Baseball in 1925
|January 5||During the White Sox and Giants’ tour of Europe‚ the French Baseball Federation awards silver medals to John McGraw‚ Charlie Comiskey‚ and Hugh Jennings for their efforts to advance the game in France.|
|February 2||The NL inaugurates its Golden Jubilee Year by holding its spring meeting in the same room in New York’s Broadway Central Hotel where the league was organized on February 2‚ 1876.|
|February 4||Brooklyn acquires OF Cotton Tierney from the Braves for OF Bernie Neis.|
|February 10||At the AL meeting‚ a plan is adopted to alternate the site of future World Series openers by league rather than deciding it by a coin toss‚ with games 1‚ 2‚ 6‚ and 7 in one park and 3‚ 4‚ 5 in the other‚ unless a ban on Sunday baseball interferes in one city. The clubs finishing 4th in the AL will henceforth share in the WS pool. WS umps get a raise to $2‚500‚ while umps in city series will earn $700. The plan was proposed in 1924‚ but formally adopted at this meeting.|
|February 25||John McGraw arrives in Florida and is installed as president of a real estate development near Bradenton called Pennant Park. With streets named for early Giants heroes‚ and lots offered for $2‚500 to $5‚000‚ McGraw hires a fleet of salesmen and heads north. NY newspapers run a series of full-page ads featuring a picture of John McGraw with the bold caption “You’ve followed me in baseball‚ now follow me in real estate.” A year later‚ the boom will go bust‚ washed away by two hurricanes. McGraw will incur a loss of $100‚000 after paying off close friends‚ players‚ and other investors‚ and will be hounded by creditors.|
|March 15||Cubs SS Rabbit Maranville breaks his leg sliding into 3B in an exhibition game in Los Angeles. At 33‚ the injury threatens to end his career‚ but the Rabbit will be back in the lineup by May 24.|
|March 20||In a reprise of the 1924 WS‚ the New York Giants edge the Senators‚ 2-1‚ at West Palm Beach’s new Municipal Athletic Field.|
|April 2||Good night‚ Gracie. The Reds sell George Burns to the Phillies.|
|April 7||In an exhibition game‚ the Yankees whip the Dodgers 16-9 but the headlines are about the Babe. Ruth collapses in the railroad station in Asheville‚ NC‚ and winds up in New York’s St. Vincent Hospital. He’ll undergo an operation for an ulcer on April 17th and will be in bed till May 26th.|
During an exhibition game‚ A’s long-ball-hitting first baseman Joe Hauser is standing near 1B‚ when his knee suddenly collapses and the kneecap shatters. He is disabled for the season. His knee will abruptly give out in 1934 when he rounds 3B after hitting a homer for the Minneapolis Millers.
|April 11||Before 15‚000 at the Polo Grounds‚ the Senators and Giants reprise their World Series competition. The Nats take this contest‚ 9-4‚ and will win tomorrow to even the pre-season series at 6 games apiece.|
In their first match against each other since 1907‚ the visiting Red Sox lose to the Braves‚ 4-3‚ before 12‚000. Johnny Cooney is the winner over Jack Quinn. The match in 2 days is called because of the weather.
|April 13||Stuffy McInnis is released by the Braves. He’ll sign with the Pirates‚ bat .368 in 59 games‚ and get into his 5th WS.|
|April 14||Before 38‚000 in the first regular-season game‚ Pete Alexander pitches the Cubs to an 8-2 over the Pirates. Alex homers in his first at bat and adds a single and double. It is Pete’s 301st win. Hartnett also homers‚ one of five he’ll clout in the first four games. The game is broadcast on the radio‚ as Quin Ryan announces from the grandstand roof for WGN.|
Cleveland defeats St. Louis 21-14‚ with the Indians winning it with 12 runs in the 8th to set a ML record for the most runs in an opener. Fred Spurgeon ties a 3-year-old ML record by reaching base twice on errors in the inning. The usually sure-handed Browns manager George Sisler makes 4 errors at 1B‚ tying a ML record. Included in the 39 hits this afternoon is a home run by Cleveland’s Tris Speaker.
Before 22‚000 in Philadelphia‚ two future Hall of Famers make their ML debuts for the A’s. Lefty Grove starts against Boston and leaves in the 4th after walking 4 and striking out nobody. He gives up 5 runs on 6 hits. In the 8th‚ Mickey Cochrane pinch-hits for catcher Cy Perkins‚ singles and stays in behind the plate while the A’s go on to score 9 runs in the last 4 innings to win 9-8 in 10 innings. Grove‚ known as Groves in Baltimore and to Connie Mack‚ is also listed that way in the New York Times box score. Grove will become the first pitcher to lead the AL in strikeouts and walks in the same year.
With Ben Paschal filling in for the ailing Babe Ruth in RF‚ the Yankees defeat the Senators‚ 5-1 before 45‚000 at Yankee Stadium. Paschal fills the Babe’s shoes by belting a two-run homer and an RBI single. Urban Shocker‚ back with New York after 7 years‚ is the starter and winner for New York. Because of the cold weather‚ the Nats go with George Mogridge‚ instead of Walter Johnson‚ and he allows 9 hits in 7 innings while taking the loss.
At Cincinnati‚ Reds ace Pete Donohue wins his second opener in 3 years‚ shutting out the Cards‚ 4-0. Jess Haines is the loser. The game takes 1 hour: 20 minutes.
|April 17||With the newspaper headlines blaring “The bellyache heard round the world”‚ Babe Ruth undergoes surgery for an intestinal abscess.|
The Giants trade Rosy Ryan to the Braves for righty Tim McNamara.
|April 18||Charles Ebbets‚ Dodgers president‚ dies on the morning of the opener at Ebbets Field‚ won by New York 7-1 before 25‚000. Both teams wear black arm bands and line up before the game in silent tribute. No NL games will be played on the 21st‚ the day of Ebbets funeral. At the rainy funeral‚ Ed McKeever‚ the new club president‚ will catch a cold that turns into pneumonia. He dies on May 27th. Manager Wilbert Robinson will take on the job of president as well.|
Collecting 22 hits‚ the Cardinals defeat the Cubs‚ 20-5. Rogers Hornsby scores 5 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks‚ as 7 homers are hit at Cubs Park. Bell rings 2 of them for St. Louis.
In St. Louis‚ the White Sox beat the Browns‚ 14-5‚ as a crowd of several thousand storm the field after the game confronting owner Phil Ball in his box seat. The fans shout “Jake‚ Jake” for Baby Doll Jacobson‚ who is holding out. The police finally come to Ball’s rescue and he leaves with his dignity.
In the A’s home opener at Philadelphia‚ Bill Lamar belts an 8th inning 2-run HR off Walter Johnson and the A’s whitewash the Senators‚ 3-0. Slim Harriss fires the shutout.
|April 20||Cleveland goes to 5-0 with a 15 inning‚‚ 5-4‚ win over the Tigers. Detroit P Syl Johnson walks in the winning run.|
|April 22||The Senators play their home opener with President Coolidge throwing out the first ball.‚ caught by Walter Johnson. Behind Johnson trounces the Ruth-less Yankees 10-1. Rookie Lou Gehrig is in RF in place of the ailing Babe. Coolidge stands in the top of the 7th‚ despite the sleeve tugging of Mrs. Coolidge‚ who eventually stands as well. The President’s entourage then stands. Coolidge rises for the bottom of the 7th also.|
Eddie Collins is presented with a chest of silver by the a delegation of Elks and then the White Sox beat the Tigers‚ 3-1‚ in their home opener at Comiskey.
The Cardinals open at home and treat their fans to a post-1900‚ NL-record‚ first-inning barrage of 12 hits‚ scoring 11 runs to beat the Reds 12-3. Holm‚ Hormsby and Bottomley each have 2 hits in the big frame.
