The Senators coast to a 15–9 win in St. Louis to stay even with the Yankees.

Behind Emil Yde, the Pirates beat Rube Ehrhardt, 4–2, and drop the Robins 1 ½ games off the lead.

20th  Pete Alexander slows the pennant-bound Giants and earns his 300thcareer victory in the process. The Cubs top the Giants in 12 innings at the Polo Grounds, 7–3. Hartnett has 4 hits while Pete is 1-for-6 at the plate.

The Pirates nip Brooklyn, 5–4, in 11 innings, stopping Dazzy Vance’s 15-game winning streak. Pie Traynor hits a 2-out single in the 11th, and Maranville follows with a liner to center. Eddie Brown’s try for a shoestring catch misses and Traynor scores. Wilbur Cooper goes the distance to win his 20th.

Pitching on 2 days rest in St. Louis, Walter Johnson is pounded out of the box by the Browns and pinch hit for in the 2nd. Each team collects 18 hits as the Browns prevail 15–14. Goose Goslin gives the Nats a 14–13 lead in the 10th with his 2nd HR of the game, but a wild throw to 2nd by reliever Firpo Marberry gives the win to the Browns. Roger Peckinpaugh has 3 doubles and 5 RBIs for the Nats, while Muddy Ruel drives in 4. Ken Williams belts a 3-run homer, his 18th, for the Brownies.

Eager Beavers. Portland, scoring in every inning except the 1st, beats visiting Salt Lake City, 18-8. Emmett McCann of Portland sets a PCL record collecting seven hits, all singles, as Portland has 34 hits. Portland (88-110) will finish in 7th place while Seattle (91-109) will take the PCL crown by a game and a half over Los Angeles. The PCL will draw a record attendance of 2,235,510 in 1924, a number that will not be surpassed until after WW2.

21st Brooklyn keeps its pennant hopes alive with a 9–1 win over Pittsburgh.

22nd  The Senators open a 2-game lead as Walter Johnson wins his 13th in a row, 8–3, over Chicago. It’s his 23rd win of the year. Washington will take the next two games in Chicago to sweep.

24th Brooklyn’s Burleigh Grimes dusts 6 batters in the first two innings and bests the Cubs, 6–5. Reliever Rip Wheeler takes the loss. 30,000 Brooklyn fans celebrate the team’s showing at the 160th Street Regiment Armory where each player receives a gold watch. Manager Robinson predicts that the Robins will overtake the Giants in the next few days.

Carl Mays wins his 20th for the Reds 9–6 over the hosts Phils, becoming the first pitcher to win 20 for 3 different teams in his career. Grover Cleveland “Pete” Alexander’s 21 wins for the Cards in 1927 will make him the 2nd; Gaylord Perry will be 3rd in 1978.

Washington stays two games ahead of the Yankees by topping Chicago’s 20-game winner Sloppy Thurston, 6-3. Tom Zachary wins his 15th in relief of Curly Ogden, who walks the leadoff batter and then is lifted. Ogden was making his only start of the year. Zachary also drives in 2 runs. Sam Rice has a safety to extend his hitting streak to 31 games.

25th At Baker Bowl, Huck Betts pitches 8 2/3 inning of scoreless relief to give the Phils a 5-3 win over the Cardinals. Vince Shields (1-1), in his last ML appearance, hits 3 batters in 7 innings. It is the first game in 21 outings that the Phils have allowed their opponents fewer than 5 runs. The 20 straight games allowing 5 runs or more runs is a ML record that the Orioles of 2017 will match.

In a raucous game at the Polo Grounds, the Giants edge the Pirates and Wilbur Cooper, 5-4. Max Carey hits a 2-out 3-run homer in the 9th to make it close. Winning pitcher Art Nehf (14-4) clubs his 5th homer of the year. With this loss, their 3rd straight to the Giants, Pittsburgh is eliminated from the race.

