|January 7||The Indians trade veteran C Steve O’Neill‚ 2B Bill Wambsganss‚ OF Joe Connolly‚ and P Danny Boone to Boston for 1B George Burns‚ 2B Chick Fewster and C Al Walters. The addition of Burns puts six hitters who batted .300 or better during the 1923 season in the Cleveland lineup|
The Yankees buy the contract of Louisville star‚ Earle Combs‚ who hit .380 last year for the Colonels. Colonels owner Bill Kneblekamp gets $50‚000‚ Elmer Smith and an outfielder‚ and demands that the Yankees play an exhibition game in Louisville with a guarantee that Ruth is in the lineup. This reportedly nets Kneblekamp an additional $5‚000.
|January 12||OF Bobby Veach is sold by the Tigers to Boston.|
|February 9||Washington owner Clark Griffith names SS Bucky Harris‚ last year’s team captain as the new Nationals’ manager. Harris had annoyed Griffith by playing pro basketball over the winter‚ in violation of his contract‚ but the owner still tabbed him the job. Harris‚ 28‚ team captain‚ was at spring training when he received the offer by letter.|
|February 12||The NL decides to go along with the AL in offering a $1‚000 prize to the player named MVP by a committee of writers.|
|February 16||Boston Braves SS Tony Boeckel‚ 31‚ dies of injuries received the day before in an automobile accident. He is the first active ML player killed in a motor accident. Heinie Peitz‚ 19th century infielder with the Baltimore Orioles‚ died in 1914 when struck by a car.|
|February 17||Frank Chance‚ signed as White Sox manager three months ago‚ resigns because of illness. Coach Johnny Evers is named acting manager until Chance returns‚ but the former Cubs star never recovers‚ and dies on September 24‚ 1924.|
|March 7||At Orlando‚ Reds manager Pat Moran‚ 48‚ dies at spring training of Bright’s disease. Coach Jack Hendricks replaces the popular Moran. Hendricks‚ a graduate of Northwestern Law School‚ is a lawyer off-season.|
|March 22||In a spring training game‚ Rogers Hornsby faces Walter Johnson for the second and last time in his career‚ this time popping up and hitting into a DP.|
|April 3||In Ashville‚ the first game ever played in McCormick Field is a smashing success as the visiting Detroit Tigers beat the Ashville Skylanders‚ 18-14. A sparse crowd of 3199 watches as Harry Heilmann bangs 3 homers‚ two off the top of the LF grandstand. Ty Cobb adds a homer. When the Dodgers leave Ebbets Field‚ the scoreboard will be relocated to McCormick Field.|
|April 8||In Nashville‚ the Giants lose an exhibition game 9-8 to the White Sox on a scorekeeper’s error. The Sox scored 8 runs in the early innings‚ but the scorekeeper posted a 9. When the Giants came back to score 8 runs‚ the scoreboard indicated New York was a run down‚ and that’s the way it ended. Both managers were furious after the game when the error was pointed out by several writers traveling with the teams.|
|April 15||The Giants open before the NL’s biggest Opening Day crowd‚ more than 45‚000 fans‚ but lose to Brooklyn‚ 3-2.|
The Reds beat the Pirates 6-5 before a crowd of 35‚747‚ a record for Redland Field. Tom Sheehan is the winner over Lee Meadows. Bubbles Hargrave is 4-for-4 with a pair of triples. This is the first Reds game broadcast on the radio‚ on WLW and WSAI: KDKA also broadcasts the game back to Pittsburgh.
After President Coolidge tosses out the first ball‚ Walter Johnson shuts out the A’s 4-0 on Opening Day‚ his 99th shutout. Slim Harriss‚ who topped Walter in last year’s Opening Day game‚ is the loser. One of the 4 hits off Johnson is a single by rookie Al Simmons‚ who hit .360 at Shreveport (Texas) and .398 in Milwaukee (AA) last season. Another A’s rookie (of sorts)‚ Paul Strand‚ goes 0-for-4. Strand‚ the PCL’s top hitter the past two seasons‚ collected 325 hits in 1923‚ still an all-time record‚ and then was a high-priced purchase by Connie Mack. Strand last appeared in the majors in 1915 as a pitcher with the Boston Braves‚ and he’ll play just a third of the season before he and his .228 average will go back west.
George Sisler returns after missing a full year due to impaired vision caused by severe sinusitis. He is 2-for-4 in the Browns’ 7-3 win over the White Sox.
The opener at Fenway Park draws 25‚000 (23‚856 paid) but the Red Sox lose a heartbreaker to the Yankees‚ 2-1. The Sox lead‚ 1-0 after 8 innings‚ with Howard Ehmke driving in the lone run. But two 9th-inning errors by 2B Bill Wambsganss allow two unearned runs and pin the loss on Ehmke. Bob Shawkey pitches 8 innings and is replaced by Waite Hoyt‚ the winning pitcher.
The Cards beat the Cubs‚ 6-5 as Jeff Pfeffer is the winner over Vic Aldridge. Despite the victory‚ St. Louis will waive the veteran to Pittsburgh next month. The Cards’ Rogers Hornsby is the only batter who ever goes 2-for-5 on Opening Day and improves on his BA for the rest of the year. His .424 will be the highest ML BA in the 20th century. The Cardinals open the season with the players wearing small numbers on their sleeves‚ an experiment that will continue in 1925‚ then be dropped.
