1932 September

2nd In St. Louis the Cubs win streak reaches 13 as Cuyler’s 5th homer in 6 games leads the way to an 8–5 victory. Mark Koenig adds a round tripper for Chicago.

The Yankees keep their scoring streak alive by scoring in the bottom of the 9th to beat the Senators, 1–0. Gehrig triples off Firpo Marberry to score Ruth.

After winning game 1, 7–3, the A’s shut out the Red Sox, 15–0 behind Lew Krausse, Sr. A’s SS Eric McNair has 3 homers today and Simmons a pair of 3-run homers. Five days from now Krausse will injure his arm in an exhibition game against the Stroudsburg Poconos and though only 20 years old, his big league career is over. As historian Lyle Spatz notes, in 1961, Lew Krausse, Jr. pitches a shutout for the KC A’s in his major league debut, giving the Krausses (father and son) back-to-back shutouts twenty-nine years apart.

3rd  Winning 3–0, Dizzy Dean stops the Cubs’ winning streak in the 2ndgame of a doubleheader after Chicago wins its 14th straight in the opener. Diz fans 7 to further increase his NL-leading total. The Cubs take the opener, 5–4, in 11 innings.

Against the Red Sox, Jimmie Foxx of the A’s poles his 50th and 51st HRs to become the 3rd player to reach 50 in a season, joining Babe Ruth and Hack Wilson. Foxx’s 2nd homer, in the 9th, ties the game at 4–4, and McNair follows with a game winning HR, his 4th homer in 2 days.

4th  At Washington, Nats reliever Bill McAfee (5-0) pitches 6 innings as Washington stops the A’s, 8-6. West has a pair of doubles and Cronin a pair of treys. Jimmie Foxx has a single and triple to go with 2 walks for the A’s. For Double X, it is the 10th straight game in which he has walked and hit safely, a ML first. The next to do it—twice—will be Eddie Stanky. The A’s have a .618 winning percentage and trail the Yankees by 10.5 games.

At Wrigley Field, young Lon Warneke wins his 20th for the Cubs, shutting out the Cardinals, 3-0. Warneke will be the only 20-game winner in the NL, going 22-5.

5th  The Yankees take care of the second-place Athletics with a Labor Doubleheader sweep, 8–6 and 6–3. New York leads the AL by 12 ½ games.

8th  The Yankees and Tigers replay protested August 1st game as the nightcap of a doubleheader, but end in a 7–7 tie. After the game, Babe Ruth experiences abdominal pains he believes are an appendicitis attack. He will be out of the lineup indefinitely. Sam Byrd, subbing for Ruth in the opener, collects 5 hits for the Yankees, including 2 HRs in a 5–4 win.

Monte Weaver wins his 20th for the Senators, beating the Browns, 3-1, and collecting a hit to raise his batting average to .317. The Professor’s average will fall off to .287.

In the Pirates 12–2 loss to Brooklyn, Buc C Earl Grace makes a wild throw to end a streak of 110 consecutive errorless games. It is Grace’s only error of the season for a NL record. Must be something in the air as 7 E’s are recorded.

9th  The Tigers beat the Yankees 14–13 in a 14-inning game in which Lou Gehrig hits a grand slam and drives in 8 runs. He has reached this RBI feat twice before. Frankie Crosetti strikes out 4 times in the game, including twice in one inning, while Gee Walker collects 5 hits. Detroit also tops the Yanks, 4–1, in 5 innings to finally complete the protested game of August 1st, and the tie of yesterday. The Yanks draw blood with their lone run in the 3rd inning off Buck Marrow with their only two hits of the game.

10th  Dodger OF Johnny Frederick hits his record 6th pinch-hit HR of the season. It is a dramatic 9th-inning, 2-run shot that beats Burleigh Grimes and the Cubs, 4–3. Frederick’s 6 pinch-hit HRs doubles the previous record of 3 held by Ham Hyatt in 1913, Cy Williams in 1928, and Pat Crawford in 1929. With just 9 pinch-hits altogether, his HR percentage is a ML record.

At Detroit, the Yankees take two from the Tigers. Bill Dickey’s grand slam is the feature of a 7-run 3rd inning, but New York needs a 3-run 9th to win, 11-10. Starter Lefty Gomez struggles for the win. Jumbo Brown pitches New York to a 4-1 10-inning victory in game 2.