The Cards sell popular veteran Hi Myers to the Reds.
|April 23||In the 3rd inning at St. Louis‚ Roger Hornsby is hit on the head by a pitch from the Reds Dolf Luque (as noted by Retrosheet). A groggy Rajah is replaced with a courtesy runner‚ Specs Toporcer. Hornsby returns to the field in the 4th but after 2 innings is taken to the hospital. He’ll miss 2 games with a slight concussion. The Reds win‚ 7-2.|
Yankee ace Herb Pennock holds a 1-0 lead into the 9th when Washington loads the bases. Nats manager Harris wants Walter Johnson to pinch hit‚ but the Big Train is in showering when he gets the call. It takes him ten minutes to dress and enter the game‚ all the while Yankee manager Huggins is screaming about the delay. Johnson justifies the wait by hitting the first pitch for a 2-run single to win the game for Washington‚ 2-1. Six weeks late‚ Ban Johnson will rule that only players on the bench or sidelines may be used as substitutes.
|April 24||Charlie Grimm‚ playing in his first series in Pittsburgh since the Cubs acquired him‚ bangs out 4 hits‚ including 2 triples and a double‚ to lead Chicago to a 7-2 win. Lefty Emil Yde is the victim of the Grimm reaper‚ with Pete Alexander taking the win.|
|April 25||The Giants (7-2) stay in first place with a 2-1 win over the Braves‚ as Frankie Frisch‘s homer breaks a 1-1 tie. Hugh McQuillan allows just five hits‚ including a homer. Kyle Graham takes the tough loss for Boston.|
|April 26||With the Indians leading 7-2 at Chicago‚ the umps forfeit the game to Cleveland when the crowd storms onto the field and refuse to get off.|
|April 27||With the Indians leading 4-3 in the 8th inning‚ the White Sox erupt for 9 runs to coast home‚ 12-4.|
Ed McKeever‚ Dodger president for just two weeks‚ dies after catching a cold at the funeral service for Charles Ebbets two weeks ago. The cold turned into influenza. Wilbert Robinson will take over as president while continuing to manage the team.
|May 1||The A’s introduce another future Hall of Famer‚ 17-year-old C Jimmie Foxx‚ who pinch-hits and singles against Washington. But the A’s lose‚ 9-4.|
Detroit reliever Lil Stoner makes just one pitch‚ a wild one‚ to allow the winning run to score as Cleveland wins‚ 8-7.
|May 2||Boston and the Phillies split a pair‚ with Joe Genewich winning the opener‚ 4-1 for the Braves. Hal Carlson is the Phillies winner‚ 12-6‚ in the nitecap. Boston’s Dick Burrus‚ back in the majors after a 5-year hiatus‚ hits his 1st ML homer‚ off Carlson. Burrus will collect 200 hits and post a .340 average.|
|May 4||Still got my locker? The Cardinals reacquire OF Hi Myers from the Reds‚ after selling him to Cincinnati on April 22. Myers played 3 games for the Reds‚ will play one more with St. Louis‚ and finish his 5-game season and 14-year career.|
George Sisler leads the Browns to a 5-4 win over Detroit. Sisler hits a homer to keep his batting streak going at 19 games‚ and also steals home in the 8th inning.
|May 5||Ty Cobb is 6-for-6‚ including 3 HRs‚ in Detroit’s 14-8 win over the Browns. All three homers are off different pitchers. Cobb’s 16 total bases tops Joe Hauser‘s 14 of August 2‚ 1924 and sets a new AL record.|
Everett Scott is benched by New York manager Miller Huggins‚ ending his record 1‚307-game playing streak. Pee Wee Wanninger replaces him at SS in the 6-2 loss to the A’s. Scott will soon go to Washington on waivers. The Yanks send lefty P Ray Francis to the Red Sox for OF Bobby Veach and P Alex Ferguson. The 2 will be waived together in August.
|May 6||Ty Cobb belts two more homers‚ off Dave Danforth and Chester Falk‚ giving him five round trippers in 2 days‚ tying Cap Anson‘s 1884 feat. His 1st inning single gives him 9 straight hits‚ and two other drives in the game are barely caught. His 6 RBIs lead the Tigers to a 11-4 clawing of the Browns. Mickey Cochrane hits his 1st ML HR‚ off Sam Jones.|
|May 7||At Pittsburgh‚ the Pirates SS Glenn Wright pulls off a unassisted triple play at 2B in the 9th‚ grabbing Jim Bottomley‘s liner‚ stepping on the bag before Johnny Cooney can get back‚ and tagging Hornsby coming down from 1B. But the Cards still win 10-9 after scoring 6 runs in the 8th.|
The Phils game with New York is rained out‚ the 8th postponed game in a row for Philadelphia.
|May 8||Every NL city will have a Golden Jubilee Day. The first‚ between two of the original teams left from the 1876 season‚ at Boston‚ sees former Boston players from 1876 on hand. The Braves beat Chicago 5-2.|
The Red Sox beat the Tigers‚ 15-7‚ as Ira Flagstead scores 5 runs.
|May 9||Behind Jess Barnes‚ the Braves beat the visiting Cubs‚ 2-1‚ in 11 innings. Dave Harris‘s walk off homer in the 11th wins it.|
|May 11||Walter Johnson blanks the White Sox 9-0 for his 108th shutout‚ and he runs his strikeout total to 3‚232.|
Chicago C Ray Schalk holds on to a ball dropped 460 feet from the top of the Tribune Tower in Chicago.
In a Mississippi Valley League game‚ 55-year-old former Giants star Joe McGinnity hurls Dubuque to a 7-3 victory over 18-year-old John Welch of Ottumwa.
|May 12||A record to date 20 HRs are hit in the ML this day. Phils pitcher Jimmy Ring collects one of them‚ a grand slam off Pittsburgh’s Vic Aldridge in an 8-5 win before the Pirates win‚ 13-8. Kiki Cuyler scores 5 runs for the Bucs in game 2.|
Al Simmons of the A’s has a grand slam as well to account for the scoring in a 4-3 win over Detroit.
|May 17||A 9-game winning streak propels the A’s past Washington into first place. The A’s will hold the top spot through June with the Senators always at their heels.|
Washington’s lefty Tom Zachary throws the pitch that Cleveland’s Tris Speaker socks for his 3‚000th hit. Zachary still is victorious today‚ 2-1‚ over George Uhle.
The Browns roll by the Red Sox‚ 11-6‚ behind the pitching of Milt Gaston. Red Sox P Buster Ross doesn’t help his cause‚ committing 4 errors for an AL record.
|May 19||In the top of the 9th at Cleveland‚ pinch hitter Walter Johnson clouts a 2-run HR over the 45-foot right field wall at League Park to give the Senators a 4-3 win. The only other RH hitter to clear the wall is pitcher-turned-outfielder Smoky Joe Wood. Johnson‚ a good hitting pitcher‚ will have an extraordinary year at the plate‚ hitting a ML record .433.|
Detroit beat the Yankees‚ 11-5‚ as Tiger coach Oscar Stanage makes his last ML appearance
Red Sox Outfielder Ira Flagstead starts 3 DPs‚ an AL record‚ against the Browns‚ breaking the record held by Tris Speaker. Speaker’s‚ in 1918‚ were unassisted. The Red Sox lost‚ 8-2.
|May 20||George Sisler’s 34-game hitting streak‚ stretching back to Opening Day‚ is stopped by the A’s Lefty Grove and Slim Harriss. Browns teammate Ken Williams bangs a grand slam‚ but the A’s win‚ 8-6.|
Casey Stengel buys the Worcester club in the Eastern League and arranges for the Braves to send 7 players down to his club.
The Indians score 6 runs in the last of the 9th to beat the Yankees‚ 10-9. Tris Speaker scores the winning run from 1B on a single.
Chicago and Boston pitchers combine to walk 20 batters‚ as the White Sox stroll to a 10-7 win.
|May 21||Behind the hitting (3-for-4) and pitching of Johnson‚ the Senators tame the Tigers 6-2. The two teams combine for 9 double plays‚ setting a record (since tied) for a 9-inning game. The Reds and Braves will turn a record 10 double plays in 12 innings on June 7.|
In Brooklyn‚ Hack Miller pinch-hits in the top of the 9th and triples home Sparky Adams with the Cubs 4th run. But Brooklyn still wins 5-4. It is Miller’s last appearance for the Cubs‚ who will release him on the 24th and he will sign with the Oakland Oaks.
