1st The Giants sign Bill Terry to a 5-year contract as manager and farm director at $40,000 a year.
2nd For the second time this season, the first 2 batters in a game—the White Sox Boze Berger and Mike Kreevich—hit HRs, victimizing Boston’s Johnny Marcum at Fenway. This is the first time 2 AL batters have opened with back-to-back homers. Chicago takes a pair from Boston, winning 4–2 and 10–8.
3rd The Tigers notch 21 assists to back Eldon Auker’s 4–3 win over the visiting White Sox. Charley Gehringer is 3–for-3 to increase his AL best batting average.
At the Polo Grounds, Jim Bucher contributes a grand slam, off Cliff Melton, as the Dodgers roll to a 15-7 victory over the Giants. The loss knocks New York into 2nd place behind the Cubs.
4th At the Polo Grounds, Carl Hubbell stops the Dodgers, 3–0. Dick Bartell’s 14th homer of the year is all the scoring King Carl needs to chop up Max Butcher. With Chicago (73-49) idle, the Giants (74-48) move in front by a game.
Mike Kreevich of the White Sox ties a ML record with 4 consecutive doubles as Chicago beats Detroit 9–1.
6th The Giants take a Labor Day pair from the Phillies, winning 6–2 and 9–3, and move 3 games ahead of the Cubs, who split with the Reds, losing 7–3 and winning 2–1. Reds pitcher Lee Grissom allows just one hit in the nitecap but loses. Phil Cavarretta’s leadoff 2B in the 8th, a fly ball that Hub Walker overruns, an error and a botched sac bunt load the bases. A wild pitch and a sac fly win it for Curt Davis, breaking the Cubs 5-game losing streak.
8th It’s a day the Red Sox would rather forget. In the opener at Yankee Stadium, New York’s Red Ruffing and Bobo Newsom battle to a 2–2 tie before Myril Hoag drives in Gehrig with the winning run in the 9thinning. Then in game 2, the Yankees make just two hits off Jack Wilson and are down 6–1 with two outs in the 9th inning, but rally for 8 runs to win 9–6. Two doubles, a double error by Cronin and a single by Joe DiMaggio ties the score at 6 apiece. With two men on, Bosox reliever Al Thomas comes in and serves up one pitch to Lou Gehrig, who parks a game-winning 3-run HR, his 33rd round tripper of the season. Frank Makosky, who pitches the 9th, is winner.
The Pirates score a run in the 9th to beat the Reds, 1–0. Bucs pitcher Ed Brandt wins, handing the Reds their 30th one-run loss of the year. Arky Vaughan’s triple and a single shoot down Gene Schott.
11th The Cubs hold off the Pirates to win, 5–4, and advance to 1 ½ games behind the idle Giants.
In the battle for second place in the AL, the Tigers sweep a pair from the White Sox, winning 9-5 and 4-2. Eldon Auker wins the opener and Roxie Lawson takes game 2. For Lawson, it is his 18th win. He’ll finish the year with a record of 18-7, despite a ERA of 5.26. Roxie’s .700+ winning percentage with a 5.00+ ERA tops the mark set by Ed Wells in 1930. Matt Harrison, in 2008, will finish his rookie year at 9-3 with a 5.00+ ERA to top Roxie’s winning percentage.
12th At the Stadium, the Yankees split with the Senators, losing game 1, by a 2–1 score to rookie Ken Chase. Lefty Gomez wins game 2 by the same score as DiMaggio poles his 42nd HR.
The Phils edge the Dodgers, 2–1, behind Wayne LeMaster’s 10-inning masterpiece. Eddie Wilson’s grand slam gives Brooklyn the nitecap, 9–5. Dodger manager Burleigh Grimes is thumbed out of game 2 for the 9thtime this season.
13th Manager Charlie Dressen presses Reds GM Warren Giles for a contract renewal and is fired after 130 games of the season. Chief scout Bobby Wallace takes over the last-place team on an interim basis. Wallace last managed the 1912 Browns. The 25 years in between manager’s jobs is the longest stretch in ML history. Dressen will come close, not managing again until 1951.
14th The Cubs drop a pair to Boston, losing 9–0 and 4–2. John Lanning hurls the game 1 shut out, while Danny MacFayden wins his 13th in game 2, with the aid of a triple play and 2 DPs. The Cubs are 2 ½ behind the Giants, who split with the Pirates today.
15th Two weeks ago, AL President Will Harridge upheld Cleveland’s protest of the August 6 Yankee win, and the entire game is replayed as the 2nd game of today’s doubleheader. The protested game is called a tie with all stats retained except those following the disputed call. The Indians take the regularly scheduled game, 5–4, then lose the replay, 3–1.
16th The Giants beat the Pirates, 3–0, to lead the NL by 3 ½ games. Cliff Melton wins his 17th, allowing just 6 safeties.
At Wrigley, Boston stops the stumbling Cubs, 7–0, behind veteran rookie Jim Turner’s 18th win. The Bees win the series, 3–1. Starter Bill Lee, who goes two innings, is the loser.
Lefty Gomez allows three hits and the Yankees roll to an 8–0 win over Cleveland. Gomez has now won 19 games, while the Yankees increase their lead to 10 ½ games over Detroit.
Future Hall of Famer Martin Dihigo pitches the first professional no-hit, no-run game on Mexican soil, a 4–0 victory against Nogales at Veracruz. In 1938, Dihigo will lead the Mexican League in 4 categories: ERA (0.90), wins (18-2), strikeouts (184), and batting (.387).
At Boston, Gimbel’s baseball team will play Filene’s, winner of Boston’s Retail Store League. Gimbel’s, of the New York Department Store League, is led by future major-leaguer Sid Gordon.
