1926 September

1st  Washington and Boston combine for a ML-record 11 sacrifices in a game won by the Senators 7–4. The Sox make 4 off the sacrifices, but it wasn’t enough.

The Cards whip the Pirates, 5–2, to take a two-game lead over the 3rd-place Bucs. The five games with Pittsburgh will attract 113,113 to Sportsman’s Park. The idle Reds remain in second place, one game back.

2nd In the first game of a twinbill between Chicago and St. Louis, Pete Alexander exacts revenge on the Cubs, whipping them 2–0. Charlie Root is the loser. The Cards take the nitecap, 9–1.

3rd  In a 17–3 Giants cakewalk over the Braves, the Giants unload for a NL record 12 runs in the 5th inning. Young Mel Ott plays 5 innings and goes 3-for-3. He also steals a base. The 17-year-old star will hit .383 in 35 games this year. The Giants blow it open in the 5th inning, scoring 12 runs.

4th  The Reds take first place by beating the Cards, 5–0. Pete Donohue beats Wee Willie Sherdel. Tomorrow the teams will reverse positions again when the Cards win, 7–3.

5th At Baltimore, the minor-league Orioles embarrass the Yankees, 18–9 in an exhibition game. Ruth is 0-for-5 and tangles with Mark Koenig in the dugout after the 8th inning. Ruth yells at Koenig accusing him of loafing on several plays.

6th The Reds split a doubleheader with the Cubs, losing 2–0 to Charlie Root, before winning 7–4. The Reds also lose P Jakie May (13-9), who is spiked in the opener, and is out for the remainder of the season.

At Baker Bowl, the Robins and Phils split a pair, Brooklyn takes the opener, 8-6, and the Phils win the second game in 7 innings, 8-2. Freddy Leach has a grand slam for the Phils.

At Griffith Stadium, the Senators edge the Red Sox, 2-1, as Sam Rice has a pair of hits, an RBI, and his 23rd stolen base of the year. He’s been caught stealing 22 times. The Sox have now lost 16 in a row.

In one of the most bizarre matchups ever, the Klu Klux Klan defeats the Hebrew All-stars, 4-0, at the Arlington (VA) Horse Show Grounds (as noted by Gabe Schecter). The Klansmen score all their runs in the 1stinning. A possible ringer named Flaherty goes 0-for-3 at first base for the All stars. The game is called in the 7th inning due to rain. The KKK was originally scheduled to play the Rialtos, but with that team not sure that they could field a full squad, the All-Stars were substituted. “Both teams have fine records,” says the Washington paper. In a related note (As noted by Michael Sekeres), a website reported that “In 1925 a friendly baseball game was held in Wichita, Kansas between Ku Klux Klan Chapter 6 and the all-black Monrovians baseball teams, in front of a mixed crowd.”

7th  The Red Sox lose their 17th game in a row, losing 4–2 to the Yankees.

8th The Phils trail the Dodgers, 4–2, going into the last of the 9th but rally to win, 8–4. The winning blow is Cy Williams walkoff grand slam, the 2ndPhilley slam in 3 days. Bob McGraw serves up the salami. Williams sets a major-league record for walkoff grand slams with three: only Vern Stephens this century will match the number and Alex Rodriguez, in 2007, will reach that level.

At Yankee Stadium, Hal Wiltse stops the Yankees. 5-2, and the Red Sox snap a 17-game losing streak. New York makes just 5 hits. Tomorrow, the Yanks will win, 10-0.

9th  Trailing 6–3 at the end of 8 innings, Brooklyn then makes 9 hits and adds two walks to win going away, 12–6. A NL record five Brooklyn pinch hitters all deliver, including pinch hitter Dick Cox, who gets 2 hits, scores twice, and has 2 RBI in a 9-run 9th inning. Pinch hitter Moose Clabaugh bats twice in the 9th, collecting his lone ML hit (Clabaugh set a minor league record this year, hitting 62 home runs in 121 games for the Tyler Trojans of the Class D East Texas League. This broke the record set the previous year when Tony Lazzeri hit 60 at Salt Lake City): the six pinch hits sets a ML record and the 3 pinch runners scoring ties a ML mark set in 1900. The Phils use a record-tying 5 pitchers in the 9th with Waylon Dean taking the loss. The Phils are again paced by Cy Williams, who clubs two homers in his first two at-bats (three in a row), before striking out in his next.

10th In the Browns 5–4 10-inning win over the White Sox, pitcher Win Ballou stops Sox catcher Harry McCurdy’s consecutive hit streak at 10, Win also wins his 11th. Ted Lyons goes the distance in the loss.