A’ rookie Mickey Cochrane hits three homers to lead Philadelphia to 20-4 rout over the Browns. His first two clouts come off Milt Gaston‚ and the third off George Blaeholder. He will hit just another two all year to total six.
|May 23||In Philadelphia‚ Reds pitcher Pete Donohue has 5 hits-4 singles and a homer-in beating his cousins the Phils‚ 11-2.|
The Cards trade C Mike Gonzalez and infielder Howard Freigau to the Cubs for catcher Bob O’Farrell. O’Farrell‚ who suffered a fractured skull from a foul tip‚ played just 71 games in 1924 and lost his job to Gabby Hartnett. But O’Farrell will have a banner year for the Cards‚ hitting .293 and catching 146 games‚ and then take over as manager in 1927. Freigau will hit .307 for the year.
|May 26||In the Tigers’ 8-1 win over the White Sox‚ Ty Cobb becomes the first to collect 1‚000 career extra- base hits. He will finish with 1‚139.|
|May 27||In Philadelphia‚ the Senators nip the A’s 10-9‚ as Johnson wins his 7th in row. Al Simmons clocks one in the 4th inning with no one on that lands on 20th street. In five of Johnson’s wins‚ Washington has scored 9 or more runs.|
The Browns have 26 assists in a 10-inning 4-2 loss to the Indians. They have 24 in the first 9 innings for an AL mark.
|May 28||The Cubs tally 11 hits and score 12 runs in the 7th inning to break open the game and win 13-3 at Cincinnati. In the 7th‚ Barney Friberg doubles and triples‚ Charlie Grimm has a single and double‚ and Arnie Statz and pitcher Wilbur Cooper each have two singles.|
At Braves Field‚ Giants catcher Frank Snyder breaks an 8th inning tie with a 430-foot drive over the left field wall‚ the first home run ever hit over the left field barrier at Braves Field.. New York wins‚ 8-6.
Despite pitching yesterday‚ Johnson comes back to pitch the 2nd game today in Philadelphia and opposing pitcher Bill Harriss pops a 2-run 2nd inning homer off the Big Train. The A’s win‚ 9-4 after losing the opener‚ 11-3.
|May 30||Between games today‚ Rogers Hornsby is named manager of the Cardinals by Sam Breadon‚ replacing Branch Rickey‚ who remains as general manager. An angry Rickey will sell his shares in the team to Hornsby. St. Louis‚ in last place‚ drops two games to Pittsburgh‚ losing 4-1 in the morning and 15-5 in the P.M. contest‚ despite two homers by the new manager. Playing in front of an overflow crowd at spacious Forbes Field‚ the Pirates sets a modern NL record by stroking 8 triples in the 2nd game; the Cards tally one for a combined record-tying 9 triples. The normal rules about balls hit into the crowds being ground-rule doubles is expanded to make them triples today: eight of the three-baggers are ground-rule triples.|
For the first time in ML history‚ two pinch hitters hit homers as Phillie subs Jimmie Wilson and Hal Carlson connect off the Giants Jack Bentley in game 2. The Phils win the opener‚ 7-4 before losing 14-5.
Former Red Sox 20-game winner Hugh Bedient ends his pro career in an unusual way (as noted by Greg Peterson). Pitching for Atlanta against the hometown Memphis Chicks‚ the 2-0 Bedient becomes upset by the ump’s decision. The Memphis fans shower the field with bottles‚ cushions and programs and the upset umpire then forfeits the game to Atlanta. Bedient’s pro career ends shortly after the game.
|June 1||At a Monday game at Yankee Stadium‚ 18‚000 are on hand to see the Babe make his first appearance of the season. He goes 0-2 with a walk against Washington’s Walter Johnson before leaving in the 6th inning. The Nats win 5-3. In the 9th inning‚ Lou Gehrig begins a consecutive-game streak that will surpass Everett Scott‘s mark by pinch-hitting for Pee Wee Wanninger‚ the SS who replaced Scott in the Yankees lineup.|
|June 2||1B Wally Pipp is hit on the head in batting practice‚ resulting in a severe headache. It’ll only get worse as Lou Gehrig takes over at first and goes 3-for-5 against the Senators. Reliever Alex Ferguson gets the win for New York in the 8-5 victory‚ with Allan Russell taking the loss.|
At Detroit‚ the White Sox overcome a 10-run deficit to tie the Tigers at 15 runs apiece. All is for naught as Ty Cobb drills a 3-2 pitch for a game-winning homer in the bottom of the 9th
The Red Sox release Shano Collins who will take over as manager of the Pittsfield (MA) team.
|June 3||In a 12-7 win‚ White Sox player/manager Eddie Collins singles of Detroit’s Rip Collins for his 3‚000th hit. The 38-year-old is the 6th player to reach 3‚000.|
|June 4||Veteran hurler Joe Bush‚ playing RF for the Browns‚ is called in to pitch to Cleveland pinch hitter Harvey Hendrick with the bases filled and 2 out in the 9th. Hendrick hits the first pitch for a triple‚ and the Indians win 11-10.|
|June 5||At Cubs Park‚ Dodger outfielder Zack Wheat lines into a 7th inning triple play‚ the play going 1B Barney Friberg to SS Rabbit Maranville. But Wheat also harvests 2 homers to help the Dodgers to a 7-6 win over the Cubs.|
Cuban P Dolf Luque pips the Braves 1-0 in 10 innings for a Reds win.
|June 6||Fred Clarke and Honus Wagner are in the lineup of a 1901 Pirates team that plays a brief game as part of Golden Jubilee Day in Pittsburgh. A week later Clarke will join the Pirates as assistant to the president‚ a move that will lead to a player revolt in which heads roll and pennants are lost.|
|June 7||The Reds and Braves turn 5 double plays apiece in a 12-inning game for a ML record. The Giants and Reds will match it in a 16-inning game on May 1‚ 1955. The AL record is 9 twin killings‚ set two weeks ago by Detroit and Washington; it will be matched by a number of teams.|
|June 11||Four days after his average tops .400‚ Rogers Hornsby buys 1‚167 shares in the Cardinals at $42.85 a share. Hornsby pays $5‚000 in cash and borrows the rest from the bank with owner Sam Breadon endorsing his note. Breadon retains the right to buy back the stock at 6% interest.|
In pre-game ceremonies‚ the World Series flag is raised in Washington. Then Ty Cobb drives in 2 runs in the 1st inning off Walter Johnson to lead the Tigers to a 7-4 win.
|June 12||In a 6-2 loss to the Pirates‚ the Giants make a triple play that goes from SS Travis Jackson to C Hank Gowdy to 3B Heinie Groh to RF Ross Youngs to 2B George Kelly to 1B Terry. In the first inning‚ with Max Carey on 3B and Johnny Rawlings on 2B‚ Kiki Cuyler taps a slow roller to SS that gets away from Jackson for a few seconds. Carey starts home and is caught‚ Jackson to Gowdy to 3B Groh. Rawlings‚ on his way to 3B‚ heads back to 2B and is run down. Cuyler tries for 2B and gets caught in a rundown.|
|June 13||At Chicago‚ the Cubs beat the Braves‚ 2-0‚ with Charlie Grimm‘s two homers providing all the scoring. Elmer Jacobs applies the calcimine.|
|June 15||In Shibe Park‚ with the Indians leading the first-place A’s‚ 15-3‚ after 7 innings‚ many fans (and starting pitcher Stan Baumgartner) leave and miss the greatest rally of the century. The A’s score a run in the 7th and then plate a club-record 13 in the 8th for a 17-15 win and making up a 12-run deficit‚ tying a record set in 1911. Led by Al Simmons with a single and 3-run homer‚ the A’s collect 9 hits and 4 walks in the rampage. The outburst gives Tom Glass‚ the 5th pitcher for the A’s‚ his lone ML victory (and the last game he ever pitches) as he allows a run and 7 hits in 3 innings. Glass makes the first out in the 8th‚ and is lifted for Sammy Hale when his turn comes up again. Rube Walberg closes out the Indians in the 9th. George Uhle‚ one of four Tribe pitchers in the 8th‚ takes the loss. The Indians tally 24 hits‚ 5 by Charley Jamieson‚ and 4 each by R.H. Knode and Joe Sewell. Bill Lamar‚ in the middle of a 16-game hit streak‚ leads the A’s with 4 hits‚ and an intentional walk. The latter loads the bases in the 8th for Al Simmons‚ who park one on the roof of the upper deck in left.|
|June 16||With the Phillies ahead 4-0 in the 6th inning in St. Louis‚ Phils P Jimmy Ring calls time and asks the plate umpire Cy Pfirman if he can leave the field to change into a dry undershirt. Pfirman refuses and catcher Jimmy Wilson begins arguing with the ump. Wilson then gets tossed and Butch Henline replaces him at catcher. Henline continues the argument and he too gets thumbed. Phils manager Art Fletcher then takes his turn arguing and Cards manager Hornsby joins him at the plate. When Fletcher turns on Hornsby‚ Rogers decks him‚ and Pfirman then tosses Hornsby out of the game. Ring‚ who managed to change his shirt while the scene was going on‚ then gives up 2 runs to the Cards in the 6th‚ and 4 more in the 7th to lose 6-4. The Cards sweep the five-game series from Philadelphia. NL Prexy Heydler hands down a $50 fine to Fletcher and $100 to Hornsby for the fight.|
The Senators top the Browns 3-0‚ as Walter Johnson becomes the first AL pitcher to win 10 games this year.
|June 17||In the third record runs-scored-in-an-inning to occur within 2 1/2 weeks‚ the Tigers score 13 runs in the 6th and beat the Yankees 19-1 at Yankee Stadium. It takes 49 minutes to play the top of the 6th‚ in which there are 7 walks and 6 hits‚ one a grand slam by Ty Cobb. John Tavener walks twice in the frame and Johnny Basslet ties a ML record by reaching base twice on errors in the inning. Eleven runs score before the first out is made. The score is the most runs ever racked up by an opponent in the House that Ruth built‚ though it will be topped in 2004 by Cleveland. Coach Oscar Stanage comes on the catch for the Tigers and goes 1-for-1 in his last appearance as a player. His first at bat came in 1906. Lou Gehrig has two of the four hits off Dauss‚ a homer and a triple.|
The Yankees waive iron man Ev Scott to the Senators for $4‚000. Scott holds the consecutive games played record with 1‚307.
