1925 September

1st In the first of 5 games in Washington, Johnson gives the Senators a 7–3 win over the A’s. Roger Peckinpaugh drives in 3 runs for the Nationals. The Nats now lead the A’s, who are in a 12-game losing streak, by 4 ½ games.

2nd After losing game 1 by a 6–3 score to the Phils, the Giants unload in a nitecap, 24–9 shelling. The hits keep coming—30 to be exact in a record 58 at-bats—at Baker Bowl. Four New Yorkers—Southworth, Frisch, Irish Meusel, and Lindstrom—each collect 4 hits apiece, while a ML record-tying ten batters each collect 2 hits each. Doc Farrell (2-for-3) who takes over for Travis Jackson at short in the 6th is the 10th. Ex-Phil Meusel drives home 9 runs, while Rookie Fred Fitzsimmons allows 14 hits, including homers by Cy Williams, Johnny Mokan and Hal Carlson in the 8th frame. Phils starter Art Decatur is the loser.

3rd After a recent incident on a train, when Cubs manager Maranville anointed various passengers from a spittoon, Chicago relieves the Rabbit of the burdens of managership. Chicago hastily appoints George Gibson, former skipper of the Pirates, as manager for the remainder of the season. The Cubs were 23–30 under Maranville, and Chicago will cut the last tie when they waive the veteran in November.

The Cardinals score 5 runs in the 9th to break the first-place Pirates 9-game win streak, winning 9–3. Rogers Hornsby, the majors leading hitter at .387, has 3 hits including his 37th homer of the year to pace the attack. Babe Adams, who takes over for Emil Yde in the 9th, is hammered for 4 hits and five runs, but the loss goes to Yde. Art Reinhart is the winner.

The second-placed Giants top the Phillies 5–4 on Billy Terry solo homer in the 10th inning. Starter Dutch Ulrich tees up the homer, losing to Art Nehf who pitches the last 6+ innings.

The first place Senators continue their march toward a second straight pennant with a 9–3 roughing up of Red Ruffing and the Red Sox. Roger Peckinpaugh leads the way, going 3-for-4 with a triple. Alex Ferguson, Yankee castoff, is the winner. The idle A’s drop six games off the pace.

5th En route to an 18-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels (PCL), Seattle manager Red Killefer looks to the stands for help and inserts a local fan Wally Krauklis into the lineup. Krauklis goes 0-for-3 and catches a fly ball in left field.

7th In an a.m.-p.m. doubleheader, the Senators win the morning contest with the A’s, as Johnson tops Lefty Grove 2–1, and goes 3-for-4, the 2ndconsecutive game he’s collected 3 hits. A record crowd of 36,000 watch the A’s drop the afternoon game, 7–6, for their 12th straight defeat; they are now 9 games in back of Washington.

After apologizing to his teammates yesterday, Babe Ruth makes his first appearance in a week, collecting one hit in a 5–1 loss to the Red Sox.

8th In the first game of a doubleheader, Dazzy Vance tosses a one-hitter over the Phils to give Brooklyn a 1–0 win. Chicken Hawks, with a 2ndinning single, is the only Phillie to reach base. The Dodgers complete the sweep with a 4–3 game 2 win, as pitcher Burleigh Grimes drives in all 4 runs. The two teams combine to leave 32 on base, a NL record for a 10-inning game.

The Yanks top the Red Sox, 7–4, as Ruth pounds his 300th career homer, off Chester Ross.

At Forbes Field, the Cubs edge the Pirates, 3-2, as Pete Alexander tops Emil Yde. Art Jahn drives in 2 runs for Chicago while Max Carey scores 2 for the Bucs. Carey loses a homerun when his line drive bounces off a grand stand seat and back onto the field. He ends up on 3B. The Pirates lose a chance to score in the 2nd when, with runners on 1B and 3B, Johnny Gooch hits a pop foul behind home plate that Mike Gonzalez catches. He throws to 2B to try to catch the runner Larry Grantham from 1B. Shortstop Glenn Wright returns the throw to home to catch the runner coming in from 3B.

