|January 8||Art Nehf‚ who pitched in 5 World Series‚ announces his retirement. He won 184 games in his career‚ last pitching for the Cubs in the 1929 Series.|
|January 20||Commissioner Landis bans boxing for all players in baseball following the brief boxing career of White Sox 1B Art “Whataman” Shires. His challenge to Hack Wilson purportedly prompts the ban. Shires fought several suspected bouts that resulted in his being suspended by the boxing commissions of 32 states but loses a desultory 5-rounder to Chicago Bears center George (The Brute) Trafton. Shires did win a punch out with Sox manager Lena Blackburne and two hotel detectives late last season.|
|January 26||Carl Mays‚ whose underhand pitch killed Ray Chapman 10 years earlier‚ ends his ML career with 208 victories and signs with Portland (Pacific Coast League).|
|January 29||Ken Williams‚ former AL HR champion and a lifetime .319 batter‚ goes from the Red Sox to the Yankees for the waiver price. He will be released before the season begins.|
|February 2||The Yankees waive Leo Durocher out of the AL and sell him to the Reds. Whispered rumors‚ repeated by Urban Shocker in his 2001 autobiography‚ contend that Leo was stealing money and jewelry from his teammates. Allegedly‚ roommate Babe Ruth beat up Durocher after a theft of marked money confirmed his suspicions. The Yankees‚ according to Shocker‚ prevail on the rest of the AL to waive Durocher. [Another story has Durocher‚ in debt‚ asking for a $1‚000 advance on his salary from Ed Barrow so he can pay a hotel bill. When Barrow turns him down‚ Leo curses him‚ and Barrow trades him the next day to the Reds.]|
|February 5||The Reds trade 39-year-old pitcher Dolf Luque to the Dodgers for Doug McWeeny. McWeeny will play 8 games for the Reds‚ while the Cuban Cutie will pitch another 6 seasons.|
|February 12||Connie Mack is awarded the prestigious Edward W. Bok Prize given to the Philadelphian who has done the most for the city in the past year. Mack‚ the first sports figure to be so honored‚ led the Athletics to a World Championship in 1929.|
|February 16||Judge Landis rules that the Cards cannot farm out C Gus Mancuso to Rochester. Forced to keep him‚ the commissioner’s edict pays off when Cardinals regular C Jimmie Wilson is injured and Mancuso bats .366 in 76 games.|
|March 8||Babe Ruth signs a 2-year contract for $160‚000 with New York. At $80‚000 per year‚ he is the highest paid player of all time. When it is pointed out he is earning more money than the President of the United States‚ Ruth observes: “I had a better year than he did.” Ed Barrow‚ Yankee GM‚ assures posterity‚ “No one will ever be paid more than Ruth.”|
|April 1||Cubs catcher Gabby Hartnett holds onto a ball dropped from the Goodyear blimp hovering at an altitude of 550 feet. Gabby tops Gabby Street’s feat of hanging onto a ball dropped from the Washington Monument‚ a height of 504 feet.|
|April 6||The Giants play their first night game‚ a 9-1 exhibition win against their Bridgeport‚ CT farm team in Bridgeport. The Giants won’t play a night game at home until 1940.|
|April 8||Sacramento sets two PCL Opening Day records in its 21-14 win over Mission. The 21 runs and 24 hits set the marks.|
In Memphis‚ the Chicks beat the Yankees in an exhibtion game‚ 3-1. Babe Ruth‚ hobbling from an injury incurred 2 days ago in Dallas‚ bashes a HR for the only run. In his next at bat he hits the top of the signboard at Russwood Park as Ruth ambles to 1B for single. Sam Byrd pinch runs.
|April 9||Burleigh Grimes‚ veteran spitballer in a contract dispute with the Pirates‚ is sold to the Boston Braves. Boston will trade Grimes‚ the last of the legal spitballers‚ to the Cardinals‚ where he will be a key contributor in their pennant drive.|
|April 10||Wayland Dean dies at age 30 of tuberculosis. Dean pitched for the Cubs‚ Giants and Phils.|
The Cardinals send journeyman outfielder Wally Roettger to the Giants for reserve infielder Doc Farrell. The Giants also throw in Showboat Fisher‚ an outfielder who last played for the Senators. Showboat will reward the Cardinals by posting a .374 average for the year.
|April 14||President Herbert Hoover continues the tradition of throwing out the first ball on Opening Day in Washington‚ a day before the rest of the ML teams begin. The Red Sox win 4-3 over the Senators‚ winners of their last 11 exhibition games. The Sox won’t stay in first place long: they will end the year with their 6th straight last place finish.|
|April 15||Weather curtails the AL Opening Day schedule‚ but at Shibe Park the matchup between the A’s and the Yankees features nine future Hall of Famers in the lineups‚ and three more‚ Pennock‚ Hoyt and Gomez‚ on the New York bench. Minutes before the game‚ Al Simmons ends his holdout‚ signs a contract‚ and homers in his first at bat as the A’s and Lefty Grove defeat the Yankees’ George Pipgras 6-2. Ruth’s clout in the 3rd inning strikes a loudspeaker in deep right center and bounds back onto the field The tree of amplifiers juts about 5 feet over the playing field and the umps rule it a ground rule double. The Yankees argue that it should be a two-run homer‚ but to no avail‚ though both Koenig and Ruth score when Grove is slow covering 1B and Foxx’s throw misses him.|
Phillies P Les Sweetland pitches a 3-hitter against the Dodgers‚ doubles and scores the only run to win 1-0 at Brooklyn. Sweetland will end the year with a 7.71 ERA‚ one of the highest ever.
In St. Louis‚ the Cubs open with a 9-8 win over the Cards. Rogers Hornsby‚ whose heel was operated on over the winter‚ is noticeably limping in the game. The newly acquired Showboat Fisher is 4-for-5.
|April 16||The Reds sink the visiting Pirates‚ 3-1‚ with the help of Curt Walker‚ who is the first Reds player to hit a home run into the RF bleachers of Redland Field on the fly.|
The Cardinals make 20 hits to overwhelm the Cubs‚ 13-3. Showboat Fisher is 4-for-4 with 4 RBI giving him 7 hits in a row. He’ll go 0-for-2 in tomorrow’s rain-abbreviated 3-0 loss.
|April 18||At St. Louis‚ Wild Bill Hallahan lives up to his name by walking 9‚ but he allows just 2 hits and strikes out 11 as the Cardinals beat the Cubs‚ 11-1. The Cards collect 16 hits including Showboat Fisher’s 3 hits.|
|April 19||In a 2-1 win over the Cubs‚ Reds pitcher Benny Frey helps his cause by starting a triple play in the 3rd inning. Frey grabs Footsie Blair‘s popped bunt attempt with runners on 1st and 2B‚ and throws to 3B Tony Cuccinello‚ who tags the sliding Charlie Root for the 2nd out. Cooch’s throw to SS Hod Ford catches Woody English for the TP.|
The Pirates edge the Cardinals 4-3 in 10 innings as Paul Waner and Dick Bartell have triples in the last frame.
|April 20||Grover Alexander makes his debut for the Phillies against the Giants lefty Carl Hubbell. King Carl outpitches the old master‚ 2-1‚ who gives up 4 walks and a homer to Mel Ott in 6 innings of work.|
In today’s issue of the Chicago Tribune‚ writer Irwin Howe names his all-time all-star team based on his 42 years of observing baseball: Babe Ruth‚ RF; Tris Speaker‚ CF; Ty Cobb‚ LF; Cap Anson‚ 1B; Eddie Collins‚ 2B; Honus Wagner‚ SS; Pie Traynor‚ 3B; Ray Schalk‚ C; Cy Young‚ P; Walter Johnson‚ P.
|April 22||In mid-winter weather‚ the NL champion Cubs open at home with a 8-3 loss to the Cards. Bill Hallahan holds Chicago to 5 hits. Hack Wilson‘s three run homer‚ his 2nd of the year‚ accounts for all Chicago’s scoring.|
Before 66‚000 at Yankee Stadium‚ the champion A’s edge the Yankees‚ 6-5‚ on Bing Miller‘s lead off homer in the 9th. Roy Sherid is the loser while Rube Walberg‚ the 3rd of three hurlers‚ is the winner.
|April 26||The undefeated Giants take a pair from the Phillies‚ winning 13-2 and 7-5. Hub Pruett and Carl Hubbell are the victors. Fred Lindstrom is 5-for-5 in the lid lifter and 2-for-4 in the nitecap‚ while Bill Terry and Travis Jackson each pound out a pair of homers.|
Benny Frey beats the Cubs‚ 1-0‚ for his 2nd win over Chicago in a week. The rookie will beat them 5 times this year on his way leading the NL in losses with 18.
|April 27||Bud Clancy‚ White Sox 1B‚ enters record books without doing a thing. He has no chances in a 9-inning 2-1 win against St. Louis. He is the first 20th century player to go through 9 innings with no putouts or assists‚ but it’ll be matched in both leagues. Art Hofman‚ in 1910‚ had no putouts in an 8-inning loss.|
|April 28||The A’s defeat the Red Sox‚ 5-4‚ scoring 4 runs in the 9th without a hit. The 4 runs score as a result of two walks and 2 errors‚ by 3B Otto Miller and 2B Bill Regan.|
The first night game in organized baseball-played with temporary lights-is played in the Class C Western Association with 1‚000 fans on hand. Home team Independence loses to Muskogee 13-3.
|April 29||Suspicions that the 1930 ball is the liveliest ever increase as 123 runs are scored in 7 ML games. The biggest score is the Robins 19-15 win over the Giants as the 2 teams combine for 41 hits. Flowers and Lopez lead the Brooklyn attack with 4 hits apiece.|
|May 1||At Fenway‚ a high fever strikes out Indians SS Joe Sewell‚ ending his consecutive game streak at 1‚103. He has not missed a game since 1922. The Indians still prevail‚ 8-5. .|
At Pittsburgh‚ rookie Wally Berger blasts homers in the 7th and 8th innings to lead the Braves to a 4-3 win over Larry French. After Berger’s 1st homer‚ Johnny Neun‚ in his 5th season‚ adds his first ML homer.
|May 2||Des Moines (Western League) defeats Wichita 13-6 to open the first ballpark with permanently installed lights. The field is a predecessor of Sec Taylor Stadium. The Demons’ victory was the first night game to be broadcast nationally.|
|May 5||Making his first start‚ Lefty Gomez (1-1) goes all the way to beat the White Sox‚ 4-1‚ on a 5-hitter. Red Faber takes the loss for Chicago. Lefty’s one other appearance‚ in relief‚ resulted in a loss on April 29th.|
Reds SS Hod Ford smashes 4 extra base hits-3 doubles and a triple-in his first 4 at bats to lead Cincinnati to a 10-6 win over the Braves. Burleigh Grimes is the loser.
The Athletics say it with homers beating the Browns 4-3 in 12 innings and scoring all their runs on solo four baggers. Al Simmons‘ leadoff homer in the bottom of the 12th makes Lefty Grove a winner over General Crowder, as both starters go all the way. Boley with 2 and Haas with one provide the other A’s scores, a record to date in the AL. The Giants will score 5 runs on solos 5 weeks from now.
|May 6||The Yankees get Red Ruffing‚ loser of 47 games in the past 2 years and with a lifetime 39-96‚ from the Red Sox for $50‚000 and Cedric Durst.|
The Cubs top the Dodgers‚ 3-1‚ with Sheriff Blake outgunning Dazzy Vance.
|May 7||George Watkins scores 5 runs and Chick Hafey has 5 RBI in the 5th inning as the Cards beat the Phils 16-11 to move out of the cellar and begin the climb to an eventual pennant. Pete Alexander makes his first appearance against his old mates and is hit hard. The loss drops the Phils to last place‚ while the Cards head the other way.|
The Cubs beat the Dodgers‚ 9-5‚ at Wrigley Field behind the 9-streikeout pitching of Charlie Root. Root gives up successive homers to Wright and Del Bissonette early and then the only run after that is a Bissonette ground ball down the RF line that obunces into the stands for a HR.