11th Cleveland sweeps two from the Nationals, winning 8–1 and 3–2. In the opener, Walter Johnson serves up a two-run homer to Tris Speaker in the opening inning.

The Cubs score 7 runs in the 7th inning against host Philadelphia to win, 10-6. The big blow in the inning is rookie Pete Scott’s grand slam, off Jack Knight.

In a last match-up in their fraternal rivalry, Brooklyn’s Jesse Barnes beats his brother and the Giants, 6–0. Jesse is 3–2 against his brother Virgil. There won’t be another brother pitching match-up until the Niekros.

12th In St. Louis, the Red Sox score 6 runs in the 6th to roll past the Browns, 11-3. Jack Tobin hits a grand slam in the big frame, off Elam Vangilder.

14th  The Reds take the NL lead with a 5–1 win over the Dodgers. Cincy is now up by a half game.

15th The Yankees beat the Indians, 6–4, as Bob Meusel drives home three runs with three sacrifice flies. This ties the ML record set by Harry Steinfeldt in 1909. Bob Shawkey is the winning hurler.

16th The Giants clean house early, giving Heinie Groh his release and allowing Irish Meusel to buy out his. Irish will finish out his career with a season in Brooklyn.

At Philadelphia, the Cards sweep a pair from the Phils to tie for first place with the Reds. They open with a 23–3 pasting, a game in which 36 players are used, 22 by the Phils. The Cards plate 12 runs in the 3rd inning, with all the Cardinals getting a hit except Billy Southworth, who is robbed of a double by Freddy Leach’s catch. Taylor Douthit has a walk and single, 2 stolen bases, and 5 runs scored in the game. Flint Rhem is the winning pitcher. The game is enlivened in the 6th when Bill Klem thumbs C Wilson and manager Art Fletcher out of the game. Moments later a sign “Catfish Klem” appears in the clubhouse window and Klem holds up the game until it is removed. The Cards lighten up in game 2, winning 10–2, behind Art Reinhart.

17th  The Cardinals regain the NL lead in a 10–1 win over the Phils. Light-hitting Tommy Thevenow bangs his first ML homer, an inside the park liner off Jack Knight. The Reds continue to nose-dive, dropping a 5–4 decision to the Giants on Frankie Frisch’s 10th inning HR. The Reds will lose 7 of the final 9.

18th At Dunn Field, the Indians win their 4th in a row, defeating the Yanks 3–1, behind George Uhle. The win cuts the Yankees AL lead to 2 ½ games over the Tribe.

19th At Cleveland’s League Park, a crowd of 31,000 watch the Yankees hold back the Indians, 8–3, in the final of a six game series. In the 7th, Ruth parks his 43rd homer of the year and Gehrig follows with another HR, both off Emil Levsen. Gehrig adds three doubles and 5 RBIs to lead the Yankee charge. Dutch Ruether picks up the New York win.

The White Sox beat Boston 6–3, the same score as yesterday, to complete a 5-game sweep of the Bosox in Chicago.

Detroit edges Washington, 8–7, on Ty Cobb’s pinch single in the 9th, beating Walter Johnson. Detroit scores 2 in the 9th after Washington scores 3 in the top of the 9th. Washington uses three catchers, including Russ Ennis, in his only ML appearance, in the 9th. Ennis, a veteran of WW1, will also serve in WW2.

20th With the Cardinals idle, the Reds’ nosedive continues as the Braves sweep a pair from Cincinnati, 4–3 and 3–0. In game 1, Edd Roush misses a shoestring catch of a Andy High fly ball, which goes for an inside-the-park HR. Roush also misses an easy fly ball in the 6th. Bob Smith applies the calcimine in game 2, with Dolf Luque on the losing end.

21st In St. Louis, the Senators collect 17 hits in beating the Browns for the 3rd straight time, 11-6. Crowder, the winning pitcher, has 2 hits, while Goose Goslin has 4 hits, including his 17th homer. All 17 of his homers have come on the road, the highest home run total for a player who has hit none at home. Only Babe Ruth will end up with more homers (24) on the road this year. Goose is tied for 4th in the AL.

Behind Waite Hoyt’s two-hitter, the Yankees bomb the White Sox, 14–0, to retain their 3-game lead in the AL. Babe Ruth has a triple and hits his 44thhomer. Al Simmons is 2nd in homers with 19.

22nd The Cardinals, led by Les Bell’s ML record-tying 3 triples and a double, roll by the Dodgers, 15–7, to increase their 1st place lead of Cincy to 2 ½ games. Rookie Tommy Thevenow and Jim Bottomley chip in with home runs. For Thevenow, it is his 2nd homer in 6 days, again an inside-the-park drive. He’ll play another 12 years—3351 at bats—and never hit another homer.

