1934 September

1st Jimmie Foxx cracks a two-run homer in the 9th, his 39th, off reliever Lefty Grove, to give the A’s an 8–7 win over the Red Sox. Foxx, filling it at 3B for the injured Pinky Higgins, has three hits and 4 RBIs.

3rd  Labor Day doubleheaders define the standings for the final pennant surge. Detroit, rained out in Chicago, holds a 5-game lead over the Yankees, who split a pair with the A’s. Gomez wins his 24th and 10thstraight in the opener, and Foxx hits his 40th HR in the 2nd game.

Washington’s player-manager Joe Cronin collides with Boston’s Wes Ferrell in a play at 1B in game 1 of a twinbill, a 6-3 Boston win. Cronin fractures a bone in his arm and is out for the season. The Senators, last year’s champs, will finish 7th.

In the NL, the Giants are rained out but move 6 games ahead of the Cardinals, as the Deans have a double disaster in Pittsburgh. Paul loses the first game 12–2, and Dizzy fails to hold the lead in the 2nd game and is the losing pitcher with a final score of 6–5. The Cards drop to a tie with the Cubs.

The visiting Cubs split a pair with the Reds, winning the opener, 6–3, in the 10th behind Lon Warneke. Benny Frey takes the loss. Cincy takes the nightcap, 6–4, as Fish Hook Stout bests Jim Weaver.

4th The Phillies release former MVP Hack Wilson, just 34-years-old. He’ll finish his career next year with Albany (International League) hitting .263.

5th  At Cleveland, the Indians score 6 runs in the 5th, four on a grand slam by Hal Trotsky, and Cleveland beats Boston, 11-2. Ralph Winegarner is the winner.

7th  Lou Gehrig and Jimmie Foxx, heirs to Babe Ruth’s HR championship role, are in battle for the title. Gehrig hits his 44th in Chicago in a 6-5 loss, and Foxx, his 41st in Detroit as the A’s win, 5-4.

9th  Brooklyn pitchers Ray Benge and Van Lingle Mungo fire back-to-back shutouts over the Reds. Benge wins 5–0 and Mungo follows with a 3–0 victory.

In one of the most memorable games in the Negro League history, Pittsburgh Crawfords’ Satchel Paige duels the Philadelphia Stars’ Slim Jones to a 1–1 stalemate, called after 10 innings due to darkness. Paige strikes out 12, and Jones, 9, before a generous estimate of 30,000 at Yankee Stadium. In the first game of the four-team doubleheader, the Chicago Americans defeat the New York Black Yankees, 4-3.

Rookie Marty Hopkins hits a grand slam in the White Sox 6-run 7th as the beat the Senators, 11-3, in the first of two games. The Senators edge the Sox, 2-1 in game 2.

10th  Dizzy Dean wins his 25th game, beating the Phillies 4–1. It is the 5thstraight for the Cards, now 4 games behind.

Burleigh Grimes, in his second stint with the Pirates this year, picks up his 270th win, in relief, as the Pirates beat the Giants, 9–7. It is the Hall of Famers last ML win.

Senators backup catcher Cliff Bolton hits his first ML homer, a grand slam in the 7th off White Sox pitcher Hugo Klaerner, making his major league debut. Klaerner takes the loss, 7-4.

A Detroit rabbi solves a dilemma for slugger Hank Greenberg by declaring that the slugger can play baseball on Rosh Hashanah, because the Jewish New Year is a happy occasion. It is for the contending Tigers, winners today over the Red Sox 2–1. Greenberg performs a mitzvah by belting two solo homers off Gordon Rhodes. Tomorrow’s Detroit FreePress will headline “happy New Year” in Yiddish.

12th The 7th place Phils top the Cardinals 3–1 when Dizzy Dean, in relief of Dazzy Vance, fails to stop the Phillies from scoring all their runs in the 8th. The Cards only scoring is Dazzy’s HR.

