Baseball in 1932
|January 4||The Depression deepens‚ and AL costs are cut by dropping an umpire from the AL staff of 11.|
Casey Stengel returns from exile in the minor leagues to become coach for the Dodgers.
|January 11||Bill Terry sends his contract back to the New York Giants‚ telling writers he is “thoroughly disgusted.” Terry‚ who just missed the NL batting title‚ was offered a $9‚000 cut from his 1931 contract of $22‚500. The Giants counter by saying that the combined salaries of Hafey and Bottomley‚ the two St. Louis Cardinals who finished ahead of Terry in hitting‚ is only $24‚000.|
|January 14||Babe Ruth rejects a Yankee offer of $70‚000‚ as the major leagues vow to cut salaries by $1 million.|
|January 23||The Dodgers acquire Hack Wilson from the Cardinals‚ which had acquired him in December. The 1930 HR king of the NL costs only $45‚000 and a minor league pitcher‚ and he will sign for $16‚500‚ half his previous year’s salary.|
|January 26||William K. Wrigley‚ 70-years-old‚ majority owner of the Cubs since 1919‚ dies and is buried on Catalina Island. His only son‚ Philip K. Wrigley‚ inherits the Cubs and the minor league Los Angeles Angels‚ but will leave most of the daily operations to president William Veeck.|
|February 5||Barney Dreyfuss‚ owner of the Pirates‚ dies at the age of 66 of complications following prostate surgery. Barney’s tenure as owner is the longest in the history of the major leagues‚ though this will eventually be topped. A few months before his death‚ he was succeeded as president of the club by his son-in-law Bill Benswanger.|
|February 8||Waite Hoyt is released by the Philadelphia Athletics and will sign with Brooklyn.|
|February 12||George Weiss‚ GM of the Baltimore Orioles (International League)‚ joins the Yankee front office. He will eventually run the club during its years under Casey Stengel‘s managing.|
|March 3||In Century‚ Florida‚ Boston Red Sox P Ed Morris‚ 32‚ dies of knife wounds inflicted in a fight at a party given in his honor two days ago in Brewton‚ Alabama. Sox owner Bob Quinn is reported to have had a Yankee offer of almost $100‚000 for the pitcher.|
|March 14||Babe Herman is traded to Cincinnati by the Dodgers. Catching prospect Ernie Lombardi goes with him as a throw in‚ making it one of Cincy’s best trades ever. The Dodgers acquire Tony Cuccinello‚ Joe Stripp‚ and Clyde Sukeforth.|
|March 16||In St. Petersburg‚ Babe Ruth signs a one-year contract for $75‚000.|
|April 6||The Albuquerque Dons (Class D Arizona-Texas League) open the season with a 43-15 win over the El Paso Longhorns.|
|April 8||The Dodgers buy George Kelly‚ former Giants star‚ from Minneapolis.|
|April 10||The Phillies score a run in the 9th to break a 2-2 tie and beat the Athletics‚ 3-2. The lowly Phils win the City Series‚ four games to one‚ over the champion A’s.|
|April 11||President Herbert Hoover continues the tradition of throwing out the first ball at Washington to start the season. The Senators win in the 10th on Heinie Manush‘s double off Boston’s Danny MacFayden‚ giving Al Crowder a 1-0 victory.|
Holdout Chick Hafey‚ last year’s batting champ‚ is traded by the Cardinals to the Reds. The Cards receive Harvey Hendrick (.315) and pitcher Benny Frey (8-12).
|April 12||At Shibe Park‚ bitter cold and the Depression limit the crowd to 16‚000 for the Opener with the Yankees‚ a 12-6 slugfest won by New York. New York racks up five home runs-two each by Babe Ruth and Sammy Byrd‚ and another by Lou Gehrig. Gehrig adds a triple and single‚ as the Yankees score ten runs and hit four homers off ace George Earnshaw. Ruth clouts a three-run homer in the first that lands on a roof across 20th street and a two-run homer in the 4th that travels even farther. The longest homer of the day‚ however‚ is Jimmie Foxx‘s shot to center in the 7th. Jack Saltzgraver and the A’s Max Bishop each walk four times and Gehrig‚ with an 11-4 lead in the 9th‚ steals home with Ben Chapman swiping 2B. Al Simmons answers with a two-run homer‚ the 7th of the game‚ off Lefty Gomez. With the bases full of A’s‚ Red Ruffing gets the last out.|
In the Opener at the Polo Grounds‚ the Phils chase Bill Walker in the 2nd inning and rout the Giants‚ 13-5. Chuck Klein‘s bases-loaded triple is the capper in the 7-run outburst. Starter Fidgety Phil Collins goes all the way for Philadelphia and is 4-for-4 at the plate.
|April 13||At the opener in Chicago‚ the White Sox top the Browns‚ 9-2 behind Sad Sam Jones and 3 doubles by Casey Selph. In the 1st inning‚ the Browns Goose Goslin comes to bat with his war club having 12 white and black stripes painted horizontally on it. Umpire Harry Geisel finds the bat distracting-which was the point- and outlaws it. But Goose still collects 2 doubles and a single.|
In frigid weather at Detroit‚ the Indians trip the Tigers‚ 6-5‚ in 11 innings. On WHK‚ Jack Graney‚ former OF‚ is the Indians color announcer‚ a job he will have till 1954.
|April 15||The A’s edge the Yankees‚ 9-8‚ on Jimmy Dykes‘ sac fly in the 9th inning. Foxx and Cochrane add homers for the A’s.|
|April 17||Bill Terry‚ Giants 1B‚ ties the NL record with 21 putouts as New York shuts out Boston 5-0 on Hal Schumacher’s 2-hitter.|
|April 20||The Yankees draw the largest paid attendance‚ 55‚452‚ for any home opener. [Their “announced” attendance‚ however‚ when the stadium opened in 1923 was 74‚217]. Babe Ruth homers‚ as Lefty Gomez beats Lefty Grove‚ and the Yankees defeat the Athletics‚ 8-3.|
The Cubs open at Wrigley Field and manage just 4 hits off Reds’ ace Red Lucas. Cincy wins 7-2. Lucas is in the middle of a remarkable streak of innings pitched without being relieved‚ a streak which began last August 13th and won’t end until July 15th when Red completes 250 innings.
|April 21||Lefty O’Doul‚ injured in spring training‚ plays his first game for Brooklyn and has 2 hits as the Dodgers lose to the Braves in Boston‚ 6-2. Urbanski and Worthington each knock in 2 runs to back Ben Cantwell‘s win in relief.|
Bill Terry hits his 6th HR in 4 games‚ as the Giants outslug the Phillies 13-8. The 6 homers in 4 straight games ties the ML record of Ruth‚ Klein‚ and Ken Williams.
The Yanikees win game 2 in their series at the stadium‚ beating the Yankees‚ 8-6. Mickey Cochrane hits a 9th inning grand slam to win it. Foxx adds a single and 2 triples for the A’s.
