1929 September

1st Returning home to a crowd of 50,000, the first-place Cubs whip the Cardinals, 10-3, behind the pitching of Sheriff Blake.

In front of 28,000 at Fenway, the largest crowd of the year for the Red Sox, the Yankees are outhit but win, 6-4. Tom Zachary (10-0) is the winner and has three singles at the plate. Babe Ruth hits his 40th homer, a line drive off the scoreboard in CF off lefty Bill Bayne, and Tony Lazzeri connects for 2 homers.

The Phillies score 8 runs off Clise Dudley, knocking him out of the box in the second inning, as they whip the Dodgers, 15-2, in the first of two. Chuck Klein hits his 36th and drives in 4 runs. In the 7-inning abbreviated second game, Klein has 3 more RBIs and the Phillies prevail, 9-7. Relieving with the score tied, Clise Dudley allows an unearned run to lose his second game of the day.

2nd  The Cubs beat the Cards twice 11–7 and 12–10, before a combined 81,000 fans at Wrigley Field. A crowd of 38,000 fans sees the morning game and 43,000 watch the afternoon game. Rogers Hornsby has 2 HRs and Hack Wilson has one. Pat Malone strikes out 10 in the a.m. game, the fourth time this year he’s reached double figures this year. The Cubs now lead the NL by 12 ½ games, and will clinch in two weeks.

Despite a record New York temperature for the date  of  99 degrees at Ebbets Field, the Dodgers take two games from the last-place Braves, winning 6-2 and 10-0. Watty Clark throws his second 2-hitter of the year in game 2, and Del Bissonette drives in 5 runs.

In the first of two, Bill Walker scatters 15 hits as the Giants beat the Phils, 11-4. Mel Ott and Chuck Lindstrom both homer, and Fresco Thompson has 3 hits to extend his streak to 20 straight games. He’s hitless in game 2. In the second game, thanks to “the greediness of a careless fan (NY World),” the Giants lose a home run when a fan interferes with a fly ball headed for the RF bleachers at the Polo Grounds. Instead of a two-run homer by Edd Roush, the Giants come up empty. Carl Hubbell goes all the way, only to lose to the Phils, 4–3, in 12 innings. Mel Ott hits another homer and drives in 3 runs.

At Boston, the Senators and Red Sox split a pair, with the Nats taking the opener, 10–7, behind Joe Judge and Joe Cronin. Boston takes the nitecap, 7–2, behind Milt Gaston’s pitching and Bigelow’s 4 hits. Judge has a 3-run homer in game 1 and Cronin has 5 hits, including the cycle and 4 long hits, collecting a single, 2 doubles, triple and homer.

5th Pittsburgh hammers Pirate-killer Red Lucas for 7 runs in the 3rdinning and win, 10–5. Pitcher Erv Brame starts the scoring by bouncing a homer into the RF bleachers, and the Bucs follow with a double, three triples, two singles, and a wild throw. A Lloyd Waner triple, his second of the game, in the 4th with a man on sends Red to the showers.

7th The Cubs increase their NL lead to 13 games by sweeping a pair from Boston, 13–6 and 9–3. Chicago ties a NL mark in the 4th inning of game 1 when 10 batters in a row collect hits. The Cards collected 12 straight hits on September 17, 1920, but over 2 innings.

The Phils Lou Koupal pitches 8 innings of shutout ball and beats the Cards, 4–1. Lefty O’Doul has a homer and 2 singles to take over the NL batting lead at .395. Babe Herman, with 2 hits today, is at .394.

8th At Fenway, the Browns George Blaeholder and Boston’s Milt Gaston each throw 10 innings of shutout ball, before the game is called.

9th Chicago drives Sam Jones to the showers with three runs in the 7th, as the White Sox beat the Senators, 7–4. Young Ed Walsh is the winner, allowing six hits. Cissell hits for the circuit while Willie Kamm adds two triples and a double.

The Cubs win their 90th, beating Boston, 4–3. Following two rain delays, Hack Wilson hits his 37th homer in the 7th to tie the game at 2–2. After Charlie Root walks in a run in the 9th, Riggs Stephenson’s homer ties at 3–3, and two more hits hand Percy Jones the loss. Wilson and Chuck Klein are now tied for the NL lead in homers.

At Cincinnati, the Giants Fred Fitzsimmons beats the Reds, 10–4, in game 2 for his 6th win over Cincinnati this season. Four of the wins are shutouts. In game 1, Carl Hubbell is the winner, 6–3.

10th At Yankee Stadium, Ruth and Gehrig unload on the Tigers, but it is good enough for only a split. Detroit takes the opener, 8-4, overcoming a Babe Ruth homer, off Earl Whitehall, in the 4th. In the first inning of game 2, Gehrig hits a grand slam, off Phil Page, but Detroit comes back and scores 3 runs in the top of the 9th to take a 9-6 lead. The Yankees score 4 runs in the bottom of the inning, which features a 3-run homer by the Babe off Ownie Carroll, to win, 10-9.