26th With the Yankees beating the A’s, Boston tightens the race by edging the Senators, 2–1. September call-up Wade Lefler drives in Nemo Leibold in the 8th with a pinch double for the Nats only run. Washington now leads by a game. For the Senators, the loss stops Walter Johnson’s 13-game win streak and Sam Rice’s 31-game hit streak.

27th  Behind Jack Bentley’s 4-hitter the Giants clinch their 4th straight pennant, beating the Phils 5–1, while Brooklyn is losing 3–2 to Boston. Bentley ends the year with a NL-record .406 batting average in 52 games.

Down 4–0 in the first, the Senators rally to top the Red Sox 7–5, as the Fenway crowd of 20,000 cheers the Washington win. Rookie pinch hitter Wade Lefler, who had one at-bat with the Braves previously, drives in 3 runs with a bases loaded double to win it. Lefler drove in Washington’s only run in Friday’s loss, but his five games with Washington (5-for-9 with 3 doubles) and one with Boston will sum up his ML career.

In Philadelphia, the A’s beat the Yankees 4–3 to give the Senators a 2-game lead with 2 to play. Eddie Rommel wins his 18th and starts his 12th DP of the year, a new AL record. Scott Perry started 11 for the A’s. Bob Lemon will top both in 1953.

Rookie Pedro Dibut (3–0) hurls the Reds to a 10–1 win over the Cardinals. Except for a brief relief appearance next year, that’s it in the majors for the chunky Cuban, who played in the Negro Leagues for the Cuban Giants (West) before the Reds. He sets an oft-tied NL record for most wins without a loss in a career, a mark that will be eclipsed by Ben Shields (4–0 in 2 leagues).

28th Dazzy Vance fires a 5-hitter at the Phillies, beating them 5–1, for his 28th win. He strikes out 9, including 5 in a row, to run his season total to 277. Vance will win the MVP over Rogers Hornsby and his .424 average as one sportswriter, Jack Ryder, will leave the cranky Hornsby off all 10 spots on his ballot. Vance also wins a preseason bet with Brooklyn teammate Jack Fournier. He bet that he would win more games than Fournier would hit HRs; the first sacker tops the NL in round trippers with 27.

The Cubs top the visiting Pirates, 7-2, as Cliff Heathcote swipes his 26thbase. Two other Cubs are caught stealing to give Chicago 148 caught steals and 137 stolen bases, a success rate of 48%.

29th  With the blue law preventing any games yesterday in Boston or Philadelphia, the Senators clinch the pennant by beating the Red Sox, 4–2, finishing 2 games in front of the Yankees, rained out in Philley. The win goes to Firpo Marberry with 6 innings of scoreless relief. With the last out, the Fenway fans cheer the Senators off the field.

With yesterday’s game in Chicago ending in a 10-inning 10-10 tie, Tigers manager Cobb agrees to replay the game today. Detroit then puts the White Sox into last place for the first time with a 16-5 win. For Detroit, veteran Del Pratt is 1-for-4 in his last ML game. Despite hitting .305, the Tigers will release the infielder who “has slowed down to a walk

The Pirates trip the Cubs, 5–4, with the help of Jigger Statz, who plays second base for the only time this season. Jigger has three errors to aid the Bucs. Emil Yde goes 6 innings to run his record to 16-3. Pie Traynor has 3 hits to finish the year with a 22-game hitting streak. He’ll add one game at the start of the 1925 season.

In the next-to-last game of the Western League season, Lyman Lamb of Tulsa hits his 100th double of the year. It is 25 doubles higher than any other season total in organized baseball.

30th In the only game scheduled, the Series-bound Senators lose a laugher 13–1 to the Red Sox. Coach Nick Altrock, 48, pitches the last 2 innings for the Nats and gives up a run, while driving in the lone tally with a triple. With the Red Sox outfielders making little attempt to run the ball down, Altrock is the oldest player in ML history to hit a triple. Howard Ehmke is the winning pitcher but still leads the AL in losses with 17, the same number of losses he’s had the previous 2 years.