Mark Koenig is released by Detroit to the San Francisco Missions (PCL). He will make a dramatic return with the Cubs late in the season.
|April 23||In Philadelphia‚ the Yanks outslug the A’s‚ 16-5. It marks the 8th straight game that New York has homered.|
|April 24||In Chicago‚ the Cubs’ Kiki Cuyler breaks a bone in his left ankle chasing a fly ball. He’ll be sidelined for seven weeks. Chicago’s Charlie Root goes on to beat Pittsburgh 12-3.|
|April 27||Cardinals manager Gabby Street is fined by the NL for breaking the rule prohibiting talking with spectators.|
|April 29||Chuck Klein leads the Phils to a 13-6 win over the Dodgers. Klein is 4-for-4 with 6 RBIs. Renge is the CG winner.|
Two days after swapping P Bump Hadley and OF Bruce Campbell for the Brown’s Red Kress‚ the White Sox conclude another deal. Chicago sends outfielders Smead Jolley and Johnny Watwood‚ plus C Bennie Tate to the Red Sox for C Charlie Berry. Berry will have 2 solid years in Chicago‚ but will make his mark as an ML umpire and NFL referee.
|May 1||Bill Hallahan walks 10 Cubs‚ but allows just 3 singles as the Cards top the Cubs‚ 7-1. Bush is the loser.|
The New York Yankees reacquire relief ace Wilcy Moore from the Red Sox.
|May 2||At Fenway‚ Jimmy Foxx clouts an 11th inning homer to give the A’s a 3-2 win over the Red Sox. The victory snaps a 6-game losing streak. Lefty Grove is the winner with 2 innings of relief.|
|May 3||The A’s take the 2nd of the 2-game set at Fenway‚ beating the Red Sox‚ 6-1‚ behind George Earnshaw. Al Simmons hits a 3-run HR in the 9th to clinch it.|
|May 5||Sacramento pitcher Tony Frietas pitches the first night no-hitter in PCL history‚ beating Oakland‚ 2-0.|
Jimmie Foxx has a homer‚ 2 singles and scores 5 times as the A’s beat Cleveland and Wes Ferrell‚ 15-3. Lefty Grove holds Cleveland scoreless till the 7th when Willie Kamm hits a 2-run HR. The Mackmen retaliate with 7 runs in the frame.
|May 7||Giant stars Carl Hubbell and Hal Schumacher toss back-to-back shutouts over the Reds. King Carl wins a 1-0 squeaker and Prince Hal follows with a 3-0 win.|
A rare dual league doubleheader takes place at Forbes Field. In the first game the Pirates play the Phillies‚ losing 5-3. In the nitecap‚ the local Negro League Homestead Grays take on the Philadelphia Hilldales.
|May 10||At Philadelphia‚ Lefty Grove shuts out the White Sox‚ 9-0. The A’s will beat St. Louis on the 11th as Foxx goes 7-for-9 in the 2 games. The combined attendance for the 2 matches is 5‚000.|
|May 11||Cardinal starter Wild Bill Hallahan lives up to his name with 3 wild pitches in the 12th inning to hand Brooklyn a 6-3 win at St. Louis. He ties the record set by Jake Weimer of the Cubs on May 10‚ 1903. Wild Bill walked 10 against the Cubs on May 1.|
|May 15||In a 9-2 win at Boston‚ White Sox Carey Selph 3B strikes out for the 9th time this season. It won’t happen again. Selph will go another 89 games‚ a ML-record‚ without a K‚ hitting .283 (396 AB) in his 2nd and last season.|
|May 16||The Yankees record their 4th straight shutout to equal the record set by Cleveland and Boston in 1903 and 1906. Johnny Allen‚ George Pipgras‚ Red Ruffing‚ and Lefty Gomez are the hurlers. Lefty stops Cleveland on 5 hits to win‚ 8-0‚ New York’s 5th shutout in 7 games.|
|May 19||Jimmie Foxx this a 1st inning grand slam to provide all the A’s scoring as Philadelphia beats the Red Sox‚ 4-2. Roy Mahaffey is the winner.|
The NL rescinds its unpopular rule prohibiting players from talking to fans.
|May 20||Paul Waner ties the ML record with 4 doubles in 5 at bats in the Pirates 5-0 win over the Cards. He will break Chuck Klein‘s NL season doubles record with 62. Rip Collins’ double in the 7th is the first of only 2 hits off Larry French.|
|May 21||Before 60‚000 at Yankee Stadium‚ the Bronx Bombers roll over Washington‚ 14-2 and 8-0. Washington collects just 11 hits off Herb Pennock and Johnny Allen. In the opener‚ Ruth hits a grand slam in the 5th off Lloyd Brown and he and Gehrig connect in the 6th off Frank Ragland. Tony Lazzeri is 6-for-7 on the afternoon‚ including a homer‚ 2 doubles and a triple.|
At Philadelphia‚ the A’s win a pair from the Red Sox‚ 18-6 and 6-3. Foxx belts his 12th and 13th homers while Al Simmons totals 6 RBIs in the opener.
|May 22||At Yankee Stadium‚ the A’s top the Yankees‚ 4-2‚ behind Lefty Grove. Foxx‚ Simmons‚ and Cochrane homer for the 3rd place A’s‚ now 4 1/2 games behind the first place New Yorkers. The Yanks will win the next 2‚ however.|
|May 24||Lefty Gomez allows 3 hits and strikes out 13 as the Yankees stop the A’s‚ 3-1.|
|May 26||Red Ruffing scatters 5 hits and Gehrig supplies the offense with a grand slam homerun and the Yankees whip the Senators‚ 5-0.|
The Tigers and White Sox tie 1-1 with one out in top of the 5th inning of their nitecap game‚ halted by rain. This game is sometimes omitted in the league stat compilations‚ even though the rule change prior to 1931 explicitly counts 4 1/2 inning games as official. Detroit wins the opener 11-2‚ stealing 6 bases including a triple steal in the 3rd. Gee Walker has 3 of the 6 steals.
In Philadelphia‚ Boston and the Phils combine for 39 hits‚ including 4 homers‚ 2 triples and 11 doubles. The Phils outlast the Braves‚ 17-13‚ to drop Boston into 2nd place behind the idle Cubs.
The Robins and Giants go 12 innings before Johnny Fredericks’s single drives in the winning run as Broooklyn wins‚ 3-2. Watty Clark is the winner over Carl Hubbell‚ who strikes out 15. With the Robins winning 2-1 in the 5th on homers by Lefty O’Doul and George Kelly‚ Brooklyn apparently plates another run on Al Lopez‘s single. But an alert Joe McCarthy‚ who stayed silent when Senor Lopez struck out twice previously‚ protests correctly that Lopez batted out of turn‚ and the run does not count.
|May 29||The Red Sox split a pair with the visiting A’s‚ winning 6-4 before losing 3-0. It is the Sox last Sunday game at Braves Field. With the lifting of the ban against playing Sunday ball at Fenway (because of a nearby church)‚ the Sox will play a Sunday game there July 3.|
|May 30||A plaque in memory of Miller Huggins‚ former Yankee manager‚ is dedicated at Yankee Stadium‚ the first of an array of monuments erected in the ballpark. The Yanks then sweep the Red Sox‚ 7-5 and 13-3 to increase their lead to 5 games over Washington.|
At Cleveland‚ the Tribe takes a pair from the White Sox‚ 12-6 and 12-11. Afterwards‚ Chicago claims the umpire George Moriarty deliberately made wrong calls and the ump fights with four of the Sox players under the stands. Moriarty breaks his fist knocking down pitcher Milt Gaston‚ but he is pummeled by manager Lew Fonseca and catchers Charlie Berry and Frank Grube. The ump ends up in the hospital while Fonseca and three players will receive fines for the fight. Will Harridge will suspend Gaston for 10 days‚ fine him $500‚ and rebuke Moriarty.
|May 31||Tony Freitas‚ the pint-sized portsider‚ makes his major league debut for the A’s against Washington. He gives up a tying homer to Joe Cronin in the 9th but pitches impressively until leaving in the 11th. George Earnshaw comes on and allows a run in the 12th to lose‚ 5-4.|
|June 1||In a game stopped by rain after 7 innings‚ Cardinals rookie Dizzy Dean bests the Cubs Pat Malone‚ 1-0. Two Bird homers in the 8th are washed out.|
Max Bishop ends a game 1 battle with the Yankees with a 16th inning 2-run homer off Brown to give the A’s an 8-7 win. Red Ruffing‚ who scored 3 runs‚ hit s a HR in the 9th to sned the game into extra frames. Left Grove pitches 15 innings of indecision. The A’s take game 2 by a run‚ 7-6‚ with Jimmie Foxx‘s 2-run homer in the 7th putting the A’s ahead.