|April 17||Baby Doll Jacobson cycles for Browns at Chicago‚ but the White Sox deflate the Browns‚ 6-3. The winner is Sarge Connally in relief.|
|April 19||The Red Sox score 10 runs in the bottom of the 2nd against the A’s‚ then cruise home‚ 12-0.|
|April 20||In Washington‚ Walter Johnson picks up an easy 12-3 win over the Yankees. Babe Ruth scores 2 of the New York runs on a triple and an 8th inning home run.|
|April 21||The Reds edge the Cubs‚ 2-1 in 10 innings as Tom Sheehan bests Pete Alexander.|
|April 22||With the help of a Cobb steal of home in the 3rd inning‚ the Tigers edge the Browns‚ 4-3.|
|April 25||In Philadelphia‚ the A’s Al Simmons hits his first ML homer‚ a 3-run shot in the 6th‚ off the National’s Walter Johnson. The A’s win‚ 6-5.|
|April 27||For the 2nd time in five days‚ Ty Cobb steals home in a 4-3 Tiger win. This time it’s against the White Sox in the 7th.|
|April 28||Pittsburgh’s rookie SS Glenn Wright hits his first ML homer‚ off Vic Keen‚ in a 7-4 victory over the Cubs. Wright will set a ML record in 1924 with 601 assists: no one will top 600 till Ozzie Smith‚ 621‚ in 1980.|
|April 29||At Cubs Park‚ Pete Alexander wins his own game‚ 2-1‚ with a double in the 11th off Pittsburgh’s Specs Meadows.|
|April 30||At Chicago Pittsburgh’s Rabbit Maranville lines a triple in the 14th inning off Elmer Jacobs‚ then swipes home to beat Chicago‚ 2-1. Johnny Morrison is the winner.|
|May 1||White Sox SS Bill Barrett steals home twice‚ in the first and the 9th‚ in a 13-7 win over Cleveland. He ties the ML mark.|
|May 12||Cincinnati edges past New York into first place in the NL. They’ll swap places until June 13th‚ when a 5-1 win over the Braves boosts the Cubs into the top spot.|
|May 13||Pitching for the Reds‚ Carl Mays picks up his first win‚ 4-3 over the Phillies. The submariner will have a 13-0 streak against the Phillies‚ never losing.|
|May 14||It is Babe Ruth Day at Yankee Stadium‚ as Ruth receives the AL MVP Award for 1923. He is then held to a single as the Browns spoil the occasion with an 11-1 win.|
|May 16||The visiting Giants club the Cubs‚ 16-12‚ with Claude Jonnard winning over Sheriff Blake. Young Bill Terry rips his first ML homer‚ off Rip Wheeler.|
Vernon and Salt Lake City combine to hit a PCL-record 11 homers in a 14-11 Tigers win.
|May 23||Walter Johnson strikes out 14‚ a career-high‚ including 6 in a row‚ in a 4-0 one-hitter over the White Sox for his 103rd shutout. Harry Hooper‚ who had the lone hit in a 1915 game against Johnson‚ does it again. Johnson will have his best season in 5 years‚ going 23-7.|
|May 24||At Salt Lake City, San Francisco (Pacific Coast League) outslugs the Bees. 30–14. The Seals outhit the Bees 37-17 with .Paul Waner‚ Bert Ellison and Joe Kelly recording 6 hits apiece. Three of Ellison’s hits are homers and he will have two more tomorrow. He will set PCL marks for homers in two games (5), homers in three games (8), homers in a seven-game series (10) and most hits in a seven-game series (25) going 25-for-37. Pete Kilduff and Sam Agnew‚ with three doubles and two triples, each have 5 hits.|
The Reds trade George Harper to the Phils for Curt Walker.
|May 25||The Red Sox’ 6-5 win over the Yankees deadlocks the 2 at the AL top. They’ll run neck and neck until June 14th when the Sox begin to unravel.|
|May 28||In the first game of a twinbill in St. Louis‚ Reds P Allen Sothoron beans Cards 1B Jake Daubert in the 1st inning. Daubert homered yesterday against the Cards. The veteran star is able to walk to the dugout and is quickly taken to a hospital where X-rays show no fracture. Daubert will be out 2 weeks and at the end of the season will die of a failed appendectomy. The doctor who signs the death certificate will list as a secondary cause: “a concussion resulting from pitched ball.” A few years later Daubert’s widow will file a lawsuit against the Reds. Sothoron wins‚ 6-0‚ today and the Reds take the nitecap‚ 5-3.|
The Red Sox and A’s split a doubleheader with the A’s winning the opener‚ 2-1‚ and Boston the second game‚ 1-0. Ira Flagstead‘s leadoff homer off Roy Meeker is the only score of the game. With the Yankees splitting‚ the Sox and New York remain tied for first.
|June 2||In Philadelphia‚ Joe Hauser hits a 2-run HR off Walter Johnson in the 6th‚ but the Nationals coast to an 8-3 win.|
|June 8||Elementary. Giants pitcher John Watson connects for a 2nd inning grand slam off Pirate hurler Johnny Morrison‚ and shuts out Pittsburgh‚ 7-0.|
|June 13||In the last of a three-game series‚ the first-place Yankees take a 10-6 lead in the top of the 9th. With one out Babe Ruth takes a pitch in close before fouling out‚ then Bob Meusel is hit in the back with a pitch by reliever Bert Cole‚ and charges the mound. Players from both teams start swinging‚ with Ruth and Cobb pushing each other. Fans rush out of the stands‚ eager to mix it up with players‚ police‚ and each other. The fight goes on for nearly 30 minutes before umpire Billy Evans‚ unable to clear the field‚ finally forfeits the game to New York. Cole and Meusel are suspended for 10 days; Meusel is fined $100‚ and Cole and Ruth $50 each.|
The Cardinals send washed up Bill Doak‚ to Brooklyn for P Leo Dickerman. Doak holds the franchise record for most shutouts with 32‚ a record that will only be topped by Bob Gibson‘s 56. “Spittin’ Bill” will win 11 games for the Robins this season and then voluntarily retire before returning in 1927. The visiting Cards also whip Brooklyn today‚ 83‚ behind Al Sothoron.
|June 14||Giants 1B George “Highpockets” Kelly hits 3 HRs to drive in all 8 New York runs in an 8-6 win over the Reds. It is the second time that Kelly has smacked three homers in a game‚ the first 20th-C player to accomplish the feat. After his last homer sails into the bleachers at the Polo Grounds‚ Kelly is mobbed by fans before reaching 2B‚ and he opts to head straight for the center field clubhouse. Umpire Ernie Quigley warns Kelly about not touching all the bases but head ump Hank O’Day overrules Quigley and says it is the call of the official scorer. NL Prexy Heydler later rules the hit a home run‚ but admonishes Kelly for not rounding the bases and promises a clarification of the rules. Kelly’s one-man offensive-a ML record for all runs driven in by one player-will be matched by Bob Johnson on June 12‚ 1938. The win allows the Giants to move into a first-place tie with the Cubs.|
The Yankees regain first place with a 6-2 win over the Tigers‚ but 10 days later the Senators will pass both of them.