12th In Cincinnati, the Reds use a freak home run by Hod Ford to beat Brooklyn, 3–2. Rixey is the winner over Vance. With Sukeforth on 1B, Ford’s long fly in the 4th inning eludes Babe Herman, who stumbles and then tumbles into the RF seats. The ball bounds away and both runners score.

14th  The A’s clinch the AL pennant with a 5–0 win over the White Sox. Earnshaw tosses the shutout for the win.

Commissioner Landis suspends Chicago 1B Art Shires for the remainder of the season for his fracas in Philley with manager Lena Blackburne and traveling secretary Barbour yesterday. Passing Shires hotel room, Blackburne heard him being loud and boisterous and demanding more liquor. When he tried to intervene Shires beat him up, pounding his head on the floor. Barbour, too, got into it and got a severe bite on his finger for it. Neither pressed charges. Shires leaves his .312 batting average on the field.

15th  The Yankees and Indians trade shutouts, with New York winning the opener, 1–0 behind Tom Zachary (11-0). Zachary allows 4 hits as he beats Cleveland for the 4th time this season. New York has won just 6 against the Tribe. The only score comes in the 3rd when Ruth singles with 2 out, and advances to 3B when Luke Sewell’s pickoff throw is wild. Bill Dickey, with his first hit in 22 at bats, singles in the Babe. Dickey catches Charlie Jamison trying to steal, the 13th consecutive time this season that Jamison has been thrown out, an AL season record (Pete Runnels will set a new AL record with 16 caught steals over 3 seasons). In the nitecap, Willis Hudlin gives up 3 singles, as Cleveland wins, 10-0. It is Hudlin’s 14th win over New York in the past three seasons.

In Detroit, the Tigers pound the Senators, 16-2, behind Earl Whitehead. Whitehead also has 3 hits while his batterymate Pinky Hargrave has 4 hits, including 2 doubles and a homer. Pinky also adds a steal. Game 2 ends in a 3-3 tie, called because of darkness.

After a doubleheader sweep by the Reds of the visiting Braves, former college track star Evar Swanson of the Reds circles the bases in 13.3 seconds in a field day trial. He also has a pair of stolen bases in the second game. Two years from now, with more sophisticated equipment timing him, he will do it in 13.2 while with Columbus (American Association).

17th In the first of two, the Cubs’ Kiki Cuyler belts a grand slam, the 9th of the year for Chicago, but the Robins win, 8–7. This is a major league record that will be topped by the Tigers (10) in 1938, but no NL team will top it this century. Brooklyn uses the slam in game when Babe Herman clouts one in the 8th in Brooklyn’s 9–6 win. In game 1, Brooklyn rookie Johnny Frederick hits his 51st double, breaking the NL mark for doubles set by Paul Waner last year. He’ll hit one more.

18th  A Pirates 5–4 loss to the Braves in game 1 clinches the NL pennant for the Cubs, losers today to the Giants, 7–3. Carl Hubbell outguns Sheriff Blake.

The Yankees go long to take a pair of games from the third-place Indians, winning 9-7 and 12-2, at Yankee Stadium. In game 1, Babe Ruth hits a 4thinning two-run homer off Jake Miller, then hits a 2-run homer in the 8thof game 2 off Milt Shoffner, a shot estimated at 465 feet. It is the Babe’s 46th of the year. Gehrig takes Shoffner deep an inning earlier, hitting a grand slam, his second in 8 days. Chief Hogsett loses in his major league debut, but he will win his next outing on the 22nd, shutting out the Browns, 5-0.

19th Cubs pitcher Pat Malone shuts out the Giants, 5–0. It is Malone’s league-leading 22nd win and his 5th shutout.

In a pitching duel at Fenway, Boston’s Milt Gaston beats Willis Hudlin and the Indians, 3–2. The Gaston brothers, the first brother battery in history for Boston, each score a run in the 5th. Indians third sacker Joe Sewell his in his record 115th straight game without a strikeout to set a ML record. His error, however, helps the Red Sox score in the 5th.

In Washington, all the scoring comes in the 9th as the Senators beat the Browns, 2-1. The Browns keep the game scoreless till the final frame with the help of a triple play started by George Blaeholder. The pitcher gets a glove on a line drive by Joe Judge that caroms to Melillo, who touches 2B for a force and tags out Marberry.

20th Cleveland’s Joe Sewell finally strikes out as Boston’s Danny MacFayden K’s him in the 6th of a 6–4 Indian victory. Sewell had not struck out since the Browns George Blaeholder whiffed him in the 3rdinning on May 20—a stretch of 115 games and 442 at bats. The Sox leave 12 on base and are stopped by reliever Wes Ferrell in the 8th.

At Forbes Field, the Pirates batter the Braves, 10-3. Lloyd Waner has a homer and 3 RBIs to extend his hit streak to 21 games.

Yanks manager Miller Huggins goes in the hospital with a high fever and coach Artie Fletcher will take over in the interim.

21st At Wrigley, the Giants are victorious over the Cubs, 4-1, as Bill Walker tops Charlie Root (17-6). Mel Ott hits his 40th homer and drives in 3 runs for New York. Hack Wilson hits in his 20th straight game, the second streak of 20 games or better he’s compiled this year.