Cincinnati introduces rookie P Junie Barnes, who walks the only batter he faces to give the Dodgers an 8–7 win over the visiting Reds. Barnes will make one more appearance, again facing one batter and also finishing that game, and his career.

Carl Hubbell wins his 20th, a 3–2 victory over Pittsburgh. With the Cards now 5 ½ games behind, the New York Times reports the Giants’ win, “put the finishing touches to reinforcing their position until it was generally accepted as practically impregnable.”

13th  New York’s Lefty Gomez pitches a 3-hitter 3–1 victory against the Indians for his 25th win.

Judge Landis sells the WS broadcast rights to the Ford Motor Company for $100,000. Previously no fee had been charged.

With his fiancée, Edna Mae Skinner of Oklahoma, watching, Schoolboy Rowe halts the Tiger skid with a 2–0 win over Washington, his 23rdvictory. Afterwards, he asks in a radio interview: “How’m I doing, Edna?”

In the opener of a critical four-game series at the Polo Grounds, Freddie Fitzsimmons and Paul Dean throw 11 scoreless innings before the Cardinals score 2 in the top of the 12th. Dean wins, 2–0. The Giants lead is cut to 4 ½ games.

14th The Buck stops here.  Buck Newsom walks the first 4 batters and departs the first game of the doubleheader, which the Browns lose to the A’s 9–7. Newsom then convinces manager Hornsby to start him in game 2 and he commences to strike out the first 4 batters and win, 5–2. Newsom reaches his prediction of 15 wins with the victory.

The Giants build their lead to 5 ½ games by beating the Cardinals, 4–1. Winning P Hal Schumacher gives up an unearned run and clouts his 6thhomer of the year.

16th  The largest turnout in Polo Grounds history, 62,573, suffers as the Deans take two from the Giants. Diz needs relief from Tex Carleton for a 5–3 opener, but Paul goes 11 innings for a 3–1 win over Carl Hubbell, his 6th victory over the Giants this year. Pepper Martin homers off King Carl. The Cardinals leave New York 3 ½ games behind the league-leading Giants.

Los Angeles (PCL) sweeps a pair from Oakland, 10-1, and 9-0. In the first game, Jigger Statz of Los Angeles ties a league record with 6 steals, swiping 2nd base in the first inning, 3rd base in the 3rd inning and both bases in the 7th and 9th innings. The 37-year-old Statz will finish the season with 61 steals.

17th  The Yankees reach Detroit for a last-chance series and lose the opener, as veteran General Crowder is in command beating Lefty Gomez with a 3–0 shutout.

Boston Red Sox rookie George Hockette, making his first start, tosses a shutout, beating St. Louis, 3–0. He’s the first Red Sox rookie in twenty years to debut with a shutout.

At Cleveland, 18-year-old Senators rookie Reese Diggs stops the Indians, 13–6. Pete Sosko leads the 21-hit Nat attack with 5 hits. Diggs allows 8 hits, including homers by Averill and P Bob Weiland to win the complete game. It’ll be Diggsy’s only ML win.

18th  At St. Louis, Buck Newsom of the Browns continues the unusual, losing a no-hitter with 2 out in the 10th inning. Two walks and a single by Roy Johnson produce the game’s only earned runs as Boston wins 2–1. Bosox starter Wes Ferrell strikes out with the bases full in the 2nd inning, and protests the call so vehemently, umpire Kolls tosses him. Catcher Rick Ferrell continues the protesting and he too follows his brother out of the game. The unrelated relief battery of P Rube Walberg and C Gordie Hinkle then finishes for Boston.

Chick Hafey hits a 2-run homer in the 10th to give the Reds a 2–0 win over New York at the Polo Grounds. Benny Frey is the complete game winner. In game 2 of the twinbill, the Giants win, 4–2.

The A’s Bill Dietrich shuts out the White Sox to win, 6-0. It is his 4thshutout of the year. The Athletics knock Vern Kennedy out of the game with 5 runs in the 8th inning. Kennedy, the winner of the decathlon at the 1927 Penn Relays, is making his ML debut.

