1936 September

1st Detroit’s Schoolboy Rowe fires his second two-hit game in 8 days, beating the A’s, 4–1. Rowe beat the Red Sox on August 25 by a 5–0 score. Philadelphia is saved from a shutout when Bob Johnson blasts his 22ndhome run in the 9th inning. All of Detroit’s runs come in a hitless 4thwhen they use 5 walks, a fielder’s choice and error.

It is a wet afternoon in St. Louis for the Mound City celebration of the 60th anniversary of the NL. The 1876 recreated game starts at 2:30 with NL publicity head Bill Brandt playing tall-hatted umpire who is shot dead after calling a runner out at home. Following is a 2½ inning match between the 1926 Cards and the current team. Pete Alexander gives up an unearned run in the 1st for the ’26 team, and Vic Keen pitches the 2nd. George Earnshaw K’s 4 of the 1926 team, but does give up a double to Watty Holm in the 1st. The 1936 Cards win, 1–0. The regular game between the Giants and Cards is washed out after 4 innings.

2nd Johnny Allen holds the Yankees to 3 hits as the Indians beat New York, 4–3, in 10 innings. Earl Averill hits a triple and scores in the 8th to tie it up, then homers in the 10th to win.

At Sportsman’s Park, the Cardinals edge the Giants, 4-3, to move 3 games behind the leaders. Because of the importance of the games in St. Louis, Ford Frick assigns 4 umpires to the series.

George Tkach, a player for Superior (Northern League) dies from injuries sustained when he was hit by a pitch in a game on August 27.

3rd Carl Hubbell out duels Dizzy Dean to post his 21st win, 2–1, the same score as when the last two matched up on July 21st. It’s King Carl’s 11thstraight win as the Giants pull even in the series.

At Wrigley, Frenchy Bordogaray singles in a run in the 10th as Van Lingo Mungo outduels Bill Lee for a 1-0 Dodger win over the Cubs. Brooklyn can thank Chicago’s finest for saving a run in the 1st. A policeman sitting in the Cubs bullpen is alerted to a Phil Cavarretta line drive in his direction and makes a perfect stop on the ball and then flips it to RF Randy Moore who makes no attempt to catch Cavarretta who reaches 3B. The umps send him back to 1st and the Cubs don’t score. Bill Lee allows just 4 hits in the loss, 3 to Bordogaray.

5th Boston tops the Yankees, 3–2 in the first game, and then comes back to tie the 2nd, 7–7, in a game called because of darkness. The Red Sox are helped in the nitecap by a triple play and 2 errors apiece by Joe DiMaggio and Bill Dickey.

6th In New York, Boston Bees pinch hitter Rupert Thompson slugs a 9thinning 3-run homer to beat the Giants, 3–2, the 3rd loss to Boston in 2 days for the Giants. Boston also purchases P Fabian Kowalik from the Phils. Meanwhile, the Reds are sweeping a pair from the Cardinals, who drop 3 games back.

At Fenway, the Yankees lose a pair to the Red Sox, 14–5 and 4–2. Tony Lazzeri’s homer in game 2, a club record 160th, deprives Lefty Grove of a shutout. In game 1, Wes Ferrell coasts to a win, allowing 14 hits and occasionally lobbing the ball to the plate. Jimmie Foxx’s 37th homer starts the scoring.

The Senators sweep a pair from the visiting A’s winning 7–1 and 7–5. Hod Lisenbee finishes both games for the A’s, taking the loss in the 2nd game in relief of rookie Stu Flythe. Flythe allows no runs in 1 1/3 innings but does wing a wild pitch in this his last ML appearance. In just 39.1 innings he manages to throw 16 wild pitches to lead the AL.

7th  At Boston, Brooklyn’s Van Lingle Mungo strikes out 14, an NL-season high, but the Bees rap 8 hits for a 4–1 win. In the opener of the doubleheader, the Dodgers win 2–1.

The first-place Giants sweep a pair from the host Phils, winning 6–2 and 14–11. In game 1 Carl Hubbell wins his 22nd as Mel Ott hits his 29thhomer. In game 2, Ott adds his 30th homer as the two teams combine for 33 hits.

The Reds sweep a duo from the visiting Cubs, winning 8-4, as Paul Derringer evens his record at 17-17, and 6-2. When Billy Jurges comes to bat in the 3rd inning of game 2, Reds C Gilly Campbell throws down his chest protector and takes a swing at him. Jurges retaliates and both players get tossed. It is the third time this season the two players have fought, the last time being August 24th at second base.

