1st In the first of two games with the Braves, Carl Hubbell pitches 10 innings and drives in the winning run for a 2–0 win. He doesn’t walk a batter and never goes as deep as a 3-2 count on any hitter, holding the Braves to 4 hits. It is his 20th win and his 10th shutout of the year. Five of the shutouts are 1–0, a NL record. Frankhouse is the hard-luck loser, when his mates make 2 errors in the 10th. New York then takes the nitecap, 5–3.
3rd At Boston, Dolf Luque comes to the aid of the Giants, pitching the last 8 innings and knocking in the winning run in the 14th. The Giants shade the Braves, 4–3, then tie 4–4 as curfew ends the duel with two out in the 9th. Ben Cantwell pitches well in game 2 as all the Giants runs are unearned. The Braves draw 40,000 today and 140,000 for the 4 games with first-place New York, more than they drew the entire season of 1928.
Bosox pitcher Ivy Andrews allows just 4 Senator hits through 8 innings, then a single, walk and pinch-single by Joe Bolton clips Ivy, 3–2. Monte Weaver wins, sending the Senators 8 ½ games in the lead.
Wes Ferrell easily gains his 11th victory as the Indians scalp the White Sox, 11–3. Ferrell hits a homer and Joe Vosmik collects 4 hits for Cleveland.
At Cincinnati, the Reds clip the Pirates, 9–3, the first loss for the Bucs in 9 games. The Pirates now trail the Giants by 8 games. Red Lucas goes all the way for the win, as the Reds shell rookie Ralph Birkofer. After the game, Edd Roush’s old-timers defeat Buck Herzog’s Nine, 8–5, called after 5 innings on account of “tiredness.” Ninety three old timers turn out and about half take a turn at the plate. Roush’s squad includes Pat Duncan, Larry Kopf, Bill Rariden, and Rube Bressler, all stars on the Reds 1919 team. Donie Bush and Honus Wagner are the shortstops.
At St. Louis, the Browns take game 1 from Detroit, 2–1, behind George Blaeholder. Game 2 is called at 5–5 due to darkness. With this twinbill, the Browns complete their home schedule, drawing a total of 88,113 fans: the next lowest total in the AL is Boston with 268,715. The Cards draw 256,171. The last-place Browns will finish the season on the road, going 6–14.
4th In a Labor Day twin bill, Joe Hauser, Minneapolis (AA), hits 3 HRs to reach 65, a new professional record.
6th In his first ML start, Washington rookie Alex McColl gives up 4 hits in downing the White Sox, 3-1. In relief of Jake Miller, Red Faber pitches 4+ innings of shutout ball on his 45th birthday.
At LA’s Wrigley Field, the all-time Pacific Coast League attendance record of 24,695 is set at a double header between the Hollywood Stars and the home-team Angels. The Angels take the opener, 2-0, behind Buck Newsom’s 26th win and 8th shutout of the year. Game 2 is called due to a dense fog in the 4th inning. The paid attendance is 15,231 with an additional 9,464 women or free passes. Ticket sales are halted at 7:00, 30 minutes before game time.
7th Rookie Johnny Marcum of the Philadelphia A’s wins his first ML start with a shutout, 6–0 over Cleveland.
8th Detroit edges the Red Sox twice by 4-3 scores as Boston’s losing streak reaches 7 games. It is also the 19th straight loss in one-run games for the Sox. It’ll reach 20 in two days, the longest such streak in the majors. The previous record was 16 by the A’s in 1916.
9th Joe Hauser, Minneapolis (AA), hits 2 HRs to set all-time record of 69. Hauser also set the International League record mark at 63, with Baltimore in 1930.
10th The first Negro League East-West All-Star Game is played at Comiskey Park. Willie Foster goes the distance in the West’s 11–7 victory.
11th Johnny Marcum pitches his 2nd shutout in just his 2nd major-league start, as the A’s beat the White Sox 8–0.