|June 2||The Senators sweep a pair in Boston‚ beating the Red Sox‚ 6-4 and 8-1. Monte Weaver wins the opener‚ handing Danny MacFayden his 14th straight loss at the hands of the Nats. The 14 straight losses to one team ties the ML record. Lefty Bob Burke wins the nitecap.|
Buzz Arlett hits 4 consecutive HRs for Baltimore‚ as they edge Reading 14-13 in an IL game.
|June 3||John McGraw‚ who came to New York in 1902‚ resigns as manager of the Giants and is replaced by Bill Terry‚ the team’s star 1B. The headline announcement comes at the Polo Grounds‚ where the game with the Phillies is rained out. McGraw was reportedly the highest paid manager at $50‚000 a year‚ the same as earned by Connie Mack‚ who owns about half of the A’s. Joe McCarthy of the Yankees now ranks 2nd at $40‚000.|
In Philadelphia‚ Lou Gehrig hits 4 consecutive HRs and narrowly misses a 5th in the Yankees-Athletics slugfest won by New York‚ 20-13. Tony Lazzeri hits for the cycle‚ including a grand slam‚ and the teams set a still-standing record for extra bases on long hits in a single game (41). Gehrig’s 5th inning homer-his 3rd of the game-comes off A’s starter George Earnshaw and follows a blast by Babe Ruth‚ his 15th. Lou’s last homer‚ in the 7th‚ is served up by Roy Mahaffey. Earl Combs adds another for New York to help the Yanks set a total base record of 50. Jimmie Foxx has a triple as he and Mickey Cochrane connect for the A’s‚
In an 11-inning defeat‚ 6-5‚ in Pittsburgh‚ two balls bounce by Chicago’s right fielder Rogers Hornsby for triples. The Cubs player-manager‚ trying the outfield for a week‚ will bench himself. Starter Steve Swetonic is the winner when Tony Piet lines Jakey May’s 1st pitch in the bottom of the 11th to the flagpole in deep CF and jogs home with an inside the park homer.
|June 4||The Phillies get Cardinals problem P Flint Rhem.|
With new manager Bill Terry at the helm‚ the Giants sweep the Phils‚ 10-4 and 6-4‚ to move out of last place in the NL.
Dugdale Park in Seattle burns down after a 4th of July celebration. The cause is arson. Sicks’ Stadium will be built on the site and open in 1938.
|June 5||The Red Sox sell pitcher Danny MacFayden to the Yankees for $50‚000 and pitcher Ivy Andrews and Henry Johnson. The Yanks will option Jack Saltzgaver to Newark to get down to the 23 player limit by June 15th.|
|June 7||Pitcher Jack Quinn‚ at 47‚ becomes the oldest player to have an extra-base hit and bat in a run‚ as his Dodgers beat the Cubs‚ 9-2. His double is good for three runs.|
Waite Hoyt is unconditionally released by the Dodgers.
|June 9||Hack Wilson avenges an April humiliation as he clouts a first inning grand slam off Chicago’s Pat Malone to lead the Robins to a 5-2 win. Hack also drives home the 5th run. Weeks ago in Chicago‚ the Cubs had walked a man to load the bases for Wilson‚ who then grounded into a DP. The fans heaped scorn on Hack and showered lemons onto the field. Wilson’s five RBIs is a birthday present for the 21-year-old Van Lingle Mungo‚ who finishes the win in an hour and 37 minutes. His only mistake is a two-run homer to Gabby Hartnett in the 2nd.|
Mel Ott duplicates his effort of two days ago by clouting a pair of homers in the Giants 3-2 win over the Reds at the Polo Grounds. The clouts help Mooney best Carroll. The southpaw allows just three hits after Larry Grantham connect for a homer in the 2nd. The win moves the Giants to 22-29.
St. Louis veteran Jess Haines allows just five hits-three in the 9th-to beat the Braves 20-year-old Bob Brown‚ 2-1. It is Brown’s first loss of the year. The 4th place Cards score twice in the 6th on doubles by Pepper Martin and Frisch and singles by Rip Collins and Ernie Orsatti.
The Indians outhit the A’s 16 to 15 and beat Philadelphia 9-8‚ dropping the A’s from 3rd to 5th place. The Tribe is paced by George Myatt‚ who has a homer and 5 RBIs and Burnett with four hits. Al Simmons homers for the A’s while Foxx‚ the triple crown leader‚ is 1-for-5.
The Browns send P Dick Coffman (5-3) to the Senators for lefty Carl Fischer (3-1). Neither will pitch well for their new teams and will be traded back for each other on December 13.
|June 11||The White Sox sell pitcher Tommy Thomas to the Washington Senators.|
|June 13||Outfielders Dale Alexander and Roy Johnson are traded by Detroit to Boston for doubles champ Earl Webb. Alexander‚ batting only .250‚ will hit .372 with Boston and will edge out Jimmie Foxx for the batting title by 3 points. Roy Johnson‚ who set a ML record in 1929 by making 31 outfield errors‚ will hit over .300 and average in double figures for errors with the Bosox.|
|June 14||New York edges Cleveland‚ 7-6‚ and the Yankees pull off a triple steal with Ben Chapman on the front end.|
|June 15||Dizzy Dean jumps the Cardinals after the team refuses to renegotiate his contract. Diz claims he was underage when he signed the agreement‚ but the Cardinals produce a copy of Dean’s marriage certificate showing the pitcher is 22‚ a year older than he says. The Commissioner declines to make Dean a free agent and the young ace rejoins the Red Birds.|
Earl Webb‚ in his first game in a Tiger uniform‚ has a pair of doubles as Detroit beats Washington‚ 7-6. Gee Walker also has a pair of doubles and steals home in the 4th. Manush has a homer and 3 singles for the Nats.
|June 18||For the second time this season a Texas League club loses its home field to fire as League Park in San Antonio burns. Tomorrow‚ the club plays at Breckenridge H.S. field and the next day returns to its former home‚ Tech Field. On May 4‚ the Shreveport park burned to the ground and the club relocated to Tyler‚ TX.|
|June 19||The last place Red Sox name Marty McManus of the team (11-44)‚ replacing Shano Collins. Collins‚ who resigned yesterday‚ guided the Sox to a 6th-place finish last season.|
In Boston‚ Reds backup catcher Bob Asbjornson is given a day by fellow townsman of Concord‚ MA. Asby receives a large check and then celebrates by hitting his lone career homer. He also strokes an apparent triple but is called out for missing 2B. The Reds win‚ 5-0‚ behind Si Johnson. After the game Asbjornson discovers the check is not signed; when he brings it to the restaurant where he is to be honored‚ no one else shows up.
|June 20||Doc Cramer of the A’s has 6 hits in consecutive times at bat as Philadelphia outslugs the White Sox‚ 18-11. Cramer will do this again in 1935‚ the only AL player to repeat the feat. Mule Haas adds a grand slam for the A’s‚ while Jimmie Foxx slugs a 3-run homer over the high wall in left center‚ one of longest homers ever at Comiskey Park. Mickey Cochrane has 4 RBIs on 4 hits as the A’s bang out 26 safeties.|
|June 22||The NL‚ at a meeting of club presidents‚ finally approves players wearing numbers. The AL had started in 1929.|
|June 23||At the Polo Grounds‚ the Giants top the Cardinals for the 2nd straight day‚ winning 61. Jackson clouts a 2-run homer in the 2nd‚ off Paul Derringer‚ and three more runs in the 3rd. Rip Collins hit for Derringer in the 4th and popped out‚ his 26th straight trip to the plate without a hit. Jim Bottomley‘s homer off Fred Fitzsimmons is the only score for St. Louis‚ while Johnny Vergez hits one for NY.|
In St. Louis‚ Lou Gehrig plays his 1‚103rd successive game in a New York uniform‚ equaling Joe Sewell’s record with one team (Cleveland). The Yanks score two in the first when Bump Hadley walks Gehrig and Dickey with the bases loaded‚ and he walks three more in the 2nd but escapes unharmed. The Browns score three runs in each of the first two innings and top the Yanks George Pipgras‚ 11-10. Goose Goslin leads the way with three homers‚ the third time in his career he’s done it in a game‚ while Gehrig (#18) and Ruth (#22) connect for New York.
