1928 September

1st In Washington, Republican presidential candidate Herbert Hoover looks on as “Approximately 99 percent of the spectators wore their straw hats, hoping the Senators would give them a chance to get excited and hurl them away” (NY Times). Alas, the Yankees win, 8–3. Waite Hoyt is the winner and beneficiary of Bob Meusel’s 4-for-4 hitting. Meusel has 3 RBIs. Garland Braxton takes the loss.

Sheriff Blake is red hot for the Cubs, allowing just one hit, in besting the Reds Ray Kolp, 1–0. The lone Reds hit is a 5th inning double by Long George Kelly.

2nd The Senators top the Yankees, 2–0, as Fred Marberry does it all, shutting down the Yanks and driving in both Nat runs. Bob Meusel’s hit streak is stopped at 6 straight, The New York lead is now 1 ½ games over the A’s, winners of an exhibition game in Lycoming, PA.

3rd  The A’s are set back as the Senators stop them twice, 6–1 and 5–4. Bump Hadley wins the opener, scattering 6 hits and striking out 8. Ty Cobb makes the last of his 4,191 hits, the 724th double of his career, as an A’s pinch hitter in the 9th inning against Hadley. In the nitecap, Garland Braxton is the winner over George Earnshaw.

At Yankee Stadium, New York and Boston split a doubleheader. The Yanks overcome a grand slam by Boston’s Jack Rothrock in game 1, and prevail, 8-7. Boston wins the second game, 4-3. The Yanks lead the A’s by 2 ½ games.

In Pittsburgh, the Pirates overwhelm the Cubs, 16-1, in the first game of a doubleheader, then take game 2 by a more modest, 6-3. In game 1, Pirates RF Adam Comorosky handles 9 putouts, tying the NL record for that position.

4th  With yesterday’s Labor Day DH rained out, the Braves will play a record 9 consecutive doubleheaders between now and the 15th: Brooklyn today and the 5th; Philadelphia on the 7th and 8th; New York on the 10th, 11th, 13th, and 14th; and the Cubs on the 15th. Starting with the Phils on the 8th, they will lose 5 of them in a row—a record, including all four to the Giants. They start the streak by dropping both games today to Brooklyn: the Robins win the opener, 3–2, behind Jake Flowers 10th-inning homer for Dazzy Vance’s 19th win; Brooklyn takes the nitecap, 9–2, as Babe Herman and Del Bissonette wallop 4th-inning homers.

5th Boston sweeps today’s twinbill with Brooklyn, winning the opener, 9–2 and 7-1. The Robins collect 13 hits in the loss, but make 8 errors. The Braves are paced by Sisler’s four hits. Bob Smith pitches a 2-hitter to win the nitecap.

7th  The A’s take 2 from Boston, winning 1–0 and 7–3, and move into a first-place tie with the Yankees. Lefty Grove is magnificent in the opener, allowing 4 hits and striking out 11 to win his 14th straight. Red Ruffing takes the tough loss, allowing an unearned run. Ed Rommel outguns Danny MacFayden in the nitecap.

The stumbling Yanks drop a pair to the Senators, losing 11–0 and 6–1. Bump Hadley tosses the shutout and adds three singles. Fred Marberry wins the nitecap over Waite Hoyt, for his 2nd win over New York in 5 days. New York, which led by 13 ½ games on July 1st, is now tied with the A’s.

In Philley, the Braves tally 11 hits and 3 walks but still get shut out by the Phils’ Ray Benge, 4–0. In the nitecap, the Braves are hitless until 2 are out in the 7th, then take the lead, but the Phils tie it in the 9th on Cy Williams homer. Boston wins in 11, 4–3.

8th The Phils take two from the Braves, winning 10–6 and 4–0. Earl Caldwell, who reported to the Phils yesterday, tosses the shutout in his first major league start.

Behind Ruth’s 3-run homer, the Yankees take the Senators, 6–3, but it is not enough as the Yanks drop to 2nd place.

In Boston, the A’s get cheered by the Sox fans as they sweep a pair from the Crimson Hose and take over first place in the AL by a half game. Orwell is the winner in game 1, 7–6, in 10 innings. Earnshaw wins the nitecap, 7–4.

9th  A total of 85,265 jam Yankee Stadium to watch the Yankees sweep 2 from the A’s, 3–0 and 7–3, to move back into first place to stay. George Pipgras is the winner in the first game while the Yankee star of the nitecap is Bob Meusel, who takes an Ed Rommel knuckler out of the park for a grand slam in the 8th. Waite Hoyt is the winner.

At Ebbets Field, the Robins come from behind to edge the Giants, 3–2, behind Dazzy Vance. Harvey Hendrick dinks a 2-run homer in the 8th, off Larry Benton, to tie, and Jake Flowers singles with 2 out in the 9th to drive home the winner. The ecstatic fans respond by covering the field with straw hats.

The Cards blow a 7–3 lead and lose to Pittsburgh, 8–7. Their lead is cut to 2 ½ games. Pete Alexander blows the lead, but the loss goes to reliever Art Reinhart. Hafey and Bottomley homer for the Cards, but the Bucs answer with the 7 hits from the Waners. Paul, leading the NL with .381, has 4 of them.