11th  Joe Schultz, Jr., 14-year-old son of Houston (Texas League) manager Joe Schultz, is inserted into a game against Galveston as a pinch hitter. He hits a single, steals 2B and 3B, and scores a run. Fritz, the black batboy, also bats, but is fanned by Thormahlen after trying to sacrifice.

In St. Louis, the Browns top the Red Sox, 7-1, in game 1, then lose 8-3 in game 2. Dale Alexander hits a 5th inning grand slam in the nitecap.

At Cleveland, Wes Ferrell comes back from his 10-day suspension and beats the Yankees, 5–4, for his 21st win.   Rookie Johnny Allen loses and snaps his 10-game win streak.

At Boston, the Braves pile on the last-place Reds, winning 13-3 and 10-1, amassing 29 hits in the two games. Rookie Dutch Holland hits his first ML homer, a grand slam off Larry Benton in game 1. His final two ML homers will come in the American League.

The Cardinals sign Branch Rickey to a 5-year contract as GM and director of the farm system.

12th Washington’s General Crowder whips Chicago, 9–3, for his 8th win against the White Sox this year. This sets the ML record for wins against one team in a season. Tex Carleton will win 8 against Boston in 1936 in the NL, but no one this century will win 9.

New York Yankees clinch the AL pennant with their 100th victory, as George Pipgras defeats the Indians, 9–3, at Cleveland. It is the Yankees 200th straight game without being shut out.

13th Brooklyn’s Jack Quinn earns his 247th ML victory at age 49 pitching in relief in 6–5 win 10-inning win over the Cardinals. It is the final win of his career, though he’ll pitch next season. Dizzy Dean fans 9 in the nitecap, but the Cards lose, 3–1.

14th The A’s rally with 8 runs in the 9th to beat the Browns, 13–6. Jimmy Dykes has a grand slam for the A’s and Al Simmons has 5 hits. Mickey Cochrane has 2 doubles and a homer to drive in 4 runs.

15th At the Polo Grounds, Kiki Cuyler continues to haunt the Giants by clouting an 11th-inning homer to give the Cubs the 8–7 win. Mel Ott had tied the game with a two-out homer in the 9th, and both teams scored in the 10th.

The Cardinals Ray Starr makes his first major league start, shutting out the Dodgers, 3–0.

17th At the Polo Grounds, the Giants dent the Pirates fading pennant hopes with a 7-4 win. The loss leaves the Bucs 6 ½ games behind the Cubs, who split today. The Giants use a 6-run 8th, with the big blow a Shanty Hogan grand slam.

18th The Athletics sweep the White Sox, 4–3 and 7–4 behind the hot hitting of Foxx and Simmons. Foxx is 5-for-9 with 5 RBI and a HR, and Simmons is 7-for-10.

At Cleveland, the Indians and Senators trade wins. Cleveland rides Willie Kamm’s grand slam to a 7-3 win in the opener, then loses, 9-2.

20th  The Chicago Cubs clinch the NL pennant when Kiki Cuyler hits a triple with the bases loaded for a 5–2 win over Pittsburgh. Guy Bush wins his 19th game and rookie Billy Herman tops the 200 mark in hits for the season. Tomorrow the Cubs will snub ex-manager Rogers Hornsby on the split of WS shares.

At the Polo Grounds, Fred Fitzsimmons coasts to a 13–3 win over the Braves. Mel Ott drives in 6 runs on 4 hits, including a pair of homers, his league-leading 37th and 38th of the year. Boston catcher Johnny Schulte bangs a 9th inning solo shot for the final score, the homer coming in his last ML at bat. The veteran caught on with the Braves when Pinky Hargrave broke a leg in a game that Schulte was watching at Sportsman’s Park. Earlier in the year, he was watching at game at the same park when the Browns C Rick Ferrell broke a hand, and Schulte was signed for the recovery period.

Hoping to boast attendance, the Sacramento Senators and Oakland Acorns open their final Coast League series here by starting two Asian-American pitchers. For the Senators it is Kenso Nushida, a Japanese-American, and Lee Hun Hong, a Chinese-American goes for Oakland.

21st Jimmie Foxx slugs #54 to lead the A’s to an 8–4 win over the visiting Yankees. Simmons and McNair also homer off Red Ruffing as Sugar Cain is able to win.