Veteran P Waite Hoyt‚ released by Brooklyn‚ signs with the Giants.
|June 25||Foxx hits a 3-run homer but the A’s still fall to the Yankees‚ 7-4. Lefty Gomez wins his 11th straight victory.|
|June 27||Mule Haas hits a 7th inning grand slam in game 2 as the A’s beat the Red Sox‚ 9-4‚ breaking open a pitching duel between Tony Frietas and Bob Kline. For Mule‚ it is his 2nd grand slam in 7 days. Philadelphia also takes the opener‚ 15-8 behind Earnshaw. In game 1‚ Chicago is paced by Bob Johnson‚ who hits 2 homers including a grand slam.|
|June 30||At Philadelphia‚ the Phils top Brooklyn 9-3 behind Chuck Klein‘s 23rd and 24th homers of the season. Klein finishes June with more homers than any NL hitter has racked up in that time.|
At Wrigley‚ the Cubs take the field wearing numbers on their uniforms‚ the last team in the majors to do so. The numbers follow the lineup and SS Woodie English sports #1. Guy Bush‚ #14‚ has the Reds number‚ tossing a 7-0 shutout.
|July 1||At Wrigley‚ Lon Warneke beats the Reds‚ 8-4‚ to become the NL’s first 10-game winner. The Cubs edge back into first place. The Reds lose their 9th straight but they’ll beat the Cubs tomorrow.|
|July 3||At Wrigley‚ the Pirates take over first place from the Cubs‚ beating Chicago 5-4 in 6 innings of drizzle. Vince Barton opens the 6th with a homer off Heine Meine but the Cubs leave the tying run on base as rain stops play. Pat Malone takes the loss.|
At the Polo Grounds‚ the Giants top the Braves‚ 5-2‚ as Carl Hubbell goes all the way for the win. Frank Hogan crashes his 3rd homer‚ off Bob Brown‚ in three days‚ to start the scoring in the 2nd. The Braves get 4 hits in the 6th inning‚ including a leadoff homer by Wally Berger.
The Red Sox host the Yankees in the first Sunday game ever played at Fenway‚ and the Yankees turn a 4-2 game into a rout. They spray 10 hits and score 9 in the 6th inning to win 13-2. George Pipgras gets two singles in the 6th and allows five hits and 8 walks to win. Ben Chapman has a single and bases-loaded triple‚ while Earl Combs and Lyn Lary each hit two doubles in the frame. Ivy Andrews is hung with the loss.
The Reds slam three triples in the 7th inning‚ off Tex Carleton‚ to overcome the Cardinals‚ 4-2. Crabtree‚ Hendrick‚ and Lombardi leg it around to third‚ while Hendrick has three other hits to back Si Johnson’s 8-hitter.
|July 4||In Washington‚ Yankees C Bill Dickey breaks Carl Reynolds’ jaw with a punch‚ sidelining the Senators OF indefinitely. Reynolds bowls over Dickey on a successful squeeze play in the nitecap. Dickey is suspended for 30 days-supposedly the length of Reynolds’ recuperation-and assessed a $1‚000 fine. Reynolds is hitting over .360 but will end the season at .305. The Senators take both games from the league-leaders‚ winning‚ 5-3 and 12-6. There are 5 homers in the nitecap‚ as Ruth‚ Lary‚ Crosetti‚ Manush and Harris connect.|
At Philadelphia‚ the 2nd place Braves sweep a pair from the Phils‚ 8-6 and 9-0. Boston’s Socks Seibold fires a 5 hitter in the nitecap‚ with Chuck Klein collecting 4 of the hits‚ including a HR. Losing pitcher Collins has the other. Red Worthington has 3 hits and 3 RBIs in each game.
Baltimore’s (IL) Buzz Arlett again hits 4 HRs in a game‚ one grand slam from the right side of the plate‚ and the other 3 HRs from the left side‚ with Reading again the victim. It is the 2nd time Arlett has accomplished the feat in 5 weeks. Baltimore wins‚ 21-10‚ then ekes out a game 2‚ 7-inning win‚ 9-8.
|July 6||Following Lon Warneke‘s 6-1 win over the Phillies in Chicago‚ Cubs SS Bill Jurges is shot twice in his room at the Carlos hotel‚ 2 blocks north of Wrigley‚ by a spurned girlfriend‚ Violet Popovich Valli. In a scuffle for the gun‚ Jurges is hit in the shoulder and hand. Jurges fails to prosecute‚ and Valli will be signed to a 22-week contract to sing in local nightclubs and theaters. She is billed as “Violet (I Did it for Love) Valli-the Most Talked About Girl in Chicago.”|
|July 8||Cleveland’s Wes Ferrell beats the Senators‚ 6-5‚ to run his record to 16-5. Ferrell has completed 18 of 20 starts.|
|July 9||Yankees OF Ben Chapman has two HRs and collects 6 RBIs in the 2nd game of a doubleheader with Detroit at Yankee Stadium. Both homers are inside-the-park‚ as the Yankees win‚ 14-9. New York took the opener as well‚ 7-6‚ with the home run heroics provided by Ruth‚ Gehrig‚ and Joe Sewell.|
After losing a pair yesterday‚ the White Sox shut out the A’s‚ 7-0‚ behind Ted Lyons. The loss goes to Lefty Grove‚ snapping his 11-game winning streak. The A’s rebound in game 2 to win‚ 11-2.
At Pittsburgh‚ the Dodgers score 7 runs in the 9th inning to beat the Pirates‚ 9-3. Vance wins his 9th‚ allowing 6 hits. Two of the hits are by C Earl Grace‚ who plays his 63rd game without an error‚ breaking the record for catchers set by Detroit’s Johnny Hassler in 1926.
|July 10||An extraordinary 18-inning game is finally won by the Athletics at Cleveland‚ 18-17. To save train fare for the single-date appearance‚ Connie Mack takes along just 2 pitchers. Lew Krausse‚ Sr. the A’s starting pitcher‚ gives up 4 hits in the 1st inning and his replacement‚ Eddie Rommel then pitches 17 innings in relief‚ giving up a record 29 hits. Amazingly‚ he wins. Cleveland has the game apparently won in the 9th inning but with two outs and leading 14-13‚ first sacker Ed Morgan allows a ground ball by Dykes to roll through his legs. A walk to Simmons and a single by Jimmie Foxx‚ one of his 6 hits in the game‚ ties the score. Cleveland’s Johnny Burnett sets a ML record by collecting 9 hits in 11 at bats‚ while Foxx bangs HRs 31‚ 32‚ and 33. Double X totals 16 bases in the game‚ the 3rd AL player to do it‚ and drives in 8 runs‚ including the winner. Wes Ferrell (16-6) is the hard luck loser‚ pitching 11+ innings of relief two days after pitching a complete-game win over Washington. Cleveland sets an AL record for stranded runners with 24.|
|July 11||Back in Philadelphia‚ Cleveland sweeps a pair from the tired A’s‚ winning 9-8 and 12-7. Erl Averill is 6-for-10 in the 2 games‚ with 3 homers.|
|July 15||After beating the Red Sox yesterday in 11 innings‚ 9-8‚ the White Sox do it again‚ winning 4-2 today. Chicago 2B Jackie Hayes handles 34 chances over the two days without an error. Today he has 6 PO and 10 assists.|
The Yankees Lefty Gomez beats the Indians. 8-5‚ for his 15th win. The weak-hitting Gomez has 2 hits to knock in 2 runs and New York knocks out Wes Ferrell in the 4th inning. Ferrell‚ suffering from his 20+ innings of work in 3 days‚ relates to Don Honig years later: “Now‚ that was a little relief stint‚ those 11 innings. A few days later I’m taking my regular turn‚ against the Yankees in New York. I got out there‚ and I just don’t have anything on the ball. They beat me. I’m sitting in the clubhouse after the game‚ and Peckinpaugh comes over and says‚ ‘Hey‚ why don’t you bear down out there?’ ‘What the hell are you talking about? I said. I was steaming. I’ve been winning 20 games every year for you and pitching out of turn whenever you needed me‚ and you ask me why I wasn’t bearing down? I always bear down. I just didn’t have anything to bear down with today.'” Ferrell’s relationship with Peckinpaugh will go downhill after that and result in Ferrell’s suspension.