The Red Sox edge the visiting White Sox‚ 6-4‚ behind the hitting of rookie Tom Oliver‚ who has 4 hits. Oliver has now hit in 16 straight games.
|May 8||Fred Lindstrom has his 2nd 5-hit game of the season‚ hitting for the cycle‚ as the Giants defeat the Pirates 13-10.|
|May 9||The Yankees and the Tigers outfielders make only 2 putouts for an AL record that has never been equaled. The NL record for OF idleness is one chance (Pittsburgh versus Brooklyn‚ August 26‚ 1910). Detroit’s George Uhle strikes out 8 in winning‚ 5-4‚ and dropping the Yanks to 7th place. Henry Johnson (7 innings) and George Pipgras are the New York hurlers.|
|May 10||The A’s conquer the Indians‚ 6-4 at Philadelphia. Jimmie Foxx‘s 7th-inning triple with two on breaks the tie.|
|May 11||In a display of offensive symmetry‚ Indian OF Bibb Falk collects 5 hits‚ 5 RBI‚ and scores 5 runs in the first 5 innings as the Tribe scalps the Athletics‚ 25-7. Cleveland collects 27 hits‚ but no homers‚ and scores in every inning but the 8th. The 25 runs without a homer ties a ML record (sets a new AL mark) set in 1901 and will not be matched again.|
|May 12||A bad err day for Umpire Brick Owens as he calls 5 balks against Cleveland’s Milt Shoffner-3 in the 3rd-and 3 against Philadelphia’s George Earnshaw. Philadelphia wins 13-7.|
The wind is blowing out at Wrigley Field as Giants P Larry Benton sets a modern ML record (since tied several times) by surrendering 6 HRs in a game. Chicago spots New York a 14-0 lead and trails 14-4 when they add 5 runs on 4 HRs in the bottom of the 7th to tie the ML inning-record set in 1884. Clyde Beck drives in 5 runs as he and Cliff Heathcote each have two of the Cubs’ homers. The Giants counter with 3 HRs including one by Benton as the New Yorkers manage to hold on to win‚ 14-12. The victory goes to Benton‚ but New York will trade him in 10 days.
The Yankees waive pitcher Tom Zachary to the Boston Braves.
|May 16||Washington wins a doubleheader from Philadelphia and moves into first place. Bump Hadley wins the opener‚ 5-3‚ and Ad Liska adds a 3-hit 4-0 shutout in the nitecap‚ beating Earnshaw. Joe Judge’s 3-run homer in the 8th puts the game away.|
|May 17||With the help of a grand slam from Fats Fothergill in the 8th‚ the Tigers overcome the Browns‚ 12-7. Alexander hits a homer as well.|
Washington swamps the A’s‚ 16-5. Sammy West has 4 hits for the Nationals‚ and his 3-run homer in the 5th causes a 58-year-old fan ot have a fatal heart attack.
The Braves sweep a pair from the Giants by 4-3 scores. In th opener‚ Wally Berger hits a pair of homers as Boston wins in 10 innings. The Giants hit 3 homers in game 2 and Berger adds his 3rd of the day.
|May 18||George Pipgras tosses his 3rd shutout of the season as the Yankees again support his pitching by bombing the Red Sox‚ 11-0‚ in Boston. Babe Ruth clocks an Ed Morris pitch over the RF bleachers‚ one of the longest homers ever at Fenway.|
At Washington‚ the A’s nip the Senators‚ 1-0‚ behind Lefty Grove‘ 5 hitter. Philadelphia manages just 3 hits off Lloyd Brown. The Senators now lead the A’s by a game in the AL.
|May 21||Babe Ruth hits three consecutive HRs in the first game of a doubleheader against the A’s‚ then batting against Jack Quinn in the 9th‚ Ruth decides to hit right handed. After 2 strikes‚ he switches to lefty but strikes out. This is the first of two career 3-homer games for the Babe. Max Bishop draws 5 walks for the 2nd time in his career (he is the only player to do this twice)‚ and Foxx homers to help the A’s to a 15-7 victory. Ruth is homerless in the 2nd game‚ a 4-1 Yankee loss‚ but Bishop has 3 more walks. Bishop will walk 8 times in a doubleheader in 1934‚ the only player to collect more than 6 walks in an afternoon.|
Cincinnati sends 2B Hugh Critz to the Giants for veteran P Larry Benton. Critz will prove a fine pickup for the Giants.
|May 22||In Philadelphia‚ the Yankees and the Athletics continue the HR barrage as the Yankees take both games of a 2nd straight doubleheader‚ 10-1 and 20-13. Babe Ruth hits a pair of HRs in the opener‚ as does Ben Chapman and winning pitcher George Pipgras. The Yanks score 9 runs in the 1st two innings of the 2nd second game‚ but the A’s come back to tie it at 12 apiece. The Yanks win the assault 20-13 as Lazzeri is 4-for-4 scores 5 runs‚ and knocks in 4. Ruth hits another in the 2nd game‚ while Gehrig powers 3 round trippers to drive in 8 runs. On the A’s side‚ Foxx has 2 homers to drive in 6 runs. For the afternoon‚ the teams combine to hit 14 round trippers‚ a then-record 10 in game 2.|
|May 23||Despite a homer by Bill Terry in the 8th and a 3-run shot by Ott in the 9th‚ Carl Hubbell loses to the Phillies 9-8. Philadelphia bangs out 17 hits‚ including a HR by Pinky Whitney‚ against King Carl.|
|May 24||In New York‚ the Yanks and A’s play their 3rd doubleheader in 4 days. Ruth homers in both games‚ giving him 8 in six games‚ and drives home 7 runs to help New York sweep‚ 10-6 and 11-1. Newly acquired Red Ruffing is the easy winner in the nitecap.|
|May 26||The Indians take a pair from the White Sox winning 7-3 and 3-2 behind Wes Ferrell and Clint Brown. Ferrell’s mound opponent Red Faber holds the Tribe hitless until 2 are out in the 5th‚ when 8 straight hits drive him from the mound. In the nitecap‚ White Sox lefty Pat Caraway twice throws third-strike seeds past Joe Sewell‚ an occurrence that Joe later blames on the white shirts in the CF bleachers. It is the last time the Indians 3B will fan this season‚ and he will end the year by striking out only 3 times in 353 at bats. Once before‚ on May 13‚ 1923‚ Sewell was fanned twice in a game.|
Washington wins a 10-7 slugfest with the Yankees as Goose Goslin and Joe Judge of the Senators hit back-to-back HRs twice in the game. It is the 1st time it has been done this century but it will be repeated in 5 days.
|May 27||Like furniture. The Reds swap Ethan Allen and Pete Donohue to the Giants for INF Pat Crawford. Allen is hitting .217 but will rebound with the Giants and finish the season with a .292 average‚ the same as last season. In his decade with the Reds‚ Donohue won 127 games‚ but the 30-year old has struggled the past 3 seasons with arm problems. Crawford will be sold at the end of the season to the Cards.|
|May 28||Cubs reliever Hal Carlson‚ 38‚ dies suddenly of a stomach ulcer hemorrhage. The previous evening he had complained about stomach cramps while sitting with teammates in the lobby of Chicago’s Carlos Hotel‚ where he had a room. Hours later‚ he called the Cubs trainer saying he was in great pain and an ambulance was called. But Carlson dies before the ambulance arrived. He was 4-2 for the year‚ and had won 114 games over a 14-year career.|
Phillies Grover Cleveland Alexander makes his last ML appearance‚ giving up 2 hits and 2 runs in relief as the Braves win‚ 5-1. The Phillies release him a few hours after the game.
|May 29||The Cubs scheduled game with the Reds is postponed due to the sudden death of Chicago pitcher Hal Carlson.|
|May 30||With 2 on base in game one‚ Del Bissonette‚ Brooklyn 1B‚ hits the ball over the RF screen at Ebbets Field‚ but baserunner Babe Herman‚ “the Headless Horseman of Ebbets Field‚” stops to watch and is passed by Bissonette‚ reducing the HR to a single. Despite this‚ the Robins win a pair of games from the Phillies‚ 11-1 and 11-9 and take first place. Unfazed‚ Herman will pull off the move again on September 15th. In the nitecap‚ Bissonette collects 5 hits‚ including a homer. Chuck Klein homers in each game for the Phils to bring his total to 13.|
Senators junkballer Ad Liska leads 6-3 over the A’s with 2 outs in the 9th inning when his catcher Muddy Ruel neglects to chase a pop up that could make the 3rd out. Two singles and a homer by Al Simmons knots the game. Simmons then doubles in the 13th‚ and scores the winning run as the A’s win‚ 7-6. Having hurt his knee in a rundown‚ Simmons sits for the nitecap. But with the bases jammed in the 5th inning of the nitecap‚ and the A’s down 7-3‚ Simmons hobbles to plate to hit a pinch grand slam off Bump Hadley to help the A’s to a 15-11 win. Simmons later tells John Carmichael this was his greatest game.
The Yankees trade 2 stars of the 1927 team‚ Waite Hoyt and Mark Koenig‚ to the Tigers for Ownie Carroll (0-5) and Harry Rice. Hoyt’s departure follows an argument with manager Bob Shawkey.
The Cubs Rogers Hornsby‚ already limping after off-season surgery on his heel‚ breaks an ankle sliding into 3B in the first game of a doubleheader in St. Louis. The Cubs win both games‚ 2-0 and 9-3‚ to move into 3rd place‚ but Hornsby will miss most of the season.
|May 31||The Phillies top the first place Robins‚ 3-1‚ defeating Dazzy Vance. Vance is lifted for a pinch hitter with Brooklyn down‚ 2-1.|
The St. Louis Browns produce only 5 hits but literally steal a 3-2 win from Red Faberand the Chicago White Sox. St. Louis scores the tying run with 2 outs in the 9th then win it when veteran second baseman Oscar “Ski” Melillo swipes home.
|June 1||Danny MacFayden‚ in relief‚ beats the Yankees 7-4 to end a 14-game losing streak for the Red Sox. A triple play by the Sox helps overcome 4 hits by Dusty Cooke‚ including a homer‚ and a home run by Ruth.|
The A’s take over 1st place from Washington in the AL by thumping the Senators for the 4th straight game‚ 9-6. Sam Jones loses his 1st after 6 wins. A homer by rookie Williams with 2 on in the 6th is the margin of victory.
The Giants score 12 runs in the 3rd inning of a game with the Braves‚ winning the nightcap of the doubleheader 16-3.
For the 2nd time in a week and the second time this century‚ teammates hit back-to-back homers twice in a game. Johnny Frederick and Babe Herman do it in the Dodgers 10-2 win over the Phillies.
The Cubs drub the Pirates‚ 16-4‚ behind the slugging of Hack Wilson‚ who drives in 6 runs with 2 homers‚ a double and a single. Wilson now has 16 homers to lead the NL. Guy Bush is the easy winner.
|June 2||In a Central League at Ft. Wayne‚ Springfield outkicks Ft. Wayne‚ 38-18. The Blue Sox pile on 10 runs in the 9th. CF Dennehy is 7-for-7 with 3 HRs and 3B Reagan has 3 home runs.|
|June 3||Grover Cleveland Alexander is released by the Phillies after posting a 0-3 record. He ends his career thinking he has the NL record for most wins at 373‚ one more than Christy Mathewson. In 1946‚ a win disallowed in 1902 is restored to Mathewson’s record‚ to leave the 2 pitchers at a tie.|
|June 4||First-place Brooklyn makes 8 errors‚ losing to Pittsburgh at Ebbets Field‚ 12-6.|
|June 6||Denny Sothern‚ Phillies OF‚ has 4 doubles in a 5-for-5 game‚ and scores 5 runs as the Phils whip the Reds‚ 14-5.|
The Cubs cut the Robins’ lead to one game‚ beating host Brooklyn‚ 13-0. Dazzy Vance strikes out 10 Cubs in 6 innings‚ but allows 10 hits. Root gives up 2 singles in the win.
