1st The Cardinals take a pair from the Pirates, winning 11-6 and 5-1, and along with Brooklyn and New York, stay bunched behind first-place Chicago. Cincy takes a pair from the Cubs, winning, 5–0, behind Red Lucas, and, 2–1, behind Benny Frey.
In the 2nd of two games, Cleveland’s Wes Ferrell tops the Browns, 9–5 in 8 innings, for his 13th straight win. The Indians take the opener as well, winning 13–8, despite Brownie pitcher Dick Porter hitting a grand slam off Willis Hudlin.
A Labor Day crowd of 72,000 packs Yankee Stadium to see the World Champion A’s split with the New Yorkers. The A’s take the opener, 3–2, with reliever Lefty Grove striking out Ruth with 2 on to end the game. Ruth drives in a run in the nitecap, 2–0 Yankee win. Red Ruffing pitches his 2nd two hitter in 2 weeks to beat George Earnshaw.
4th Rogers Hornsby returns to the Chicago lineup as the Cubs beat the Pirates, 10–7, in 10 innings. Jesse Petty, purchased from the Bucs on August 24th, picks up the victory, the last one of his career. Hornsby had been absent since Memorial Day because of a broken ankle. The Cubs are in first place, but the Cards, after thrashing the Reds 13–2, move into a tie for 2nd place with the Giants. The Giants lose to the Braves, 7–1.string of 12 straight hits beginning on September 2.
Hollywood (PCL) first baseman Mickey Heath goes 5-for-5 against the Missions to complete a string of 12 straight hits beginning on September 2. Heath’s PCL mark of 12 straight hits (and a walk) will be tied by Ted Beard in 1954. Heath will start the 1931 season with Cincinnati.
5th The Braves win their 3rd in a row from the Giants, 6–4, to drop New York to 3rd place in the NL, 6 games in back of Chicago. The idle Cards now are in 2nd all alone.
6th In the first game of a doubleheader, Ted Lyons of Chicago beats Wes Ferrell of Cleveland, 2–1, ending Ferrell’s winning streak at 13. It’s Ferrell’s first defeat since losing to Detroit on July 4 by a run. Lyons drives in the winning run with a triple to win his 20th on the year. Cleveland wins the nitecap, 4–2. Only 2 bases on balls are issued in the doubleheader, tying the AL mark: it won’t be matched the rest of the century.
At Forbes Field, the Cubs overcome a 12–8 Pirate lead after 7 innings, by scoring 4 runs in the 8th and 6 in the 9th to outshoot the Pirates, 19–14. Wilson hits his 47th homer, to keep the Cubs in 1st place in the NL race.
The Phillies, losers 18–5 to the Giants on the 2nd, end a 3-day rest by dropping a 22–8 decision to the host Dodgers. The same 4 pitchers—Collard, Elliott, Phillips, and Sweetland—are on the mound for the Quakers.
After losing 3 straight to the Braves, the Giants manage a sweep of Boston, winning 13–1 and 7–2. In the opener, Terry hits a HR, Mel Ott adds 3 hits, and starter Fred Fitzsimmons chips in with 2 hits. Third sacker Fred Lindstrom is knocked cold by a grounder off the bat of Boston’s Buster Chatham. The Giants are now tied for 2nd place with the Cards.
Pitching 4 innings of hitless relief, Lefty Grove wins his 25th game, beating the Red Sox, 3–1, in 10 innings. Mickey Cochrane’s 2-run homer with 2 outs in the bottom of the 10th is the winner.
7th Before 36,000 fans at Sportsman’s Park, the Cards sweep 2 from the Reds, 4–2 and 11–6, to leave the Birds just 2 ½ games in back of the Cubs.
In his major league debut, Brooklyn’s Van Lingle Mungo shuts out the Braves, 2–0.
8th After the Red Sox take the opener from the Browns, 4–3, the 2 teams battle to a 10-inning scoreless tie in the nitecap. George Blaeholder allows 3 Sox hits, 2 by Alex Gaston, while brother Milt Gaston gives up 8 hits.
9th The first place Cubs, sporting a team average of .311, invade Brooklyn and are shut out by rookie Ray Phelps, 3–0.
10th Forty-one-year-old Dolf Luque hands the Cubs another whitewash as Brooklyn wins, 6–0. Chicago’s lead over the Cards and Brooklyn is now 1 ½ games.
At Braves Field, Tom Zachary (10-5) allows 4 hits and Wally Berger hits his 34th homer as the Braves trim the Pirates, 5-0. One of the Pirate safeties is by Paul Waner who runs his hit streak to 21 straight games.