Despite three home runs by Al Simmons‚ the A’s lose to Detroit 11-10.
With the Pirates winning a pair from Boston‚ the Cubs lose 6-4 to the visiting Dodgers. Chicago now trails Pittsburgh by 3 1/2 games. Hornsby‚ filling in at 3B‚ commits 2 costly errors and allows several balls to skip by him‚ earning him jeers from the fans. Clark is the winner over Tinning.
|July 16||After two wins in relief over the Browns in the past two days‚ Washington’s Tommy Thomas gets a start and bests St. Louis 11-0 for his 3rd win in 3 days. He gives up just 3 hits‚ 2 to Ferrell. He also won on July 11th beating Chicago‚ the team that sold him to the Nats a month earlier. Thomas will top the Browns 7 times this year‚ and beat them 7 times in 1927.|
|July 17||The fans get their money’s worth as Indianapolis outscores Minneapolis‚ 22-20‚ to set an American Association record for most runs by both teams.|
|July 18||Washington 3B Ossie Bluege equals the AL record with 5 walks in the first game of a doubleheader won by Detroit 8-6 and 2-1.|
The Giants route the Cubs‚ 13-3‚ the 6th game in a row that Cubs player-manager Hornsby has started at 3B. He makes another 2 errors. The experiment has not worked well and Hornsby benches himself for good. Joe Moore and Vergez each have 4 hits with 2 of the latter’s coming in the 8th inning.
|July 19||In St. Louis‚ the A’s sweep a pair from the Browns‚ winning 9-8 and 16-6. Jimmie Foxx collects 3 doubles and an inside-the-park homer in the pair. The homer is his 40th. Cleveland stays a game behind the 2nd-place A’s with a 7-0 win over Boston.|
|July 22||In Pittsburgh‚ Billy Jurges‚ shot on July 6‚ returns to the Cubs lineup‚ allowing Woody English to move back to 3B. But Pittsburgh’s Steve Swetonic tops Pat Malone‚ 3-1‚ for the win. Pittsburgh now leads the Cubs by 3 1/2 games.|
In the AL’s only game‚ the A’s easily defeat the Senators‚ 8-4‚ as Mickey Cochrane hits for the cycle‚ scoring 3 and driving home 4. Walberg is touched for 15 hits‚ but Washington helps with poor baserunning. They have 4 singles and no runs in the 8th.
|July 23||Cleveland P Wes Ferrell makes 10 assists in a 12-inning game‚ but loses to the White Sox 6-5. The record in both leagues is 12.|
|July 27||Pittsburgh’s Bill Harris gets two wins today‚ both in relief against the Giants‚ and the Pirates increase their lead over the Cubs to 5 games. Harris tosses three innings in the opening 9-8 win‚ and another two in the nitecap. The Pirates score 3 in the 9th to win‚ 4-2.|
|July 28||The mighty Pirates sweep another pair from the Giants‚ winning 10-7 and 9-1. Pitt’s Tony Piet has 2 hits in game 1 but then explodes with 7 RBIs in 2 innings in the nitecap. Piet homers with 2 on in the 2nd inning‚ then connects with the sacks full in the 3rd. He adds a pair of singles and another run scored.|
At Cleveland‚ Babe Ruth has 3 hits‚ including his 27th and 28th homers‚ and drives in 7 tallies to personally account for the Yankees 10-4 win over the Tribe. Ruth is still suffering from an injured leg but is needed today because Ben Chapman is ill. Ruffing fans 10 in the victory.
|July 30||Brooklyn’s Hack Wilson hits a grand slam to beat his old pal pitcher Pat Malone and the Cubs‚ 7-2. It’s Wilson’s second grand slam off Malone in two months.|
|July 31||Cleveland plays its first game in new Municipal Stadium before a crowd of 80‚184 (paid attendance of 76‚979)‚ the largest crowd in baseball history. But Mel Harder loses to the A’s Lefty Grove 1-0 on Cochrane’s RBI single. Municipal Stadium will be the only new park built between the opening of Yankee Stadium in 1923 and Candlestick Park in 1960. From 1932 through 1946‚ the Tribe will play about 40% of their games at Municipal Stadium‚ with the other 60% at League Park.|
|August 1||The Indians drop another 1-0 game to the A’s at Municipal Stadium‚ as Rube Walberg beats Wes Ferrell.|
With Earl Whitehill on the mound for Detroit‚ the Yank’s normal 5th batter Tony Lazzeri goes to bat and‚ sensing something amiss‚ asks ump Dick Nallin who is supposed to be up. The lineup card shows Ben Chapman‚ but when manager Joe McCarthy says its a mistake‚ Nallin lets Lazzeri hit. When Lazzeri singles‚ Detroit’s Bucky Harris rushes out to protest‚ but Nallin overrules him. New York wins‚ 6-3‚ but the Detroit protest will be upheld by Will Harridge and replayed on September 8th. This game will result in some statistical confusion since the individual records will be included‚ but the game will not be listed in the ‘games played’ column for a few years (Total Baseball V erroneously lists this game as being played on August 19).
|August 2||The Cubs lose again in Brooklyn‚ 4-2‚ as Warneke gives up 3 runs in the 8th inning‚ and now trail the Pirates by 5 games. Warneke loses his 2nd in the series after winning 9 straight. Following the loss‚ Cubs president Veeck and Hornsby argue on the train to Philadelphia about the strategy. Further discussion in Veeck’s hotel room end with the firing of Rogers Hornsby as a manager. A contributing factor in The Rajah’s departure is his gambling‚ and the debts he has run up borrowing money from Cubs’ players (Hornsby said to pay debts). Veeck works out a repayment schedule with the money to be subtracted from what the Cubs owe Hornsby on his contract. Affable 1B Charlie Grimm is put in charge of the team and the team will charge in front winning 20 of their next 25 games.|
|August 4||Bill Dickey returns to the Yankees lineup after his month’s suspension with a grand slam and 3 singles‚ as New York beats Chicago 15-3. Dickey will hit another grand slam September 10th.|
|August 5||Detroit P Tommy Bridges has a brush with baseball immortality when he retires the first 26 Washington Senators to face him‚ before surrendering a hit to pinch hitter Dave Harris. Harris‚ the AL’s best pinch hitter this year‚ slaps the first pitch for a bloop single to break up the perfect game. Sam Rice then grounds out and the Tigers win the game‚ 13-0. The last perfect no hit bid broken up with 2 outs in the 9th was July 4‚ 1908. Billy Pierce‚ in 1958‚ will be the next.|
At the Polo Grounds‚ the Giants beat the Cards‚ 6-2‚ behind Bill Walker’s 2-hitter. Both hits are 5th inning homers-by Ray Blades and Jimmy Wilson.
The Cubs purchase veteran Mark Koenig from the San Antonio Missions. Koenig will hit .353 in 33 games for Chicago.
|August 6||Dale Alexander bounces a single up the middle in the 4th inning for Boston’s only hit off Cleveland’s Wes Ferrell. The ace wins 3-0 over Rhodes for his 18th win of the year.|
|August 7||At Boston‚ the Braves sweep a pair‚ 2-1 and 7-6‚ to extend the Pirates losing streak to 9 games. But the Braves lose LF Red Worthington for the season when he breaks a leg sliding into 3B in the first inning of game 2. The Braves now move into 3rd place.|
|August 9||The first-place Pirates lose their 10th straight as Huck Betts and the Braves beat them‚ 4-0. The two teams will split a pair tomorrow with the Bucs ending their 10-game losing streak.|
|August 11||Following a rainout of yesterday’s Cubs-Giants game‚ rookie SS Arky Vaughan makes a crucial error in the 10th inning‚ and the Cubs top the Pirates 3-2 to retake first place.|
|August 12||AL president Will Harridge upholds Detroit’s protest of its August 1st game against NY and orders it replayed on September 8. Detroit had protested because Tony Lazzeri‘s and Ben Chapman‘s batting order was orally reversed after the lineup cards were handed in before the game.|
At Fenway‚ Paul Andrews holds the A’s to 5 hits and Boston beats Earnshaw 2-1. The win snaps the Sox losing streak of 11 games.