The Reds Dolf Luque shuts out the first-place Giants winning‚ 1-0.
Tom Zachary pitches Washington to a 2-1 win over the Browns. Manager Harris has a single to extend his hitting streak to 23 games.
|June 18||At Philadelphia‚ the Cubs score 5 runs in the 10th inning and then hang on for a 7-6 victory when the the Phils Cy Williams clubs a grand slam in the bottom of the 10th in a losing cause. As David Vincent notes‚ it is the first of three times in the 20th century that an extra inning grand slam is hit in a losing cause.|
At Cleveland‚ the Washington Nationals roll to a 19-6 win amassing 25 hits. Goose Goslin‚ who has a double and a HR‚ takes exception to a close pitch by King Cole in the 6th and heads towards the mound with a bat. Umpire Connolly tackles him. Goose then grounds out 3-1 and barrels into Cole covering 1B. Ump Evans steps between the two. The crowd showers Goose with pop bottles as he heads towards the dugout and Connolly mercifully banishes Goslin from the game. The Nats lead 11-4 at the time.
In a first‚ President Hickey of the American Association trades umpire Gerald Hayes to President Tools and the American Association for umpire Doll Dorr. Hickey has coveted Dorr for years.
Braves INF Bob Smith, relegated to the bench, tries his hand at pitching against the Pirates, winning 2–1 in 11 innings. Johnny Morrison takes the loss. Smith will go 5–3 this year and pitch till 1937 in the majors.
Playing for Salt Lake City, Lefty O’Doul sets a PCL record for most hits in a three game series (16-for-17) and for a four-game series (19-for-21).
Playing for Salt Lake City, Lefty O’Doul sets a PCL record for most hits in a three game series (16-for-17) and for a four-game series (19-for-21).
|June 20||The Reds IF makes 6 double plays against the Giants‚ winning 4-2 for Eppa Rixey‘s 7th straight win.|
The Pittsburgh Pirates swamp Brooklyn‚ 21-5‚ behind the hitting of Max Carey and Kiki Cuyler. Carey hits for the cycle and Cuyler slugs a grand slam.
|June 22||After a day of rest‚ Pittsburgh again wallops St. Louis‚ winning 24-6. Max Carey collects 2 hits in an inning twice‚ in both the first and 8th frames‚ while Kiki Cuyler and Pie Traynor hit grand slams. The Pirates collect 21 hits‚ 6 for home runs. Grantham‚ with a pair of homers‚ and Carey score 4 times each as the Cards help with 7 errors. Pittsburgh scored 21 runs in their previous game with the Birds‚ to set an NL scoring record (20th C.) for 2 games.|
The Cardinals pick up Pete Alexander on waivers from the Cubs.
|June 24||In a 5-3 Yankees win over Washington‚ Lou Gehrig steals his first base; a swipe of home‚ as Wally Schang steals 2B on the double steal.|
|June 26||Before 30‚000 fans in Philadelphia‚ Walter Johnson and rookie Lefty Grove square off in a battle of the AL leaders. Grove‚ a winner of 108 games in 5 years at Baltimore‚ was Mack’s high-priced purchase last October. Al Simmons slams a 2-run HR in the 3rd for the A’s‚ but Goose Goslin rips a 3-run HR off Grove in the 7th to give Washington a 5-3 win.|
|June 29||The Senators beat the A’s‚ 4-2‚ to move within a half game of the top. A’s OF “Broadway” Bill Lamar is finally held hitless after 28 straight games; he’ll hit .356 for the year.|
|June 30||Walter Johnson blanks the A’s 7-0‚ allowing just 2 scratch singles and no walks‚ to knock the A’s out of the lead. The A’s take just one of 5 games in the series. Philadelphia drops out of 1st place for the first time since May 7th‚ but will soon be back on top.|
|July 1||The Giants move back on top of the NL‚ taking 2 from the Phils. In the 2nd game‚ young Hack Wilson hits 2 HRs in the 3rd inning of the 16-7 rout. Hack totals 12 bases in the power outage. Tomorrow‚ the Pirates edge back on top with a 2-1 win over the Reds while New York is rained out.|
|July 3||In a 6-3 win over the Giants‚ Brooklyn 2B Milt Stock sets a modern NL record by getting 4 hits in his 4th consecutive game.|
At Boston‚ Washington’s Stan Coveleski shuts out the Red Sox‚ 11-0‚ as his DP combo of Peckinpaugh and Harris chip in with 22 chances accepted.
|July 4||The Athletics’ Lefty Grove battles the Yankees’ Herb Pennock 15 innings before taking a 1-0 loss. Pennock is a model of control‚ issuing no walks and giving up 4 hits. He retires the first 18 batters as well as the last 21 batters in what he later calls the best game of his career. Grove allows 14 hits and walks 5.|
|July 5||In Chicago‚ the Pirates edge the Cubs‚ 3-2‚ behind Ray Kremer. Guy Bush takes the loss.|
|July 6||Following yesterday’s loss‚ the 7th-place Cubs install the fun-loving Rabbit Maranville as manager‚ replacing Bill Killefer. The experiment will last less than two months.|
Radio broadcasting is prohibited from the parks of the American League. This comes out when Chicago Daily News station WMAQ is denied permission to broadcast from the White Sox park. “The club owners voted to prohibit broadcasting presumably because they figured it would affect patronage.” Cleveland Plain Dealer.
|July 7||Rabbit Maranville leads the Cubs to 10-5 win over Brooklyn at Ebbets Field‚ with veteran Wilbur Cooper the winner over Tiny Osborne. Celebrating his first victory that evening‚ Maranville gets into a fight with a cab driver.|
|July 9||Pittsburgh 3B Pie Traynor starts 4 DPs to help Emil Yde and the Pirate win game 1 against the Giants‚ 12-3. New York takes game 2 by a 7-5 score with Wayland Dean the winner.|
|July 10||Irish Meusel has three hits and drives in three runs to lead the Giants to 10-3 win over the Cubs. The Giants make 11 hits off John Blake while Virgil Barnes gives up 8 hits‚ including Gabby Hartnett‘s home run.|
In Chicago‚ Babe Ruth‘s two run homer‚ his 8th of the year‚ is enough as the Yankees top the White Sox‚ 5-3 in a game stopped by rain in the 9th inning. Herb Pennock bags the win over Mike Cvengros.
The Red Sox waive good-bye to veteran P Jack Quinn‚ who goes to the A’s.
|July 11||George Sisler drives in 7 runs in 2 innings‚ tripling with the bases full in the 3rd and hitting a grand slam in the 4th‚ in a Browns 10-5 win over Washington. Sisler sets the AL record with his 2 hits in consecutive innings. Nats reliever Spencer Pumpelly gives up a homer to the first ML batter he faces.|
Twenty Red Sox batters go to the plate in the 4th and 5th against Cleveland‚ scoring 5 runs each inning. Boston wins‚ 14-7.
|July 13||In Boston‚ RF Elmer Smith pulls off an unassisted DP to help the Reds beat the Braves‚ 4-1. With the runner on 1B‚ Dave Harris‚ running with the pitch‚ Davis snags Jess Barnes short fly and easily beats Harris to the bag for the DP. It is the 4th time in Smith’s career he’s had an unassisted DP; only Tris Speaker has more.|
|July 14||Tiger manager Ty Cobb shows his anomosity towards his veteran pitcher Dutch Leonard by leaving him in for 9 innings against the A’s‚ who pummel him for 20 hits in a 12-4 win over Detroit. Even Connie Mack‘s plea to take Dutch out is ignored by Cobb. At the end of the month the Tigers will sell Leonard to Vernon (PCL) but he won’t report‚ quitting baseball instead to grow grapes in California. It will be payback time next year when Leonard accuses Cobb and Speaker of throwing a game in late 1919.|
|July 15||The A’s go back into the lead with a sweep over the White Sox 9-7 and 11-5.|
The NL owners meet in NYC and take no action on the so-called “rabbit ball.” They concluded that more frequent replacement of balls and better stitching is the cause of the home runs. One decision is approved: rosin bags will be placed behind the mounds. According to Burt Solomon‚ this practice started in the Southern Association.
|July 18||Braves INF Bob Smith‚ relegated to the bench‚ tries his hand at pitching against the Pirates‚ winning 2-1 in 11 innings. Johnny Morrison takes the loss. Smith will go 5-3 this year and pitch till 1937 in the majors.|
Salt Lake sets a PCL record by racking up 25 hits for the second game in a row against Vernon.