The Indians Pat McNulty swipes home in the 11th inning to give the Tribe a 3-2 victory over the Red Sox. Stan Coveleski is the winner in relief.
|June 15||Washington brings back funnyman Al Schacht‚ not as a player‚ but as a coach. Washington will promptly go on a winning streak‚ though they lose to day to Chicago‚ 6-4.|
Yankee rookie Earle Combs breaks his leg and will be out most of the year.
|June 16||In Chicago‚ reliever Walter Johnson is nicked for his 2nd career grand slam‚ a 7th inning shot by Sox star Harry Hooper. The Sox win over Washington‚ 9-8.|
|June 17||Playing for Hartford‚ Lou Gehrig‚ who will hit a record 23 bases-loaded homers in the majors‚ hits his only minor league grand slam. Hartford wins‚ 5-2‚ over Worcester.|
|June 21||In Philadelphia‚ the A’s Joe Hauser hits 2-run HR in the 1st‚ his 2nd homer off Walter Johnson in 3 weeks. Rookie Al Simmons solos in the 4th off Johnson-he hit his first ML homer off the Big Train last month-but that’s all the scoring for the A’s as Washington wins‚ 11-3. A’s OF Tilly Walker‚ hitting .275‚ quits the team after 52 games to go back to Kentucky where he’ll be a state trooper and ump in the Appalachian League. Walker hit 37 HRs and 100+ RBI in 1923‚ but Mack benched him for a faster outfielder.|
|June 24||Eppa Rixey retires the first 24 batters‚ but the Reds pitcher then allows a run in the 8th and 3 in the 9th to lose to the visiting Pirates‚ 4-3.|
|June 25||Pittsburgh relief hurler Emil Yde doubles in the 9th inning against Chicago to tie the game‚ then triples in the 14th to win it‚ 8-7. Pete Alexander takes the loss‚ his first in 9 decisions‚ struggling to the end after being hit by a line drive on the wrist. Upon returning to Chicago‚ X-Rays will show a fracture of Alex’s wrist. He will return to action in late August.|
|June 26||President and Mrs. Coolidge are on hand in Washington as Walter Johnson shuts out the A’s‚ 5-0. For the front-running Nationals‚ it is their 10th straight win.|
In the first pitching matchup of brothers in ML history‚ Jesse Barnes of the Boston Braves opposes his younger brother Virgil of the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds. Virgil receives a no decision while Jesse takes the loss as the Giants win‚ 8-1. The Barnes will match up four more times during their careers‚ including three days from now.
|June 28||Eppa Rixey has 4 hits‚ including a HR and two doubles‚ and pitches the Reds to a 5-2 opening win over the Cards. The Reds complete the sweep‚ winning game 2‚ 8-7.|
|June 29||The Barnes brothers match up for the 2nd time in 4 days‚ with Jesse beating Virgil. The Braves beat the Giants‚ 4-1.|
|June 30||2B Max Bishop and 3B Sammy Hale‚ the first 2 men in the A’s batting order‚ draw 8 of the 9 walks issued by New York pitchers in the A’s 10-3 win. A .271 hitter for 12 years‚ “Camera Eye” Bishop will draw 1‚153 bases on balls‚ giving him a walk percentage of .204‚ which is higher than Ruth’s and just behind Ted Williams‘ .207.|
The White Sox defeat the Tigers‚ 14-4‚ as Johnny Mostil scores 5 runs.
|July 1||The Braves’ player-manager Dave Bancroft ruptures his appendix. The future Hall of Fame SS will not play again until September 10.|
New York’s Mark Baldwin surrenders only 3 hits‚ but is out dueled by Ed Stein‚ who pitches his 2nd one-hitter of the season to lead Brooklyn to a 3-0 victory.
|July 4||In a twinbill split‚ Phils SS Heinie Sand handles 18 chances against the Giants‚ falling one short of Danny Richardson’s record set on June 20‚ 1892. The Giants win‚ 8-2‚ then fall‚ 5-2.|
|July 5||Babe Ruth is 3-for-3 with two doubles and a run scored to lead New York to a 2-0 win over Walter Johnson and Washington.|
The Red Sox sweep the A’s winning 6-3 and 7-2. In the second game Boston’s Ira Flagstead is 5-for-5 with a double and triple.
For the second time in 4 days‚ an AL hurler allows 11 hits in a shutout. This time Detroit’s Earl Whitehill gives up 11 Brownie hits in beating St. Louis‚ 3-0.
|July 8||At Cincinnati‚ the Phils play 25 innings in a doubleheader without making an error. The Phils win game 1 in regulation‚ 3-1‚ behind Bill Hubbell. The Reds win the 2nd game‚ 2-1‚ in 16 innings when Edd Roush drives in the winner. Eppa Rixey goes the distance and scores the winning run. From today’s game through July 18‚ Rixey will throw 31 straight scoreless innings. In the opener‚ Hubbell‚ on instructions from his manager‚ issues an intentional walk to Curt Walker by throwing 4 balls to 1B Walt Holke. There is a runner on 3B at the time. The ump allows this but it is later repudiated by NL president Heydler who calls it farcical. Heydler will send out a bulletin stating that the practice is illegal.|
|July 9||Carl Mays and the Reds submarine the Phillies‚ 6-3. May will go 13-0 against the Phillies‚ after racking up a 23-game win streak over the Philadelphia Athletics.|
|July 11||Cubs 1B Lee Cotter equals a ML record when he makes 21 putouts and one assist in a game against Brooklyn‚ but Chicago loses‚ 9-1.|
|July 16||Giants 1B George Kelly hits his 7th HR in the last 6 games and becomes the first to hit HRs in 6 consecutive games. He will finish with 21. The Giants edge the Pirates 8-7.|
The Tigers score 8 runs in the first inning off Boston’s Bill Piercy and beat the Red Sox‚ 11-3. Piercy will be fined $100 for his alleged indifferent pitching.