Detroit’s Vic Sorrell beats the A’s 4–0 for the AL’s last shutout this season. The 41 shutouts is a major league low.
11th The Cubs finally score, but still lose to 2–1 to Brooklyn’s Dazzy Vance, who strikes out 13 Chicagoans. Hack Wilson’s homer today is the only Cub run in the series, while Glenn Wright’s 2-run homer in the 1st is all the Robins scoring.
12th Brooklyn C Al Lopez drives one over the head of Cincinnati LF Bob Meusel, and the ball bounces into the bleachers at Ebbets Field for a three-run homer. Brooklyn wins, 7–3, for their 8th straight win; the Reds go the other way recording their 8th straight loss.
The Cubs offense finally comes to life, as Chicago feasts on Philley pitching to win 17–4. Hack Wilson has a HR, two doubles and a pair of singles in the game.
13th At Philley, the Phils knock the Cubs out of 1st place winning, 7–5. Game 2 is called in the 3rd inning because of rain. Lefty O’Doul’s 2-run pinch homer in the bottom of the 8th snaps a 5–5 tie.
Brooklyn beats the Reds, 4–3, for their 9th straight win. Brooklyn moves ahead of the Cubs and is percentage points behind the Cards.
14th Brooklyn becomes the 3rd team in 3 days to lead the NL, beating Cincinnati 13–5, their 10th straight win, while the Cards split a doubleheader in Boston. Babe Herman once again stops to watch a HR disappear for a record 2nd time in one season. This time, Glenn Wright bounces a ball into the CF stands and lopes past the awestruck Herman to reduce the bounce HR to a single. The Robins score 6 runs in the 1stinning, the 7th straight game they’ve tallied in the first frame. Brooklyn (83-60) ends the day a half game in front of St. Louis, and a game ahead of the Cubs.
15th The Dodgers win their 11th straight, 13–5, to sweep the Reds and keep a one-game lead on the Cardinals. Brooklyn scores 6 in the first, the 7th straight game they’ve scored in the opening frame, to knock out Red Lucas. They would’ve score more in the frame; Glenn Wright’s liner reaches the bleachers but Wright, unsure if the hit is a HR, runs hard and passes baserunner Babe Herman who was at 1B. It is the 2nd time this season that Herman has been passed on the basepaths on a homer.
Newspapers carry the story of the strange disappearance of Cardinals P Flint Rhem on the eve of a crucial series in Brooklyn. Rhem will reappear in two days.
The Cubs split a pair in Philadelphia when Lefty O’Doul again pinch-hits a HR, this time in the 9th, to beat the Cubs 12–11 in the first game. It is the 2nd consecutive game that O’Doul has produced a pinch-hit homer. In the 2nd game of the day’s doubleheader, Hack Wilson hits his 50th HR to pace the Cubs to a 6–4 win. Kiki Cuyler scores 3 runs in the two games to finish with 39 runs (of his 155) against the Phils this season.
16th At Ebbets Field, the Cards (82–60) and Dodgers (84–60) square off before 30,000. Cards P Bill Hallahan retires the first 20 batters, before he fumbles a grounder. A single in the 8th spoils his no-hitter. The Cards finally score in the 10th on a single by Taylor Douthit after Andy High hits a pinch double and hold on for a dramatic 1–0 win over starter Dazzy Vance. [As a leadoff batter, Douthit will knock in record 84 runs, a mark that Dom DiMaggio will tie in 1948.] The victory gives the Cards 1st place by a percentage point over the Brooklyn, losers for the first time in 12 games, their longest win streak in franchise history. The Cubs are in 3rd, just 1 ½ out.
At the Polo Grounds, Carl Hubbell sets the 3rd place Cubs back, winning 7–0, while striking out 10. Chicago trails by 1.5 games.
The Phils score 5 runs in the 9th inning to tie the Pirates 10–10, The Bucs score 4 runs in the top of the 10th, then the Phils plate another 5 to win 15–14. The Phils use a triple play in the 8th inning to keep the Bucs from scoring.
17th Earl Averill, Cleveland OF, hits 3 HRs, including a grand slam, in succession and narrowly misses a 4th when the umpire rules a long drive foul. The Indians take the opener, 13–7. He hits another HR the first time up in the 2nd game of the doubleheader, which Washington wins, 6–4. Earl tallies a since-topped major-league record 11 RBIs for the afternoon.