Playing for Salt Lake City, Lefty O’Doul sets a PCL record for hits in a three game series (16-for-17) and for a four-game series (19-for-21).
|July 20||Washington veteran Stan Coveleski wins his 12th straight‚ beating Cleveland 9-1‚ to keep the Senators near the top.|
Dazzy Vance fans a career-high 17 in a 10-inning 4-3 Brooklyn win over the Cardinals. Dazzy ties the NL mark for the 20th century set by Jack Pfiester (17 innings) on May 30‚ 1906. Maloney and Short will reach 18 in 1965.
|July 21||In a game 1 split with the White Sox‚ Boston’s Roy Carlyle becomes the first AL rookie to hit for the cycle. The Hubmen win the opener‚ 6-3 before losing 8-3.|
|July 22||The Yankees buy SS Leo Durocher from Hartford (Eastern League).|
|July 23||With an assist from the Yankees‚ the A’s seesaw back into first with a 5-4 win over the Red Sox.|
The Yankees and Lou Gehrig‚ who hits the first of his ML-record 23 grand slams‚ beat Firpo Marberry and the Senators‚ 11-7. Gehrig’s slam is a fly ball in the 7th that LF Goose Goslin thinks will drift foul‚ but it drops fair and bounds into the seats scoring Ward‚ Meusel‚ and Ruth. The bounce homer is good for 4 runs‚ and Gehrig also hits a 2-run homer in the 5th.
A Pittsburgh 3-2 win over the St. Louis‚ and Giants split with the Phils lifts the Pirates back on top.
|July 25||The Dodgers trim the St. Louis 4-3 in 10 innings as Dazzy Vance strikes out 17 Cardinals. For the 4th year in row‚ Vance will top the NL in strikeouts‚ while leading in wins for the 2nd straight year.|
|July 28||Cincy’s Dolf Luque tosses his 4th shutout of the year‚ topping the Phillies‚ 3-0.|
In a Chicago sweep of the Senators‚ 10-5 and 6-2‚ White Sox’ Spencer Harris hits his first ML HR‚ a grand slam off Washington’s Curly Ogden. He’ll hit just 2 more homers in the majors‚ but he will end up as the career minor league leader in runs‚ hits (3‚617)‚ doubles (743) and TB (5434). Incomplete records give him the high in walks as well. Ted Lyons is the winner over Walter Johnson in game 1 and Sarge Connally wins game 2.
|July 30||The White Sox stop Stan Coveleski’s win streak at 13‚ beating Washington 11-1.|
|August 1||The Yankees buy Tony Lazzeri from the Pacific Coast League for spring delivery. Lazzeri will hit a minor-league record 60 HRs with 222 RBI at Salt Lake City‚ and earn the nickname “Poosh-em-up” from his legion of Italian admirers.|
Brooklyn faces its 10th lefty in 11 games‚ but pounds out 17 hits against Cubs Percy Jones to win‚ 7-1. Zach Wheat has 5 of the hits.
|August 2||Walter Johnson‚ who has been ailing with the flu‚ recovers to give the Senators a 5-1 win over the Tigers on the 18th anniversary of his first appearance‚ also against the Tigers.|
|August 4||Every player in each team’s lineup has at least one putout in the Indians-Yankees game. New York wins 4-1 behind Urban Shocker.|
|August 5||Cards RF Jack Smith charges in for a short ?y ball and keeps on running‚ tagging 1B to double up the Braves base runner before he can get back‚ for a rare unassisted double play. The Cards roll to a 14-2 win.|
Irwin Hayes files a lawsuit against the Cardinals seeking $7500 in damages after being struck by a ball on June 2. The St. Louis Star reports tomorrow that the petition charges that James Bottomley‚ first baseman on the team‚ “deliberately and with the intention to create a situation known as a home run‚ struck and drove a baseball which hit the plaintiff’s nose‚ causing severe nervous shock.”
|August 7||In the top of the first at Philadelphia‚ Indians batter Pat McNulty is injured at 1B when P Jack Quinn‚ covering the bag‚ spikes him. (as noted by Retrosheet) Connie Mack allows Luke Sewell as a courtesy runner‚ though Sewell doesn’t appear in the box score. A bandaged McNulty returns to action but is replaced by a pinch hitter in the 8th. Cleveland wins‚ 10-4‚ then loses game 2 to Ed Rommel‚ 2-0.|
|August 8||The 2nd place Giants make two deals to help in the pennant race. Hack Wilson goes to Toledo for Earl Webb‚ and Freddie Fitzsimmons is picked up from Indianapolis for cash and two players to be named later. Fat Freddie will be a fine addition‚ but Webb is soon back in the minors. Wilson‚ sent to Toledo for seasoning‚ will be left unprotected by the Giants front office‚ and the Cubs will swipe the fireplug slugger.|
|August 9||For the only time in his career‚ Babe Ruth is lifted for a pinch hitter. Bobby Veach hits for the Babe‚ suffering from a sore back‚ and flies out‚ and New York loses 4-3 in 12 innings. The Yanks will waive Veach (.353)‚ along with P Alex Ferguson‚ on August 17th‚ and the Senators will pick him up for pennant insurance..|
|August 15||Little Dickie Kerr‚ the southpaw who won 2 games for the White Sox in the 1919 WS‚ makes his first ML appearance since 1921. He has been playing semipro ball rather than accept Charles Comiskey’s salary offer. When he relieves Red Faber in the 3rd inning against the Tigers‚ play is stopped while admirers present him with a floral horseshoe. In 2 innings‚ he gives up 3 hits and walks 2. The White Sox go on to win 12-5. Kerr start twice‚ loses once‚ and after 10 relief chores‚ quits for good.|
|August 19||The Phils finally solve Reds righthander Pete Donohue‚ topping him 5-4‚ after losing to him 20 straight times. The losing streak began in 1921.|
Host Salt Lake City (PCL) splits a pair with Portland‚ winning 29-9 and losing 9-4. In the first game‚ the Bees RF Lefty O’Doul is 5-for-6 while catcher John Peters is 4-or-6 with 2 doubles and 6 runs.
|August 20||Tom Zachary and reliever Firpo Marberry combine to give Washington a 12-inning‚ 1-0‚ win over the Indians. The victory puts the Senators back on top to stay.|
|August 22||After a disastrous western trip‚ the Giants trail the Pirates by 3 as the leaders come to the Polo Grounds for a 5-game series. Before crowds of more than 50‚000 at 2 weekend doubleheaders‚ the Pirates take 3 out of 4. The Bucs sweep the first day‚ winning 7-4 and 3-2‚ then on Monday they beat Wayland Dean 9-2 to go up by 6 games. When the Giants go west again‚ McGraw will stay home. The Pirates boast a team BA of .307 and a deep pitching staff of 5 pitchers winning 15 to 19 games.|
Brooklyn and the Cubs split‚ each winning by a 9-2 score. Rube Ehrhardt beats Sheriff Blake in the opener‚ while Mort Cooper tops Jesse Petty in the nitecap.
The first place Senators‚ behind Walter Johnson‚ romp‚ 20-5‚ over the Tigers. Johnson‚ hitting .432 going into the game‚ has 2 hits including a homer while pitching 5 1/3 innings. He walks 7. Detroit pitchers hand out 10 walks and 19 hits.