Pittsburgh dents the Cardinals pennant hopes, winning 4–1 and 14–1. Dizzy Dean takes the loss in game 1 after beating Pittsburgh six times this year. Gus Suhr and Paul Waner each have two doubles and a triple in the 2nd-game blowout. Mace Brown is the easy winner.

Sonny Dunlap, an All-American girls A.A.U. basketball player for the Tulsa Stenos, is in RF for the Fayetteville Bears in a 5–1 win over Cassville (Class D Arkansas-Missouri League). It is Fayetteville’s 2nd to last game of the year. Ms. Dunlap, a local girl, goes hitless in 3 trips but hits the ball hard. She is the first woman to play an entire game, and represents the 2nd to play in the minors. She’ll make another appearance for Fayetteville on August 8 of next year, when she plays second base and goes 1–for-2.

9th  The Yankees sweep the Indians 11–3 and 12–9 to clinch the pennant on the earliest date ever. Lou Gehrig smashes a grand slam as does Cleveland’s Bill Knickerbocker. Gehrig will hit a career high 49 homers this year, 14 against Cleveland, including six in 11 games at home. The Yanks will finish in front by 19 ½ games over the Tigers, the biggest margin in the team’s history.

In a see saw battle the Dodgers edge the visiting Pirates, 8-7. Pittsburgh scores 4 in the 9th to take the lead and Da Bums score 3 for the victory. Hot=hitting Babe Phelps drives in the winning run with a single after hitting his fifth homer of the year in the 8th. His five homers will lead the Dodgers.

10th With his Cards trailing, 2–1, going into the 9th at Boston, manager Frankie Frisch hits a pinch single to start the inning, Spud Davis drives the pinch runner home with a pinch double. Mike Ryba, running for Davis, scores the winning run, and catches the 9th as Dizzy Dean retires the side. For the slow-footed Davis, it is his 26th double of the year, 2 more doubles than runs scored. With 32 doubles and 30 runs scored in 1931, Davis is the only player with more than 100+ games to have more doubles than runs scored. The only other player with fewer runs than two baggers will be Rusty Staub, in his pinch hitting days with the Mets: he racks up 6 doubles and 5 runs in 1983.

11th  Hod Lisenbee of the Philadelphia A’s ties a ML record for hits allowed, giving up 26 in a 17–2 rout by Chicago. The 37-year-old goes all 8 innings at Comiskey as Monte Stratton coasts to the win. Chicago is paced by the trio of Mike Kreevich, Zeke Bonura, and Luke Appling, with five hits apiece, tying the AL record and the Pale Hose tie another AL record with 4 players notching 4+ hits. The 4-with-4 record was set on September 29, 1928 by Detroit. Rip Radcliff has 4 hits and 4 runs and Jackie Hayes collects 3 hits. Les “Plymouth” Rock takes over for Bonura at 1B and grounds into a DP in his only ML plate appearance. He does drive in a run, however: the RBI credit will be changed in 1939 so that a double play is excluded.

The Yankees win at Detroit, 14–4, using a 9-run 8th inning to bust it open. Pat Malone is the winner, helping himself with 2 hits and 4 RBI.

12th  Kid Elberfeld pinch-hits at age 61 for his Fulton (Kitty League) team and grounds out to third base.

13th  Bob Feller, still only 17, breaks the AL record and ties the ML mark with 17 strikeouts, defeating the A’s 5–2. Feller gives up two hits and walks two. Randy Gumpert, just 18, takes the loss. Cleveland also takes game 2 winning, 5–4.

The Cardinals and Giants split a doubleheader at the Polo Grounds before 64,417, the largest crowd in the 60-year history of the NL. It is estimated that 50,000 fans are turned away, the gates having been closed 3 hours before the start of the twinbill. Bill Terry’s league leaders take the opener, 8–4, then lose the nitecap, 4–3 to stay 3 ½ games ahead of St. Louis. In the lid lifter, Dick Bartell cracks a 2-run homer in the 1st and Mel Ott follows with his 36th homer, then adds his 37th. In the nitecap, Dizzy Dean makes his 3rd appearance in 2 days to save the win for Roy Parmalee. Diz threw a complete game and relieved in game 2 at Brooklyn yesterday.