The Braves Wally Berger adds 3 HRs in a doubleheader against the Reds en route to a rookie record. Berger now has 37. The Braves and Reds divide today’s games, 6-3 to the Braves in game 1 and 6-4 Reds in game 2.
Flint Rhem, missing for 24 hours, returns to the Cardinals’ hotel with an improbable story that he was kidnapped by gamblers, taken to New Jersey, and forced to drink bootleg whiskey. With Rhem unfit, Syl Johnson starts. The Cards rally to win 5–3 and take a game lead over Brooklyn at Ebbets Field. For the 2nd straight game, Andy High hits a pinch double, this time in the 9th to drive in 2 runs. Years later Rhem sets the record straight, saying he went to a small party, had several drinks and woke up the next morning in his hotel “sicker than I have been in my life.” When Branch Rickey showed up the following day with some newspapermen, Rhem was still sick. “’Shad,’ Rickey asked me. ‘What’s the matter with you? I guess someone kidnapped you.’” Rhem said, “Those writers outside the door took that little conversation and built up the story.”
Hack Wilson hits his 51st and 52nd HRs, each with man on, to break Gehrig’s RBI record of 175 set in 1927. The Cubs beat the Giants 5-2 at the Polo Grounds.
18th The Philadelphia Athletics clinch the AL championship for the 2ndyear in a row, defeating the White Sox 14–10. Al Simmons contributes 4 hits, including a HR, his 36th, in the win. Jimmie Foxx hits his 35th and drives in 5 runs. Double X will have 40 of his 156 RBIs against Chicago.
Burleigh Grimes pitches his 15th victory of the year to give the Cardinals a 4–3 win over Brooklyn and a sweep of the series. The Birds now lead the NL by 2 games.
Ray Kremer wins his 20th as the Pirates edge the Phillies, 6–5. Chuck Klein has 4 hits for the Phils, including homers #35 and #36.
19th At Chicago, the White Sox score 4 in the 7th and 5 in the 9th, but it is not enough as the Yankees win, 18-9. Earle Combs scores 5 runs for the Yankees. Carl Reynolds has 3 RBI for the Sox, and clubs his 21st homer. He is the first White Sox player to hit 20 homers in a season.
20th The Cubs pennant hopes get dimmer as the Braves drop the Bruins, 3–2. Bob Smith scatters 6 hits to win for Boston. Just acquired reliever Jesse Petty, who is replaced by Blake in the 3rd frame after giving up three runs, is the Cubs loser.
A sober Flint Rhem pitches the Cardinals to a 9–3 win over the Phillies in the first of two at Philadelphia. The Cards break a 2–2 tie with a 7-run outburst in the 7th. Gus Mancuso paces the winners with a pair of homers, while Chuck Klein homers for the Quakers. The Phils take the nitecap, 4–3, scoring the winning run on Friberg’s rap with no outs in the 9th. Chuck Klein hits his 57th double in the nitecap.
In the Internationals League, Joe Hauser of the Baltimore Orioles sets a new minor league record by hitting his 63rd HR. At Buffalo, 40-year-old Dave Danforth of Buffalo strikes out 20 Red Wing batters as Buffalo beats Rochester, 8-1, Danforth pitched 10 years in the AL, finishing in 1925.
21st The Robins drop their 5th decision in a row, losing 7–6 to the Pirates. The loss puts Brooklyn in 3rd place behind the Cubs.
Former Brooklyn second baseman Billy Rhiel, playing for Portland (PCL), pulls off an unassisted triple play against Seattle.
23rd Pennant-bound St. Louis hands Flint Rhem an 11–0 lead, but he can’t hold it against the Phils. There are 42 hits in the contest as the Cards stagger to a 19–16 win at Philadelphia. Rookie Tony Rensa hits a grand slam for the Phils, while Sparky Adams and Frankie Frisch have 4 hits apiece; 4 others have 3 hits apiece. In the stands scouting the Redbirds are Connie Mack and several A’s players. Chuck Klein, an expert in handling the rebounds off the RF wall at Baker Bowl, makes his 44thassist, well above the record of 39 set by Mike Mitchell with the Reds in 1907. The Phils’ pitching staff, as they’ve done every year since 1918, will post the NL’s highest ERA mark: this year 6.702 is the all-time high. The batting average for the entire NL at Baker Bowl this year is .350: Klein’s average at home is .439 for the season.
24th Behind Lefty Grove’s 31st win of the year, the Athletics belt the Red Sox, 9–4. For Grove, it is his 11th straight win over Boston. Lefty will lead the league in wins and saves, the last pitcher to do so.