Syracuse (IL) pitcher Al Grabowski pitches a no hitter to beat Providence 1-0.
|August 25||Despite being out-homered 4-1‚ the Cubs outscore the Phillies‚ 19-10 on 22 hits. Seven players have 2 or more hits. The lone homer for Chicago is a 9th inning grand slam by Mandy Brook.|
The Indians top the A’s‚ 4-3 with the help of a triple play in the 2nd inning. The play goes 4-2-6‚ with Spurgeon starting it with tag and a throw to Luke Sewell who throws back to his brother Joe.
The Tigers top the Red Sox 14-4 and would have scored more except for an unusual unassisted DP pulled off by Sox catcher Al Stokes in the 7th in which he tags out two Detroit runners. With Johnny Bassler on second and Fred Haney on first‚ Topper Rigney hits a long fly to center. Ira Flagstead runs it down but drops it. Bassler holds up until the ball hits the ground‚ but Haney‚ running hard all the way‚ is nearly to second when Bassler starts running. Haney slows down rounds 3B just behind Bassler. Meanwhile‚ Flagstead throws the ball to SS Jack Rothrock who relayes the ball to Stokes. As the Washington Post (1/19/1926) states‚ “The two Tygers‚ looking over their shoulders‚ saw the ball coming and hit the dust simultaneously. Stokes stood his ground‚ and with one sweep of his arm‚ tagged them both before their spikes hit the rubber. Not to be outdone‚ the umpire shot both arms upward‚ indicating the double play.”
|August 26||For the 2nd time in 3 years‚ Pittsburgh’s Max Carey swipes 2B‚ 3B‚ and home in the same inning. Lee Meadows does the rest‚ shutting out Boston‚ 2-0.|
|August 27||The Braves get shut out for the 2nd game in a row‚ Pittsburgh’s Vic Aldridge winning 1-0.|
|August 28||Although Baker Bowl is considered a bandbox by some‚ the aggressive Kiki Cuyler of the Pirates hits 2 inside-the-park HRs there in a 10-9 victory over the Phils. Kiki hits one in the first and another in the 8th. Cuyler will hit 8 inside the park this year‚ tied for 3rd only to Cobb (8-1909) and Crawford (12-1901).|
|August 29||After a night on the town‚ Babe Ruth shows up late for batting practice. Miller Huggins suspends Ruth and slaps a $5‚000 fine on him for disobeying orders on the field and team rules off the field. In the showdown between the Bambino and the tiny manager‚ Jake Ruppert backs up his manager. Ruth is forced to apologize before he’s reinstated 9 days later. The day after his return to the lineup‚ Ruth hits HR number 300.|
Following a 14-4 pasting of the Boston Red Sox‚ the city of Detroit gives a dinner for Ty Cobb honoring his 20 years in a Tiger uniform. He’s given a trophy by the city and $10‚000 by the club.
Good-hitting pitcher Jack Bentley hits a game ending homer in the 11th inning to give the Giants a 7-6 win over the Cardinals.
|September 1||In the first of 5 games in Washington‚ Johnson gives the Senators a 7-3 win over the A’s. Roger Peckinpaugh drives in 3 runs for the Nationals. The Nats now lead the A’s‚ who are in a 12-game losing streak‚ by 4 1/2 games.|
|September 2||After losing game 1 by a 6-3 score to the Phils‚ the Giants unload in a nitecap‚ 24-9 shelling. The hits keep coming-30 to be exact in a record 58 at-bats-at Baker Bowl. Four New Yorkers-Southworth‚ Frisch‚ Irish Meusel‚ and Lindstrom-each collect 4 hits apiece‚ while a ML record-tying ten batters each collect 2 hits each. Doc Farrell (2-for-3) who takes over for Travis Jackson at short in the 6th is the 10th. Ex-Phil Meusel drives home 9 runs‚ while Rookie Fred Fitzsimmons allows 14 hits‚ including homers by Cy Williams‚ Johnny Mokan and Hal Carlson in the 8th frame. Phils starter Art Decatur is the loser.|
|September 3||After a recent incident on a train‚ when Cubs manager Maranville anointed various passengers from a spittoon‚ Chicago relieves the Rabbit of the burdens of managership. Chicago hastily appoints George Gibson‚ former skipper of the Pirates‚ as manager for the remainder of the season. The Cubs were 23-30 under Maranville‚ and Chicago will cut the last tie when they waive the veteran in November.|
The Cardinals score 5 runs in the 9th to break the first-place Pirates 9-game win streak‚ winning 9-3. Rogers Hornsby‚ the majors leading hitter at .387‚ has 3 hits including his 37th homer of the year to pace the attack. Babe Adams‚ who takes over for Emil Yde in the 9th‚ is hammered for 4 hits and five runs‚ but the loss goes to Yde. Art Reinhart is the winner.
The second-placed Giants top the Phillies 5-4 on Billy Terry solo homer in the 10th inning. Starter Dutch Ulrich tees up the homer‚ losing to Art Nehf who pitches the last 6+ innings.
The first place Senators continue their march toward a second straight pennant with a 9-3 roughing up of Red Ruffing and the Red Sox. Roger Peckinpaugh leads the way‚ going 3-for-4 with a triple. Alex Ferguson‚ Yankee castoff‚ is the winner. The idle A’s drop six games off the pace.
|September 7||In an A.M.-P.M. doubleheader‚ the Senators win the morning contest with the A’s‚ as Johnson tops Lefty Grove 2-1‚ and goes 3-for-4‚ the 2nd consecutive game he’s collected 3 hits. A record crowd of 36‚000 watch the A’s drop the afternoon game‚ 7-6‚ for their 12th straight defeat; they are now 9 games in back of Washington.|
After apologizing to his teammates yesterday‚ Babe Ruth makes his first appearance in a week‚ collecting one hit in a 5-1 loss to the Red Sox.
|September 8||In the first game of a doubleheader‚ Dazzy Vance tosses a one-hitter over the Phils to give Brooklyn a 1-0 win. The Dodgers complete the sweep with a 4-3 game 2 win.|
The Yanks top the Red Sox‚ 7-4‚ as Ruth pounds his 300th career homer‚ off Chester Ross.
The Browns put 18 men on base against Detroit’s Lil Stoner‚ but only one of them scores in the 11-1 loss. St. Louis has 13 hits‚ 4 walks and a hit batsman to reach base.
|September 10||Bob Meusel‚ Babe Ruth‚ and Lou Gehrig hit successive homers in the 4th inning of game one versus the A’s‚ all off Sammy Gray. New York wins‚ 7-3. Then‚ Ruth and OF Ben Paschal hit back-to-back homers in the 4th of game 2‚ but New York loses‚ 5-4.|
Cleveland splits a pair with Detroit‚ losing the 1st by a 6-1 score‚ then taking the 2nd game 7-2 behind Garland Buckeye. Buckeye hits a pair of homers to help his cause.
|September 12||In Detroit’s game 1 loss to Cleveland‚ 3-1‚ in 13 innings‚ Detroit’s John Tavener hits ML-record tying 3 triples. Benn Karr goes the distance for the win. Detroit then takes the nitecap‚ 3-2.|
|September 13||Brooklyn’s Dazzy Vance narrowly misses back-to-back no-hitters over Philadelphia‚ pitching a 10-1 no-hitter 5 days after a 1-0 one-hitter. The Phils’ lone run is scored by Chicken Hawks‚ who reaches 2B on an error. Five days earlier it was Hawks’ 2nd- inning single that ruined Vance’s no-hitter. On June 17‚ 1923‚ Vance lost a no-hitter with 2 out in the 9th. In the 2nd game‚ the Phils win‚ 7-3‚ behind Chicken Hawks’ grand slam.|
Reds ace Pete Donohue wins his 20th, beating Chicago, 5-2, at Wrigley.
|September 16||In the first of two games‚ Cubs veteran Grover Alexander wins 3-0 over Boston. Boston comes back to take game 2‚ 8-6.|
John Bates of Nashville (Southern) goes hitless ending his 46-game hitting streak. He hit .371 during the streak.
|September 17||The Tigers beat Walter Johnson‚ handing Washington a 12-9 loss.|
Behind hurlers Ted Wingfield and Paul Zahniser‚ the Red Sox shut out the Browns twice‚ winning 2-0 and 4-0.
|September 18||At Pittsburgh‚ the Pirates stop the Braves‚ 9-7. Kiki Cuyler is 4-for-4 with a double and triple and 2 runs to start a hit streak.|
Five days after making a start in a 4-3 loss to the Browns‚ White Sox pitcher Dickie Kerr loses his only decision this year‚ 11-6‚ to Washington. It’s the last decision of his brilliant but short career. Kerr (21-17 in 1920: 19-17 in 1921) turned down Sox offer of $4‚500 in 1922 and signed with a Texas semi-pro team for $5‚000. Commissioner Landis suspended Kerr‚ and he didn’t return to the ML till this month. Kerr was the winner of two games in the 1919 series
|September 19||The Pirates pip the Braves‚ 2-1‚ as Cuyler has his second straight 4-for-4 game. The two teams total 23 hits -Pittsburgh 13-but score just 3 runs.|
In the 2nd game of a twinbill‚ the White Sox take a 15-0 lead against Washington after 5 innings‚ but Chicago P Ted Lyons will have to pitch to 18 different batters as Senators manager Bucky Harris juggles his lineup and sends in pinch hitters. With a no-hitter going‚ Lyons continues to bear down. Finally‚ with 2 out in the 9th‚ Washington’s Bobby Veach gets a base hit to break the no-hitter. The final is 17-0 for Lyons with Tom Zachary taking the loss. Washington outfielder Sam Rice‘s streak of 9 hits in a row is stopped‚ but he will end the season with 182 singles‚ an AL record until 1980. Washington takes the opener‚ 3-2‚ behind Dutch Ruether.