12th The Dodgers are zero for the afternoon against the Pirates, as Heine Meine tops them 1–0 in the opener and Waite Hoyt wins the nitecap 2–0.
13th The Sox toss their vets at the A’s and almost pull off a sweep. Sam Jones, 41, tops Philadelphia, 3–2 in the opener, but the Mackmen then beat 44-year-old Red Faber, 4–2, in the nitecap.
15th The Giants sweep a pair from the Cubs at Wrigley Field, winning, 5–1 and 4–0. Reliever Hi Bell helps apply the whitewash in game 2, besting Lon Warneke. Starter Tarzan Parmalee is leading 3-0 when he hits Tuck Stainback on the arm breaking it. He walks the bases full and Bell comes in.
16th The Giants win two over the 2nd place Cubs, winning the first one 2–1 behind Hubbell’s 22nd win. New York takes the nitecap, 6–3.
In St. Louis, the Cardinals edge the Dodgers 14–13 and pull off a triple steal in the 7th inning. The second game is called in the 5th with Brooklyn ahead 4–2.
17th The Giants spoil Dizzy Dean Day at Sportsman’s Park 4–3, but the popular pitcher drives home in a new Buick, given to him by St. Louis fans.
18th The Cards put off the Giants flag conquest, by attacking Carl Hubbell in the 8th to win, 4–3. Tex Carleton is the winner when Leo Durocher drives home the last run with a triple.
The 2nd-place Yankees split with the White Sox, winning, 6–1, on Johnny Allen’s 2-hitter, before falling 4–3. Les Tietje, in his ML debut, stops the Bombers in the nitecap, the first pitcher to make his ML debut and win at the Stadium. Lou Gehrig clubs HRs #28 and #29: Foxx leads the AL with 45 and has connected in every AL ball park, the 1st American Leaguer besides Ruth to do it. The Babe did it 11 seasons.
19th Although they lose to St. Louis 12–3, the Giants clinch the pennant when runner-up Pittsburgh splits a pair in Philadelphia.
The Yankees pile up 34 hits and drub the White Sox twice, 10–1 and 10–3. George Uhle and Charley Devans are the recipients of the offensive largesse. Joe Sewell has six hits for the afternoon, while Lou Gehrig has six RBIs. Gehrig hits #30 in game one, following immediately after Walker hits a homer. Lou is now even with Ruth, who sat out the afternoon
20th Lefty Grove scores his 23rd victory as the A’s down Detroit, 2–1. The Mackmen garner just five hits off Carl Fischer.
The Senators clinch a tie for the pennant, routing the Browns with 7 runs in the 3rd, and winning 13–5. Alvin Crowder wins his 24th. The Yankees win, 5–3 over Chicago.
At Grand Central Station, a crowd of 5,000 to 10,000 fans are on hand to greet the Giants on their return from the west.
21st With lefty Walter Stewart pitching, Washington eliminates the Yankees and clinches the AL pennant in a 2–1 home win over St. Louis.
23rd The Cubs beat the Reds 7-1, with Paul Derringer losing his 27thgame (he was 0-2 for the Cardinals) for the last-place Reds, the most losses since George Bell (Brooklyn) in 1910. His 25 losses is a Reds 20th-century mark. Gabby Hartnett hits a grand slam for the Cubs.
Despite the 5th-place Tigers’ 5–3 win over the Browns, manager Bucky Harris submits his resignation. Babe Ruth’s name will be prominent in the newspapers as a possible replacement.
The Yankees make 5 errors, 3 by Frank Crosetti, but have enough firepower to outslug the Red Sox 16–12. Included in New York’s 23 hits are homers by Ruth and Gehrig, number 31 for each; Lou adds two doubles and a single. Byrd, Chapman, and Crosetti have three hits apiece, and reliever Wilcy Moore drives in the last run with his first hit of the year. The Red Sox chase winning pitcher Herb Pennock in the 6th, but fall short at the end.