22nd  The Yanks overcome two homers by Jimmie Foxx, one a grand slam, and edge the Athletics in 10 innings, 8–7. Foxx now has 56 homers. The Yanks comeback starts in the 8th inning when Gehrig hits a 2-run homer, his 33rd. Myril Hoag’s homer in the 9th ties it for the Bombers.

The Cubs announce WS shares and snub former player-manager Rogers Hornsby. Late-season arrival Mark Koenig gets just a half share. Hornsby appeals to Judge Landis, arguing that he was an active player for two-thirds of the season, and deserved a full share. Landis turns him down. In today’s contest, Cubs Burleigh Grimes loses, 7–0, to Hal Smith of the Pirates. It’s Hal’s first major league start and his only decision of the year.

23rd Trailing 8–6 to Cleveland after 5 innings, White Sox reliever Bill Chamberlain gives up 5 runs to start the 6th. In disgust, Sox manager Lou Fonseca, an infielder-outfielder throughout his career, inserts himself as pitcher. With 2 runners on, he retires all 3 batters he faces, then turns the ball over to Chad Kimsey to finish the game. The Tribe wins, 13–6, as Wes Ferrell wins his 23rd.

Al Simmons hits his 35th homer and adds a double to drive in three runs as the A’s beat Washington, 8-4. Sam Rice has a triple for the Senators, giving them 100 for the season. They are the last team this century to total 100 triples.

24th Jimmie Foxx hits his second grand slam in 3 days, giving him 57 homers for the season, but the results are the same as three days ago as the A’s lose in the 10th to Washington, 8–7. Carl Reynolds has 4 hits and 3 RBI, and Joe Kuhel drives in 3 for the winners. Doc Cramer makes his first appearance as a hitter since breaking his collarbone in August. He singles to keep his consecutive game batting streak of 15 games alive: he’ll add another 5 games to it next season (as noted by Trent McCotter).

In a battle of Boston collegians, Harvard beats BC. Charlie Devens, former Harvard hurler, makes his ML debut for the Yankees and beats Boston, 8–2. The loss goes to Eddie Gallagher, former Boston College pitcher who exits in the 5th. Babe Ruth swats his 41st homer of the year in the 9th and Lou Gehrig belts his 34th in the 5th. The series-bound Yankees will end the season with a new ML record of scoring in every game. Not until the 2000 Reds will a team match this mark.

25th  Paul Waner sets a new NL record with his 62nd double, as the Pirates defeat the Cardinals 7–1. The 2nd place Pirates will be the first team to finish above .500 (86-68) while scoring fewer runs (701 to 711) than their opponents. The NL won’t see it again in a full season until the 1984 Mets, while it won’t happen in the AL until 1948.

At Ebbets Field, Joe Stripp hits a second inning grand slam to give the Dodgers a brief lead, but the Braves roll to a 13-7 win.

Jimmie Foxx hits his 58th HR in the last game of the season to finish 2 short of Ruth’s 1927 record of 60. Foxx adds two singles but the A’s lose, 2–1, to the Senators Alvin Crowder. Alvin Crowder wins his 26th and 15thstraight game, one short of the AL record held by Walter Johnson, Smoky Joe Wood, and Lefty Grove. Crowder finishes the year with no wild pitches nor hit batsmen in 327 innings, a ML record. Foxx finishes with 169 RBIs while teammate Al Simmons ties for 2nd with 151. The Athletics set a since-topped ML record of 172 home runs in a single season.

26th  In a doubleheader split with the Giants, Chuck Klein of the Phillies is 0-for-8 but closes the season with 38 HRs and 20 stolen bases to become the only player of the lively-ball era (1920 and after) to lead his league in these 2 departments. Klein also finishes 2nd in RBIs (137), while teammates Don Hurst (143) and Pinky Whitney (124) finish 1st and 3rd. In this century, only the 1915 Tigers and 1928 Yankees have the top three RBI producers in a season.

28th  Connie Mack begins dismantling the Athletics by selling Al Simmons, Jimmy Dykes, and Mule Haas to the White Sox for an estimated $100,000.

In the opening game of the WS, Lou Gehrig’s HR leads the Yankees to a 12–6 win over the Cubs.

29th  Lefty Gomez breezes to a 5–2 win over the Cubs, and Gehrig gets 3 hits for the Yankees’ 2nd victory.