In St. Louis‚ the Cardinals roll over Brooklyn‚ 15-3‚ behind Wee Willie Sherdel. In the 7th inning‚ the Red Birds rub it in with two steals of home‚ tying a ML record. It’s the last time it’s been done in the NL. Oakland will steal home twice in the 1st inning in May 28‚ 1980.
At Chicago‚ the Cubs beat the Giants‚ 6-2‚ behind Sheriff Blake. Taking the loss is Jack Scott‚ the first of 10 straight losses the Cubs will hand him.
Eppa Rixey becomes the 2nd Reds pitcher to win 20‚ this season‚ beating the Phillies‚ 7-2. The Reds big 3 of Donohue‚ Rixey and Luque will finish 1-2-3 in innings pitched.
The St. Louis Browns sweep a pair from the Yankees‚ 9-6 and 4-3‚ one of 8 doubleheaders the Yankees will play in a three-week stretch. Sad Sam Jones loses his 20th in the opener; in the rest of the century‚ only Mel Stottlemyre‚ in 1966‚ will lose 20 games in a Yankee uniform.
|September 20||In Cleveland‚ the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland old-timers play a 6-6‚ 8-inning tie. The lineups include Three Finger Brown‚ Jimmy Archer Artie Hofman‚ Mort Scanlan and Dutch Meier for Chicago; For Cleveland‚ Larry Lajoie‚ Dode Paskert‚ Chief Zimmer‚ Cy Berger‚ Cy Young‚ and Joe Delahanty. The game benefits the Amateur and Old-timer’s Baseball Association of Cleveland: “This association employs a doctor to look after the injuries of any boy hurt in baseball in that district.” Before boarding the train for Cleveland‚ Brown throws batting practice for the Cubs at Chicago.|
|September 21||Pittsburgh OF Kiki Cuyler ties the NL record by getting his 10th consecutive hit‚ singling in his first 2 at bats‚ off Decatur and Ulrich‚ before he fouls out in his 3rd at bat‚ against the Phils’ Art Decatur. The Pirates win the opener‚ 9-7. In the nitecap‚ a 14-4 Pirates win‚ Cuyler has his 3rd 4-for-4 game in his last 4 outings. He clouts 2 homers to back Kremer’s pitching. Phils utility player Barney Friberg catches the 8th inning in the game‚ thus playing every position during the year; he will be featured in a Ripley’s Believe it or Not cartoon.|
|September 22||P Burleigh Grimes of Brooklyn has only himself to blame for losing 3-2 to the Cubs in the 12th. While he masterfully scatters 16 hits‚ he not only goes hitless at the plate but bangs into 2 double plays and‚ in the 11th‚ a triple play.|
The Yankees’ Ben Paschal hits 2 inside-the-park homers‚ in an 11-6 first-game win over the White Sox at Yankee Stadium. The Sox take the nitecap‚ 4-2. Paschal will have 7 homers this month‚ a Yankee rookie record for September that will stand until 1998.
In a doubleheader loss (11-8 and 7-2) Ramon Herrera‚ a Cuban IF‚ makes his debut with the Boston Red Sox. He will bat .385 in 10 games‚ but will hit only .257 in 74 games in 1926. Herrera is probably the first player of this era to play in both the major leagues and the Negro leagues.
|September 23||The Pirates clinch the NL pennant‚ making 6 double plays in beating the Phils 2-1. Cuyler is 1-for-2.|
Washington SS Roger Peckinpaugh‚ a .294 hitter‚ is named the AL MVP with 45 points; A’s OF Al Simmons is 2nd with 41.
|September 24||Washington takes two from Cleveland 4-3 and 6-2 while the A’s lose to St. Louis 6-4‚ and the Senators clinch their 2nd pennant.|
At Yankee Stadium‚ Babe Ruth hits a 10th inning grand slam with the Yankees down by 3 runs to give New York a 6-5 win. It is the first so-called ultimate grand slam this century‚ and the only one in the AL that will come in extra innings (according to David Vincent). The next ultimate HR by a Yankee will also come in extra innings-Jason Giambi‘s 14th inning blow in 2002. Ruth’s blow‚ off Sarge Connally in relief of Red Faber‚ makes a winner of starter Ben Shields.
|September 25||The Reds tie the NL record of 2 teammates hitting bases-loaded triples in the same game. Reds catcher Walker‚ in the 3rd‚ and Bressler in the 5th connect at home in the 18-7 win over Brooklyn. Jakie May is the winning pitcher before just 534 fans at Redlands Field. The A’s will accomplish the feat next season.|
|September 26||With the pennant clinched‚ the Pirates get shut out for the 2nd time in 3 days‚ losing twice to the visiting Giants. Fred Fitzsimmons stops the Bucs 3-0 in the nitecap‚ beating Johnny Morrison. Zeke Barnes outpitches Vic Aldridge‚ 4-3‚ in the opener. To the dismay of the 25‚000 on hand‚ the Bucs leading batter Kiki Cuyler is hitless.|
Cleveland sends rookie Ray Benge against Philadelphia and‚ in his first ML start‚ he stops the A’s‚ 6-0.
Babe Ruth gives New York a 6-5 win over the White Sox when he hits an ultimate grand slam‚ off Sarg Connally‚ in the 10th inning. It is a first in the AL and the first this century.
Philadelphia fans chip in to buy a new automobile for the A’s player chosen by the press as MVP. The winner: Al Simmons with 30 points. Mickey Cochrane‚ a .331 hitter in his first year‚ is 2nd.
|September 27||In a doubleheader split with the Braves in St. Louis‚ the Cards player-manager Rogers Hornsby hits his 38th and 39th HRs of the year‚ along with a single‚ double‚ and triple to push his average to .403. In batting practice tomorrow‚ Hornsby will foul a ball off his foot splitting his toenail‚ and will sit the last three games. The Rajah calls reporters into the club house to view his bloody toe‚ “because some of those in the East may say I’m stallin’ because I want to save my .400 average.” Hornsby will be the only player-manager to win the triple crown‚ which he does by topping .400 for the 3rd time in 4 years‚ while his 39 HRs and 143 RBI are NL highs. His .756 slugging average is still the NL’s best for the 20th century. The Cards take the opener 6-5 and lose the nitecap 7-6.|
|September 28||At Yankee Stadium‚ the Tigers take game 1‚ 6-2‚ behind Ken Holloway‚ and the Yankees rebound to win the nitecap‚ 7-6‚ behind Ben Shields. Shields gives up a pair of homers to relief pitcher Jess Doyle‚ his only 2 ML round trippers.|
|October 2||In Pete Alexander’s toughest game of the year‚ the Cubs’ veteran battles for 19 innings with White Sox hurler Ted Blankenship‚ before the City Series game is called at 2-2.|
The A’s roll over the 7th-place Yankees 10-0 in Philadelphia behind Stan Baumgartner. Rookie Leo Durocher makes his debut as a pinch hitter in the 8th against Baumgartner. The Lip flies out. For the veteran Baumgartner‚ it is his last ML appearance. Jimmy Dykes is 5-for-5 for the A’s‚ with a triple and homer‚ hitting the first pitch each time. Four of his hits are off Garland Braxton.