|July 17||On Tuberculosis Day at Sportsman’s Park‚ the Cards’ Jesse Haines hurls his only shutout in 2 years‚ a 5-0 no-hitter over the Braves. “While the majestic northpaw was realizing his lifelong pitching ambitions‚ the Cardinals were making merry with the right-hand shoots of [Tim] McNamara” (St. Louis Globe-Democrat). It is the first no-hitter by a St. Louis hurler since 1876‚ and the first-ever NL no-hitter in St. Louis.|
With two outs in the bottom of the 9th, and the Philadelphia Phillies Bill Hubbell on the mound, the Chicago Cubs Cliff Heathcotesteals home to give the Cubs a 3-2 win.
|July 19||Cards rookie righthander Herman Bell‚ who will win just 32 games‚ wins a pair today. He holds the Braves hitless until one out in the 8th of the first of 2 games. Then he does the same until one out in the 5th of game 2‚ winning both 6-1 and 2-1. He allows only 6 hits in the twin-bill wins. Bell will total just 3 wins this year. He is the last pitcher in the NL to throw two complete games in one day.|
|July 20||In Washington‚ George Sisler hits 1st inning solo off Walter Johnson‚ but the Senators come back to win‚ 5-4. Allan Russell is the winner in relief.|
A fire completely destroys the Dallas Texas League park‚ with damage estimated at $40‚000. The cause is a cigarette butt.
|July 21||Cleveland’s George Burns clouts 2 homers and 2 doubles to lead the Indians to a 16-12 slugfest over the Red Sox. Burns had 4 long hits (3 doubles and a HR) on June 19th and is the first player to accomplish the feat twice in a season.|
|July 22||In the first inning a game 1‚ the Cubs catcher Bob O’Farrell fractures his head when hit by a foul tip which strikes his mask driving the top of it into his skull. He’ll be out about a month. The Braves take the opener‚ 3-1‚ then lose the nitecap by the same score.|
Sloppy Thurston wins his 10th straight and 16th overall as the Chicago White Sox stop the Senators, 4-0, in the first of two games. Sloppy allows 5 hits. Washington wins game 2, 4-1.
Sloppy Thurston wins his 10th straight and 16th overall as the Chicago White Sox stop the Washington Senators, 4-0, in the first of two games. Sloppy allows 5 hits. Washington wins game 2, 4-1.
|July 25||The Phils slam the Cubs‚ 10-4‚ as George Harper leads the way with an inside-the-park grand slam. Jimmy Ring is the winner over Elmer Jacobs. Umpire Moran clears the Cubs bench in the 3rd after a dispute about balls and strikes.|
|July 26||At Chicago‚ Babe Ruth strikes out with the sacks full in the 9th‚ then belts a game-winning HR in the 14th‚ off Sam Jones‚ to give the Yankees a 5-4 win over the Sox.|
|July 28||The Yankees take a pair from the White Sox‚ winning the opener‚ 8-3 behind Bush. They score 10 runs in the first inning in the nitecap‚ then hang on for a 12-10 win. After the Yanks bat around‚ Babe Ruth greets reliever Mike Cvengros with a 3-run HR‚ his 31st.|
|July 29||Art Nehf does it all‚ pitching the Giants to a 5-2 win over the Cardinals and adding 2 consecutive HRs for good measure.|
Keep the ball down‚ right? The A’s infield and batter combine for 21 assists‚ called a major league record‚ but still lose to the Tigers‚ 4-3.
|July 30||With no outs in the 8th and runners on 1B and 2B‚ Bill Sherdel is called out of the Cardinals bullpen to pitch to PH Johnny Mokan of the Phillies. Sherdel throws one ball‚ and Mokan bunts it in the air to Jim Bottomley coming in from 1B. He throws to SS Jimmy Cooney‚ who doubles the runner at 2B and throws to Hornsby covering 1B. A triple play on one pitch. Hornsby adds a HR and Sherdel picks up the win‚ 9-8 over the Phillies.|
|August 1||At Brooklyn‚ Dazzy Vance (17-4) strikes out 7 Cubs in a row-14 in all-in a 4-0 win for the Robins. It is Dazzy’s 5th win in a row enroute to 15 straight wins. Vance will lead NL pitchers with 28 wins‚ a 2.16 ERA‚ 30 complete games‚ and 262 strikeouts‚ as rare a triple crown for a pitcher as the batting version. With Burleigh Grimes‘ 22-13‚ Zack Wheat’s .375‚ and Jack Fournier‘s league-leading 27 HR‚ the Robins will nip at the Giants’ heels all season and finish just 11?2 games back.|
Kalamazoo (Michigan-Ontario L) pitcher Haines beats Muskegon‚ 5-0‚ and stops Bud Claney’s 40-game hitting streak.
|August 2||A’s 1B Joe Hauser sets an AL record when he hits 3 HRs and a double for 14 total bases in a 12-4 win over host Cleveland. It’ll be broken by Ty Cobb‘s 16 total bases on May 5‚ 1925. His first 2 HRs come off Joe Shaute in the 2nd and 3rd and his double in the 6th bounces off the screen in RF.|
The Reds sweep a pair from the Braves‚ winning 2-0‚ then collecting 24 hits to win 19-2.
|August 3||A base hit results in a triple play in the 7th inning of a PCL game between Vernon and Los Angeles. With McDowell and Griffin on base, Gordon Slade of Vernon lines a single to left-center which is run down by Hood. On the throw home. McDowell stops at 3B, but Griffin rounds 2B and heads for 3B as well. Payne, the pitcher, cuts off the throw home and throws to 2B where McAuley runs down Griffith for the first out. McAuley then fires to the catcher Jenkins who puts out McAuley attempting to score for the second out. Griffith, thinking he had not been called out, runs to 2B—only to find it occupied by Slade. Slade then ambles back to 1B but a throw to SS Clyde Beck and a tag completes the triple play.|
|August 4||Young Ernie Wingard wins his 13th game for the Browns‚ beating Washington and Firpo Marberry‚ 3-1. This is Wingard’s first pro season and not until Jim Abbott wins 12 in 1989 will anyone come close to winning that many ML games in his first pro year. Wingard will not improve on his 13‚ losing his next 8 decisions this season to finish 13-12.|
|August 8||Ruth has a pair of homers-his 37th and 38th-plus a triple and 2 walks‚ but it is not enough as the Yankees fall to Cleveland‚ 10-8. Bush and Shawkey do the bleeding. George Myatt‘s 2-run homer is the difference in the 3-run 9th. Myatt also has a single and double.|
The Washington Potomacs of the Eastern Colored League connect for 14 consecutive hits in one inning against South Philadelphia of the Penn-Jersey League.