At Decatur‚ (Three-I League) Tommy Bridges of visiting Evansville strikes out 19 batters‚ but Decatur wins‚ 5-2. Bridges will go 7-8 in the league but K 189 in 140 innings to earn a call-up to Detroit in August.
|June 7||The White Sox light up Lefty Grove for 7 hits and knock the A’s undefeated ace out of the box in the 2nd inning enroute to a 6-5 win. The loss goes to Rommel in relief.|
|June 8||The increased hitting in the NL is reflected in these current batting averages: Riggs Stephenson .420; Babe Herman .414; Chuck Klein .401; Harry Heilmann .400; and Bill Terry .399. Giants’ manager John McGraw observes‚ “It’s not the pitching‚ it’s that new jack-rabbit ball. All a batter has to do is meet it. If it’s not hit right at somebody‚ it’s a base hit.”|
The Giants whip the Cards today‚ 9-7‚ with a 5 run rally in the 7th. Mel Ott has a pair of two-run homers to lead the win over Bill Hallahan. The Cardinals‚ after winning 17 of 18‚ have now lost 12 of their last 13 and are in 4th place with a 24-25 record.
|June 9||A game at old Washington Park in Indianapolis is the first night game in the American Association. The Indians will open Perry Field next year to replace Washington Park. In 1937‚ Minneapolis will be the last AA team to light up.|
|June 10||The A’s Lefty Grove loses his first game of the season‚ 7-6‚ in 11 innings to the White Sox. His record is now 7-1.|
The PCL sees its first night game when Sacramento hosts Oakland before 10‚000 fans at Moreing Field. There are 180‚000 watts of light from 40 lamps on 40 poles. By the end of next season every PCL team will have lights. Ed Bryan turns the lights out on the visitors‚ winning 5-0.
|June 12||Cleveland’s Clint Brown shuts out the first-place A’s‚ 4-0. Cleveland collects 3 homers‚ 2 by Morgan.|
|June 13||Cleveland again beats Philadelphia‚ 15-2 and takes over first place. Wes Ferrell wins easily as Cleveland clubs southpaw nemesis Rube Walberg.|
Rip Collins goes all the way to give the Browns a 1-0 win over the Red Sox in 11 innings.
In probably its best trade ever‚ Washington swaps the slumping Goose Goslin to St. Louis for Heinie Manush and Al “General” Crowder. Crowder was the top pitcher in the AL in 1928‚ while Manush hit .355 in 1929; The Senators will regain the popular Goslin in 1932‚ and with Manush and Crowder‚ he will help them win a pennant the following year.
|June 15||At Cleveland’s League Park‚ an overflow crowd is on hand for the Yankees trouncing of the Indians 17-10. Ruth walks his first 4 times up‚ then clouts his 25th homer of the year. Gehrig hits 2 homers to drive home 7 runs as starter Herb Pennock goes the distance in a neat 16-hitter.|
Dazzy Vance can’t overcome 5 Brooklyn errors and loses to the Cardinals‚ 9-4. Ex-Dodger Andy High adds a triple with two on and a homer with one runner on: all the runners reach by errors. Vance hits Taylor Douthit twice before Douthit hits back‚ tripling in the 9th with a runner (via error) on and scoring on an error for the last Cardinal run.
The Cardinals swap spit‚ acquiring veteran Burleigh Grimes from the Braves for another spitballer‚ Wee Willie Sherdel‚ and young P Fred Frankhouse. The Braves had picked up Grimes from Pittsburgh 2 months earlier. Grimes will win 17 for the Birds in 1931‚ while Frankhouse will win the same in Boston in 1934.
The Senators sends its best reliever Garland Braxton along with Benny Tate to the White Sox for self-promoting first sacker Art Shires. Manager Walter Johnson will later say the trade made better pitchers of his starters‚ since they were not looking to Braxton to bail them out of trouble.
|June 16||At Baker Bowl‚ the Phils build up a comfortable 16-3 lead over the Pirates after 6 innings‚ only to have the Bucs come back with 11 runs. The final score is 18-14 as Philley rides to victory on homers by Klein‚ Lefty O’Doul‚ Don Hurst‚ and Fred Brickell. Klein adds 2 singles and double to extend his hit streak to 25 games.|
At the Polo Grounds‚ the Cubs‚ down 4-3 in the top of the 9th‚ load the bases with 2 outs against Carl Hubbell. He retires Cuyler and Wilson on pop flies‚ but Riggs Stephenson squibs a infield single to tie the game. Charlie Grimm then hits a grand slam. Shanty Hogan answers with a pinch homer in the bottom of the 9th for the Giants 5th solo homer of the day-a NL record for runs on solo homers-but the Cubs hold on for a 8-5 victory. Terry‚ Jackson‚ Allen‚ and Leach also reach the bleachers.
The Reds hammer Burleigh Grimes for three innings and coast to an 11-1 win over the Braves. Tony Cuccinello and Wally Berger hit homers and Bennie Frey pitches a complete game win. After the game‚ the Braves send Grimes to the Cardinals for Fred Frankhouse and Wee Willie Sherdel.
|June 17||Chuck Klein sets a Phils’ club record by hitting in his 26th straight game‚ collecting a single in the 8th inning. Klein started his streak on May 18 and has hit .482 since then‚ but he will go hitless on the 20th to end the streak at 26. Lefty O’Doul’s 10th inning single drives home the winner and the Phils edge the Pirates‚ 5-4.|
|June 18||The Athletics beat Wes Ferrell and the Indians 7–2 with 3 consecutive HRs in the 5th from Al Simmons‚ Jimmie Foxx‚ and Bing Miller. The three in a row sets a ML record, since topped, and with a chance to hit a 4th in a row, Joe Boley bunts for a safety. Enter a new pitcher and exit Ferrell, who throws his mitt into the stands.|
|June 20||Dazzy Vance loses a tough one to the Reds‚ 2-1‚ when two runners reach on errors before George Kelly drives them home with a double.|
|June 21||At Shibe Park‚ Ruth clouts two homers‚ in the first and third innings off George Earnshaw‚ to lead New York to a 6-0. But Philadelphia scores 9 runs in the 7th inning and wins 15-7. The Yanks last run is a solo shot by Ruth off Lefty Grove in the 8th inning. Unconcerned‚ the A’s take the nitecap as well‚ 4-1‚ with New York’s only run coming on a tremendous homer by Ruth that ball lands in a back yard a block away from the park‚ reputedly the longest ball ever hit at Shibe.|
|June 22||At Shibe‚ the Yanks turn tables on the A’s and sweep a doubleheader‚ winning 10-1 and 20-13. Ruth continues his hot hitting‚ belting two homers in the opener and one in the nitecap‚ giving him 6 homers in 3 games. Lou Gehrig matches Ruth in the nitecap‚ cracking three home runs.|
|June 23||After 2 outs in the 6th inning‚ Brooklyn makes 10 hits in succession against Pittsburgh to equal the ML record for an inning‚ tied last year by the Cubs. Al Lopez tries to score on a hit and is thrown out at the plate to end the inning. Starter Heine Meine is finally lifted‚ having given up 14 runs on 19 hits‚ and setting the NL record by teeing up the 10 straight safeties. The Dodgers begin the 7th inning with 2 more hits‚ off Moose Chagnon‚ to tie the ML record set in 1920‚ also over 2 innings. When the smoke clears‚ Brooklyn emerges a 19-6 winner.|
Hack Wilson hits for the cycle with 2 singles‚ a double‚ triple‚ and HR and drives in six as the Cubs kick the Phils 21-8 at Wrigley. Winning pitcher Guy Bush adds a triple and two singles.
The A’s sweep a pair from the White Sox‚ winning 2-1‚ then outslugging the Sox‚ 17-8. Al Simmons scores 5 runs in game 2.
Yankee P Hank Johnson cruises to a 15-0 4-hit win over the Browns. Ruth’s 24th homer paces the 18-hit attack. St. Louis earns a split in the nitecap‚ winning 10-6 behind Rip Collins. Starter Lefty Gomez is the loser.
|June 24||The Yankees sweep their 2nd straight double header from the A’s‚ winning 10-6 and 11-1. Babe Ruth hits another 2 homers‚ setting a ML record of 8 homers in 6 games.|
In the Cubs 6-1 victory over the Phillies at Wrigley Field‚ slugger Hack Wilson fouls a pitch into the stands‚ where it is caught by 17-year-old Arthur Porto. Porto is confronted by an usher who tells him the Cubs cannot “afford to let the customers walk off with their baseballs” and demands the return of the ball. Porto and two friends argue and are arrested by stadium security and charged with disorderly conduct. In court the next day‚ the judge issues a landmark decision‚ ruling that a ball hit into the stands belongs “to the boy who grabs it.” The charges are dismissed.
|June 25||Gabby Hartnett leads the Cubs to 13-12 win over Philadelphia by hitting 2 HRs and 2 singles‚ and driving in 7 runs‚ including the game-winner in the bottom of the 9th.|
The 3rd-place Yankees sweep a pair from the Browns‚ winning 5-4 and 16-4. Sam Byrd has a single‚ double and triple in the opener to pace New York‚ and Babe Ruth hits #25 and #26 in the nitecap to back Red Ruffing‘s pitching.
The Senators unload 11 runs in the 7th inning to beat Cleveland‚ 13-5. Bluege has 4 hits for the Nats.
|June 27||The A’s get slugging from their pitchers‚ but split a twinbill with the Browns. Lefty Grove hits a homer in the first game‚ but five A’s boots give the Browns an 8-2 win. Dick Coffman scatters 11 hits to win. In game 2‚ Jack Quinn‚ A’s pitcher who is 8 days shy of his 46th birthday‚ becomes the oldest player to hit a HR when he connects against the Browns Chad Kimsey. Quinn also picks up the victory‚ 8-3. Fellow sluggers Foxx and Simmons add homers.|
A Ladies Day crowd swells the Wrigley Field attendance to a park record 51‚556 (just 19‚748 paid) to watch the Cubs 7-5 win over Brooklyn. Kiki Cuyler‘s two-run 10th-inning HR is the clincher‚ as Guy Bush goes the route.