25th Joe McCarthy, not receiving the support of Cubs owner William Wrigley, resigns as manager. Rogers Hornsby is named to finish the season and manage in 1931. McCarthy will not be idle long, and will sign with the Yankees next month.
Harry Hooper, former Red Sox and White Sox star OF, is named baseball coach at Princeton University.
Burleigh Grimes wins his 16th as the Cards shut out the Pirates 9–0. The Cards are now 7–12 vs. the Bucs and lead the Cubs by 3 games.
26th St. Louis tops the Pittsburgh Pirates for the 2nd day in a row, as 37-year-old Jesse Haines pitches the Cards to a 10–5 pennant-clinching win. Rookie George Watkins has 3 hits, including a HR, and will finish the year with a .373 average, the highest ever for a rookie. He’ll also set a NL rookie mark with a slugging average of .621. Ted Williams will set it for the AL with a .609 mark. Paul Waner has a homer and 2 RBIs for the Bucs.
27th Hack Wilson clubs 2 HRs off Eppa Rixey to finish with a still-standing NL record of 56 round trippers. Gabby Hartnett adds two homers of his own to help Pat Malone win his 20th victory, 13–8, over the Reds at Wrigley.
At Ebbets Field, the Robins and Braves divide a pair, with Brooklyn taking the opener, 8–2, behind Dazzy Vance. Vance fans 12. Eddie Moore clubs a fourbagger for the Brooks that bounces into the LF bleachers, the last bounce homerun in ML history. The AL banned bounce homers after the 1929 season; the NL will conform after this season. Almost overlooked in game 2 is Wally Berger’s 38th HR for the Braves, as Boston tops Brooklyn 7–1. It is a record for rookies.
At Detroit, the Tigers split a pair with the White Sox, coming from behind to win the opener, 6-5 and losing the nitecap 10–5 behind the pitching of infielder Mark Koenig. The Sox rattle Koenig for 10 hits and 10 runs before he takes over for McManus at 3B in the 7th inning. This will be Koenig’s only ML decision, though he will make three more mound appearances for the Bengals in 1931.
At Philadelphia, the Yankees smite the first-place A’s, 10-8. Babe Ruth contributes a pair of homers, both off George Earnshaw. The first is a solo homer in the 3rd inning that goes over the scoreboard in right center and hits a porch across the street. An inning later, Ruth hits a grand slam, his 49th homer of the year.
28th Babe Ruth returns to the scene of his youthful fame, the pitcher’s mound at Fenway Park, and hurls a 9–3 complete game win over the Red Sox. Gehrig takes Ruth’s LF position, ending his streak of 885 consecutive games at 1B, and is 3-for-5 to finish the year at .379. Al Simmons, who sits out the last game, leads the AL with a .381 mark. The third-place Yankees are the first team in history to score more than a 1,000 runs in a season (1062). Next year they will set the all-time mark at 1,067, but finish 2nd.
The Cubs bring down the season’s curtain as Wilson has his 189th and 190th RBI in a 13–11 victory over the Reds. Wilson’s major league RBI record will remain untouched except to revise it upward by 1. With Riggs Stephenson and Kiki Cuyler each driving in 100 runs, the Cubs repeat as the first all-100 RBI outfield this century. The Boston outfield in 1894 also had the same credentials.
In a 10-inning 7-6 win over the hapless Phillies, Bill Terry goes hitless as the Giants edge the Dodgers for 3rd place. He still finishes at .401, and is the last NL player to hit over .400. The Giants set a 20th-century single season batting average record of .319 (the Philadelphia Phillies hit .349 in 1894). Mel Ott hits his 25th homer and Freddie Lindstrom has a pair of hits. Lindstrom, Hack Wilson and Babe Herman each finish the season with 47 hits against the Phillies.
The Cards Dizzy Dean scatters 3 hits for a 3–1 victory over the Pirates’ Larry French in his ML debut. The 19-year-old rookie, fresh from the Texas League, pitches the final game of the season for the pennant-winning Cardinals. Diz adds a bunt single and eventually steals home. Backup OF Ray Blades is 0-for-2 to drop his average below .400 (40-for-101). The Cards end the season with 1004 runs scored and join the 1930 Yankees as the first teams to score more than 1000 runs. No NL team will match that mark this century.
The major leagues end the season with an attendance record of 10.1 million (8,200 per game). It won’t be matched till 1940 when the majors reach 10.281 million.