At Philadelphia‚ Lee Meadows wins a pitching duel‚ 1-0‚ over Jimmy Ring by hitting an 8th inning homer over the LF wall. At 1 hour: 12 minutes‚ it is one of the fastest games of the year.
|August 9||At Boston’s spacious Braves Field‚ Chicago’s Hack Miller lines a two-out single in the 9th to drive in the tying run. In the 10th‚ Jigger Statz hits a long drive with the bases jammed‚ and legs out an inside-the-park grand slam. The Cubs add another run to win‚ 11-6.|
At Philadelphia‚ Pirates rookie Kiki Cuyler starts a sweep in game 1‚ a 16-4 win over the Phillies‚ collecting 6 hits‚ including 4 long hits-3 doubles and a triple. Wilbur Cooper is the easy winner. The Bucs take the second game‚ 7-0‚ behind Ray Kremer.
|August 10||Ty Cobb steals 2B once‚ 3B twice‚ and home once (in the 7th) in the Tigers’ 13-7 win over Boston. The Tiger manager also scores 4 times. The win puts them on top in the AL‚ as the Indians beat the Yankees 7-1.|
The Cubs edge last-place Boston‚ 3-2 behind the pitching of Tony Kaufmann. For Kaufmann‚ it is his 11th straight win over the Braves going back to September 9‚ 1921.
|August 12||High priced rookie Earl McNeely debuts in CF for Washington‚ as Johnson shuts out Cleveland 4-0. McNeely will hit .330 over the last 45 games of the year.|
|August 13||The Yankees regain the AL lead with 1-0 and 2-1 wins over the Browns.|
Red Sox righthander Howard Ehmke has the White Sox popping up all day in his 6-0 win. Only one assist is made by Boston‚ none by the infield. Red Faber takes the loss. Boston comes back in game 2 to win‚ 4-1‚ as Curt Fullerton beats Sloppy Thurston for the sweep.
|August 14||Brooklyn’s Dazzy Vance stops the Reds‚ 3-0‚ on 3 hits and reaches 20 wins. His 7 strikeouts gives him a NL-high 177.|
|August 17||Walter Johnson beat the Tigers 8-1 as Washington reclaims second place in the AL by taking 4 out of 5 games in Detroit.|
|August 18||It takes 17 innings‚ but the Reds prevail‚ 8-7‚ over the visiting Giants. Cincinnati overcomes a 6-0 deficit to tie‚ then score 2 in the 17th to win. Carl Mays was rear-ended in a car and knocked unconscious hours before game time‚ but gamely starts and is lifted with no outs in the 2nd‚ having giving up 4 runs. Tom Sheehan pitches 16 innings in relief.|
|August 20||Braves hurlers Joe Genewich and Jesse Barnes each toss shutouts against the Cubs. Genewich wins the opener‚ 2-0 and Barnes the nitecap‚ 5-0.|
|August 21||At Redlands Field‚ the Reds whitewash the Phils‚ 11-0. As noted by historians Greg Rhoades and John Snyder‚ the Reds were delayed as the train they were on was involved in an accident and the engineer was killed. They arrive in Cincinnati at 3:00 p.m.‚ the scheduled game time‚ and rush to the park to play at 3:45.|
|August 22||For the second time this year‚ a triple and steal of home helps decides an extra inning game. At Yankee Stadium‚ Detroit’s Frank O’Rourke triples in the 12th and then steals home to help beat the Yankees‚ 8-6.|
|August 23||Dazzy Vance fires perhaps the best game of his career‚ beating the Cubs 6-5 at Chicago. Vance wins his 10th in a row and strikes out 15‚ the most in the NL since 1909‚ and one more than he did on August 1. He strikes out 6 in a row.|
|August 24||The Cards nip the Robins 7-6 in the first of two at Sportsman’s Park. Rogers Hornsby‘s leadoff HR in the 9th provides the edge. In the 4th inning of the opener‚ Cards P Leo Dickerman breaks his left arm when he is hit by a pitch from Brooklyn’s Dutch Ruether. The nitecap is a Cardinal cakewalk as P Eddie Dyer benefits from 25 Cardinal hits to win 17-0. The loser is Jim Roberts.|
|August 25||Walter Johnson hurls his 6th shutout of the year‚ a 7-inning rain-shortened no-hitter against the Browns‚ winning by a score of 2-0. For the Nats‚ it is their 9th win in a row and they are now even with New York. The scheduled nitecap is postponed.|
|August 26||Despite a homer and three doubles by Rogers Hornsby the Cardinals lose to Brooklyn‚ 7-4. It is Hornsby’s 24th homer of the year.|
|August 28||Babe Ruth belts two HRs‚ but the Senators beat the Yankees 11-6 by scoring 8 runs in the 8th inning‚ and move into sole possession of first place. Goose Goslin hits for the cycle for Washington. The Yankees will tie the Nationals for 2 days in September‚ but otherwise the Senators stay on top till the end.|
Behind Vic Aldridge and Elmer Jacobs‚ the Cubs sweep a pair from the Cardinals‚ winning 5-2 and 8-3. Cards teenager Ed Clough makes his ML debut in relief in game 2. The 18-year-old was on the team last year but didn’t appear in a game. He’ll go 0-1 next year.