The Pirates hold off a 9th inning rally by the Phils to win their 3rd straight over their cross-state rivals. Heine Meine is the winner‚ despite giving up 12 hits‚ including two doubles and two triples by Lefty O’Doul.
|June 28||The first night game in Detroit takes place at newly built Hamtramck Stadium as the Negro League Detroit Stars take on the Kansas City Monarchs. The stadium was opened May 11th when the Stars played the New York Cubans and Ty Cobb threw out the first ball.|
|June 30||Brooklyn‚ in need of an OF‚ buys Ike Boone from the San Francisco Missions (PCL) where he was hitting .448 through 83 games. In 1929 Boone compiled an all-time record of 553 total bases while hitting 55 homers and batting .407. Boone wasn’t even Brooklyn’s first choice; the Robins preferred another PCL batting star‚ Buzz Arlett‚ but he had his eye injured in a postgame fight when umpire Chet Chadbourne slugged the Oakland OF with his mask.|
The Cubs move into first place ahead of Brooklyn by defeating the Giants‚ 10-3‚ at home. Sheriff Blake beats Joe Genewich for the victory.
|July 2||Carl Reynolds of the White Sox hits 3 consecutive HRs in three consecutive innings (the 1st‚ 2nd and 3rd)-just the 2nd player to do so-and drives home 8 runs in the 2nd game of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. The Sox win‚ 15-4. Two of the HRs are hit inside-the-park‚ in the 1st and 3rd innings. The feat is second-billed‚ as headlines tell of Ruth tearing a nail off his finger on the OF screen trying for Reynolds’ 2nd homer. In the opener‚ Ruth has 2 hits‚ including his 31st homer in the Yanks 5-1 win. Roy Sherid allows just 3 Sox hits.|
|July 4||In the 1st of 2 games‚ Washington’s Sam Jones shuts out the Yanks‚ 8-0. In the nitecap Ruth hits his 32nd homer of the year‚ putting him 20 games ahead of his 1927 pace‚ but the Nats win again‚ 7-3.|
In the morning half of the holiday doubleheader‚ the Giants spot Brooklyn ace Dazzy Vance a 4-0 cushion after six innings‚ then come back to win‚ 5-4 in 11 innings. Brooklyn wins the afternoon game‚ 5-2‚ to cling to their precarious lead in the NL.
|July 5||Frankie Frisch‚ Cardinals 2B‚ ties Miller Huggins‘ NL record with 16 chances in a game in which St. Louis defeats Cincinnati 6-4.|
The Phillies lose a doubleheader to the Braves‚ 17-5 and 7-4‚ to drop into the cellar for the rest of the season‚ despite a team batting average of .315. Wally Berger homers in game 1‚ his 23rd‚ to tie Hack Wilson for the NL lead.
Chicago takes over 1st place in the NL with a 12-3 win at Pittsburgh. Five Cubs have 3 hits apiece.
Marking the first time 2 Negro-League teams play at Yankee Stadium‚ 20‚000 watch the New York Lincoln Giants and the Baltimore Black Sox split a pair. Baltimore’s Rap Dixon has 3 HRs and for the Giants‚ Chino Smith has 2 HRs and a triple.
|July 7||On Babe Herman‘s homer and 2 doubles‚ the Robins nose out the Reds‚ 2-1‚ and take over first place from the Cubs. Ray Moss wins the pitching duel over Bob Smith.|
The host Phillies pound out 22 hits and still lose to the Giants‚ 13-12. New York totals 16 hits off three pitchers. Lefty O’Doul and Chuck Klein hit homers for the Quakers‚ but in the 9th inning with two on and two out‚ Carl Hubbell comes in to strike out Klein.
At Boston‚ Alvin Crowder pitches the Senators in first place‚ beating the Red Sox‚ 8-1. It is Crowder’s 5th win since joining the Nationals and the 8th in a row for the Senators. In a pre-season AP poll‚ the Senators were picked to finish in 7th place‚ just ahead of the Red Sox. Their stay at the top will be short-lived‚ however.
|July 8||For the 2nd time in 5 days‚ the Yankees are shut out. This time the A’s Rube Walberg turns the trick‚ winning 4-0 in the first game of a doubleheader. It is the 2nd and last time the Yanks will be shut out this year.|
|July 9||Milt Gaston of the Red Sox beats the Senators to stop a 10-game winning streak by the league-leading Senators beating the Nats‚ 5-1‚ in the nitecap of 2. The Senators win the opener‚ 5-2. In 1929 he halted an 11-game string by the A’s‚ the eventual winners.|
The Phillies come from behind in the last of the 9th to defeat the Giants 5-4. Chuck Klein‘s double off Carl Hubbell drives in Lefty O’Doul from 2B.
|July 10||Fred Lindstrom has 5 hits to lead the Giants to a 19-8 rout the Phillies. This is the 3rd time he has accomplished this feat. The Giants score 10 runs in the 3rd and pound 3 pitchers for 26 hits. Chuck Klein hits his 25th homer in the 6th.|
|July 12||At Navin Field‚ the league-leading Senators split a pair with the Tigers‚ losing the opener‚ 3-2‚ and taking the nitecap‚ 7-5. Joe Judge’s homer and sacrifice fly led Detroit in the opener with Earl Whitehill picking up the complete game win. General Crowder takes the loss. The Nats win the nitecap‚ overcoming a 4-1 Detroit lead after 5 innings. Joe Cronin and Dave Harris clout solo homers for Washington‚ as Bobby Burke is the winner in relief.|
The visiting A’s score ten runs in the 3rd inning to crush the Browns‚ 15-7. Jimmie Foxx and Ralph Kress hit homers as the bang out 20 hits‚ four by Joe Boley. Sam Gray last just 2 1/3 innings in taking the loss. Rube Walberg is given the win‚ despite pitching just 2 innings. Bill Shores mops up with seven innings of relief.
The visiting Yankees use a 6-run rally in the 8th inning to beat the White Sox‚ 11-6‚ and gain a split on the day. Chicago wins the opener‚ 11-7. In the 2nd game‚ the Sox score 4 in the 7th‚ but reliever Red Ruffing stops the attack. Leading off the 8th inning‚ Ruffing sails a homer into the RF stands to start the New York rally. Babe Ruth‚ his 3 day suspension over‚ collects three singles in the two games. The New York Times reports that “during lulls in the activity‚ small children raced out into left field to shake hands with him‚ provoking the umpires’ displeasure.” The hitting honors for the day belong to Chicago’s Carl Reynolds with seven hits‚ including two doubles and a homer. His three-run homer in the first game occurs when Harry Rice can’t hold his long fly ball‚ then overthrows 3B. Smead Jolley adds a homer and triple in the opener as Chicago unloads ten runs in three innings to back Ted Lyons pitching.
|July 13||Detroit’s Vic Sorrell stops the Senators‚ 5-4‚ to drop Washington out of first place. Sorrell’s single off Bobby Burke drives home Mark Koenig with the winning run. Every batter in Detroit’s lineup collect a hit‚ as the Tigers amass eleven safeties.|
The defending champs‚ the Philadelphia A’s‚ move into first place by again beating the Browns‚ 12-1‚ and will remain in the lead the rest of the season.
With a little help from the Massachusetts Sunday baseball law‚ the Braves sweep a pair from the Cubs. Socks Seybold scatters 7 hits in the opener to beat Sheriff Blake‚ 2-1. In the nitecap‚ the Braves are ahead‚ 3-0‚ at the end of eight innings with the clock at 5:34. The Cubs then score 4 in the 9th to take the lead‚ 4-3. The Braves have runners on 2B and 3B with one out in the bottom of the 9th when the police inform the umpire that the game must stop because it is 6:00. The score reverts to 3-0 and Bob Smith has a win. Guy Bush is the loser.
The Robins stay 2 1/2 games ahead of the Cubs‚ despite losing to Pittsburgh‚ 1-0. Larry French scatters 9 hits‚ and the Robins strand 12 runners‚ to hand a tough loss to Jumbo Elliot. Paul Waner‘s 7th inning ground out scores Joe Engle from 3B with the lone run.
|July 14||Brooklyn takes a 12-3 lead over the Pirates after 5 innings‚ and Dazzy Vance puts it on auto for the last 4 innings‚ giving up 12 hits and 7 runs to win his 10th. Pittsburgh only hit in the first four innings is a bunt single by George Grantham. Captain Glenn Wright matches the Pirates by hitting two homers and two singles to drive in seven runs. Grantham and Wright will homer in every NL park this season‚ as 5 NLers do it.|
At Comiskey Park‚ the White Sox outslug the Yankees 10-9 in the opener before being handcuffed in the nitecap by Bob Shawkey‚ 7-2. Lou Gehrig homers in each game‚ while Babe Ruth‚ nursing a sore hand‚ contributes a two run single in the opener for his only safety. Ben Chapman adds a 4th-inning homer in the nitecap.
|July 15||At the Polo Grounds‚ Tony Cuccinello knocks in 6 runs and Curt Walker scores 5 runs as Cincinnati trounces Carl Hubbell and the Giants‚ 14-8. Cooch has a homer‚ double and single‚ while Walker collects a homer and 2 doubles.|
|July 16||At a packed doubleheader in Ebbets Field‚ the Cubs Pat Malone stops the Dodgers 6-4 in the opener. The 2nd game is a free-for-all that features Brooklyn’s Del Bissonette trying to stretch a triple and being tagged out at home by Gabby Hartnett. Bissonette is knocked unconscious and leaves on a stretcher. Dodger P Dolf Luque‚ despite being hit by a pitch from Charlie Root‚ defeats the Cubs 5-3.|
|July 17||Dazzy Vance makes his first relief appearance of the year‚ holding the Cubs scoreless in the 9th inning of a 3-3 game. But Chicago scores 3 in the 13th off Dazzy to win‚ 6-3. Footsie Blair‚ who scored in the first after a triple‚ starts the rally in the 13th with a one out single. Reliever Guy Bush takes home the win.|
|July 18||Before 15‚000 at the Polo Grounds‚ the Giants rally for 5 runs in the 9th inning to beat the Cards‚ 8-7. New York overcomes two homers by Frankie Frisch‚ a 3-run homer in the 3rd and another in the 8th with one on. Travis Jackson starts the rally with a leadoff single in the 9th and closes the scoring with another single.|
The first place Robins drop a 6-2 decision to Sheriff Blake and the visiting Cubs. Del Bissonette‘s 6th inning homer accounts for all the Robin scoring‚ while the Cubs make 12 hits‚ including three homers‚ in cutting Brooklyn’s lead to 17 percentage points.
At Baker Bowl‚ the Reds top the Phils‚ 13-6‚ as Bob Meusel scores 5 runs.
Despite homers by Gehrig (25th) and Ruth (33rd)‚ the Browns roll over the Yankees 14-6. Ruth adds a triple and double‚ but the Brownies counter with 18 hits off four New York hurlers. Goose Goslin and Oscar Melillo homer for St. Louis. Vic Sorrell gets credit for the win.
Behind Mark Koenig‚ the Tigers stitch the Red Sox‚ 7-6. The former Yankee shortstop has two singles‚ a three run homer in the 4th‚ and starts a triple play in the 8th inning. McManus for Detroit and Earl Webb for Boston add homers. The Tigers also announce the sale of good-hitting Fats Fothergill to the White Sox.
Jimmie Foxx clouts two homers (#24 and #25) plus a double in leading the A’s to a 15-1 hosing of the White Sox. Foxx’s clouts come in the 3rd and 4th innings when the Mackmen score 11 times. Cochrane and Boley add homers as George Earnshaw coasts to the win. Al Simmons is 2-for-5 to keep his league leading average at .390.
The PCL rejects the universal draft‚ the new agreement demanded by the major leagues of the five big minor circuits. The International League rejected the demand on Thursday at their meeting in Buffalo.
The New Haven Profs join Providence in dropping out the Eastern League because of financial difficulties.
|July 19||The Cubs take a 3-1 lead against Brooklyn’s Dazzy Vance‚ who is lifted in the 8th‚ then score two more on an error by reliever Joe DeBerry. Chicago hangs on for a 5-4 win behind Joe Osborne.|
|July 21||Four pinch-hit HRs are hit during a doubleheader split between Brooklyn and St. Louis. Hal Lee and Harvey Hendrick connect for Brooklyn; George Puccinelli and Jim Bottomley homer for the Cards. The homers represent the first ML hits for both Lee and Puccinelli. Hendrick’s pinch homer with two on and two out in the 9th gives Brooklyn a 9–8 win over Flint Rhem in the opener. Guy Mancuso, Frankie Frisch and Bottomley homer in the opener as the Cardinals score all their runs on home runs. Led by Andy High‘s four hits, the Redbirds outslug the Robins for a 17–10 win in the nitecap. In that game, Brooklyn’s Hal Lee adds to the day’s homer barrage with his first ML hit, a 3-run pinch homer in the 2nd inning off Al Grabowski. The day’s carnage results in 54 hits, 44 runs, 18 extra base hits, and 11 errors. The split drops Brooklyn into second place.|
The Cubs ruin the first Ladies Day at the Polo Grounds as Pat Malone and Charlie Root shut out the Giants 6-0. Malone is the winner over Tiny Jim Chaplin. About 3‚500 women are admitted free‚ and then see Hack Wilson club two homers‚ #28 and #29‚ to help Chicago move back into first place. Hack also whiffs with the bases jammed in the 9th. This is the first of regular Friday afternoon Ladies Day promotions that New York will be running.