At the Polo Grounds‚ the Dodgers make 12 hits but just beat the Giants‚ 1-0. The Giants pull off a ML-record tying 6 DPs to keep the score down.
|August 13||Bill Terry‚ Mel Ott‚ and Freddie Lindstrom hit HRs on consecutive pitches in the 4th inning against Brooklyn in a doubleheader opener before 48‚000. Terry collects 3 HRs in his 4 hits and Mel Ott a pair‚ as both of them hit back-to-back homers twice today‚ just the 4th time in history. But Dodger P Sloppy Thurston lives up to his name by winning‚ 18-9‚ despite serving up 6 homers. Sloppy collects 4 of the 24 hits himself‚ while O’Doul has four singles in the 4th through 6th inning carnage. Cuccinello‚ Taylor and Hack Wilson all homer as the Dodgers score 18 runs in the three innings. Wilson adds a triple and single and passes the 100-RBI mark. Starter Jim Mooney is the loser. The Giants also lose the 2nd game 5-4 as Brooklyn hits 3 HRs-Stripp‚ O’Doul‚ and Cuccinello-off Waite Hoyt. Ott adds his 3rd homer of the day‚ #35‚ off Fred Heimach‚ to move one behind Klein for the league lead.|
It looks like the Yankees scoring streak might be broken when they are shut out for nine innings‚ but Red Ruffing hits a HR in the 10th with two outs to beat Al Thomas of the Senators‚ 1-0. Tom Hughes‚ in 1906‚ was the only other ML pitcher to hit an extra-inning‚ game-winning HR in a 1-0 match. Ruffing fans 12 and allows just three hits in leading the Yanks to their 6th straight win.
The Reds’ Eppa Rixey blanks the Pirates‚ 3-0‚ and drives in two runs on a single and triple. It’s Rixey’s 3rd win of the year-all over Pittsburgh. Bill Swift gives up two runs in 8 innings to lose.
Commissioner Landis clears Rogers Hornsby of charges of fraudulently “borrowing” money from Cubs players. The Chicago papers said Hornsby had obtained money from players‚ either loaned to him to bet on horse races‚ or to share in joint ventures. When Hornsby is fined‚ the players want refunds. Hornsby wants a lump payoff by the Cubs‚ who refuse. Landis holds several hearings‚ and as he doesn’t punish anyone‚ it is taken as exoneration.
The A’s sweep a pair from the Red Sox‚ winning 13-2 and 8-2. Lefty Grove allows six hits and K’s 11 in the opener. In the nitecap‚ Tony Freitas‚ the Portuguese portsider‚ scatters nine hits in winning his 8th straight.
|August 14||At the Polo Grounds‚ John Quinn‚ at 49‚ becomes the oldest P to win a ML game. He relieves Van Mungo in the 9th after Johnny Frederick hits a pinch-hit HR off Carl Hubbell in the 9th to tie at 1-1. The Dodgers win in the 10th when Tony Cuccinello drives home Hack Wilson for Brooklyn’s 4th straight win over the Giants. The pinch homer is Frederick’s 4th pinch-hit HR of the year‚ for a new ML record. He will have 6 by the season’s end. The Giants win the nitecap‚ 8-4‚ as Bill Terry and Mel Ott belt homers.|
Cardinals rookie Dizzy Dean fans 6 Cubs in a row‚ one less than the record‚ and wins 2-1 in the 10th in game 2. The Cards also win the opener‚ 2-0.
The Senators knock out Lefty Gomez in the 9th‚ but the Yankee ace still wins his 20th‚ 5-4. Babe Ruth starts the game’s scoring with his 33rd homer in the 4th‚ and adds a double and single.
|August 16||At Wrigley Field‚ 32‚000 are on hand to celebrate “Charlie Grimm Day‚” in honor of the Cubs new manager. The Cubs put the icing on the cake by rallying for 4 runs in the 9th inning to beat the Braves‚ 4-3‚ and retain their one-game lead over the Pirates. Billy Jurges’ 2-run single is the winner.|
The Pirates top the Dodgers‚ 4-0‚ as Larry French scatters 7 singles. The 2nd-place Bucs (61-52) lead the Dodgers (62-56) by a two and a half games. French breaks a scoreless tie with an 8th inning double and then scores on Lloyd Waner‘s single. A sacrifice and walk to brother Paul follows. A passed ball and throw to second by Al Lopez ends with the catcher throwing his mask down and being tossed. A triple by Barbee and a single by Pie Traynor completes the scoring off Bill Clark.
After Lefty Grove is given his trophy for winning the 1931 MVP‚ the Athletics hand a 3-2 decision to the Indians and drop to 3rd place. Myatt’s two-run homer in the 5th inning‚ off Earnshaw‚ is the big blow‚ and Mule Haas‘ two-run homer in the 8th is all the scoring of the A’s. Earnshaw loses his 10th with Mel Harder the winner. Cleveland (68-46) is now in 2nd place to the Yankees (78-35).
|August 17||The Cubs and the Braves play 19 innings‚ the longest game of the season‚ with Chicago winning 3-2 on Frank Demaree‘s long fly with the sacks full. Guy Bush is the winner‚ though reliever Bud Tinning pitches 12 2/3 innings of shut out ball. Tomorrow‚ Bush will beat the Braves again with a brief extra-inning outing.|
|August 18||Guy Bush gets the win for the Cubs to a 5-2 victory over the Braves‚ to move first-place Chicago 2 1/2 games ahead of idle Pittsburgh. For Bush‚ it is his 11th straight win over the Braves over 2 years.|
|August 20||After losing the opener to Chicago‚ 6-4‚ the A’s take game 2 by a 14-8 score. Jimmie Foxx helps with a 500-ft homer off Ted Lyons that carries over the CF wall at Shibe Park and well past a neighboring factory building.|
|August 21||Cleveland’s Wes Ferrell becomes the first 20th-century pitcher to win 20 or more games in each of his first 4 seasons‚ beating Washington 11-5.|
|August 23||The Cubs have only one assist in a 5-1 win‚ sweeping the Phillies in 4 straight games. The fielding mark equals the ML record and sets the Cubs team record.|
|August 26||In the first meeting between the Giants Carl Hubbell and the Cards Dizzy Dean‚ Diz comes out ahead‚ 4-2.|
|August 27||In the first of two games in Chicago‚ Kiki Cuyler hits a 3-run homer to lead the Cubs to 6-1 win over the Giants. Cuyler adds two hits in the 2nd game win‚ 5-0‚ the 9th win in a row for the rampaging Cubs. Burleigh Grimes and Bob Smith each record complete-game wins for Chicago‚ now 5 games in front of Brooklyn.|
|August 28||The Red Sox “eclipse” the Indians in the 2nd game of a doubleheader 4-3 in 11 innings as light-hitting Bennie Tate poles a 1-out HR to end it. The game was previously scheduled for August 31‚ but a solar eclipse was due that would blacken the ballpark for 20 minutes‚ so the game is played today instead. The Indians take the opener‚ 10-1‚ scoring 7 runs in the 1st inning to drive Bob Weiland to the showers.|
Kiki Cuyler again leads the way for the Cubs‚ collecting 3 hits and driving in the winning run in the 9th with a sacrifice fly. The Cubs win 5-4 over the Giants for their 10th win in a row.