|August 29||With most of the 30‚000 fans at Yankee Stadium cheering the underdog Senators‚ Walter Johnson holds New York scoreless for 7 innings. In the 8th‚ a line drive clips his pitching hand and he is lifted‚ but still wins 5-1. Goslin has another three hits and scores 3 runs as the Nationals now lead by 1 1/2 games.|
|September 1||In the second twinbill whitewash in the NL in 2 weeks‚ the Reds shut out the Cardinals‚ 5-0 and 9-0. Carl Mays submarines the Birds in the opener and Rube Benton coasts in the nitecap.|
|September 4||Dazzy Vance chalks up his 12th straight win‚ and 24th on the year‚ beating the Braves‚ 5-1 and striking out 11. It’s also the Robins’ 12th straight win. Dutch Ruether then wins the nitecap‚ 9-1‚ giving Brooklyn a NL-record four doubleheader sweeps in four days. The Phils were swept for six straight on September 1‚ 2‚ and 3.|
|September 5||In Philadelphia‚ the Giants sweep 2 from the hapless Phils‚ winning 6-5 and 15-3. Harry Baldwin and Hugh McQuillan are the winners. George Kelly and Travis Jackson hit grand slams in the game 2 rout. The Phils have now lost 4 doubleheaders in 5 days.|
|September 6||Spitball hurler Bill Doak pitches the Robins into first place with a 1-0 win over Boston. It is Brooklyn’s 15th win in a row. The streak ends in a 5-4‚ 10-inning Braves win in the 2nd game‚ and Brooklyn will fall back to 3rd place behind the Giants and Pirates.|
Travis Jackson hits his 2nd grand slam in three days as the Giants and Phils slug their way to a split. The Phils win the opener‚ 8-7 and the Giants come back to win‚ 16-14. Harry Baldwin‚ in relief‚ wins his 2nd in 2 days.
Urban Shocker of the Browns hurls 2 complete-game victories over the White Sox‚ winning each contest by a score of 6-2. He fans only one batter in the 2 games.
|September 7||The Giants bring a half-game lead into Ebbets Field. With the park already packed‚ some 7‚000 fans batter down the LF exit gate with a telephone pole and break into the field. The Giants win the thriller‚ 8-7‚ despite 3 Robin runs in the 9th‚ and lead Brooklyn by 1 1/2 games.|
Behind Carl Mays and Dolf Luque‚ the Reds sweep a pair from the visiting Pirates‚ 4-1 and 4-3. The two teams combine for a ML record as only one walk is issued in the twinbill.
|September 8||Washington‚ with a 2-game lead in the AL‚ beats the A’s 8-4. Despite giving up solo HRs by Joe Hauser and Bing Miller‚ Walter Johnson‘s wins his 10th straight and his 20th of the year‚ For Hauser‚ trailing Babe Ruth in the home run race‚ it’s his 3rd four bagger of the year off Johnson.|
At the Polo Grounds‚ Brooklyn ace Dazzy Vance wins his 13th in a row‚ beating the Giants Art Nehf‚ 7-2‚ and pulling the Robins within a half game of the top.
|September 10||At the Polo Grounds‚ the Giants rip the Braves 22-1 in the opener of a doubleheader. Frankie Frisch goes 6-for-6 before grounding out. They let up a bit in game 2‚ winning just 8-0‚ behind George McQuillan.|
|September 12||Chicago’s Hack Miller hits a pinch home run in the 8th to tie the game with the Phils at 6 apiece. The Cubs go on to win 10-8.|
|September 13||Detroit’s Emory Rigney hits a 7th inning solo off Walter Johnson‚ but the visiting Senators chug their way to a 6-4 win. Hours later‚ Johnson receives word he’s been elected AL MVP with 55 points. White Sox 2B Eddie Collins is a distant 2nd. He was runner-up to Ruth last year.|
|September 14||Brooklyn’s Dazzy Vance shuts out the visiting Reds‚ 2-0‚ for his 14th win in a row. Dazzy strikes out 9 and walks none.|
|September 16||At Ebbets Field‚ Cards 1B Jim Bottomley‘s 3 singles‚ a double‚ and 2 HRs produce a ML record 12 RBI in the St. Louis 17-3 win over the pennant-chasing Robins. Willie Sherdel coasts home for the win. Bottomley starts the rampage with a 2-run single in the 1st‚ doubles home a run in the 2nd‚ hits a 4th inning grand slam off Art Decatur‚ and a 2-run HR off Decatur in the 6th. He follows with a 2-run single in the 7th‚ off Tex Wilson‚ and a run-scoring single in the 9th‚ after which he’s removed for a pinch runner. Brooklyn manager Wilbert Robinson‚ watching from the dugout‚ set the previous record with the Orioles in 1892.|
|September 17||With the Senators and Yankees deadlocked at 83-59‚ Johnson edges the Indians 3-2. Washington will win tomorrow to sweep the three game series.|
|September 18||Dazzy Vance‚ in his only relief appearance of the year‚ notches his 15th straight win in a 7-5 victory over the Cardinals. Vance comes in for the 9th ining and pitches 4 innings‚ winning in the 12th on Zack Wheat’s 2-run homer. Bill Doak then gives Brooklyn a 4-2 win in the nitecap. The Robins trail by just a half game.|
|September 19||The Senators coast to a 15-9 win in St. Louis to stay even with the Yankees.|
Behind Emil Yde‚ the Pirates beat Rube Ehrhardt‚ 4-2‚ and drop the Robins 1 1/2 games off the lead.
|September 20||Pete Alexander slows the pennant-bound Giants and earns his 300th career victory in the process. The Cubs top the Giants in 12 innings at the Polo Grounds‚ 7-3. Hartnett has 4 hits while Pete is 1-for-6 at the plate.|
The Pirates nip Brooklyn‚ 5-4‚ in 11 innings‚ and stopping Dazzy Vance‘s 15-game winning streak. Pie Traynor hits a 2-out single in the 11th‚ and Maranville follows with a liner to center. Eddie Brown‘s try for a shoestring catch misses and Traynor scores.
Pitching on 2 days rest in St. Louis‚ Walter Johnson is pounded out of the box by the Browns and pinch hit for in the 2nd. Each team collects 18 hits as the Browns prevail 15-14. Goslin gives the Nats a 14-13 lead in the 10th with his 2nd HR of the game‚ but a wild throw to 2nd by reliever Firpo Marberry gives the win to the Browns.