Ruth cracks homer #35‚ Gehrig belts his 28th‚ his 3rd homer in 2 games‚ and Harry Rice adds another homer to lead the Yanks to a 7-3 win over Cleveland. Lefty Ed Wells is the winner despite giving up 4 hits to John Hodapp. Ruth is 12 games ahead of his 1927 pace.
Dallas (Texas League) drops Grover Cleveland Alexander after he fails to stay in training.
|July 22||Phillies pitcher Phil Collins hits home runs in the 4th and 5th innings of an 11-5 win over the Pirates. His two HRs is half of his career total. Teammate Pinky Whitney adds an inside-the-park homer in the 6th.|
Behind Ed Coffman‚ the Browns outpoll the Senators‚ 3-1‚ for their 3rd win in a row over Washington. The Browns are the only team to have won more than they’ve lost against the 2nd place Nats so far this year.
Good-hitting pitcher George Uhle bangs a 2-run pinch single in the 8th to give the Tigers a 6-5 win over the first place A’s. Reliever Lefty Grove takes the loss‚ his 4th of the year‚ while Chief Hogsett is the Bengal victor. The two teams combine for 10 doubles‚ with Hayworth and McManus collecting a pair.
The Indians trip the Yankees twice‚ winning 6-5 and 10-8. Cleveland wins the opener for Willis Hudlin by scoring a pair in the bottom of the 9th. The Yanks tie the nitecap at 8-8 when Ben Chapman scores on the front end of a double steal. Earl Averill breaks the tie with a two-run homer‚ his 2nd of the game‚ and his 2nd over the right field screen.
|July 23||Pie Traynor of the Pirates is responsible for two victories over the Phillies at Baker Bowl. His HR in the 9th off Roy Hansen seals the first game‚ 2-1‚ for Heine Meine. He comes through one mo’ time in the nitecap going 5-for-7 with a 3-run HR in the 13th to win 16-15. George Grantham scores 5 runs for the Bucs. Traynor’s 13th inning blast negates 27 hits by the Phils‚ including two homers by Don Hurst‚ for a then-record-tying team total 48 total bases. The Phils knot the score in the 8th‚ 9th‚ and 12th innings‚ but fall short in the 13th.|
|July 24||The Cubs and Phils each bang out 17 hits‚ but the Cubs prevail 19-15. When Chuck Klein objects sharply to an 8th-inning strike call by umpire Lou Jorda he is banished for the first time in his career. Also ejected are Phils’ manager Burt Shotton‚ captain Fresco Thompson‚ and 1B Don Hurst. It is necessary to use 42-year-old Cy Williams in RF in the 9th‚ the only inning of play Klein will miss in 1930. With the win the Cubs (54-39) stay .007 behind Brooklyn‚ which divides a pair with the Reds.|
Red Sox outfielder Earl Webb is 4-for-4 including a double and homer‚ to lead the Red Sox to an 8-5 win over the Browns. He also starts a double play to back Reb Russell‘s pitching.
Despite the efforts of Chick Hafey‚ who goes 4-for-4 with 2 homers‚ the Braves edge the Cards‚ 5-4. Bob Smith picks up the win over Jess Haines. Braves rookie Wally Berger hits his 27th homer in going 4-for-4.
Jimmie Foxx clubs his 27th homer of the year‚ a 2-run shot in the 9th inning‚ to give the first-place A’s the victory‚ 8-6‚ over Cleveland. The drive‚ high into the CF bleachers off Willis Hudlin‚ scores Mickey Cochrane. Earlier‚ Cochrane hits his 22nd homer of the year to help Ed Rommel to the win.
In Detroit‚ the 3rd place Yankees beat the Tigers 7-2. Ruth clouts his 36th homer to help Roy Sherid win over Guy Cantrell.
|July 25||Lefty Grove coasts to an easy win as the A’s beat up the Indians‚ 14-1. The first-place Mackmen use 10 walks‚ three homers‚ and a ML record pair of triple steals in handing the loss to Pete Jablonowski. Bishop‚ Miller‚ and Simmons hit the homers while the triple thefts come in the first inning (Simmons on the front end‚ Miller and Williams) and the 4th (Cochrane scores with Simmons and Foxx on the back end). Miller had four hits to lead the A’s.|
At Cincinnati‚ the Robins down the Reds‚ 7-2‚ to maintain a half-game lead on the Cubs. Brooklyn pins the loss on Red Lucas‚ with the big blows being two run-triples by both Taffy Wright and Johnny Frederick.
The Cubs pound 15 of their 16 hits off the Phils starter Ray Benge to beat the Phils‚ 9-5. Danny Taylor‚ playing in place of Riggs Stephenson has four of the Cubs hits‚ including a triple. Nelson‚ the first of three Cubs pitchers‚ is the winner.
The 3rd-place Yankees pound old mate Waite Hoyt and beat the Tigers‚ 14-7. Detroit takes the early lead‚ knocking out Wells in the first inning with five runs‚ but Henry Johnson pitches 8 1/3 innings of solid relief and pounds a two-run triple in the 4th to make it 5-4. Gehrig adds a single‚ triple and his 29th homer as each team makes 11 hits.
The Yankees option Lefty Gomez to St. Paul. Gomez‚ out the past five weeks following a dental operation‚ will be replaced by righty Walter Brown from Tulsa (Western L.).
|July 26||Phils pitchers continue their consistency‚ giving up 5 HRs to the Cubs in a 16-2 pasting. Hack Wilson has 3 of the homers‚ increasing his total to 32‚ while Gabby Hartnett and winning pitcher Pat Malone add the other two. Phil Collins‚ the ace of the weak Phillies staff‚ is routed by the 9 run attack in the first two innings.|
At the Polo Grounds‚ Bill Terry collects a double and two homers to lead the Giants to a 10-4 come-from-behind win over the Pirates. Memphis Bill’s 2nd homer is inside-the-park against Erv Brame‚ the loser to Fred Fitzsimmons. Giants manager John McGraw‚ who skips the game to look over the Montreal Royals in Canada‚ opines‚ ” This lively ball is hurting baseball. I think the club owners ought to get together on it. I suppose six out of eight teams in each league would like to see it go. It has taken the confidence out of pitchers. The ball is so lively that fielders cannot handle it and throw it to the plate. Bunting is gone-the ball is too lively. And baserunning has disappeared. The public liked that. Those plays were always close.” Flubber??
At Boston‚ 33‚000 fans are on hand for Rabbit Maranville Day and to watch the Braves play a doubleheader with the Cardinals. The captain-shortstop receives numerous gifts between games‚ including a car‚ a chest of silver‚ and a $1‚000 in gold. A three run rally in the 8th by St. Louis wins the opener‚ 5-4‚ for Burleigh Grimes. The Braves win the nitecap‚ 6-5‚ behind sterling relief work by Bob Smith. Cards’ acting manager Frankie Frisch has 4 hits and a stolen base in game 2.
|July 27||In the most efficient relief appearance in history‚ Cincinnati hurler Ken Ash comes in for Larry Benton and throws just one pitch against the Chicago Cubs. With the Reds trailing 3-2 in the top of the 6th‚ Ash’s pitch to Charlie Grimm results in a 4-5-2-3-5 triple play. All three outs come on tags‚ with 3B Tony Cuccinello making 2 putouts. Ash is hauled for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the 6th and the Reds score 4 times‚ then hold on for a 6-5 win. Ash receives credit for the victory‚ his last (of 6) in the ML. Mike Marshall will duplicate the one pitch-three outs in the 1970s.|
|July 28||At the Polo Grounds‚ it again is Bill Terry leading the Giants to a 5-4 win‚ this time over the last-place Phils. Terry has 4 hits‚ including two homers‚ and his bases-loaded sac fly in the 9th drives home the winner. Jim Chaplin is the winner over Earl Collard.|
With the official temperature at 107 degrees in St. Louis‚ Ted Lyons and the White Sox beat the Browns‚ 6-5. A run behind going into the 9th‚ the Sox tie it on Bill Cissell‘s single and Bennie Tate‘s double‚ then score the winner on Lyon’s double. Goose Goslin hits his 22nd homer for St. Louis‚ and his 4th in two days.
At Cleveland‚ the Indians also come from behind to win in the 9th‚ 7-6 over the Tigers. Tiger pitcher Elon Hogsett breaks a 5-5 tie by hitting a solo shot in the 9th‚ then gives up two runs on a double by Twitchie Porter. Pete Jablonowski (after 1933‚ he plays as Pete Appleton) scores the 7th run to pick up the win.
The Cubs sweep the Reds‚ 3-2 and 5-3‚ behind Charlie Root and Guy Bush. Benny Frey and Jakie May take the losses. In game two‚ Hack Wilson drives home Kiki Cuyler in the 4-run 3rd inning‚ but Charley Grimm get credited on the official scorecard with the RBI. This “lost RBI” would give Wilson 191 ribbies for the year‚ and will finally be corrected by ML baseball in 1999. As James Braswell will first note in 1977‚ the lost ribbie gives Wilson 11 straight games (July 24-August 5) with at least one RBI‚ a ML mark that Wilson will share with Mel Ott.
|July 29||Despite a Hack Wilson HR‚ Eppa Rixey pitches the visiting Reds to a 4-3 win over the Cubs. Sheriff Blake takes the loss. The hot-hitting Hack will add homers on August 1st‚ 2nd‚ and 5th.|
Cleveland hands the Tigers a four-run lead‚ then roars back to win 14-7. Four walks plus three hits off Guy Cantrell gives the Indians 7 runs in the 2nd inning. In the inning‚ Earl Averill hits his 10th homer and a double. Reliever Milt Shoffner pitches 7 1/3 innings for the win.
Ruth contributes a pair of singles and a walk‚ but Gehrig supplies the big blows in New York’s 12-3 win over the host A’s. After Ruth opens the 4th with a single‚ Gehrig hits his 30th homer into left-center field. In the 5th‚ Babe walks and Gehrig triples to center; a Ruth single in the 7th is followed by a Gehrig smash over the RF wall. Lou adds a double in the 2nd and his 6 RBIs make it easy for Henry Johnson to pick up the win. Gehrig’s hitting moves him into the AL lead at .390‚ as Al Simmons (.386) is hitless.
|July 30||Cincinnati loses an exhibition night game at Indianapolis. In 1935 the Reds will inaugurate night baseball in the majors.|
|July 31||Hazel Johnson‚ wife of Senators’ manager Walter‚ dies in Washington. She suffered from heat exhaustion after driving from Kansas last week in what is the hottest month to date in U.S. history. She leaves 5 children.|
Yankee Lou Gehrig hits his 7th career grand slam‚ off Boston’s Ed Durham‚ to lead the Yankees to a 14-13 slugfest over the Red Sox. The Yanks have now slugged 5 grand slams in the past 5 weeks.