The Browns put 18 men on base against Detroit’s Lil Stoner, but only one of them scores in the 11–1 loss. St. Louis has 13 hits, 4 walks and a hit batsman to reach base.

9th At Shibe Park, Roger Peckinpaugh has a pair of homers and 6 RBIs, but it is not enough as the A’s veto the Senators, 9-7. Al Simmons has 3 hits and 4 RBI’s for the Mackmen.

10th  Bob Meusel, Babe Ruth, and Lou Gehrig hit successive homers in the 4th inning of game one versus the A’s, all off Sammy Gray. New York wins, 7–3. Then, Ruth and OF Ben Paschal hit back-to-back homers in the 4th of game 2, but New York loses, 5–4.

In St. Louis, Jim Bottomley makes it respectable with a 9th inning grand slam, off Vic Aldridge, but the Pirates prevail, 9-5.

Cleveland splits a pair with Detroit, losing the 1st by a 6-1 score, then taking the 2nd game 7–2 behind Garland Buckeye. Buckeye hits a pair of homers good for 5 RBIs to help his cause.

12th In Detroit’s game 1 loss to Cleveland, 4–1, in 13 innings, Detroit’s Jackie Tavener hits ML-record tying 3 triples. Benn Karr goes the distance for the win. Detroit then takes the nitecap, 3–2, in 5 innings.

The first-place Senators roll over the visiting Red Sox, 13-3, as Stan Coveleski coasts to his 18th win. Sam Rice has 3 hits and 3 RBIs and Muddy Ruel has 3 hits and 4 RBIs. Making like his uncle Tris Speaker, Tex Jeanes clubs his lone ML homer, a 3-run shot in the 8th.

13th  Brooklyn’s Dazzy Vance narrowly misses back-to-back no-hitters over Philadelphia, pitching a 10–1 no-hitter 5 days after a 1–0 one-hitter. The Phils’ lone run is scored by Chicken Hawks, who reaches 2B on an error. Five days earlier it was Hawks’ 2nd-inning single that ruined Vance’s no-hitter. On June 17, 1923, Vance lost a no-hitter with 2 out in the 9th. In the 2nd game, the Phils win, 7–3, behind Hawks’ grand slam.

Reds ace Pete Donohue wins his 20th, beating Chicago, 5–2, at Wrigley.

16th In the first of two games, Cubs veteran Grover Alexander wins 3–0 over Boston. Boston comes back to take game 2, 8–6.

John Bates of Nashville (Southern) goes hitless ending his 46-game hitting streak. He hit .371 during the streak.

17th The Tigers beat Walter Johnson, handing Washington a 12–9 loss.

Behind hurlers Ted Wingfield and Paul Zahniser, the Red Sox shut out the Browns twice, winning 2–0 and 4–0.

18th “Abadonna, the fallen angel, never crashed with such force as did Dazzy Vance today” the New York Times intones in its writeup of Vance’s first start following his one-hitter and no-hitter. Reporter Richards Vidmer continues, “the routs of Warsaw, Waterloo and the Argonne combined were not as destructive as the Cardinal fury that swept him into the wastebasket of lost ideals.” All that purple prose added up to a 9-5 Cardinal win over Brooklyn as Vance is pounded for 12 hits and all the runs.

At Pittsburgh, the Pirates stop the Braves, 9–7. Kiki Cuyler is 4-for-4 with a double and triple and 2 runs to start a hit streak.

Five days after making a start in a 4–3 loss to the Browns, White Sox pitcher Dickie Kerr loses his only decision this year, 11–6, to Washington. It’s the last decision of his brilliant but short career. Kerr (21-17 in 1920: 19-17 in 1921) turned down Sox offer of $4,500 in 1922 and signed with a Texas semi-pro team for $5,000. Commissioner Landis suspended Kerr, and he didn’t return to the ML till this month. Kerr was the winner of two games in the 1919 series

19th The Pirates pip the Braves, 2–1, as Cuyler has his second straight 4-for-4 game. The two teams total 23 hits —Pittsburgh 13—but score just 3 runs.