Schoolboy Rowe stops the Yankees, 2–0, driving in a run himself with a single in the 5th, off Red Ruffing to stretch Detroit’s AL lead to 7 ½ games. The Tiger’s other run comes on Hank Greenberg’s 25th homer in the 4th. It’s the 5th time this year that Rowe has beaten the Yanks.

19th  Tom Yawkey decides to eliminate advertising on fences at Fenway Park, painting the way for the Green Monster. Meanwhile, the Sox lose 3–2 in St. Louis.

Behind Joe Cascarella’s shutout, the A’s fricasee the host White Sox, 14–0, in the second half of a doubleheader Jimmie Foxx contributes a grand slam and 5 RBIs. The A’s win the opener, 5-3, in 10 innings. Frankie Hayes has a 10th inning solo shot off tired starter Frank Caster.

20th Pitching for Pittsburgh, Burleigh Grimes, the last of the 17 legal spitballers, makes his final ML appearance, tossing one hitless inning and striking out his last batter, Joe Stripp. Grimes relieves Waite Hoyt, who loses 2–1 to Brooklyn’s Leslie Munns.

21st  The Deans shut out the Dodgers. After Dizzy gives up just 3 hits in a 13–0 victory, allowing no hits until the 8th, Paul wins a no-hitter, 3–0. Diz says: “If’n Paul had told me he was gonna pitch a no-hitter, I’d of throwed one, too.” Dean has two hits, including a double, while Ducky Medwick adds a double and triple. Koenicke, with a walk, is the only Brooklyn baserunner. The Cards are now three games behind the Giants, who have 7 games left. St. Louis has 9 games left.

The Giants give Freddie Fitzsimmons his first run in 34 innings, and the pitcher beats Boston, 8–1 to stay ahead of the rampaging Cards by 3 games. Wally Berger’s 33rd homer is the only Boston score.

22nd With the Cards rained out, the Giants lose 3–2 at Boston in 11 innings. The Cubs lose 2 games to the Pirates, 2–1 and 11–7, to drop out of the pennant race with an 81–63 record.

Mercy rule. After Tommy Bridges wins his 20th in game 1, an 8-3 Tigers win over the Browns, the Tigers unload for 11 runs in the 7th inning to win 15-1. Goose Goslin has his second 5-hit game of the year, Charlie Gehringer has 4 hits, and Hank Greenberg a pair of doubles to reach the 60 mark. Dick Coffman allows 14 runs, but only 5 are earned. The game is stopped after 7 innings.

23rd The Yankees keep their mathematical chances alive with a double win over the visiting Red Sox, but most of the cheers are for Babe Ruth. The Babe is 0-for-4 with a walk in the opener, a 1–0 three hitter spun by Lefty Gomez. Arndt Jorgens knocks in the only run, off George Hockette, to give Gomez his 26th win. In the nitecap, Boston scores 4 in the 5th, but the Yankees tie it on Lou Gehrig’s 47th homer of the year. In the last of the 9th, Ruth emerges from the dugout as a pinch hitter, but lines out. New York then scores the winner in the 10th on Chapman’s single. Red Ruffing is the starter and winner. George Selkirk has five hits, including a homer, in the two games.

The Tigers remain in first place by 5 ½ games, splitting a pair with the Browns. St. Louis beats Schoolboy Rowe in the opener, 4–3, then Alvin Crowder outduels George Blaeholder, 2–1, in game 2.

The Cards beat the Reds, 9–7, then lose 4–3 as the Deans falter. In the 9thDizzy Dean relieves Paul after the Reds score a run. Diz walks two to load the bases, and Mark Koenig hits a sac fly to bring home the winner. It is the first Card defeat in eight games and leaves the Birds 2 ½ behind the Giants.