The Giants use a 20-hit attack to subdue the Braves, 11–5. Fred Lindstrom has four singles to reach the 1,000 hit level at age 24.
|August 1||Fred Lindstrom supplies the power for the Giants, driving in 6 runs with a double, single, and two home runs. He adds a stolen base as the Giants beat the Braves, 10–4. Yesterday the 24-year-old collected his 1,000th career hit.|
|August 2||Playing under Kansas City’s portable light system‚ the Pittsburgh (later Homestead) Grays 44-year-old hurler Smokey Joe Williams (27 strikeouts) spins a one-hitter to defeat the Monarchs’ Chet Brewer (19 strikeouts‚ including 10 in a row starting in the 7th) 1-0 in a fiercely contested 12-inning matchup. Oscar Charleston scores the only run.|
|August 3||In the 1st of two in a doubleheader sweep over the Braves‚ Chuck Klein hits safely in his 26th consecutive game‚ the 2nd time this season he has run a streak to this length. He will hit safely in 135 of his team’s 156 games in 1930. Klein‚ who hit .434 in the stretch‚ is stopped in the 2nd game of the doubleheader. The Phils win‚ 11-5 and 4-1.|
At Washington‚ the Senators divide a pair with Boston‚ winning 11-2 and losing 7-1. Joe Judge manages the Nats with Walter Johnson in mourning‚ Senator players will act as pall bearers at Mrs. Johnson’s funeral tomorrow.
|August 4||At Philadelphia‚ Lefty Grove helps himself to his 17th win by belting a 3-run homer in the 2nd. Al Simmons adds two triples and a 2-run homer as the A’s beat Boston‚ 13-4.|
At Detroit‚ Charley Gehringer hits a CF homer with the bases loaded in the 12th inning to give the Tigers a 7-3 win over Chicago. It was Gehringer’s 4th hit and 2nd homer as he drives in 6 runs. It is Gehringer’s 2nd 12th inning homer in a month: he hit one against Cleveland on July 4.
|August 6||Eugene Mercantelli‚ under the name Gene Rye‚ hits 3 HRs in the 8th inning as Waco (Texas) racks up 18 runs in the inning against Beaumont. Waco wins 22-4. The 5′ 6″ Rye will have 39 ML at bats and get 7 hits‚ all singles. Rye sets 4 organized baseball records for one inning with 12 total bases‚ 9 extra bases‚ 3 HRs‚ and 8 RBI (since tied). In 1931‚ Rye will hit .179 for the Red Sox in 17 games.|
|August 8||In St. Louis, the first place Dodgers beat the Cardinals, 11–5 and are now 12 games ahead of the 4th place Birds (53-52). The Cubs win to stay close in 2nd place and the Giants sweep a pair to stay 5 1/2 games behind in third place. But it will be the 4th-place Cardinals who will make the charge.|
|August 9||John Stone‚ Detroit OF‚ doubles in 2 runs in the 6th inning against Boston as the Tigers win 3-0. Stone has now hit in 27 straight games‚ but will go hitless in tomorrow’s Sunday game at Fenway. His streak started with a triple in the 2nd game of a July 12 doubleheader. Vic Sorrell tosses today’s shutout.|
The A’s increase their AL lead with a second straight doubleheader sweep of the White Sox‚ winning 9-2 and 3-0. Jimmie Foxx‘s 32nd homer‚ off Caraway with two on in the 8th‚ gives Ed Rommel the win the curtain call. The second place Senators drop a pair to the Indians.
|August 10||In a Sunday doubleheader in St. Louis‚ 21‚000 fans cheer as the Cards sweep two from the first place Dodgers. Burleigh Grimes takes the opener 8-2‚ despite Babe Herman starting a triple play for Brooklyn. Bill Hallahan K’s 12 to win the nitecap 4-0. The 4th place Cards are now 9 games behind Brooklyn.|
Before 45‚000 fans‚ the Cubs sweep two from the Boston Braves at Wrigley to move a game in back of Brooklyn. Hack Wilson drives home 7 runs on 3 homers‚ the last his 39th‚ to back up Charlie Root‘s 3-hit shutout in the opener. The Cubs win 6-0 beating Bob Smith. Pat Malone completes the sweep. twirling a 5-hitter to beat Bruce Cunningham‚ 11-1‚ in the nitecap.
The last place Phillies win 18-0‚ as Claude “Weeping” Willoughby defeats the Reds in the first game of a twin bill‚ then take the 2nd game‚ 4-3. Chuck Klein and Lefty O’Doul each total 6 hits in the 2 games. The Phils will tie the ML mark they set last season by playing just six shutout games‚ winning 4 and losing 2. Today’s shutout margin ties a team record set in 1910.
At Fenway‚ Detroit’s Earl Whitehill wins his 9th straight‚ beating the Red Sox‚ 4-2. The Sox score their 2 runs in the 9th. Detroit collects 9 hits‚ but John Stone goes hitless ending his 27-game hitting streak.
|August 11||The Cubs displace Brooklyn for the league lead‚ completing a 4-game sweep with the Braves. Cubs P Bud Teachout wins the final game‚ 4-3‚ in 10 innings.|
|August 12||With 40‚000 fans on hand at Wrigley Field‚ Dazzy Vance gives up 14 hits and walks 4 but strands 16 Cubs runners. With the game tied‚ 2-2‚ in the 11th Riggs Stephenson bounces a single to drive in the winning run. Brooklyn loads the bases in both the 9th and 10th but comes up dry; in the 8th Brooklyn adds up a triple by Babe Herman‚ a walk to Dale Bissonette‚ and an Al Lopez single for zero runs.|
|August 14||Wes Ferrell of Cleveland breezes to a 15-0 win over the league-leading A’s for his 20th win.|
The Cubs top the faltering Dodgers‚ 5-1‚ as Pat Malone picks up the victory.
|August 16||Lefty Grove (20-4) wins his 20th game of the season‚ and 6th in a row‚ beating the Browns in Philadelphia‚ 4-2. Grove drives in the first two runs in the 2nd off Dick Coffman‚ who gives up 9 hits in the loss. The Browns net 10 hits off Grove.|
At Wrigley‚ the league-leading Cubs nip the Phillies‚ 10-9‚ the play to a 3-3 tie in 11 innings before darkness intervenes. The Phils score 8 runs in the 7th to take a 9-8 lead‚ but Gabby Hartnett‘s drive wins the game for Chicago. Hack Wilson hits his 41st homer in the opener. The Phils manage just two hits in the nitecap‚ but take a 3-0 lead into the 9th. But Chicago scores a run on a balk by Stephenson‚ then Woody English cracks a two-run homer to tie.
Meanwhile‚ the 2nd place Dodgers split with the Pirates‚ winning 7-5 before losing 6-2.
|August 18||Woody English scores 5 runs and Hack Wilson hits his 42nd HR‚ as the Cubs crush the Phillies 17-3. Pat Malone contributes another HR and goes the distance for the win.|
|August 19||Goose Goslin hits 3 consecutive HRs for St. Louis to back George Blaeholder’s 7-0 shutout of the Philadelphia A’s.|
In the first of two‚ Chicago’s Hack Wilson connects off Phils P Sugar Sweetland for his 43rd HR‚ tying Chuck Klein‘s NL record set last year. In RF‚ Klein waves to Wilson as he circles the bases. The Phils hold on for a 9-8 win with Claude Willoughby the winner over rookie Bud Teachout. The second game ends in a 6-6 tie after 16 innings.
|August 21||Chick Hafey hits for the cycle‚ as the Cards beat the Phillies at St. Louis 16-6.|
|August 22||Dazzy Vance is given little support against the Reds. Pitcher Red Lucas‘ fly ball in the 8th is misjudged and two runs score‚ and Brooklyn loses‚ 4-1.|
|August 23||The Yankees buy Frank Crosetti from the San Francisco Seals but allow him to play another season in the PCL before reporting. The Yankees will make a similar arrangement for Joe DiMaggio‚ buying him from the Seals but waiting a year before acquiring him in 1936.|
The Giants’ Fred Lindstrom singles to extend his hitting streak to 24 games‚ but Pat Malone tops Carl Hubbell for a 4-2 Cubs win.
George Earnshaw give the A’s a 2-0 win over Detroit.
|August 24||New York’s Fred Lindstrom has his 24-game hit streak stopped as the Giants lose to the Cubs 3-2. The game is tied 2-all in the bottom of the 9th‚ when the Cubs load the bases with 2 out. With the count 0-and-2‚ Danny Taylor the runner on 3rd‚ races safely home as surprised Giant reliever Joe Heving watches and then completes his deliberate windup with a wide pitch.|
|August 25||Tommy Bridges walks 12 Brownies‚ but Detroit still beats St. Louis‚ 7-5.|
|August 26||Hack Wilson has 4 RBIs to lead the Cubs over the Pirates 7-5. Wilson cracks a 2-run single in the 5th‚ but then allows a Lloyd Waner liner to skip by him for an inside-the-park-HR‚ and vows to atone. He hits his 44th HR‚ off young Larry French‚ breaking Chuck Klein‘s one-year-old NL record.|
In San Francisco‚ Dolf Camilli‘s brother‚ Frankie‚ dies after a boxing match yesterday with heavyweight Max Baer. Fighting under the name Frankie Campbell‚ he has his neck broken in the 5th round by a Baer punch and never recovers. Camilli‚ a star for Sacramento (PCL)‚ will win the NL MVP in 1941.
|August 28||The Cards outlast the league-leading Cubs 8-7 in a 20-inning game at Wrigley Field. Andy High‘s single scores the winning run‚ even though High was tagged out trying the reach 2nd base. Taylor Douthit‘s run is ruled to have scored before the out. Hack Wilson leaves the game with a strained back after a big swing.|
Brooklyn beats up on Giants ace Carl Hubbell‚ scoring 7 runs in the 6th inning‚ enroute to a win‚ 8-7. Dazzy Vance is the victor.
|August 29||In the Cubs’ 2nd successive extra-inning game‚ Pat Malone beats Burleigh Grimes 9-8 in 13 innings to halt the Cardinals’ 9-game win streak. With captain Charlie Grimm out of the lineup with a spike wound‚ the Cubs sign George Kelly‚ released a month earlier by Reds.|
A little comedy is injected into an 11-inning‚ 9-8 Braves victory over the Phillies. The Braves Rabbit Maranville makes the 3rd out of the 4th inning in a steal attempt at 2B. He argues vigorously and at length. Fresco Thompson of the Phils finally tires of it‚ picks up the scrappy little guy and carries him to his position at SS.
White Sox P Pat Caraway shuts out the Indians 3-0‚ but he has to go 13 innings to do it.
|August 30||New York’s Carl Hubbell loses to Brooklyn 1-0 giving up a run in the 9th. With a runner on 3rd‚ King Carl walks 2 intentionally and then walks in the winning run. Giant coach Dave Bancroft argues the call with umpire Lou Jorda so loudly that he is suspended for 3 games.|
Hack Wilson returns to the Cubs lineup and drives in 6 runs on his 45th and 46th homers of the year to lead Chicago over the Cardinals‚ 16-4. For August‚ Hack hits 13 homers and drive in 53 runs.
|August 31||Bill Hallahan‚ on the way to becoming the NL strikeout leader‚ fans 12 as the Cards beat the Cubs 8-3.|
With a chance to pick up a game and a half on the leading Cubs‚ the Giants edge the Braves 4-3 in the opener a doubleheader before 40‚000 fans at the Polo Grounds. In the 2nd game‚ Mel Ott hits a double and 3 consecutive HRs to drive in 6 runs‚ but the Braves counter with a homer by George Sisler and two by slugging rookie Wally Berger among their 18 hits. Ott is the 4th major leaguer to hit 3 straight homers‚ joining Goose Goslin (August 19‚ 1930) Carl Reynolds (July 2‚ 1930)‚ George Kelly (September 17‚ 1923)‚ and Cap Anson (August 6‚ 1884). The final score is Boston 14‚ New York‚ 10.
