1938 September

1st At Forbes Field, the first-place Pirates maintain a 7-game lead over the Cubs and Reds with a 6-0 victory over the New York Giants. Bob Klinger fires the shutout while the Waner brothers combine for 6 hits.

2nd The revived Cardinals score first and hold on for an 11-10 win over the first-place Pirates. The Bucs are now 6 ½ games in front of the idle Reds and Cubs. Don Gutteridge has 5 RBIs on a single, triple and a 3-run inside the park homer. Rizzo also has 5 RBIs for the Bucs.

3rd  Rudy York of the Tigers hits his 4th grand slam, tying the ML season record as he ties into a Jack Knott pitch. The Tigers roll, 11–4 behind Tommy Bridges. Knott was acquired in mid-season by the White Sox.

4th  In a doubleheader in Philadelphia, the Red Sox collect 17 hits in each game but only manage a split. Led by Sam Chapman’s grand slam off Jack Wilson, the A’s score 7 runs in the 8th of the opener to win, 12-11. The Red Sox answer with a 1st-inning grand slam from Pinky Higgins and win the second contest, 12-2.

5th  C Babe Phelps of the Dodgers breaks a bone in his throwing hand for the 3rd time this season.

In Pittsburgh, the Cubs sweep a Labor Day doubleheader from the leading Pirates, winning 3–0 behind Bill Lee and 4–3 in back of Clay Bryant to move 4 games behind to the leaders. Brandt and Tobin take the losses for the Bucs.

7th On Joe Cronin Day at Fenway, Jimmie Foxx leads the Red Sox to an 11–4 win over the Yankees. Double X has 8 RBIs, on 3 hits including a pair of homers—all in just 5 ½ innings as the game is called on account of rain. Lou Gehrig has a pair of singles and each time steals second base. They are the last 2 steals of his career.

9th  Lou Gehrig plays his 2,100th consecutive game and has four hits to bring his average over .300. The Yanks trip the Senators, 3–0, behind Bump Hadley.

In Cleveland, the Tigers top the Indians, 11–5, on Hank Greenberg’s 47thhomer of the year. Jeff Heath has a homer and 4 RBIs for Cleveland.

10th  Jimmie Foxx of the Red Sox hits 2 HRs in a game for the 9th time this season, breaking a record held by Babe Ruth and Hack Wilson. Lynn Nelson of the A’s serves up the homers in a 15–7 win at Fenway. The Sox have just a makeup game at Fenway left with all their remaining games on the road. Foxx has now hit 35 homers at home, the most ever hit at Fenway.

At Wrigley Field, Frank McCormick has 5 hits to lead the Reds to a 9–1 win over the Cubs.

At the Polo Grounds the Giants rough up the Dodgers, 20-2, as Bill Melton scatters 4 hits for New York. He also drives in 4 runs, 3 on a double, and is matched by Jo-Jo Moore. Alex Kampouris drives in 5. The Giants remain in 4th place, 5.5 games out of a 1st and a game out of 2nd place.

Pittsburgh’s Al Todd has a 2-run homer and in the 8th inning a 3-run triple as the Bucs plate 7 in beating the Cardinals, 14-7. Mace Brown pitches a hitless 4 innings in relief to win his 15th, an NL record for relief pitchers that will be topped by Jim Konstanty next. The Pirates push their lead to 4.5 games in the NL over the Reds and Cubs.

11th   The Cards beat the first-place Pirates, 6-4, as Paul Dean (1-0) wins his first of the year. Pittsburgh is now 3.5 games in front of the Cubs.

Hank Greenberg continues his hot hitting, banging two homers off Chicago’s Ted Lyons. The Tigers sweep the Sox, winning 10–1 and 5–3.

13th  A special committee names Alexander Cartwright to Baseball’s Hall of Fame for originating the sport’s basic concepts. Henry Chadwick, inventor of the box score and the first baseball writer, is also honored.

14th In Boston, the Cubs win 6–3 on a disputed grand slam by Gabby Hartnett. Gabby hits a pitch from the Bees’ Lou Fette that curls past the LF foul pole and is called a homer by ump Tiny Parker. Chicago columnist John Carmichael writes that the ump made a mistake.