The Giants split a pair with the Braves to remain even with the Cards. New York takes the opener, 8–0, behind Roy Parmelee. In game 2, Carl Hubbell gives up no hits through 5 innings, but he wilts in the 8th and the Braves score 3. Boston wins it in the 11th, 4–3, scoring a run off Joe Bowman on a 2-out single, steal, wild pitch and single.

The Sox drop a pair to the Indians and run their loss streak to 8 games. Monte Pearson edges out recruit pitcher Vern Kennedy in the opener, 2–1, then Ralph Winegarner wins the 2nd, 5–1. He’s aided by Earl Averill’s 30th homer, with two on. Earl boosts his home run bonus money to $3,000; he received a $1,000 for his 25th and $400 for each clout after that.

24th  Idle Detroit wins the pennant, as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 5–0 in the season’s finale at Yankee Stadium. Ruth walks in the first inning, limps to 1B, and leaves for a pinch runner in his last home game as a Yankee.

The Cardinals beat the Cubs 3–1 and move 2 games behind the Giants with 6 games left.

25th  In his first major league game, Yankee Vito Tamulis shuts out the A’s, 5–0. Lou Gehrig plays his 1,500th consecutive game and hits his 48thHR, a personal high.

In his first ML game, Cubs rookie Phil Cavarretta, a Chicago native, homers, off Hank Wistert, to give the Cubs Guy Bush a 1–0 win over the Reds. The teenager also has 2 walks, stolen base, and handles 12 chances cleanly at 1B. Signed by Peoria last winter, the Cubs picked him when the Three I league disbanded in mid-summer.

Dizzy Dean wins his 28th, beating the Pirates 3–2 and blanking the Bucs until the 9th inning when Vaughan belts a 2-run HR. The Giants lead over the Birds is cut to one game when the Phillies rally in the 9th for a 5–4 win.

The Los Angeles Angels set a PCL record by executing double plays in the first six innings of a 7–2 win over visiting Seattle. Frank Demaree hits his 44th homer of the year, breaking an Angels team record set by Gene Lillard last year. Demaree will hit one more to lead the PCL.

26th Although beaten by the Phils 5–4, the Giants hold onto first place by a game as the Cards lose to Pittsburgh. Waite Hoyt stops St. Louis on 2 hits to win, 3–0, over Paul Dean. The Giants lose 5–4 as Gus Mancuso’s passed ball in the 9th allows the winning run to score. Gus has 2 homers in the game to drive in all the runs.

In Philadelphia, the Yankees edge the A’s, 5-4, in 11 innings. Charlie Devens goes the distance to win his only decision of the year in his last ML appearance. The A’s Eric McNair makes 2 errors (#41) to finish the season with the most at shortstop; he also leads in putouts and DPs.

In the first of two games, Hank Greenberg has a single, 2 doubles and a triple to drive in 6 runs as the Tigers edge the White Sox, 12-10. Tommy Bridges allows 10 runs in 7 innings but emerges the winner. The Sox commit 5 errors—3 by Appling—to help the Tiger cause. In game 2, Greenberg hits a triple and 3-run homer in Detroit’s 10–3 8-inning win over the Sox. Greenberg has just 26 homers this year, but his 63 doubles will lead the AL.

27th  Despite being outhit 13–7, the Cards close to one-half game of the idle Giants, beating the Reds 8–5. Cincinnati SS Gordon Slade helps by making 3 errors in the first inning when the Birds plate 5.

28th  At St. Louis, the Cardinals gain a tie for first before a crowd of just 6,500. The Giants are idle, as Dizzy Dean, on 2 days rest, shuts out the Reds 4–0 for his 29th win in the 2nd game. It is Diz’s 6th shut out. In the opener, the Cards are victorious 8-5.

29th  Brooklyn’s Van Mungo knocks the Giants out of the lead at the Polo Grounds 5–1 though he gives up 11 hits. Mungo adds 2 hits and fans 3 Giants in the 9th. Meanwhile Paul Dean is beating the Reds in St. Louis, 6–1.