|August 29||Against the A’s‚ Detroit C Ray Hayworth makes his first error of the season after handling 439 chances without a miscue dating back to September 2‚ 1931. The 2 teams split‚ the Mackmen taking the opener‚ 8-3 with 6 runs in the 8th‚ and the Tigers winning game 2‚ 10-7‚ with 3 runs in the 9th.|
|August 30||The Cubs win their 11th in a row‚ 4-3 over New York‚ as the red hot Kiki Cuyler slams an 8th inning home run. He adds another hit and a stolen base.|
Wes Ferrell is suspended 10 days by the Indians for insubordination.
|August 31||Detroit P Chief Hogsett hits 2 HRs‚ as the visiting Tigers end Tony Freitas‘ winning streak at 10 straight with a 5-4 victory over the A’s.|
Again‚ Kiki Cuyler leads the way for the Cubs. His 4th hit of the game ties the score at 5-5 in the 9th inning. But the Giants score 4 in the 10th to go up 9-5. Chicago tally two runs and has 2 men on with 2 out when Cuyler bats again. Cuyler’s 5th hit of the game is a shot into the CF bleachers to give the Cubs the 10-9 win‚ their 12th straight. Making this rain-soaked game particularly noteworthy is the complicated substitutions by Cubs manager Grimm in the late innings‚ which results in Zack Taylor hitting after he has been substituted for. The Giants fail to protest and the result is differing box scores in the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune.
|September 2||In St. Louis the Cubs win streak reaches 13 as Cuyler’s 5th homer in 6 games leads the way to an 8-5 victory. Mark Koenig adds a round tripper for Chicago.|
The Yankees keep their scoring streak alive by scoring in the bottom of the 9th to beat the Senators‚ 1-0. Gehrig triples off Firpo Marberry to score Ruth.
After winning game 1‚ 7-3‚ the A’s shut out the Red Sox‚ 15-0 behind Lew Krausse‚ Sr. A’s SS Eric Mcnair has 3 homers today and Simmons a pair of 3-run homers. Five days from now Krausse will injure his arm in an exhibition game against the Stroudsburg Poconos and though only 20 years old‚ his big league career is over. As historian Lyle Spatz notes‚ in 1961‚ Lew Krausse‚ Jr. pitches a shutout for the KC A’s in his major league debut‚ giving the Krausses (father and son) back-to-back shutouts twenty-nine years apart.
|September 3||Winning 3-0‚ Dizzy Dean stops the Cubs’ winning streak in the 2nd game of a doubleheader after Chicago wins its 14th straight in the opener. Diz fans 7 to further increase his NL-leading total. The Cubs take the opener‚ 5-4‚ in 11 innings|
Against the Red Sox‚ Jimmie Foxx of the A’s poles his 50th and 51st HRs to become the 3rd player to reach 50 in a season‚ joining Babe Ruth and Hack Wilson. Foxx’s 2nd homer‚ in the 9th‚ ties the game at 4-4‚ and McNair follows with a game winning HR‚ his 4th homer in 2 days.
|September 5||The Yankees take care of the second-place Athletics with a Labor Doubleheader sweep‚ 8-6 and 6-3. New York leads the AL by 12 1/2 games.|
|September 7||Babe Ruth is hospitalized with pains in his side. The slugger will be out of action for five days.|
|September 8||The Yankees and Tigers replay protested August 1st game as the nightcap of a doubleheader‚ but end in a 7-7 tie. After the game‚ Babe Ruth experiences abdominal pains he believes are an appendicitis attack. He will be out of the lineup indefinitely. Sam Byrd‚ subbing for Ruth in the opener‚ collects 5 hits for the Yankees‚ including 2 HRs in a 5-4 win.|
In the Pirates 12-2 loss to Brooklyn‚ Buc C Earl Grace makes a wild throw to end a streak of 110 consecutive errorless games. It is Grace’s only error of the season for a NL record. Must be something in the air as 7 E’s are recorded.
|September 9||The Tigers beat the Yankees 14-13 in a 14-inning game in which Lou Gehrig hits a grand slam and drives in 8 runs. He has reached this RBI feat twice before. Frankie Crosetti strikes out 4 times in the game‚ including twice in one inning. Detroit also tops the Yanks‚ 4-1‚ in 5 innings to finally complete the protested game of August 1st‚ and the tie of yesterday. The Yanks score their lone run in the 3rd inning off Buck Marrow with their only two hits of the game.|
|September 10||Dodger OF Johnny Frederick hits his record 6th pinch-hit HR of the season. It is a dramatic 9th-inning‚ 2-run shot that beats Burleigh Grimes and the Cubs‚ 4-3. Frederick’s 6 pinch-hit HRs doubles the previous record of 3 held by Ham Hyatt in 1913‚ Cy Williams in 1928‚ and Pat Crawford in 1929. With just 9 pinch-hits altogether‚ his HR percentage is a ML record.|
|September 11||Joe Schultz Jr.‚ 14-year-old son of Houston (Texas League) manager Joe Schultz‚ is inserted into a game against Galveston as a pinch hitter. He hits a single‚ steals 2B and 3B‚ and scores a run. Fritz‚ the black batboy‚ also bats‚ but is fanned by Thormahlen after trying to sacrifice.|
At Cleveland‚ Wes Ferrell comes back from his 10-day suspension and beats the Yankees‚ 5-4‚ for his 21st win. Rookie Johnny Allen loses and snaps his 10-game win streak.
The Cardinals sign Branch Rickey to a 5-year contract as GM and director of the farm system.
|September 12||Washington’s General Crowder whips Chicago‚ 9-3‚ for his 8th win against the White Sox this year. This sets the ML record for wins against one team in a season. Tex Carleton will win 8 against Boston in 4 years in the NL‚ but no one this century will win 9.|
The New York Yankees clinch the AL pennant with their 100th victory‚ as George Pipgras defeats the Indians 9-3 at Cleveland. It is the Yankees 200th straight game without being shut out.
|September 13||Brooklyn’s Jack Quinn earns his 247th ML victory at age 49 pitching a complete game 6-5 win over the Cardinals. It is the final win of his career. Dizzy Dean fans 9 in the nitecap‚ but the Cards lose‚ 3-1.|
|September 14||The A’s rally with 8 runs in the 9th to beat the Browns‚ 13-6.|
|September 15||At the Polo Grounds‚ Kiki Cuyler continues to haunt the Giants by clouting an 11th-inning homer to give the Cubs the 8-7 win.|
The Cardinals Ray Starr makes his first major league start‚ shutting out the Dodgers‚ 3-0.
|September 18||The Athletics sweep the White Sox‚ 4-3 and 7-4 behind the hot hitting of Foxx and Simmons. Foxx is 5-for-9 with 5 RBI and a HR‚ and Simmons is 7-for-10.|
|September 20||The Chicago Cubs clinch the NL pennant when Kiki Cuyler hits a triple with the bases loaded for a 5-2 win over Pittsburgh. Guy Bush wins his 19th game and rookie Billy Herman tops the 200 mark in hits for the season. Tomorrow the Cubs will snub ex-manager Rogers Hornsby on the split of WS shares.|
At the Polo Grounds‚ Fred Fitzsimmons coasts to a 15-3 win over the Braves. Boston catcher Johnny Schulte bangs a 9th inning solo shot for the final score‚ the homer coming in his last ML at bat. The veteran caught on with the Braves when Pinky Hargrave broke a leg in a game that Schulte was watching at Sportsman’s Park. Earlier in the year‚ he was watching at game at the same park when the Browns C Rick Ferrell broke a hand‚ and Schulte was signed for the recovery period.
Babe Ruth returns to the Yankees lineup.