In the 2nd game of a twinbill, the White Sox take a 15–0 lead against Washington after 5 innings, but Chicago P Ted Lyons will have to pitch to 18 different batters as Senators manager Bucky Harris juggles his lineup and sends in pinch hitters. With a no-hitter going, Lyons continues to bear down. Finally, with 2 out in the 9th, Washington’s Bobby Veach gets a base hit to break the no-hitter. The final is 17-0 for Lyons with Tom Zachary taking the loss. Washington outfielder Sam Rice’s streak of 9 hits in a row is stopped, but he will end the season with 182 singles, an AL record until 1980. Washington takes the opener, 3–2, behind Dutch Ruether.

In St. Louis, the Cardinals roll over Brooklyn, 15–3, behind Wee Willie Sherdel. In the 7th inning, the Red Birds rub it in with two steals of home, tying a ML record. It’s the last time it’s been done in the NL. Oakland will steal home twice in the 1st inning in May 28, 1980.

At Chicago, the Cubs beat the Giants, 6–2, behind Sheriff Blake. Taking the loss is Jack Scott, the first of 10 straight losses the Cubs will hand him.

Eppa Rixey becomes the second Reds pitcher to win 20, this season, beating the Phillies, 7–2. The Reds big three of Donohue, Rixey and Luque will finish 1-2-3 in innings pitched.

The St. Louis Browns sweep a pair from the Yankees, 9–6 and 4–3, one of 8 doubleheaders the Yankees will play in a three-week stretch. Sad Sam Jones loses his 20th in the opener; in the rest of the century, only Mel Stottlemyre, in 1966, will lose 20 games in a Yankee uniform.

20th  In Cleveland, the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland old-timers play a 6–6, 8-inning tie. The lineups include Three Finger Brown, Jimmy Archer, Artie Hofman, Mort Scanlan and Dutch Meier for Chicago; For Cleveland, Larry Lajoie, Dode Paskert, Chief Zimmer, Cy Berger, Cy Young, and Joe Delahanty. The game benefits the Amateur and Old-timer’s Baseball Association of Cleveland: “This association employs a doctor to look after the injuries of any boy hurt in baseball in that district.” Before boarding the train for Cleveland, Brown throws batting practice for the Cubs at Chicago.

At Ebbets Field, Dazzy Vance (27-4) and Wilbur Cooper (19-13) square off with Cooper besting Vance, 5-4, in 11 innings. The Pirate ace wins his 20thas both pitchers go the distance.

21st  Pittsburgh OF Kiki Cuyler ties the NL record by getting his 10thconsecutive hit, singling in his first 2 at bats, off Decatur and Ulrich, before he fouls out in his 3rd at bat, against the Phils’ Art Decatur. The Pirates win the opener, 9–7. In the nitecap, a 14–4 Pirates win, Cuyler has his 3rd 4-for-4 game in his last 4 outings. He clouts 2 homers to back Kremer’s pitching. Phils utility player Barney Friberg catches the 8thinning in the game, thus playing every position during the year; he will be featured in a Ripley’s Believe it or Not cartoon.

22nd  Pitcher Burleigh Grimes of Brooklyn has only himself to blame for losing 3–2 to the Cubs in the 12th. While he masterfully scatters 16 hits, he not only goes hitless at the plate but bangs into 2 double plays and an 8th-inning triple play. The tri-killing starts as a standard 6-4-3 DP ,but when Chuck Corgan, tries to score he is thrown out at home. It is a NL record-tying third triple play that Brooklyn has hit into this year and the first of two triple plays that Grimes will hit into. Cleveland (1923) holds the ML record with 4 triple plays hit into; Brooklyn matches the NL mark of 3 TPs hit into set by Brooklyn (1899) and Cincinnati (1905). No other NL team will hit into 3 this century.