At St. Louis, the Yankees bomb the Browns with 8 homers, winning 10–7 and 13–1. DiMaggio hits 3 homers, Gehrig and Powell 2 apiece. For DiMaggio, his homer in game 2 is his 29th of the season, a Yankee rookie record that will hold until Aaron Judge breaks it in 2017. The Yanks have now hit 175, topping the AL record of 173 roundtrippers set by the 1932 A’s. Brownie first sacker Jim Bottomley makes his 8th unassisted double play of the season, to set the AL record. He set the NL record (tied in 1934 by Gus Suhr and broken by Bill White, in 1961) with 7 unassisted double plays while playing for the Cardinals in 1924.

14th  King Carl Hubbell pitches five innings of relief to stop the Cards, 7–5 for his 24th victory. In winning his 14th straight, Hubbell puts the Giants 4 ½ games ahead of St. Louis with 13 to play. The Giants score 6 runs in the 3rd off Walker, then add a 7th off Ed Heusser in the 6th before Dizzy Dean, making his 4th appearance in five games, comes on. Heusser has the only homer in the game, hitting his first in the majors off Hubbell in the 6th. It’s not his only hit as he and Joe Medwick swing at each other after Heusser accuses Ducky of not hustling on a single by Bartell. One account has Medwick knocking down Heusser, but by all accounts Heusser hits Medwick on the chin.

Pittsburgh’s Paul Waner ties Rogers Hornsby’s modern NL record, reaching 200 hits for the 7th time as the Bucs sweep the Phils 11–4 and 6–5 in 10 innings. Big Poison gets his 200th in the first game and has 5 hits for the afternoon. Dolph Camilli (26th) and Al Todd (3rd) homer in the opener while Chuck Klein hits his 24th in the nitecap. Bill Swift and Red Lucas pitch CG wins.

Van Lingle Mungo holds the Cubs to five hits and the Dodgers score a run in the 9th with 2 outs to derail the Cubs, 2–1. Babe Phelps’ hit with the sacks full is the winner. Mungo strikes out 4 to increase his lead high 221 strikeouts. He also sends Cavarretta to the hospital after plunking the Cubs first sacker on the elbow.

Tommy Bridges stops the Red Sox, 1–0, to win his 21st game of the year. Jack Wilson holds the Tigers to five hits but gives up a game-winning double to sub Salty Parker in 4th. Salty is playing in place of Bill Rogell, suspended for three days for brawling with Rick Ferrell two days ago. Ferrell also got three days off.

15th  Johnny Allen wins his 20th for Cleveland, though he is forced to leave the game with a back injury, after hurling 5 innings of no-hit ball. Oral Hildebrand finishes for him as Cleveland rolls over Boston, 13–2. Hal Trosky has his 39th and 40th homers, plus a single and double to pace the Tribe.

16th The Cubs sweep a pair from the lowly Bees, winning 3–2 and 4–2. Tex Carleton, working on 2 days rest, beats Boston in the opener for the 8th time this year, a 20th century NL record.

17th At Ebbets Field, Hank Leiber clubs a grand slam in the Giants seven-run 4th as New York rolls to a 17-3 win over the Dodgers.

18th  Larry MacPhail abruptly quits as the Reds GM. He will be replaced tomorrow by Warren Giles, head of the Rochester Red Wings and prexy of the International League.

19th At Philadelphia, Red Sox ace Wes Ferrell stops the A’s, 5–1, for his 20th win. It’s the 6th time that Ferrell has won 20 games in a year, the only major leaguer to do that and not make the Hall of Fame.

Wish that guy played for us. At Chicago, Ripper Collins hits a pinch grand slam off Curt Davis in the six-run 7th as the Cards come from behind to trip the host Cubs, 9-6. St. Louis takes over second place from Chicago, as both trail the Giants.

21st At Wrigley, the Cardinals push across a run in the 9th and then hang on to beat the Cubs, 5-4. With one out and two men on in the 9th, Dizzy Dean records two outs to preserve the win. It is Dizzy’s 11th NL-high 11thsave to go along with his league leading 28 complete games. Dean is the last pitcher this century to record 10 saves and 10 complete games in a season.

22nd Detroit batters tee off against the Browns, as Eldon Auker wins the first game 12–0, then Tommy Bridges coasts to a 14–0 win in the nitecap, his 23rd victory of the year. The 26 runs in a doubleheader shutout is a ML mark. Al Simmons drives in 5 runs in game 1 and Pete Fox matches in game 2.

23rd  Pitching in the 10th straight Giants’ game, Carl Hubbell notches his 16th consecutive victory, his 26th of the year. King Carl beats the Phils, 5-4. He resumes the streak next year to reach a record 24 wins in a row.