In game 1, Babe Ruth hits his last AL HR, as New York splits a doubleheader in Washington, losing 8–5 and winning 9–6. Ruth’s homer comes off rookie Sid Cohen, who wins his 1st ML game.

The Cubs sweep a pair with Pittsburgh taking the opener, 8-2, as Lon Warnecke wins his 22nd. Every starter collects a hit except Tuck Stainback, who sees his hitting streak stop at 20 games. Tuck is no better in game 2 as Chicago wins, 7-5.

The Tigers tune up for the series with a pair of wins over the Browns, 10–6 and 6–2. Detroit totals 101 wins for the year. In game 2, the Browns use 46-year-old coach Grover Hartley behind the plate, and send up coach Charlie O’Leary to pinch hit. In his first appearance since 1913, O’Leary singles and scores a run: at age 52, he’s the oldest ML player ever to do so. The Tigers counter with coach Cy Perkins, 38, but he makes out. Third baseman Marv Owen plays both games and picks up one RBI to finish with 96. Joined with Tigers 1B Greenberg (139), 2B Gehringer (127), and SS Rogell (100), the Tigers infield comes closest in ML history to all reaching 100 RBIs. The 1941 Red Sox will be the only other team to have all infielders over 90 RBIs.

30th  Dizzy Dean clinches the pennant with his 30th win, a 9–0 shutout of the Reds. Diz loads the bases in the 9th inning, then fans two Reds and gets the 3rd to foul out. Dean’s 7th shutout of the year is the Cards 20thwin in their last 25 games. Today’s final game draws 35,274 to Sportsman’s Park, but the season attendance total for the Cards is just 325,056, an average of 4,222 a game: The Reds are low in the NL with 206,773 total attendance. By comparison, the AL winning Tigers draw 919,161.

The Dodgers again beat the Giants 8–5. The Giants knock out starter Ray Benge with 4 runs in the 1st, but can manage just a solo HR, by pitcher Freddie Fitzsimmons, in 6 2/3 innings against knuckleballer Dutch Leonard. Brooklyn’s 10-inning win is sweet revenge for the Dodgers, who had been fuming since Bill Terry’s wisecrack at the February 6 NL meetings. Dodger manager Casey Stengel later cackles, “The Giants thought we gave ‘em a beating, but I’m sorry for the beating they still have to take. Wait until their wives realize they’re not going to get those new fur coats.”

Detroit wins a pair to finish the season with a 101 wins as they beat St. Louis 10-6 and 6-2. Charley Gehringer is 2-for-7 to finish at .356 as Gehrig goes 3-for-4 to win the batting title with .363. Grover Hartley, the last active Federal League veteran, comes in at catcher in game 1. He’ll have one game next year as a ML ump. Buck Newsom loses his 20th in game 1, getting no outs and allowing 4 hits and a walk in the first inning.

The Senators top the visiting Yankees, 5–3, in Babe Ruth’s last game in pinstripes. Preceding the game, a band from St. Mary’s Industrial School, the Babe’s alma mater, plays. Ruth is 0-for-3 in this, his 2,084th and final game as a Yankee. He flies out to CF in his last at bat and leaves crying. Senators pitcher Orville Armbrust toils 7 innings in recording his only major league win, 5–3. Gehrig is 3-for-4 to sew up the Triple Crown.

In Cleveland, in between halves of the Indians–White Sox doubleheader, Cy Young, 67, and his fellow “Antiques” take on Walter Johnson’s “Has-Beens.” A Johnson pick off attempt on Nap Lajoie in the 2nd and last inning turns into a near-riot and “umpire” Martin Lavelle has to be escorted off the field by police. In the field events Al Simmons hits a fungo 428’ 6” while Hal Trosky wins the throwing contest with a toss of 376’2”. Evar Swanson circles the bases in 14 and 4/5 seconds. The Sox win 9–5 behind Ted Lyon’s pitching and Al Simmons’ hitting as he goes 5-for-5. The Sox then lose 5–3 in 5 innings.