Frank Frisch is fired as Cardinals manager, and Cuban-born coach Mike Gonzalez takes charge. The Cards then sweep a pair from the host Phillies, winning 12-9 and 3-2. Rookie Mort Cooper wins the nitecap in his first ML appearance.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants sweep a doubleheader from the first-place Pirates, winning 3–0 and 10–3. Hal Schumacher fires the shutout, with Gumbert taking the nitecap. The double loss leaves the faltering Bucs 2.5 games in first place.

15th  At the Polo Grounds, Pirates P Jim Tobin puts Giants star Mel Ott in the record book, hitting him three times with pitches. Tobin wins, 7–2. Brothers Lloyd and Paul Waner of the Pirates hit consecutive HRs off Cliff Melton in the 5th inning. This is the 3rd time both will have HRs in the same game, but the first time off the same pitcher. It is also the only time in history that brothers hit back-to-back homers. For Lloyd, it is his last major-league homer.

17th Bill Lee pitches the visiting Cubs to a 4–0 win over New York, allowing 13 Giants hits in the game, one short of the record number in a shut out. Lee’s performance, his 3rd straight shutout, combined with the Cubs’ 7-inning, 4–2 win behind Clay Bryant in the nitecap, leaves the Cubs 2 ½ games behind the leading Pirates. General Lee topped the Pirates, 3–0 and the Reds, 2–0, and in between tossed 1 1/3 innings of shut out relief.

In the opener of a pair in Chicago, White Sox reserve Merv Connors hits 3 consecutive HRs and a double off A’s P Jim Renninger. The White Sox win 8–4 and 7–4. Connors will end up with eight homers for his career.

Hank Greenberg connects for his 52nd and 53rd homers, off Monte Pearson, to lead Detroit to a 7–3 win over the Yankees. Hank is now two games ahead of Ruth’s 1927 pace.

18th  Although they drop a Sunday doubleheader to the Browns, the Yankees clinch the pennant as second-place Boston is rained out. The Browns take the lidlifter, 4–3, the edge the Yanks, 8–7. Harland Clift has a triple and 2 homers in game 2, including a grand slam, to drive in 6 runs.

After pitching on the 16th, Pittsburgh’s Russ Bauers tops the host Phillies 1–0 on 4 hits as Paul Waner drives in the only run. The Pirates are now 3 ½ games in front of the Cubs.

Brooklyn beats the Cubs, 4–1, in the opener of 2, with the 2nd game ending 3–3 as darkness descends. Billy Herman snags a line drive with the bases full to keep Brooklyn from scoring. Hartnett turns down MacPhail’s offer to return to Brooklyn next Friday to replay the tie game.

19th  The Cubs game in Philadelphia and the Pirates game at the Polo Grounds are canceled because of a devastating hurricane walloping the Northeast coast. Games on Tuesday and Wednesday will be washed out as well.

21st In Boston, rain cuts short the Bees doubleheader. The Cards win the opener, 4–0, as Joe Medwick drives in all the runs for Paul Dean. The second game is called because of rain.

22nd  Bill Lee of the Cubs pitches his 4th consecutive shutout, a 4–0 blanking of the Phils. He matches the feat of Ed Reulbach (1908) and Grover Alexander (1911). It is Lee’s 9th shut out of the season. Clay Bryant wins the nitecap for Chicago, 2–1, for his 18th victory.

The Pirates take two from the Dodgers, winning 6–0 behind Jim Tobin and 11–6, and remain in first place by 3 1⁄2 games.

The visiting Cardinals lose a pair to the Boston Bees, 6–5 and 4–1, then set a first by flying to New York aboard two TWA planes. In New York, the team catches an overnight train to Chicago. The airline flight is necessitated by the great hurricane that wiped out much of the rail lines on the North East coast.

23rd The Cubs take a pair from the host Phillies winning 3–2 and 7–6. Augie Galan’s 8th inning dinger is key in the opener, while in the 2ndgame Ripper Collins towering fly in the 9th with the bases loaded is misplayed by CF Gib Brack for a double. The Cubs catch an overnight train for their rendezvous with the Cardinals tomorrow.

The Reds trim the Pirates, 5–4, in 12 innings, cutting Pittsburgh’s lead to 2 games.

For the 10th time this season, Hank Greenberg homers twice in a game, hitting his 55th and 56th of the year, but the Tigers lose, 6–5, in 7 innings. Game one of the twinbill is also a loss, 8–1, to Bob Feller. Feller strikes out 10 and walks 1.