At Fenway, Sox reliever Bill Bayne wins his own game in the 12th when he drives in Earl Averill for a 5-4 Boston victory.

22nd Jack Hendricks resigns as Reds manager effective the close of the season. The 7th place Reds will finish 68-88.

At St. Louis, the Cardinals and Dodgers split a pair, with Brooklyn taking game 1, 7-2. The Birds win the second game, 4-0. Only one Dodger reaches via a walk while no walks are garnered by Cards batters, tying the ML mark for a doubleheader. It won’t be done again in the NL the rest of the century.

The first-place Cubs lose to the visiting Giants, 5-4, in a game that features Gabby Hartnett behind the plate for his only start of the year. Hartnett injured his throwing arm in spring training and will only have 22 at bats this season.

24th  The Yankees celebrate Babe Ruth Day at Fenway by winning, 5–3, over Boston. Ruth is 2-for-3 with a double. Tom Zachary wins his 12thwithout a loss: his 12-0 season record will not be equaled this century.

Brooklyn rookie Johnny Frederick connects for his 52nd double in the Dodgers’ 8–6 loss to the Phils. This will be the NL record until Klein clouts 59 next year. But Frederick will add 2 homers in the coming games to end the season with 82 extra base hits, a ML record for rookies that will not be matched this century. Albert Pujols, in 2001, will break the mark.

The Giants sweep the Braves, 5–4 and 6–5, as Mel Ott hits a homer in each game, his 41st and 42nd HRs of the year. This ties Rogers Hornsby’s NL mark.

25th  Three days after turning the team over to coach Art Fletcher, Yankee manager Miller Huggins dies from blood poisoning at New York’s St. Vincent Hospital. He was 49. The team finds out about the death during the 5th inning at Fenway Park and both teams line up at home plate for a minute of silent prayer. New York wins the game, 11–10, in 11 innings as starters Ray Dobens and Bots Nekola, teammates at Holy Cross a year ago, are gone after 6 innings. Tony Lazzeri is the hitting star with a single, double, and 2 triples. Huggins casket will lie in repose at Yankee Stadium and will be viewed by thousands of fans. He is the first individual honored this way: Babe Ruth will be the next.

Bill Walker allows 15 hits but just 4 runs as the Giants double the Phillies, 8-4. Mel Ott is 1-for-3 but has no homers. He does start his 12th double play this season from RF, throwing out a runner scrambling back to 1B on a line drive. The 12 DPs is 2 short of Jimmy Sheckard’s NL-record 14 set in 1899. Ott does tie the 20th century mark of 12 which is held by Cy Seymour (1905); Ginger Beaumont (1907) and Jimmy Sheckard again (1911).

In the first of two, the Dodgers collect 2 hits, 5 by Johnny Frederick, but the Phils plate 2 runs in the 9th to win, 10-9. Chuck Klein hits his 40thhomer for the Phils and Don Hurst adds his 30th. Klein hits his 41st in the nitecap and Lefty O’Doul hits his 31st as the Phillies roll to an 8-5 win.

26th In Washington, the Yankees blast 3 Senator pitchers for a 10–3 win. Gehrig, Ruth, and Dickey each triple for the victors.

27th  In the Phils 11–5 win over Boston, Chuck Klein hits HR No. 42, tying Mel Ott and equaling Hornsby’s NL record, and Lefty O’Doul collects 3 hits to virtually wrap up the hitting title. Klein adds a double for the Phils, who will sweep the Braves, following a sweep of the Robins.

28th  The Phillies total 36 hits in a doubleheader sweep over the visiting Braves, winning, 9-8 and 8-6. Boston’s Ed Brandt gives up 20 hits in the opener as he goes the distance, but he collects 4 hits himself. Tripp Sigman is 4-for-5 in game 2, including a homer, as the Philley rookie, called up 10 days ago, finishes the year at 15-for-29.

29th At Wrigley, Charlie Root and the Cubs edge the Reds, 1–0. Roger Hornsby’s 39th homer, off Benny Frey, is the only score. He also adds 2 singles and a double.

Setting a record not matched till 2002, for the third game in a row the White Sox enter the 9th inning with a lead, only to lose the game. Detroit’s Jonathon Stone hits a homer in the 9th to tie the game and singles in the 11th to win, 9-8. Detroit scored 2 in the 9th yesterday, then 3 more in the 10th to beat the Sox, 11-10. On the 25th, Glenn Myatt of Cleveland hit a 3-run homer in the 9th to give the Indians a 9-7 win over Chicago.

The Red Sox jump on A’s ace Lefty Grove, collecting 11 hits in 5 innings off him, and rolling to a 10–0 win. The AL leaders collect a scratch single off Red Ruffing and just 3 infield singles off reliever Milt Gaston.

30th Sidney Weil takes over as the new president of the Cincinnati Reds. Weil bought out the stock of three disgruntled shareholders just as the stock market was crashing. Weil will eventually go bankrupt and be forced to sell the Reds in 1933.