The Indians score 11 in the 7th and Hal Trosky hits his 30th homer at home–42 for the year–o lead Cleveland to a 17–2 win in the opener with the White Sox. Trosky finishes with 36 walks, the first major leaguer with 40 or more homers and fewer than 40 passes. In the nitecap, an 8-3 Sox win, Luke Appling has four hits, including a homer, to sew up the AL batting title. Runner-up Earl Averill is held hitless. Appling will coast to a 10-point margin at .388.

24th  The Giants clinch the pennant, winning, 2–1, in the 10th of the opening game of a doubleheader with the Boston Bees. Pitcher Hal Schumacher singles in the winning run. They drop the second game, 4-0, as Johnny McCarthy has 4 of their 6 hits off Bill Weir.

The second-place Cards sweep a pair from the visiting Reds, winning 5-4 in 12 innings and 2-0 in 6 innings. Dizzy Dean wins his 24th in game 2. Spud Davis hits a double in game 1. No one ever had more doubles than runs in a season with 500+ ABs, but Davis in 112 games has 26 doubles and 24 runs, the second time he’s done that: he had 32 doubles and 30 runs in 1931. Rusty Staub, in his pinch hitting days with the Mets, will have 6 doubles and 5 runs in 1983 in 100+ games.

25th  Joe Medwick sets a still-standing NL record with his 64th double in the Cards 3–2 loss to the Reds.

The first-place Giants edge the Boston Bees, 3-2. pinning the loss on starter Art Doll with an 8th inning homer by Johnny McCarthy. Doll, making his debut on the mound, caught last year for Boston in three games, the only major leaguer this century to start his career as a catcher and switch to pitcher the next year.

Tokyo’s ace Eiji Sawamura throws the first no-hitter in Japanese professional baseball. He will toss another next May.

26th  In Chicago, the White Sox sweep a pair from the Browns, winning 5-3 and 8-6 in 7 innings. Ted Lyons is the victor in game 1 and Monty Stratton the winner in game 2. Stratton gives up all 6 runs in the 7th and needs help with the last out. Ed Coleman hits a 3-run pinch double off Stratton to set an AL record (154 game schedule) for most pinch hits with 20. Hitting .292, this is his last ML game. Luke Appling is 2-for-3 in game 2 to virtually sew up the AL batting title over Earl Averill.

Willis Hudlin, the dean of the Cleveland staff, wins his first game of the year, beating Detroit’s Tommy Bridges, the AL’s biggest winner, 5-3. Hudlin doubles in the Tribe’s 4-run 7th.

27th  When Johnny Mize is thrown out in the 7th inning for arguing, rookie 1B Walt Alston subs. In his only ML game, the future Hall of Fame manager makes one error in two chances and is fanned by Lon Warneke in his only at bat. St. Louis loses to the Cubs, 6-3, and the two teams end tied for 2nd place.

At Crosley Field, Reds rookie starter Dee Moore pitches two shutout innings, then leaves the mound to Whitey Moore and goes behind the plate to catch. Dee goes 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs scored as the Reds win, 6-5. Moore had a 2.25 ERA in the Sally League, while leading the circuit in homeruns and finishing third in hitting. He also threw a 7-inning no-hitter. He debuted a week ago by throwing 5 innings and allowing an unearned run in game 1 of a doubleheader, and hitting a pinch triple in game 2.

The Yankees (102-51) end their season with a 10–5 loss to the Senators, but finish in 1st place 19 ½ games in front of the Tigers. Pete Appleton relieves Buck Newsom in the 6th and pitches hitless relief for the win. Lou Gehrig goes 0-for-2 and then watches the rest of the game in civilian clothes behind the Washington dugout. The Yankees set a ML record with 992 RBIs for the season with five players collecting at least 107 ribbies apiece (Gehrig, 152; DiMaggio, 125; Lazzeri, 109; Dickey & Selkirk, 107. Their 1065 runs scored is 2 off the ML record they set in 1931.

The Boston Red Sox release Heinie Manush, and make Bing Miller a 3B coach to replace Al Schacht, who announces he will begin to barnstorm as the “Clown Prince of Baseball.” Manush will sign with the Dodgers.

30th  In the World Series opener, Carl Hubbell outpitches Red Ruffing scattering 7 hits and limiting the Yankees to a solo HR by George Selkirk. The underdog Giants take a decisive 6–1 win.