The Phils and Braves, split a twinbill, each winning 5–4. Chuck Klein has three hits in each game, including his NL-high 28th homer in the opener. Boston’s Wally Berger, 2nd in homers with 26, is out of action and doesn’t play today.
24th Detroit’s Tommy Bridges reaches the 9th inning with a no-hitter for the 3rd time this season and the 4th time in 2 years. He yields a pair of hits, as Detroit beats the Browns 7–0. Despite the win, Bucky Harris resigns as manager of the Tigers.
Lefty Grove wins his 24th game, replacing starter Emmett McKeithan after 4 innings and the A’s leading 8–3. The final score is 11–4, with General Crowder taking the loss. But Grove’s win is tainted. The Athletics “contrived” to give Grove the sure win, so that he could finish the season with more wins than NL star Carl Hubbell, who will finish with 23. AL President Harridge will reverse the official scorer’s decision next week and gives the win to McKeithan, but the league eventually returns the win to Grove.
25th In a closed practice, the Series-bound Senators test the less-lively NL ball. Joe Cronin finds it “rides plenty,” hitting 3 of the first 4 pitches into the stands. “I’m in the wrong league,” he says.
The Giants travel to Ossining for a 9–3 win over the Sing Sing prison team. Alabama Pitts, the prison’s football star, has two doubles in the 7-inning game. Pitts will be offered a baseball contract in May 1935, but later the offer will be rescinded after a public uproar.
27th In front of 6,000 fans, the Yankees take the first of two games, beating the host Athletics, 7-0. In the battle of Lefties, Gomez tosses his fourth shutout of the year, while Grove tires and allows 5 runs in the last two innings. The A’s take the abbreviated second game, 10-1, in 6.5 innings. Foxx hits his 48th homer and drives in 5 runs. While Cochrane scores 3 runs on a hit and 2 walks. He ends the season with an OBP of .459, the only catcher this century to lead the AL in this category.
The Buck stops here. After winning 15 games in a row, one shy of the PCL record set by Frank Browning in 1909, Bobo Newsom of Los Angeles loses to San Francisco, 5-4, in 11 innings. Buck will win 30 and will back in the majors with the Browns next year.
In the Mississippi Valley League series at Saint Joseph, St. Joe’s Cy Blanton strikes out 19 in a 2-1 win over Davenport. In July, Blanton struck out 20 in a game. His 21-7 record for St. Joseph will earn him a late season call up to the Pirates next year.
28th The AP announces its All-Star team, voted on by sports editors and writers, and the top vote getters are Jimmie Foxx, Joe Cronin and Carl Hubbell. Gehrig is on the second team behind Foxx, but Ruth did not make the squad.
In the Yankees 11-9 win with visiting Washington, Gehrig plays the first three innings, then leaves to prepare for his wedding tomorrow. Ruth takes over 1B.
29th With the Giants in the stands at Yankee Stadium, the Senators pile up a 5–0 lead over the Yankees, and then bring in the reserves to score an 8–5 win. Heinie Manush’s double and homer and three RBIs lead the Nats attack. Ruth has a triple. Gehrig keeps his consecutive game streak alive, playing nine innings after getting married at noon today in New Rochelle.
Before a crowd of just 200 at Ebbets Field, the Braves down the Dodgers 4–1. The game is a playoff of Thursday’s 2–2 tie in ten innings, and the Braves score four unearned runs to hand Walter Beck his 20th loss of the year.
30th In a 12–2 romp over the Cardinals, Babe Herman of the Chicago Cubs hits for the cycle, the 3rd time he has performed the feat. Guy Bush wins his 20th game, beating Dizzy Dean who finishes the season at 20–18.
With the visiting Phillies leading 1–0 in the 4th, Boston’s Wally Berger clouts a pinch grand slam and the Braves hold on to win, clinching 4thplace. It is Boston’s highest finish in 14 years.