Chicago’s Alex Metzler breaks up a pitching duel between Ted Lyons and Willis Hudlin by cracking an 8th inning pinch homer to tie Cleveland, 1–1. The Sox get one more, then explode for 8 runs in the 9th inning to coast, 10–1. Metzler adds a double and drives in 5 runs. The homer is Metzler’s 3rd and last roundtripper of the year and he will tie Bill Barrett for the team lead. His 55 RBIs will be 2nd on the Sox.

At age 38, Yankee P Urban Shocker dies of pneumonia in Denver, where he had gone for his health. Only now does it become known that he had suffered from an enlarged heart and was unable to sleep lying down for 2 years. Shocker, who never had a losing season, was 18-6 in 1927 but, after holding out for the spring, appeared in only one game in 1928.

10th  The Giants gain 1 1⁄2 games on the Cards and Cubs by winning two from Boston while the leaders lose. New York moves into 2nd tomorrow with another sweep of the Braves. Fred Fitzsimmons wins the opener for the Giants, 4–1, and Joe Genewich wins the nitecap, 11–0.

11th  In the Yankees 5–3 win at the Stadium, Ty Cobb makes his last appearance as a batter, popping out against Yankee Hank Johnson to SS Mark Koenig as a pinch hitter in the 9th. Babe Ruth’s 49th, a two run clout, off Lefty Grove in the 8th, seals the win for New York. The Bronx Bombers seal the fate of the A’s with their 4th straight win over the Quakers, leaving the Mackmen in 2nd place, 2 ½ games back.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants take 2 games from the Braves, 11–6 and 7–6. Freddie Lindstrom goes 8-for-10 to pull New York into 2nd place, 2 ½ games behind St. Louis. The Giants will continue to feast on Braves pitching, winning doubleheaders from Boston on the 13th and the 14th to tie the NL record for twinbills won on consecutive days.

15th  In a doubleheader with the Phils, the Cardinals leave 29 runners on base but still manage to win both games, 3–2 and 8–6. Stranding 29 is a record for 2 regulation-length games. Eighteen of the runners left on base come in game 2 to tie the ML record.

At Boston the Cubs manage to split with the Braves, winning the nitecap, 6–1, after dropping the opener. 5–2. Ben Cantwell bests Charlie Root in game one, and Guy Bush does the same to Ed Brandt.

17th  Wilcy Moore, the Yankee pitching hero of 1927, goes home with an ailing arm after working just 60 innings.

In the 9th against Chicago, Braves reliever Ray Boggs plunks 3 Cubbies, walks 2 and tosses one wild pitch. Chicago manages to score just one run off Boggs, but they win the away game, 15–5. Pat Malone picks up the win.

18th  The Braves and Cubs combine to ground into a NL-record 8 double plays between them, but the Cubs win the game, 8–2 on 17 hits. Sheriff Blake is the winner over Johnny Cooney. Cubs 2B Freddie Maguire is in the middle of 5 DPs and is 4-for-4 at bat.

20th  The White Sox beat New York 4–3, and the Yankee lead is cut to one game.

A crowd of 50,000 at the Polo Grounds sees the Giants and Cardinals split a doubleheader. The Cards take the first game 8–5 behind pitcher Willie Sherdel plus three homers by former Giant George Harper. The Giants salvage the nightcap 7–4 when they score 5 runs in the 8th inning to give rookie Carl Hubbell the win over Grover Cleveland Alexander. Shanty Hogan’s grand slam off Alexander is the big blow. New York remains 2 games behind the NL-leading Cardinals.

In Boston, the Braves drop 8 runs on the Reds in the first inning en route to a 9-5 win over the Reds. Les Bell’s grand slam is the bell ringer for Boston.

21st At St. Louis, Boston’s Red Ruffing smashes a 3-run homer in the 7thand pitches the Sox to a 5–3 win over the Browns.

In Detroit, Harry Rice dents the A’s pennant hopes with a 5th inning grand slam off Lefty Grove, and Detroit beats Philadelphia, 9-4. The loss leaves the A’s two games behind the Yankees.

22nd Boston 1B Phil Todt hits HRs in the 7th and 8th innings as Boston beats the Browns, 5–3. His first homer, off Ed Strelecki is Boston’s 1st hit. His 2nd comes with pitcher Danny MacFayden on base.

24th The Tigers draw 404 fans for their last meeting with the last place Red Sox, winning 8–0 behind Sam Gibson’s 5-hitter. Pat Simmons is knocked out in the 7th when he gives up consecutive triples to Al Wingo, batting 9th, John Stone, and Charlie Gehringer. Harry Heilmann has a HR and double for Detroit. Jack Rothrock is busy for Boston playing LF, SS, and pitching a shutout last inning. On September 29, Rothrock will catch an inning against the Indians before moving to left field to replace pitcher Danny MacFayden. With that move, Rothrock plays all 9 positions this year, plus pinch hitting and pinch running.

26th  The Cardinals lose to Brooklyn, 6–1, but still hold a half-game lead over New York. Dazzy Vance sets down the Mound Citymen on 5 hits and strikes out 7 to beat Clarence Mitchell. Harvey Hendrick connects in the 7th for a grand slam off Mitchell.