24th At Wrigley Field, the Cubs clip the Cardinals, 9–3, beating Lon Warneke. Gabby Hartnett hits a homer as the Cubs win for the 15th time in 18 games.

Pittsburgh’s Russ Bauers whips the visiting Reds, 4–1, on six hits to keep the Bucs two games ahead. Johnny Vander Meer is the loser.

25th Pitching on two days rest, Clay Bryant picks up his 19th win, as the Cubs beat the Cardinals, 7–2.

The Pirates maintain their two game lead with a 5–3 victory over the Reds. Red Lucas is the winner over Paul Derringer.

26th With several players from the Pirates in the stands at Wrigley, Bill Lee wins his 21st game, stopping the Reds, 6–3. However, the Reds stop Lee’s streak of scoreless innings at 37 1/3.

27th  For the 11th time, Hank Greenberg hits two homers, # 57 and 58, in the nitecap of a doubleheader sweep of the Browns. His first HR was inside-the-park, though he later admits he was “out by a mile” as Brownie catcher Sam Hushaney seemingly nabs him. A friendly call by ump Bill McGowan saves the homer. The Tigers win 5–4 and 10–2, with the second game going just 5 innings. Greenberg will hit no more and end two short of Ruth’s record.

With the Pirates 1 1⁄2 game up on the Cubs, Dizzy Dean stops the Bucs for 8 innings with his “nothing ball.” In the 9th Bill Lee, who pitched a complete game win against the Cards yesterday, relieves Dean (7–1), and the Cubs hold on to win, 2–1. The Pirate lead is down to a half game.

At Yankee Stadium, Lou Gehrig connects off Washington’s Dutch Leonard for his 29th homer of the year to pace New York to a 5–2 win. It is Lou’s 493rd and last career round tripper and it comes on the 15th anniversary of his first homer.

Bob Feller and the Indians beat the White Sox 6–1. Rapid Robert also reaches 201 bases on balls for the season, the first ML pitcher ever to top 200 passes. Ryan will be the next and only one.

28th  At Wrigley, 34,465 fans show up for one of the most dramatic games in history. The Pirates take a 3–1 lead in the 6th on Johnny Rizzo’s 2-run homer, his 21st of the year. Chicago ties it in the 6th, but the Bucs score twice again in the 8th for a 5–3 lead. A weary Bill Lee relieves, gives up a run, but gets starter Bob Klinger to hit into a DP. Klinger then gives up a single and is lifted for little-used Bill Swift, who gives up two runs, and the game is knotted at 5–5. Then, with two outs in the 9th inning, Cubs manager Gabby Hartnett hits the “homer in the gloaming” against Mace Brown to break the tie and put the Cubs in first place ahead of the Pirates. Hartnett later recalls circling the bases, “When I got to second base, I couldn’t see third for all the players and fans there. I don’t think I walked a step to the plate. I was carried in.” With 2 outs and none on base, the umpires intended to call the game because of darkness after Hartnett’s turn at bat. Rizzo ends the year with a ML record, having homered in 9 parks, including Baker’s Bowl and Connie Mack Stadium.

In Detroit’s 12–0 win over St. Louis, Birdie Tebbetts clubs a grand slam for the Tigers, Detroit’s 10th of the year. Five of the grand slams have been hit by Rudy York, and the ten is a ML team record breaking the mark set by the 1929 Cubs: the ten will be matched by the 1987 Yankees and the 1995 Brewers. George Gill (12–9) is the winner. St. Louis will like what they see, acquiring Gill next spring in the Newsom trade.

29th Bill Lee, pitching for the 4th straight day, gives the Cubs a 10–1 win over the faltering Pirates. The Cubs now lead by 1 ½ games and have won ten games in a row.

In the Tigers 6–2 win over the Browns, Hank Greenberg is held to a single.

30th  In Cincinnati, 21-game winner Paul Derringer pitches the Reds to a 4–1 win in the opener of a twinbill with the second-place Pirates. Jim Tobin takes the loss. In the 2nd game, Russ Bauers, who did not get out of the 2nd inning yesterday, wins, 4–1, for the split

In St. Louis, the Cubs-Cards game ends in a 7–7 tie called after 9 on account of darkness. Johnny Mize has a bases loaded triple, his league-leading 16th triple of the year. With no stolen bases to go with the triples, he sets a ML record. Next year he will total 14 triples and no steals.

Jimmie Wilson resigns as manager of the Phillies. He will be replaced by Doc Prothro.