At Ebbets Field‚ the Dodgers also roll up a football-like score when they tally 23 hits‚ including round trippers by Babe Herman‚ Glenn Wright‚ and Rube Bressler‚ to stomp the Phils 14-3.
|September 1||The Cardinals take a pair from the Pirates and go into first place. Brooklyn‚ New York‚ and Chicago are all bunched at the top of the standings with St. Louis. Cincy takes a pair from the Cubs‚ winning‚ 5-0‚ behind Red Lucas‚ and‚ 2-1‚ behind Benny Frey.|
In the 2nd of two games‚ Cleveland’s Wes Ferrell tops the Browns‚ 9-5‚ for his 13th straight win. The Indians take the opener as well‚ winning 13-8‚ as pitcher Willis Hudlin helps with a grand slam off the Brownies’ Dick Porter.
A Labor Day crowd of 72‚000 packs Yankee Stadium to see the World Champion A’s split with the New Yorkers. The A’s take the opener‚ 3-2‚ with reliever Lefty Grove striking out Ruth with 2 on to end the game. Ruth drives in a run in the nitecap‚ 2-0 Yankee win. Red Ruffing pitches his 2nd two hitter in 2 weeks to beat George Earnshaw.
|September 4||Rogers Hornsby returns to the Chicago lineup as the Cubs beat the Pirates‚ 10-7‚ in 10 innings. Jesse Petty‚ purchased from the Bucs on August 24th‚ picks up the victory‚ the last one of his career. Hornsby had been absent since Memorial Day because of a broken ankle. The Cubs are in first place‚ but the Cards‚ after thrashing the Reds 13-2‚ move into a tie for 2nd place with the Giants. The Giants lose to the Braves‚ 7-1.|
|September 5||The Braves win their 3rd in a row from the Giants‚ 6-4‚ to drop New York to 3rd place in the NL‚ 6 games in back of Chicago. The idle Cards now are in 2nd all alone.|
|September 6||In the first game of a doubleheader‚ Ted Lyons of Chicago beats Wes Ferrell of Cleveland‚ 2-1‚ ending Ferrell’s winning streak at 13. It’s Ferrell’s first defeat since losing to Detroit on July 4 by a run. Lyons drives in the winning run with a triple to win his 20th on the year. Cleveland wins the nitecap‚ 4-2. Only 2 bases on balls are issued in the doubleheader.|
At Forbes Field‚ the Cubs overcome a 12-8 Pirate lead after 7 innings‚ by scoring 4 runs in the 8th and 6 in the 9th to outshoot the Pirates‚ 19-14. Wilson hits his 47th homer‚ to keep the Cubs in 1st place in the NL race.
The Phillies‚ losers 18-5 to the Giants on the 2nd‚ end a 3-day rest by dropping a 22-8 decision to the host Dodgers. The same 4 pitchers-Collard‚ Elliott‚ Phillips‚ and Sweetland-are on the mound for the Quakers.
After losing 3 straight to the Braves‚ the Giants manage a sweep of Boston‚ winning 13-1 and 7-2. In the opener‚ Terry hits a HR‚ Mel Ott adds 3 hits‚ and starter Fred Fitzsimmons chips in with 2 hits. Third sacker Fred Lindstrom is knocked cold by a grounder off the bat of Boston’s Buster Chatham. The Giants are now tied for 2nd place with the Cards.
Pitching 4 innings of hitless relief‚ Lefty Grove wins his 25th game‚ beating the Red Sox‚ 3-1‚ in 10 innings. Mickey Cochrane‘s 2-run homer with 2 outs in the bottom of the 10th is the winner.
|September 7||Before 36‚000 fans at Sportsman’s Park‚ the Cards sweep 2 from the Reds‚ 4-2 and 11-6‚ to leave the Birds just 2 1/2 games in back of the Cubs.|
In his major league debut‚ Brooklyn’s Van Lingle Mungo shuts out the Braves‚ 2-0.
|September 8||After the Red Sox take the opener from the Browns‚ 4-3‚ the 2 teams battle to a 10-inning scoreless tie in the nitecap. George Blaeholder allows 3 Sox hits‚ 2 by Alex Gaston‚ while brother Milt Gaston gives up 8 hits.|
|September 9||The first place Cubs‚ sporting a team average of .311‚ invade Brooklyn and are shut out by rookie Ray Phelps‚ 3-0.|
|September 10||Forty-one-year-old Dolf Luque hands the Cubs another whitewash as Brooklyn wins‚ 6-0. Chicago’s lead over the Cards and Brooklyn is now 1 1/2 games.|
Detroit’s Vic Sorrell beats the A’s 4-0 for the AL’s last shutout this season. The 41 shutouts is a major league low.
|September 11||The Cubs finally score‚ but still lose to 2-1 to Brooklyn’s Dazzy Vance‚ who strikes out 13 Chicagoans. Hack Wilson‘s homer today is the only Cub run in the series‚ while Glenn Wright‘s 2-run homer in the 1st is all the Robins scoring.|
|September 12||Brooklyn C Al Lopez drives one over the head of Cincinnati LF Bob Meusel‚ and the ball bounces into the bleachers at Ebbets Field. It will be the ML’s last recorded bounce HR‚ as the NL rules after the season that such a hit will henceforth be a double. The AL had made the change after the 1929 season. Brooklyn wins‚ 7-3‚ for their 8th straight win; the Reds go the other way recording their 8th straight loss.|
The Cubs offense finally comes to life‚ as Chicago feasts on Philley pitching to win 17-4. Wilson has a HR‚ two doubles and a pair of singles in the game.
|September 13||At Philley‚ the Phils knock the Cubs out of 1st place winning‚ 7-5. Game 2 is called in the 3rd inning because of rain. Left O’Doul’s 2-run pinch homer in the bottom of the 8th snaps a 5-5 tie.|
Brooklyn beats the Reds‚ 4-3‚ for their 9th straight win. Brooklyn moves ahead of the Cubs and is percentage points behind the Cards.
|September 14||Brooklyn becomes the 3rd team in 3 days to lead the NL‚ beating Cincinnati 13-5‚ their 10th straight win‚ while the Cards split a doubleheader in Boston. Babe Herman once again stops to watch a HR disappear for a record 2nd time in one season. This time‚ Glenn Wright bounces a ball into the CF stands and lopes past the awestruck Herman to reduce the bounce HR to a single. The Robins score 6 runs in the 1st inning‚ the 7th straight game they’ve tallied in the first frame. Brooklyn (83-60) ends the day a half game in front of St. Louis‚ and a game ahead of the Cubs.|
|September 15||The Dodgers win their 11th straight‚ 13-5‚ to sweep the Reds and keep a one-game lead on the Cardinals. Brooklyn scores 6 in the first‚ the 7th straight game they’ve scored in the opening frame‚ to knock out Red Lucas. They would’ve score more in the frame; Glenn Wright‘s liner reaches the bleachers but the shortstop‚ unsure if the hit is a HR‚ runs hard and passes baserunner Babe Herman at 1B. it is the 2nd time this season that Herman has been passed on the basepaths on a HR.|
Newspapers carry the story of the strange disappearance of Cardinals P Flint Rhem on the eve of a crucial series in Brooklyn. Rhem will reappear in two days.
The Cubs split a pair in Philadelphia when Lefty O’Doul again pinch-hits a HR‚ this time in the 9th‚ to beat the Cubs 12-11 in the first game. It is the 2nd consecutive game that O’Doul has produced a pinch-hit homer. In the 2nd game of the day’s doubleheader‚ Hack Wilson hits his 50th HR to pace the Cubs to a 6-4 win.
|September 16||At Ebbets Field‚ the Cards (82-60) and Dodgers (84-60) square off before 30‚000. Cards P Bill Hallahan retires the first 20 batters‚ before he fumbles a grounder. A single in the 8th spoils his no-hitter. The Cards finally score in the 10th on a single by Taylor Douthit after Andy High hits a pinch double and hold on for a dramatic 1-0 win over starter Dazzy Vance. [As a leadoff batter‚ Douthit will knock in record 84 runs‚ a mark that Dom DiMaggio will tie in 1948.] The victory gives the Cards 1st place by a percentage point over the Brooklyn‚ losers for the first time in 12 games‚ their longest win streak in franchise history. The Cubs are in 3rd‚ just 1 1/2 out.|
At the Polo Grounds‚ Carl Hubbell sets the 3rd Cubs back‚ winning 7-0‚ while striking out 10.
The Phils score 5 runs in the 9th inning to tie the Pirates 10-10‚ The Bucs score 4 runs in the top of the 10th‚ then the Phils plate another 5 to win 15-14. The Phils use a triple play in the 8th inning to keep the Bucs from scoring.
|September 17||Earl Averill‚ Cleveland OF‚ hits 3 HRs in succession and narrowly misses a 4th when the umpire rules a long drive foul. The Indians take the opener‚ 13-7. He hits another HR the first time up in the 2nd game of the doubleheader‚ which Washington wins‚ 6-4. Earl tallies a since-topped major-league record 11 RBIs for the afternoon.|
The Braves Wally Berger adds 3 HRs in a doubleheader against the Reds en route to a rookie record. Berger now has 37. The Braves and Reds divide today’s games‚ 6-3 to the Barves in game 1 and 6-4 Reds in game 2.
Flint Rhem‚ missing for 24 hours‚ returns to the Cardinals’ hotel with an improbable story that he was kidnapped by gamblers‚ taken to New Jersey‚ and forced to drink bootleg whiskey. With Rhem unfit‚ Syl Johnson starts. The Cards rally to win 5-3 and take a game lead over Brooklyn at Ebbets Field. For the 2nd straight game‚ Andy High hits a pinch double‚ this time in the 9th to drive in 2 runs. Years later Rhem sets the record straight‚ saying he went to a small party‚ had several drinks and woke up the next morning in his hotel “sicker than I have been in my life.” When Branch Rickey showed up the following day with some newspapermen‚ Rhem was still sick. “‘Shad‚’ Rickey asked me. ‘What’s the matter with you? I guess someone kidnapped you.'” Rhem said‚ “Those writers outside the door took that little conversation and built up the story.”
Hack Wilson hits his 51st and 52nd HRs‚ each with man on‚ to break Gehrig’s RBI record of 175 set in 1927. The Cubs beat the Giants 5-2 at the Polo Grounds.
|September 18||The Philadelphia Athletics clinch the AL championship for the 2nd year in a row‚ defeating the White Sox 14-10. Al Simmons contributes 4 hits‚ including a HR‚ in the win.|
Burleigh Grimes pitches his 15th victory of the year to give the Cardinals a 4-3 win over Brooklyn and a sweep of the series. The Birds now lead the NL by 2 games.
Ray Kremer wins his 20th as the Pirates edge the Phillies‚ 6-5. Chuck Klein has 4 hits for the Phils‚ including homers #35 and #36.
|September 19||At Chicago‚ the White Sox score 4 in the 7th and 5 in the 9th‚ but it is not enough as the Yankees win‚ 18-9. Earle Combs scores 5 runs for the Yankees.|
|September 20||The Cubs pennant hopes get dimmer as the Braves drop the Bruins‚ 3-2. Bob Smith scatters 6 hits to win for Boston. Just acquired reliever Jesse Petty‚ who is replaced by Blake in the 3rd frame after giving up three runs‚ is the Cubs loser.|
A sober Flint Rhem pitches the Cardinals to a 9-3 win over the Phillies in the first of two at Philadelphia. The Cards break a 2-2 tie with a 7-run outburst in the 7th. Gus Mancuso paces the winners with a pair of homers‚ while Chuck Klein homers for the Quakers. The Phils take the nitecap‚ 4-3‚ scoring the winning run on Friberg’s rap with no outs in the 9th. Chuck Klein hits his 57th double in the nitecap.