27th  With the Giants just a half game behind the Cardinals, New York loses the first game of a doubleheader to the Cubs, 3–2. On a controversial play at the plate in the 6th inning, New York’s Shanty Hogan hits a ball back to P Art Nehf who throws to third to get the runner. But the runner Andy Reese was off with the crack of the bat and bowls over C Gabbie Hartnett. Hartnett grabs the runner to keep from falling. and as Hartnett holds him, Reese is tagged out by the Cubs 3B. The Giants bench erupts, but umpire Bill Klem rules Reese is out. The subsequent protest will be disallowed, despite a photo clearly showing Hartnett up the line holding Reese. The Giants win the nitecap, 2–0, but a loss tomorrow clinches the pennant for St. Louis. McGraw will maintain that Klem’s call cost the Giants the pennant.

At Boston, the Cardinals erupt for 7 runs in the 15th inning to win 10–3, handing the loss to starter Bob Smith. Smith goes 14.1 innings, allowing 9 hits and 12 walks. Smith and Kent Greenfield allow the 7 runs, a ML record for the 15th inning. The Cards tied the game in the 9th on Andy High’s 2-out, 2-run single.

For a remarkable second time in five weeks, Lefty Grove strikes out three batters on 9 pitches, this time victimizing the White Sox (Berg, Thomas and Mostil) in the 7th inning. Grove also starts the A’s scoring with a solo HR and wins 6–3, his 6th straight win over Chicago and his 24th of the year. Not until Jim Bunning, in 1959, will another AL hurler K the side on 9 pitches.

At St. Louis, Bump Hadley pitches the Senators to a 6–5 win over the Browns. Goslin, leading the AL, is 2-for-4, while his rival Heinie Manush has one hit, a 3-run HR, in the Browns 5-run 9th. Manush has 13 homers—all at home.

28th  Ruth records his 53rd homer of the year and George Pipgras survives an 11-6 win over the Tigers to clinch the AL pennant for the Yankees. Gehrig and Meusel each drive in 2 runs for the Bombers, whose win is marred by the loss of Earle Combs. Combs fractures his wrist when he collides with the wall.

Behind Rube Walberg’s 6 innings of one-run relief, the A’s top the White Sox, 7-5. Three homers plus Bing Miller’s 5 hits provide the offense. The A’s finish 2 1⁄2 games out.

At St. Louis, Browns P Alvin Crowder beats his former teammates the Senators 4–3 to finish with the AL best record, 21-5. He will later go back to Washington and win 50 in 2 years for the Nats.

In Cleveland, 200 paid customers are treated to a 1-0 thriller, a Red Sox win over the Tribe. Rookie George Loepp triples in the 1st and scores on an infield out for the game’s only run. Jack Russell (11-14) is the winner.

Sparked by Frankie Frisch’s steal of home (on a double steal), the Cards plate 7 runs in the 15th inning to beat the Braves at Boston, 10–3. For Frisch, it is his 2nd extra-inning steal of home (his first came against the Dodgers in the 2nd game on July 20, 1927), a major league first and still the National League record. The Cards tied the game in the 9th on Andy High’s 2-out single. The loss goes to starter Bob Smith, who pitches 14.1 innings, allowing 9 hits and 12 walks. Smith and Kent Greenfield allow the 7 runs, a ML record for the 15th inning. With the Giants losing, the Cardinals lead by two games with two to play.

29th  Behind Bill Sherdel and Flint Rhem, the Cardinals win the NL pennant with a 3–1 win at Boston while the Cubs are beating New York, 6–2. The final margin is 2 games over the Giants, 4 over the Cubs. Jim Bottomley hits his 20th double of the year to lead the NL in that category. His 31 homers and 136 RBI are also the NL highs. Bottomley is the first player since 1904 (Harry Lumley with 18 triples, 9 homers.) to lead his league in triples and homers: Mantle and Mays will match that in 1955.

The Tigers and Yankees tie an AL offense record when they combine for 45 hits, Detroit tallying 28 of them. Four Tigers collect 4 hits apiece for a since-tied AL record, as Detroit wins the slugfest 19–10. The Yanks will finish the season with the top three RBI men [Gehrig and Ruth with 142, Bob Meusel with 113. Elias Sports Bureau has 144/142/117], just the 2ndtime this has happened. It will occur just once more, with the 1932 Phils. The Yankees finish 2 and a half games in front.

30th  In Washington’s 9–1 win over the Browns, Washington OF Goose Goslin, for the 3rd day in a row, gets 2 hits, one a 9th inning looping single, to edge the Browns OF Heinie Manush .379 to .378. It is Goose’s only batting title in his 18-year career. Nats’ ace Sam Jones volunteers to pitch to stop Manush, while Blaeholder tries the same for St. Louis. Blaeholder gets Goslin in his first 2 at bats, but Goose then hits a 5th inning HR.

Pitching for his home town team, White Sox rookie Bob Wieland makes his first ML start, beating the second-place A’s, 1–0. The A’s leave 12 men on base against the Lane Tech graduate.