In Philadelphia, the A’s play their first Sunday game ever, beating the White Sox, 3–2, behind Lefty Grove. A state Supreme Court decision will delay the next Sunday game for 8 years.

24th  At the Polo Grounds, the Cardinals clinch the pennant by beating the Giants 6–4 behind Flint Rhem and Bill Sherdel. Billy Southworth homers to help beat his old teammates, negating Bill Terry’s 3-run HR off Rhem. The Cards are now ahead of Cincinnati by three games with two to play. The Reds lose to the Phillies today, 9–2.

25th  The Yankees take two from the Browns to nail down the AL flag, winning the opener 10–2 behind Herb Pennock. Ruth’s grand slam, off Elam Vangilder, is the big blow. In the nitecap, Gehrig homers in the 3rdinning, off Milt Gaston, while Ruth matches him with a 2-run HR in the 6th off Win Ballou. Ruth adds a solo shot in the 9th, his 46th, off Joe Giard to seal the Waite Hoyt 10–4 victory. Ruth has 4 RBIs in each game, though his official scorecard somehow lists him at two apiece: the incorrect total will not be noted until researcher Trent McCotter discovers it in 2004, and it raises his RBI total for the year to 150, not 146, which is his official total. Despite the score, the second game is played in a new AL record 55 minutes. The NL record is 51 minutes, on September 28, 1919.

In the first of two games in Chicago, Sox RF Bill Barrett breaks a 1–1 tie with a 9th inning solo homer of Washington’s Walter Johnson to give the win to Tommy Thomas, 2–1. The Senators take the 2nd game, 3–2, behind Firpo Marberry.

In Boston, the Pirates release veteran Stuffy McInnis so that he can return to his home nearby. McInnis is credited with telling reporters about a team vote that was taken regarding whether veep Fred Clarke should be asked to quit the bench. When word got out it was assumed that McInnis’s days were numbered. The vote resulted in the release of veterans Babe Adams and Carson Bigbee, and Max Carey being waived to Brooklyn on August 13.

26th  The Browns beat the Yankees twice, 6–1 and 6–2, in a total time of 2 hours, 7 minutes, a ML record for a twinbill. The 2nd game is the fastest in AL history: 55 minutes. The Yanks total 19 hits, while the Browns collect 26 in the two games. Ruth has one at bat, then sits, and misses reliever George Sisler, who tosses 2 scoreless innings to finish for the Browns in game 2 and, when the Browns score 4 in the 8th, picks up the victory. Ruth has 47 homers—twice the runner-up, and also leads the AL with 139 runs, 155 RBI, and 144 bases on balls. Ruth is batting .372, second in the AL. Browns coach Jimmie Austin, 46 years old, participates in the nitecap and contributes to the win by knocking in a run with a double and then stealing home. He is not the oldest to steal a base (Arlie Latham, 50, in 1909), but he is the oldest to steal home. The Yankees use Fred Merkle in his final game. Merkle replaces Gehrig at 1B in the 6th.

The Series-bound Cardinals lose to the Reds, 2–1, when Cincinnati scores 2 runs in the 9th. Pete Donohue wins his 20th for the Reds.

At Brooklyn, the Robins take a pair from the Cubs, winning 3–1 and 6–2. Dazzy Vance strikes out 15 batters for the 3rd and last time in his career in the opener. Only three NL pitchers (Hahn, Mathewson, Rucker) this century have struck out 15 in a 9-inning game.

Detroit takes a pair from the Red Sox, winning 11–2 and 5–4. In game 1, Bob Fothergill hits for the cycle and adds a single as he scores 4 times and knocks in 4 runs for the host Tigers. Detroit overcomes a 1st-inning 3-run homer by Bill Regan in game 2 to win, 5-4, scoring a run in the 9th. Heinie Manush is 6-for-9 on the day with 5 runs scored. The burst, plus his 3-for-5 outing in Detroit’s last game on the 22nd, gives Heinie the batting title over the Babe.

27th  Cleveland 1B George Burns hits his 64th double of the year, as the Indians down Philadelphia 5–4. Indians right-hander George Uhle gives up 9 hits in winning his 27th against 11 losses. He leads the AL, despite giving up a league-high 300 hits and 118 walks, and posts a 2.83 ERA. It is his best record in a 17-year, 200-win career.

29th In the only games played today, the 7th place Braves sweep a pair from the last-place Phillies, 7–6 and 2–1. Rookies Johnny Werts and Bunny Hearn are the winning hurlers over Claude Willoughby and Dutch Ulrich.