17th Beating the Red Sox, 4–1, Cleveland’s Johnny Allen wins his 12thstraight without a loss, equaling Tom Zachary’s 1929 record of 12-0. Odell Hale’s 3-run HR in the 7th off Bobo Newsom is the margin.
18th With 3 hits, Pittsburgh OF Paul Waner establishes a 20th-century NL record with his 8th year of 200 or more hits. Cy Blanton beats the Dodgers, 3–2. Bert Haas has a pinch double for Brooklyn and will pinch hit a double on the 19th and 20th, establishing a NL record: it’s never been done in the AL.
The Reds hand Carl Hubbell his 9th loss in beating the Giants, 4–3. The Giants lead by 2 /12 over the Cubs, winners today over the Phils.
19th Hank Greenberg’s HR in Detroit’s 8–1 win over New York is the first ever hit into the CF stands at Yankee Stadium. Eldon Auker allows 5 singles and drives in 3 runs in beating the Yankees for the 3rd straight time.
At the Polo Grounds, Johnny Taylor leads a team of Negro National Leaguers to a 2-0 victory over a Negro League team just returning from the Dominican Republic. Taylor throws a no-hitter to beat Satchel Paige, who finally allows a run in the 8th inning. The two will have a rematch on September 26 at Yankee Stadium, and Paige will emerge a 9-4 winner.
20th Carl Hubbell, in relief, wins his 20th game, beating the Cards, 10–3. The Giants maintain a 2 ½ game lead over Chicago. The first 6 batters for each team hit safely against the 2 starters, Melton and Weiland.
The Cubs edge the Dodgers, 5–4, to keep the pressure on the Giants. Brooklyn’s Bert Haas hits a pinch double for the 3rd successive game.
Lefty Gomez pitches his 2nd successive shutout, beating Detroit, 5–0, for his 20th win. Gehrig’s 2-run single and DiMaggio’s 2-run homer, his 44th, are the big blows.
21st With two out and none on in the 5th inning of game one, the Red Sox score ten runs against the Tigers: Sam Chapman’s grand slam, off Slick Coffman, is the big blow. Poffenberger is charges with 7 of the runs. The Sox coast home, 12–7 behind Grove.
In Chicago, Gabby Hartnett hits a 3-run triple in the 1st and adds a double and single and the Cubs go on to beat the Giants, 7–5.
Johnny Allen wins his 13th straight without a defeat as the Indians down the Senators, 6–3. Hal Trosky hits an inside-the-park grand slam, a line drive that gets away from Mel Almada.
At Shibe Park, Wally Moses hits a 2-run walkoff homer in the 11th to give the A’s a 5-4 win over the White Sox. For Moses, it is his 25th homer, the only year of his career he is in double figures.
22nd Cliff Melton wins his 18th, blanking the Cubs, 6–0. New York again leads by 2 ½ games.
23rd The Yankees lose 9–5 to the Browns but clinch the pennant when the Red Sox beat Detroit. Lou Gehrig’s 1st inning RBI is his 150th of the year. Gehrig has now driven in 150 or more runs 7 times to set a new ML mark. Babe Ruth did it 6 times.
The Giants collect 17 hits again beat the Cubs, 8–7, to go up by 3 ½ games. Though routed, Carl Hubbell wins his 21st in relief.
In Cincinnati, Dolph Camilli starts the Phils scoring with a 3rd inning grand slam, his second of the year, and the 7th-place Phils roll to a 9-5 win over the last-place Reds.
26th The Pirates sweep a twinbill from the Reds, winning 5–4 and 2–1. Pittsburgh’s record against the Reds this year is 17 wins and one defeat.
27th At the Polo Grounds, Bill Lohrman stops the Bees in game 2, 3–1, to give the Giants a sweep of Boston. In the 5-4 opening win, Jumbo Brown wins in relief of Hubbell. With the double win, the Giants increase their lead over the Cubs to 4 ½ game.
The Cubs top the Reds, 7-4, behind Curt Davis, but drop further back. The Reds use four pinch hitters in the 9th and they go 1-for-4.
Red Sox pitcher Buck Newsom attempts to pitch both games today against the A’s. He wins the opener, 6–2, then is knocked out in the A’s 5-run 3rdof game 2, and loses. the A’s win 6–0 in 6 frames.
Chuck Klein belts two homers and a double as the Phillies hand the doddering Dodgers their 12th straight loss, 11–3. Claude Passeau collects two hits and scores twice to gain the complete game win.
29th New York rookie Cliff Melton wins his 20th game, 6–3, in the opening game of a doubleheader, but the Phillies beat the Giants in the 2nd game, 6–5 in 7 ½ innings, preventing New York from clinching the flag. Pitcher-infielder Bucky Walters plays 3B in both games and belts a 1st-inning grand slam in the nitecap off Harry Gumbert.
30th The New York Giants clinch the flag with a 2–1 victory by Carl Hubbell for his 22nd win. The loss goes to Phils starter Hugh Mulcahy, his 18th defeat, who will earn the sobriquet “Losing Pitcher.” The Giants lose the nitecap, 6–2. Blondy Ryan has a homer, the 3,000th in Giants history.
The Indians sweep a pair from the White Sox behind the pitching of Johnny Allen and Bob Feller. Allen’s 6–4 birthday win in the opener is his 15th straight of the year and 17th in a row going back to July 10, 1936. Feller wins his 9th, 4–1, and strikes out 11. Moose Solters has 3 RBIs in each game while Hal Trosky has 4 RBIs for the day to reach 100.