The Senators close out the season with a 3-1 win over the Red Sox. Ted Wingfield is the victor. Washington’s Firpo Marberry finishes the season with 55 mound appearances‚ all in relief. He becomes the first exclusive relief hurler appearing in more than 40 games and launches a growing trend that will extend to the present day.
|October 4||Harry Heilmann gets 6 hits in Detroit’s doubleheader sweep over the Browns‚ 10-4 and 11-6‚ to edge out teammate Ty Cobb for the batting crown‚ .393 to .389. Cobb bats over .300 for the 20th time. In the 2nd game‚ the final game of the season‚ managers George Sisler of the Browns and Ty Cobb of the Tigers both pitch in relief in for the 2 clubs‚ won by Detroit 11-6. Cobb is perfect in his one inning‚ while Sisler holds the Tigers scoreless in two.|
In the nitecap following an 8-1 loss‚ the Phils Dutch Ulrich shuts out the Giants‚ 3-0. The NL tallies a National League record-low of 49 shutouts this year.
The series-bound Pirates end the season splitting with the Reds‚ winning‚ 4-2‚ before losing‚ 4-1.
|October 6||Brooklyn sends OF Eddie Brown‚ INF Jimmy Johnston‚ and C Zack Taylor to the Braves for righty Jesse Barnes‚ OF Gus Felix‚ and C Mickey O’Neil.|
|October 7||Christy Mathewson dies of tuberculosis at Saranac Lake‚ NY‚ at the age of 45. At the time of his death he was part owner and president of the Boston Braves.|
Walter Johnson (20-7) opens the World Series in Pittsburgh. A 5th-inning HR by Pie Traynor is the only damaging blow, as Johnson fans 10 of the heavy-hitting Bucs for a 4-1 win over Lee Meadows (19-10). Sam Rice, Joe Harris, and Ossie Bluege‚ with 2 hits each, drive in the Washington Senators’ runs. The Pirates’ charity ball sign, which during the year totaled how many fans had returned foul balls for $1, remained at 829 as no fouls were turned in today.
In a cold opener of the annual City Series between the Cubs and the White Sox‚ the Cubs Grover Alexander and the Southsiders Ted Blankenship each labor 19 innings before darkness stops the game with the score 2-2. The Cubs then win 4 of the next 5 to win the series.
The Philadelphia Bobbies‚ a women’s professional team‚ sets sail for Japan where they will play a number of exhibition games against men’s teams. Using a male battery‚ the Bobbies will win 60% of their games‚ according to an article in the Philadelphia Bulletin of July 8‚ 2000.
|October 8||Kiki Cuyler’s 2-run HR in the 8th breaks a 1-1 tie and gives the Pirates’ Vic Aldridge (15-7) a 3-2 win over Stan Coveleski (20-5).|
|October 10||For game 3 it’s clear but bitterly cold in Washington following a rainstorm that caused the game to be rescheduled. President Coolidge throws out the first ball. The Pirates hold a slim 3-2 lead after 6. A walk and 2 singles score 2 in the 8th for Washington‚ and Firpo Marberry (8-6) closes it. Joe Harris has 2 hits for the 3rd time; he’ll lead the Senators with .440. Sam Rice makes a controversial game-saving play in the 8th‚ tumbling into the stands in the right corner to spear a long drive by Earl Smith. About 15 seconds later he emerges with the ball. Despite the Pirates’ arguments that a fan might have given it to him‚ ump Cy Rigler calls Smith out. Questioned about it for the rest of his life‚ Rice leaves a letter‚ to be opened after his death (in 1974)‚ in which he states: “At no time did I lose possession of the ball.”|
|October 11||Before a home crowd of 36‚000‚ Walter Johnson wins his 3rd straight WS contest over 2 years. He blanks the Bucs on 6 hits‚ only 2 out of the infield‚ and fans just 2. A 3-run HR by Goose Goslin in the 4th followed by Joe Harris’s round-tripper-the first back-to-back HRs in WS history-give the Senators a 4-0 win and 3-1 Series advantage. Veteran Babe Adams gives up 2 hits but pitches a scoreless 9th for the Bucs: Babe’s last WS appearance was winning game 7 in the 1909 World Series.|
|October 12||Louisville manager Joe McCarthy (American Association) is named to manage the Chicago Cubs.|
In game 5‚ Stan Coveleski goes out to finish off the Pirates‚ but a lapse of control costs him 2 in the 3rd. Joe Harris’s 3rd HR ties it in the 4th. In the 7th‚ a walk and 3 hits net 2 runs and drive Coveleski off the mound. The Pirates’ 13-hit attack produces a 6-3 win.
|October 13||Back home for game 6 before 43‚810‚ the largest crowd of the Series‚ Pittsburgh’s Ray Kremer (17-8) gives up a first-inning HR to Goose Goslin and a run in the 2nd on Roger Peckinpaugh‘s RBI double. Joe Ferguson is touched for 2 in 3rd. The tie is broken by 2B Eddie Moore‘s HR‚ the 11th in the Series‚ and Pittsburgh wins 3-2.|
The Pirates buy SS Hal Rhyne and OF Paul Waner from San Francisco (PCL).
|October 15||A steady downpour yesterday and today has left the field a muddy mess as the 7th game is played in the rainiest conditions ever. It’s a short day for Vic Aldridge: 3 walks and 2 hits‚ and he’s out of there with one out in the first. Walter Johnson takes a 4-0 lead to the mound. The Bucs clobber him for 15 hits‚ good for 24 total bases. Max Carey‘s 4-for-5 gives him a Series-high .458. The Senators make the most of 7 hits‚ scoring 7 runs‚ including Roger Peckinpaugh‘s HR‚ the 12th of the Series‚ a WS record. Johnson would have fared better but for 2 more errors by SS Peckinpaugh‚ the MVP’s 7th and 8th‚ still the WS record for any position. The Senators made only one other error. Ray Kremer picks up his 2nd win with a 4-inning relief effort‚ as the Senators lose 9-7. The Series breaks all financial records‚ grossing almost $1.2 million. Winning shares are $5‚332.72; losers’ $3‚734.60.|
When the Senators arrive in Washington‚ a telegram is waiting from AL president Ban Johnson‚ who boycotted the series again because of his feud with Landis. In a veiled criticism of Bucky Harris‘s decision to keep Johnson in the game‚ Johnson wire reads: “This I admire. Lost the Series for sentimental reasons. This should never occur in a world series.” Bucky Harris calls the words‚ “gratuitous.”
Vernon pitcher Clyde Barfoot pitches 15 innings in a PCL victory over Los Angeles. Barfoot’s 2nd homer of the game wins it 6-5. Barfoot will win 25 games this year and 314 in his minor league career. His ML career mark will be 8-10.
|October 18||Salt Lake City (PCL) 2B Tony Lazzeri hits his 60th HR of the season in a 12-10 victory over Sacramento in the final game of the year. It is an inside-the-park drive in the 7th off Frank Shellenback. Lazzeri’s PCL record was accomplished in 197 games.|
|October 22||Marv Goodwin‚ 34‚ former righthander for the Cards who joined the Reds at the end of the season‚ is killed in a plane he was piloting. He is the first active player to die from injuries sustained in an airplane crash. Goodwin was one of the original spitballer who was “grandfathered.” The tragedy becomes a controversy when the Cards’ Branch Rickey asks for the full payment from the Reds for Goodwin; Cincinnati answers that the agreement was that Goodwin had to stick with the club for 30 days into the new season. Landis steps in and rules in favor of the Reds.|
|November 9||Rabbit Maranville is waived to the Dodgers from the Cubs.|
|December 9||The AL extends Ban Johnson‘s contract to 1935 and gives him a raise to $40‚000.|
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.
Cardinals’ player-manager Rogers Hornsby is named the MVP in the NL‚ gathering 73 out of a possible 80 votes. Hornsby was runnerup in 1924 to Dazzy Vance. Other strong contenders are Kiki Cuyler‚ the Pirates top hitter at .357; the Giants’ George Kelly; Pirates’ SS Glenn Wright; Brooklyn’s Dazzy Vance; and Dave Bancroft‚ who hit .319 and topped NL shortstops in fielding average while managing the 5th-place Boston Braves.
|December 10||The A’s pick up veteran SS Bill Wambsganss from the Red Sox.|
The AL goes on record as opposing the use of resin by pitchers‚ but the joint rules committee finally votes it in. The committee also agrees that future WS games are set to start at 1:30 P.M.; 2nd-place money withheld from the 8 Black Sox in 1920 is distributed to the other 1920 White Sox; and players signed by August 31st are declared eligible for WS play. Finally‚ no longer will an at-bat be charged if a fly ball advances a runner to 2B or 3B‚ as well as home.
|December 30||The Phils send P Jimmy Ring to the Giants for pitchers Jack Bentley and Wayland Dean.|