Eager Beavers. Portland‚ scoring in every inning except the 1st‚ beats visiting Salt Lake City‚ 18-8. Emmett McCann of Portland sets a PCL record collecting seven hits‚ all singles‚ as Portland has 34 hits.
|September 21||Brooklyn keeps its pennant hopes alive with a 9-1 win over Pittsburgh.|
|September 22||The Senators open a 2-game lead as Walter Johnson wins his 13th in a row‚ 8-3 over Chicago. It’s his 23rd win of the year. Washington will take the next two games in Chicago to sweep.|
|September 24||Brooklyn’s Burleigh Grimes dusts 6 batters in the first two innings and bests the Cubs‚ 6-5. Reliever Rip Wheeler takes the loss. 30‚000 Brooklyn fans celebrate the team’s showing at the 160th Street Regiment Armory where each player receives a gold watch. Manager Robinson predicts that the Robins will overtake the Giants in the next few days.|
Carl Mays wins his 20th for the Reds 9-6 over the hosts Phils‚ becoming the first pitcher to win 20 for 3 different teams in his career. Grover Cleveland “Pete” Alexander’s 21 wins for the Cards in 1927 will make him the 2nd; Gaylord Perry will be 3rd in 1978.
|September 26||With the Yankees beating the A’s‚ Boston tightens the race by edging the Senators 2-1. September call-up Wade Lefler drives in Nemo Leibold in the 8th with a pinch double for the Nats only run. Washington now leads by a game. For the Senators‚ the loss stops Walter Johnson‘s 13-game win streak and Sam Rice‘s 31-game hit streak.|
|September 27||Behind Jack Bentley‘s 4-hitter the Giants clinch their 4th straight pennant‚ beating the Phils 5-1‚ while Brooklyn is losing 3-2 to Boston.|
Down 4-0 in the first‚ the Senators rally to top the Red Sox 7-5‚ as the Fenway crowd of 20‚000 cheers the Washington win. Rookie pinch hitter Wade Lefler‚ who had one at-bat with the Braves previously‚ drives in 3 runs with a bases loaded double to win it. Lefler drove in Washington’s only run in Friday’s loss‚ but his five games with Washington (5-for-9 with 3 doubles) and one with Boston will sum up his ML career. In Philadelphia‚ the A’s beat the Yankees 4-3 to give the Senators a 2-game lead with 2 to play.
Rookie Pedro Dibut (3-0) hurls the Reds to a 10-1 win over the Cardinals. Except for a brief relief appearance next year‚ that’s it in the majors for the chunky Cuban‚ who played in the Negro Leagues for the Cuban Giants (West) before the Reds. He sets an oft-tied NL record for most wins without a loss in a career‚ a mark that will be eclipsed by Ben Shields (4-0 in 2 leagues).
|September 28||Dazzy Vance fires a 5-hitter at the Phillies‚ beating them 5-1‚ for his 28th win. He strikes out 9‚ including 5 in a row‚ to run his season total to 277. Vance will win the MVP over Rogers Hornsby and his .424 average. One sportswriter‚ Jack Ryder‚ will leave the cranky Hornsby off all 10 spots on his ballot. Vance also wins a preseason bet with Brooklyn teammate Jack Fournier. He bet that he would win more games than Fournier would hit HRs; the first sacker tops the NL in round trippers with 27.|
|September 29||With the blue law preventing any games yesterday in Boston or Philadelphia‚ the Senators clinch the pennant by beating the Red Sox 4-2‚ finishing 2 games in front of the Yankees‚ rained out in Philley. The win goes to Firpo Marberry.|
The Pirates trip the Cubs‚ 5-4‚ with the help of Jigger Statz‚ who plays second base for the only time this season. Jigger has two errors and throws high on a DP attempt to help the Bucs score. He does have a stolen base‚ the only one of the game. This gives the Cubs 137 stolen bases versus being thrown out 148 times: a 48% success rate for the year.
In the next-to-last game of the Western League season‚ Lyman Lamb of Tulsa hits his 100th double of the year. It is 25 doubles higher than any other season total in organized baseball.
|September 30||In the only game scheduled‚ the Series-bound Senators lose a laugher 13-1 to the Red Sox. Coach Nick Altrock‚ 48‚ pitches the last 2 innings for the Nats and gives up a run‚ while driving in the lone tally with a triple. With the Red Sox outfielders making little attempt to run the ball down‚ Altrock is the oldest player in ML history to hit a triple. Howard Ehmke is the winning pitcher but still leads the AL in losses with 17‚ the same number of losses he’s had the previous 2 years.|
|October 1||Another bribery scandal clouds the WS atmosphere. Judge Landis bans Giants OF Jimmy O’Connell and coach Cozy Dolan from the WS after they admit an attempt to bribe Phils SS Heinie Sand on the 27th to “go easy” in their season-ending series against the Giants. O’Connell implicates Frank Frisch‚ George Kelly‚ and Ross Youngs‚ who deny everything and are cleared by Landis. O’Connell is out of baseball at 23. AL President Ban Johnson‚ an enemy of the Giants John McGraw‚ proclaims that the World Series should be canceled because of the betting scandal‚ a pronouncement that the owners will ignore. Johnson‚ however‚ decides not to attend any WS games.|
In Washington‚ a crowd estimated at 100‚000 lines Pennsylvania Avenue to cheer the Senators.