Hoping to boast attendance‚ the Sacramento Senators and Oakland Acorns open their final Coast League series here by starting two Asian American pitchers. For the Senators is Kenso Nushida‚ a Japanese-American‚ and Lee Hun Hong‚ a Chinese-American goes for Oakland.
|September 21||Jimmie Foxx slugs #54 to lead the A’s to an 8-4 win over the visiting Yankees. Simmons and McNair also homer off Red Ruffing as Sugar Cain is able to win.|
|September 22||The Yanks overcome two homers by Jimmie Foxx‚ one a grand slam‚ and edge the Athletics in 10 innings‚ 8-7. Foxx now has 56 homers. The Yanks comeback starts in the 8th inning when Gehrig hits a 2-run homer‚ his 33rd. Myril Hoag‘s homer in the 9th ties it for NY.|
The Cubs announce WS shares and snub former player-manager Rogers Hornsby. Late-season arrival Mark Koenig gets just a half share. Hornsby appeals to Judge Landis‚ arguing that he was an active player for two-thirds of the season‚ and deserved a full share. Landis turns him down. In today’s contest‚ Cubs Burleigh Grimes loses‚ 7-0‚ to Hal Smith of the Pirates. It’s Hal’s first major league start and his only decision of the year.
|September 23||Trailing 8-6 to Cleveland after 5 innings‚ White Sox reliever Bill Chamberlain gives up 5 runs to start the 6th. In disgust‚ Sox manager Lou Fonseca‚ an infielder-outfielder throughout his career‚ inserts himself as pitcher. With 2 runners on‚ he retires all 3 batters he faces‚ then turns the ball over to Chad Kimsey to finish the game. The Tribe wins‚ 13-6‚ as Wes Ferrell wins his 23rd.|
|September 24||Jimmie Foxx hits his 2nd grand slam in 3 days‚ giving him 57 homers for the season‚ but the A’s lose in the 10th to Washington‚ 8-7.|
In a battle of Boston collegians‚ Harvard beats BC. Charlie Devens‚ former Harvard hurler‚ makes his ML debut for the Yankees and beats Boston‚ 8-2. The loss goes to Eddie Gallagher‚ former Boston College pitcher who exits in the 5th. Babe Ruth swats his 41st homer of the year in the 9th and Lou Gehrig belts his 34th in the 5th. The series-bound Yankees will end the season with a new ML record of scoring in every game. Not until the 2000 Reds will a team match this mark.
|September 25||Paul Waner sets a new NL record with his 62nd double‚ as the Pirates defeat the Cardinals 7-1. The 2nd place Pirates will be the first team to finish above .500 (86-68) while scoring fewer runs (701 to 711) than their opponents. The NL won’t see it again in a full season until the 1984 Mets‚ while it won’t happen in the AL until 1948.|
Jimmie Foxx hits his 58th HR in the last game of the season to finish 2 short of Ruth’s 1927 record of 60. Foxx adds two singles but the A’s lose‚ 2-1‚ to the Senators Alvin Crowder. Alvin Crowder wins his 26th and 15th straight game‚ one short of the AL record held by Walter Johnson‚ Smoky Joe Wood‚ and Lefty Grove. Foxx finishes with 169 RBIs while teammate Al Simmons ties for 2nd with 151. The Athletics set a since-topped ML record of 172 home runs in a single season.
|September 26||In a doubleheader split with the Giants‚ Chuck Klein of the Phillies is 0-for-8 but closes the season with 38 HRs and 20 SBs to become the only player of the lively-ball era (1920 and after) to lead his league in these 2 departments. Klein also finishes 2nd in RBIs (137)‚ while teammates Don Hurst (143) and Pinky Whitney (124) finish 1st and 3rd. In this century‚ only the 1915 Tigers and 1928 Yankees have the top three RBI producers in a season.|
|September 28||Connie Mack begins dismantling the Athletics by selling Al Simmons‚ Jimmy Dykes‚ and Mule Haas to the White Sox for an estimated $100‚000.|
In the opening game of the WS‚ Lou Gehrig‘s HR leads the Yankees to a 12-6 win over the Cubs.
|September 29||Lefty Gomez breezes to a 5-2 win over the Cubs‚ and Gehrig gets 3 hits for the Yankees’ 2nd victory.|
|October 1||The WS moves to Chicago‚ and the Yankees continue to torment the Cubs‚ winning 7-5. In the fifth inning‚ Babe Ruth waits until he has 2 strikes and then gestures to P Charlie Root. He belts the next pitch into the CF bleachers‚ Ruth’s 2nd HR of the game. Gehrig also hammers out 2 round-trippers. including his 2nd homer‚ in the 5th off Root following Ruth’s “called shot.”|
On the West Coast‚ a 17-year-old San Francisco player appears in his first game with the Seals (PCL). SS Joe DiMaggio has one hit against the Missions.
|October 2||The demoralized Cubs lose 13-6‚ as the Yankees sweep the Series‚ winning their ML-record 12th straight WS game. Tony Lazzeri hits 2 HRs‚ and Earle Combs‚ one. Wilcy Moore gets the win in relief. Combs ties a WS record with 4 runs scored‚ and Bill Dickey ties another with 6 at bats.|
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.
|October 4||Clark Griffith announces that Walter Johnson will not be the manager of the Senators in 1933.|
|October 8||Washington names 27-year-old SS Joe Cronin as manager.|
|October 10||The Giants get C Gus Mancuso from the Cards for 4 players‚ including veteran Bob O’Farrell.|
|October 12||NY Yankees manager Joe McCarthy signs a 3-year contract.|
|October 14||Judge Landis rejects Rogers Hornsby‘s appeal for a share of the Cubs’ WS money.|
|October 19||The BBWAA MVP awards are announced‚ with Jimmie Foxx winning in the AL and Chuck Klein in the NL.|
|October 24||Rogers Hornsby signs with the St. Louis Cardinals for $15‚000‚ strictly as a player. He had managed the Birds to the World Championship in 1926.|
|November 5||Sacramento’s Tony Freitas pitches the first night game no-hitter‚ stopping Oakland (PCL)‚ 2-0‚ in 9 innings.|
|November 10||Donie Bush‚ pennant-winning manager of Minneapolis (American Association)‚ is named manager of the Cincinnati Reds.|
|November 22||While hunting‚ Cardinals SS Charley Gelbert has his leg shattered in a shooting accident in Chambersburg‚ PA. He will return as a part-time infielder in 1935 and will play until 1940.|
|November 29||The New York Giants release pitchers Waite Hoyt and Clarence Mitchell.|
|November 30||The Chicago Cubs get Babe Herman from the Cincinnati Reds for Rollie Hemsley and 3 others.|
|December 12||In a 3-team deal‚ the Giants send Freddie Lindstrom to the Pirates and OF Chick Fullis to the Phils‚ getting P Glenn Spencer and OF George Davis in return. The Bucs ship OF Gus Dugas to Philley. Lindstrom’s departure was expected after he made known his disappointment in not being named John McGraw‘s successor.|
|December 14||John A. Heydler is elected to another 4-year term as president of the NL.|
The Senators swap Sammy West‚ Carl Reynolds‚ and Lloyd Brown‚ along with $20‚000‚ to the Browns for former Senator Goose Goslin‚ lefthander Walter “Lefty” Stewart‚ and OF Fred Schulte. They also get Earl Whitehill from Detroit for Firpo Marberry and Carl Fischer.
|December 15||A joint meeting of AL and NL owners approves the concept of “chain store” baseball‚ developed as the St. Louis Cardinals farm system‚ despite strenuous objections by Judge Landis.|
The Red Sox swap P Ed Durham and infielder Hal Rhyne to the White Sox for outfielders Bob “fats” Fothergill‚ Bob Seeds‚ and infielders Johnny Hodapp and Greg Mulleavy.
The Phils send Ray Benge and $15‚000 to the Dodgers for Cy Moore‚ Mickey Finn‚ and Jack Warner. Finn will have a great spring and Brooklyn’s Max Carey will admit in April that Burt Shotton outguessed him on the deal.
|December 17||Sunny Jim Bottomley is traded by the Cardinals to the Reds for Ownie Carroll and Estel Crabtree (of Crabtree‚ Ohio).|
|December 29||The Boston Braves buy Giants C Shanty Hogan for $25‚000.|