Joe Hauser of the Baltimore Orioles (International League) sets a new minor league record by hitting his 63rd HR.
|September 21||The Robins drop their 5th decision in a row‚ losing 7-6 to the Pirates. The loss puts Brooklyn in 3rd place behind the Cubs.|
|September 23||Pennant-bound St. Louis hands Flint Rhem an 11-0 lead‚ but he can’t hold it against the Phils. There are 42 hits in the contest as the Cards stagger to a 19-16 win at Philadelphia. In the stands scouting the Redbirds are Connie Mack and several A’s players. Chuck Klein‚ an expert in handling the rebounds off the RF wall at Baker Bowl‚ makes his 44th assist‚ well above the record of 39 set by Mike Mitchell with the Reds in 1907. The Phils’ pitching staff‚ as they’ve done every year since 1918‚ will post the NL’s highest ERA mark: this year 6.702 is the all-time high. The batting average for the entire NL at Baker Bowl this year is .350: Klein’s average at home is .439 for the season.|
|September 24||Behind Lefty Grove‘s 31st win of the year‚ the Athletics belt the Red Sox‚ 9-4. For Grove‚ it is his 11th straight win over Boston. Lefty will lead the league in wins and saves‚ the last pitcher to do so.|
|September 25||Joe McCarthy‚ not receiving the support of Cubs owner William Wrigley‚ resigns as manager. Rogers Hornsby is named to finish the season and manage in 1931. McCarthy will not be idle long‚ and will sign with the Yankees next month.|
Harry Hooper‚ former Red Sox and White Sox star OF‚ is named baseball coach at Princeton University.
Burleigh Grimes wins his 16th as the Cards shut out the Pirates 9-0. The Cards are now 7-12 vs. the Bucs and lead the Cubs by 3 games.
|September 26||St. Louis tops the Pittsburgh Pirates for the 2nd day in a row‚ as 37-year-old Jesse Haines pitches the Cards to a 10-5 pennant-clinching win. Rookie George Watkins has 3 hits‚ including a HR‚ and will finish the year with a .373 average‚ the highest ever for a rookie.|
|September 27||Hack Wilson clubs 2 HRs off Eppa Rixey to finish with a still-standing NL record of 56 round trippers. Gabby Hartnett adds two homers of his own to help Pat Malone win his 20th victory‚ 13-8‚ over the Reds at Wrigley.|
At Ebbets Field‚ the Robins and Braves divide a pair‚ with Brooklyn taking the opener‚ 8-2‚ behind Dazzy Vance. Vance fans 12. Almost overlooked in game 2 is Wally Berger‘s 38th HR for the Braves‚ as Boston tops Brooklyn 7-1. It is a record for rookies and still stands as an NL record.
At Detroit‚ the Tigers split a pair with the White Sox‚ coming from behind to win the opener‚ 6-5 and losing the nitecap 10-5 behind the pitching of infielder Mark Koenig. The Sox rattle Koenig for 10 hits and 10 runs before he takes over for McManus at 3B in the 7th inning. This will be Koenig’s only ML decision‚ though he will make three more mound appearances for the Bengals in 1931.
|September 28||Babe Ruth returns to the scene of his youthful fame‚ the pitcher’s mound at Fenway Park‚ and hurls a 9-3 complete game win over the Red Sox. Gehrig takes Ruth’s LF position‚ ending his streak of 885 consecutive games at 1B‚ and is 3-for-5 to finish the year at .379. Al Simmons‚ who sits out the last game‚ leads the AL with a .381 mark. The third-place Yankees are the first team in history to score moe than a 1‚000 runs in a season (1062). Next year they will set the all-time mark at 1‚067‚ but finish 2nd.|
The Cubs bring down the season’s curtain as Wilson has his 189th and 190th RBI in a 13-11 victory over the Reds. Wilson’s major league RBI record will remain untouched except to revise it upward by 1. With Riggs Stephenson and Kiki Cuyler each driving in 100 runs‚ the Cubs repeat as the first all-100 RBI outfield this century. The Boston outfield in 1894 also had the same credentials.
Bill Terry goes hitless as the Giants edge the Dodgers for 3rd place with a 10-inning win over the Phillies at the Polo Grounds. He finishes at .401‚ and is the last NL player to hit over .400. The Giants set a 20th-century single season batting average record of .319 (the Philadelphia Phillies hit .349 in 1894).
The Cards Dizzy Dean scatters 3 hits for a 3-1 victory over the Pirates’ Larry French in his ML debut. The 19-year-old rookie‚ fresh from the Texas League‚ pitches the final game of the season for the pennant-winning Cardinals. Diz adds a bunt single and eventually steals home. Backup OF Ray Blades is 0-for-2 to drop his average below .400 (40-for-101). The Cards end the season with 1004 runs scored and join the 1930 Yankees as the first teams to score more than 1000 runs. No NL team will match that mark this century.
The major leagues end the season with an attendance record of 10.1 million (8‚200 per game). It won’t be matched till 1940 when the majors reach 10.281 million.
|October 1||The World Series opens with a Wednesday game at Philadelphia’s Shibe Park. The defending World Champion Athletics are held to 5 hits by Burleigh Grimes. Lefty Grove limits the Cards to a pair of runs‚ as the A’s capitalize on their power. Their 5 hits include HRs by Mickey Cochrane and Al Simmons‘ 2 triples and a double‚ providing Philadelphia with single runs in 5 different innings and a 5-2 victory.|
|October 2||Flint Rhem is a surprise starter for the Cardinals but he fails to astonish the Athletics batters. He gives up 6 earned runs in less than 4 innings‚ all the Athletics need to win 6-1 behind George Earnshaw‘s 6-hit pitching. Mickey Cochrane for the A’s and George Watkins for St. Louis hit homers.|
|October 4||Bill Hallahan blanks the A’s 5-0‚ giving up 5 walks and 7 hits. Philadelphia A’s hurler Jack Quinn‚ at age 46‚ pitches 2 innings of relief against the St. Louis Cardinals‚ thereby becoming the oldest player to appear in a WS game.|
|October 5||Jesse Haines pitches a brilliant 4-hitter to beat Lefty Grove and the A’s 3-1‚ thereby evening up the Series.|
|October 6||The A’s take the lead in the Series‚ 3 games to 2‚ when George Earnshaw and Lefty Grove combine to shut out the Cardinals‚ 2-0‚ on 3 hits. Philadelphia’s runs come in the top of the 9th when Burleigh Grimes is tagged for a long 2-run HR by Jimmie Foxx.|
|October 8||George Earnshaw finishes off the Cardinals 7-1‚ pitching shutout ball until the 9th inning. He is clearly the pitching star of the WS with 2 wins and 7 shutout innings of a game in which reliever Lefty Grove got the decision. Despite the “lively” 1930 ball and the many outstanding hitters on both sides‚ it is a pitching-dominated Series. The Cards bat only .200 as a team and the A’s .197. The A’s staff has a combined ERA of 1.73.|
|October 10||The New York Yankees announce they have signed Joe McCarthy to manage the team for 4 years. The Cubs made him available one year after he had led them to a pennant‚ and the Yankees lost no time in signing him. McCarthy will lead New York to 8 pennants and 7 World Championships before resigning in 1946.|
With no MVP award for the second year in a row‚ the Associated Press polls its members and names Joe Cronin unofficial AL MVP for 1930. The Baseball Writers Association names Hack Wilson the MVP of the NL. The Cubs give Wilson a bonus of $1‚000‚ the monetary reward that the MVP title had carried as an official league honor.
|October 14||Brooklyn sends a bundle of cash to the last-place Phillies‚ together with Jumbo Elliott‚ Clise Dudley‚ and Hal Lee to obtain Lefty O’Doul and Fresco Thompson. Elliott‚ 10-7 with Brooklyn in 1930 (his only winning season in 5 for the Brooks)‚ will win a league-high 19 games in 1931.|
|October 19||At Havana’s Stadium Cerveza Tropical a group of major league all stars completes a 7-game series with a squad led by Jewel Ens winning 6-2 over Dave Bancroft‘s team. The Ens team takes the series‚ 5 to 2‚ with most of the games close (as researched by Bill Nowlin) and very well attended. Participating are future Hall of Famers Bancroft‚ Heinie Manush‚ Rabbit Maranville‚ Paul Waner‚ Al Lopez‚ Pie Traynor‚ Chuck Klein‚ Carl Hubbell and Bill Terry. But the star of the series is Larry French‚ who wins 3 games. In between games 5 and 6‚ the Bancrofts beat a Havana all-star team‚ 2-1‚ scoring the winning run in the 9th. A plaque at the stadium commemorates the series.|
|October 29||The Giants sell Wally Roettger to the Cincinnati Reds.|
|November 2||E. S. Barnard completes his 3-year contract as president of the AL. Among Barnard’s innovations have been the establishment of an umpire’s school and the recodifying of the rule book. He also led the effort to eliminate the sacrifice ?y scoring rule (with inflated averages resulting from the livelier baseball‚ the batter no longer needed the benefit of not being charged a time at bat when his ?y ball advanced a runner).|
|November 6||The Pirates trade SS Dick Bartell‚ a .320 hitter‚ to the Phillies for defensive star SS Tommy Thevenow‚ and P Claude Willoughby. The Phils get the better of the shortstop swap‚ while Willoughby lives up to his nickname “Flunky.”|
|November 10||Veteran Jim Vaughn is reinstated by Judge Landis after 8 years of ineligibility. Vaughn‚ who had lost a double no-hitter to Fred Toney in 1917‚ had jumped the Cubs in 1922. He chose to pitch for a semipro team following a salary dispute with Chicago. He will go to spring training with the Cubs in 1931 but will fail to make the team at age 43.|
|November 23||At the Polo Grounds‚ St. Louis Browns OF Red Badgro‚ playing for the NFL New York Giants‚ catches a TD pass against the Green Bay Packers. It is Badgro’s 3rd TD catch of the season‚ all from Benny Friedman. In 1981‚ Badgro will be elected to the Hall of Fame-for football.|
|November 25||The Sporting News‚ also acting to fill the MVP void‚ announces its selection of Bill Terry as the Most Valuable Player in the NL‚ and Joe Cronin in the AL.|
|December 1||Shano Collins‚ a native New Englander‚ is appointed manager of the perennial last-place Boston Red Sox.|
|December 9||At its annual meeting‚ the AL reelects Ernest S. Barnard to a 5-year term as president. Barnard will pass away next March at the Mayo clinic.|
Rube Foster‚ one of the most prominent figures in black baseball history‚ dies. The founder of the Negro National League‚ he excelled as a player‚ manager‚ and executive.
|December 11||The BBWAA votes to continue the custom of selecting an MVP for each league. Beginning in 1931 the annual vote of the BBWAA will designate a player for this honor in each league. Previous MVP winners will be able to repeat under the new rules‚ something that was prohibited by the AL in the 1920s.|
|December 12||The Rules Committee of baseball issues a greatly revised code‚ reducing the number of rules by combining many. Not only is the sacrifice rule abolished but also the rule awarding HRs when the ball bounces into the stands. “Bounce homers” will now be doubles. This had already been in effect in the AL but not the NL.|
|December 13||The 15-year career of George Sisler ends as the Boston Braves release him. A lifetime .340 hitter who twice led the AL with averages above .400‚ Sisler would be among the first to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame‚ enshrined in 1939.|
|December 15||Chief Bender is signed by the New York Giants as a pitching coach. He had coached baseball at the Naval Academy in 1930.|