The Yankees’ Ben Paschal hits 2 inside-the-park homers and collects 6 RBIs, in an 11–6 first-game win over the White Sox at Yankee Stadium. The Sox take the nitecap, 4–2. Paschal will have 7 homers this month, a Yankee rookie record for September that will stand until 1998.

In a doubleheader loss (11–8 and 7–2) Ramon Herrera, a Cuban IF, makes his debut with the Boston Red Sox. He will bat .385 in 10 games, but will hit only .257 in 74 games in 1926. Herrera is probably the first player of this era to play in both the major leagues and the Negro leagues.

23rd The Pirates clinch the NL pennant, making 6 double plays in beating the Phils 2–1. Cuyler is 1-for-2.

Washington SS Roger Peckinpaugh, a .294 hitter, is named the AL MVP with 45 points; A’s OF Al Simmons is 2nd with 41. After Peck makes 8 errors in the WS, supposedly trying to live up to his MVP status, Ban Johnson will state that the MVP announcement will subsequently be made after the WS.

24th  Washington takes two from Cleveland 4–3 and 6–2 while the A’s lose to St. Louis 6–4, and the Senators clinch their 2nd pennant.

At Yankee Stadium, Babe Ruth hits a 10th inning walkoff grand slam with the Yankees down by 3 runs to give New York a 6–5 win. It is the first so-called ultimate grand slam this century, and the only one in the AL that will come in extra innings (according to David Vincent). The next ultimate HR by a Yankee will also come in extra innings—Jason Giambi’s 14th inning blow in 2002. Ruth’s blow, off Sarge Connally in relief of Red Faber, makes a winner of starter Ben Shields. Ruth had 4 RBIs in yesterday’s 1-run victory over the Sox.

25th The Reds tie the NL record of two bases-loaded triples in the same game as catcher Curt Walker, in the 3rd, and Rube Bressler in the 5thconnect at home in the 18–7 win over Brooklyn. Jakie May is the winning pitcher before just 534 fans at Redlands Field. The A’s will accomplish the feat next season.

26th  With the pennant clinched, the Pirates get shut out for the 2nd time in 3 days, losing twice to the visiting Giants. Fred Fitzsimmons stops the Bucs 3–0 in the nitecap, beating Johnny Morrison. Zeke Barnes outpitches Vic Aldridge, 4–3, in the opener. To the dismay of the 25,000 on hand, the Bucs leading batter Kiki Cuyler is hitless.

Cleveland sends rookie Ray Benge against Philadelphia and, in his first ML start, he stops the A’s, 6–0.

Philadelphia fans chip in to buy a new automobile for the A’s player chosen by the press as MVP. The winner: Al Simmons with 30 points. Mickey Cochrane, a .331 hitter in his first year, is 2nd.

27th  In a doubleheader split with the Braves in St. Louis, the Cards player-manager Rogers Hornsby hits his 38th and 39th HRs of the year, along with a single, double, and triple to push his average to .403. In batting practice tomorrow, Hornsby will foul a ball off his foot splitting his toenail, and will sit the last three games. The Rajah calls reporters into the club house to view his bloody toe, “because some of those in the East may say I’m stallin’ because I want to save my .400 average.” Hornsby will be the only player-manager to win the triple crown, which he does by topping .400 for the 3rd time in 4 years, while his 39 HRs and 143 RBI are NL highs. His .756 slugging average is the NL’s best for the 20thcentury. The Cards take the opener, 6–5, and lose the nitecap, 7–6.

28th At Yankee Stadium, the Tigers take game 1, 6–2, behind Ken Holloway, and the Yankees rebound to win the nitecap, 7–6, behind Ben Shields. Shields gives up a pair of homers to relief pitcher Jess Doyle, his only 2 ML round trippers.

29th In Los Angeles, LA beats San Francisco, 10-8, in the first PCL game at the Angels new Wrigley Field. There are 18,000 fans on hand and they cheer as the Angels Jigger Statz hits for the cycle.