In Cubs Park‚ Sen Kaney calls Chicago’s first radio broadcast from a grandstand behind home plate. The Cubs beat the White Sox‚ 10-7‚ in a City Series game. The Cubs’ regular season broadcasts will start next year‚
|October 4||For the 4th straight year‚ the Giants are in the Series. At 3B is Fred Lindstrom‚ at 18 years‚ 10 months‚ the youngest ever to play in a WS. President Calvin Coolidge is among 35‚760 who jam the DC stands in game 1 as an Army band greets the two teams by playing Sidewalks of New York and Dixie. George Kelly drops a HR into the temporary bleachers in the 2nd‚ and Terry does the same in the 4th for a 2-0 New York lead. Art Nehf (14-4) gives up one in the 6th. In the last of the 9th‚ the Senators score to send the game into extra innings. The Giants net 2 runs in the 12th. In the last of the 12th‚ Washington scores one‚ but the rally falls a run short‚ and Walter Johnson (23-7) loses his WS debut. Johnson strikes out 12 in the loss. Nehf becomes the 5th pitcher to get 3 hits in a WS game‚ a feat that will not be repeated until Orel Hershiser does it in 1988.|
|October 5||A 2-run HR in the first by Goose Goslin and a solo blast by manager Bucky Harris in the 5th give Tom Zachary (15-9) a 3-0 lead. The Giants tie it in the 9th‚ but a double by Roger Peckinpaugh scores Joe Judge with the winning run in the bottom of the 9th.|
|October 6||Washington’s surprise starter Firpo Marberry (11-12) and the Giants starter Hugh McQuillan (14-8) will be gone by the 4th. The Giants lead 3-0 after 3 and are never caught‚ for a 6-4 victory. The only HR is hit by Giants reliever Rosy Ryan; it is the only HR he hits in 6 years at New York.|
|October 7||The preceding day’s record attendance is topped when 49‚243 show up in New York to see what turns into Goose Goslin day. The Senators’ top batter has 3 singles and a HR for 4 RBI in a 7-4 victory.|
|October 8||Walter Johnson tries for a WS win again‚ but he’s far from invincible. Fred Lindstrom is 4-for-5 with 2 RBI‚ and Johnson’s pitching opponent Jack Bentley (16-5) clouts a 2-run homer for a 6-2 New York win.|
|October 9||In the WS‚ Tom Zachary is touched for a run on 2 hits in the first‚ but scatters only 5 more hits and issues no passes the rest of the way. The Senators win 2-1.|
In the 2nd death to strike the Cincinnati team this year‚ Reds 1B Jake Daubert dies at 40 from complications from an October 2 operation for gallstones and appendicitis. The death is controversial: years later‚ Daubert’s son will contend that the doctors missed a spleen condition that later was common in several family members‚ including the son. The death certificate will note a secondary cause of death is due to concussion caused by a beaning (May 28). This will be enough for the widow to start a law suit against the Reds. Daubert’s teammates‚ barnstorming in West Virginia when they hear of his death‚ cancel the rest of their games.
|October 10||President and Mrs. Coolidge and 31‚665 others thrill to the 2nd 3-hour battle of the Series. Bucky Harris starts 23-year-old righthander Curly Ogden (9-8) against Virgil Barnes (16-10)‚ then pulls him after he fans Fred Lindstrom and walks Frisch. In comes lefty George Mogridge (16-11)‚ a move intended to keep lefty Bill Terry on the Giants bench. Bucky Harris lifts one into the temporary seats in LF for a 1-0 lead. In the 6th a single ties it at 1-1‚ and Harris brings in Firpo Marberry for his 4th appearance. A base hit and 2 costly errors give the Giants a 3-1 lead. In the 8th‚ PH Nemo Liebold doubles and C Muddy Ruel singles. A walk loads the bases and up comes Harris‚ who hits a hard bounder to 3B that strikes a pebble and skips over Lindstrom’s head and down the LF line as the tying runs score. Walter Johnson‚ pitching on one days rest‚ then comes in to hold New York. With one out in the last of the 12th‚ Giants reliever Jack Bentley gets Muddy Ruel to pop up near home plate‚ but veteran C Hank Gowdy steps on his discarded mask‚ which he cannot shake from his shoe‚ and the ball falls to the ground. Ruel then gets his 2nd hit‚ a double. Walter Johnson reaches 1B on SS Travis Jackson’s error. Earl McNeely hits a grounder at Lindstrom‚ and improbably‚ the ball again takes a bounce over his head. Ruel tears home with Washington’s first WS championship.|
|October 20||Kansas City Monarchs manager Jose Mendez takes the mound to spin a 3-hit‚ 5-0 shutout over the Hilldales to win the final game of the first Negro League World Series. Nip Winters had pitched the first 3 Hilldale wins.|
Following a drunk and disorderly party in Wenatchee‚ Washington yesterday‚ the barnstorming Brooklyn Dodgers are no match for a semipro team in Everett‚ losing 15-3. The Dodgers make 8 errors including 3 by starting pitcher Burleigh Grimes. Bernie Neis‚ Johnny Mitchell‚ Eddie Brown and Milt Stock spent last night in jail following the brawl in Wenatchee‚ and did not make the train to today’s game (as reported by Dave Larson). Charles Ebbets paid the costs of damage at the Elham hotel and the medical costs for injured bellboy William Weaver‚ who was slugged by one of the Dodgers. He also paid the fine of $200 each for the four players.
|October 27||The Cubs trade P Vic Aldridge‚ 1B George Grantham‚ and 1B Al Niehaus to Pittsburgh for 1B Charlie Grimm‚ SS Rabbit Maranville‚ and P Wilbur Cooper. Grantham will hit .300 for 6 seasons with the Bucs‚ while Grimm will play 11 seasons with Chicago‚ eventually becoming player-manager. In 1925‚ Maranville will be named a player-manager as well. Cooper‚ who has averaged 20 wins a year over the past 6 seasona‚ will drop to 12-14 with the Cubs. This past season he picked off 7 runners at 3B.|
|November 18||Oakland Oaks (PCL) owner Cal Ewing announces that he has sold the team to Washington Senators star Walter Johnson‚ represented by George Weiss‚ who deposited a check for $5‚000 towards the purchase. Last month‚ Ewing announced that the sale price was an enthusiastic $450‚000 (the St. Louis Cardinals recent sale was for $275‚000). Nothing will come of all the talk‚ and Johnson will return to the Washington team.|
|December 10||The 2 leagues agree on a permanent rotation for World Series play proposed by Charlie Ebbets: first 2 games at one league’s park‚ next 3 at the other leagues park‚ last 2 if needed back at the first league’s park‚ with openers to alternate between leagues. Next year’s WS will commence at the NL city.|
|December 11||Eddie Collins signs as player-manager of the White Sox.|
|December 12||The Senators pick up 35-year-old Stan Coveleskie from Cleveland in exchange for Byron Speece and Emanuel Carr Smith. Coveleskie‚ a future Hall of Famer‚ will go 20-5 and lead the AL in ERA.|
|December 17||The Yankees get 4-time 20-game winner Urban Shocker from the Browns for pitchers Milt Gaston‚ Joe Giard‚ and Joe Bush. Shocker led the Browns in wins in each of the past 5 seasons and will be a mainstay on 2 pennant-winning staffs for New York. Bush had beaten the Browns 17 straight times after losing to them on June 12‚ 1922.|
The Senators add another veteran pitcher to its staff by purchasing Dutch Ruether from Brooklyn. Ruether will go 30-13 for his year and a half in Washington.