Baseball in 1934
|January 5||Fire destroys the new CF bleachers under construction at Fenway Park.|
|January 10||William Walker is elected president of the Cubs‚ filling the vacancy created by William Veeck‘s death during the WS.|
|January 11||The Cardinals send C Bob O’Farrell and P Syl Johnson to the Phillies for P Glenn Spencer and cash. The Phils immediately name O’Farrell as player-manager.|
|January 15||Babe Ruth accepts a cut of $17‚000 and signs a 1934 contract for $35‚000.|
|January 17||Carl Hubbell‚ the NL MVP winner‚ is rewarded with a $18‚000 contract by the New York Giants.|
|January 19||Judge Landis denies Shoeless Joe Jackson’s appeal for reinstatement.|
|January 25||Bill Terry‚ Giants manager‚ in an interview with New York newspapermen‚ asks‚ “Is Brooklyn still in the league?” The jest boomerangs as the Dodgers will rise in wrath at the season’s end.|
|February 3||The St. Louis Cardinals and Browns discontinue broadcasts from Sportsman’s Park. Games had been aired since 1926 but on weekdays for only the last 2 years. The cutback is a response to declining attendance‚ and the radio broadcasts are thought to keep fans at home.|
Powel Crosley‚ local millionaire‚ heads a syndicate that buys just over half the stock in the Cincinnati Reds from Sidney Weil. No price is announced. Crosley‚ owner of a 500‚000 watt radio station‚ is on the board of the Central Trust Bank‚ and it is the bank that had loaned money to Sidney Weil and his syndicate to buy the Reds. Weil was in the process of raising money to pay off the bank when Crosley’s purchase takes place. The Reds’ home park will be renamed Crosley Field.
|February 4||The National Recovery Administration says athletes advertising athletic goods must actually use them or advertisers will lose the NRA Blue Eagle and be fined.|
|February 6||Ford Frick‚ New York newspaperman and sports broadcaster‚ is named PR director for the NL.|
The Reds purchase 43-year-old Dazzy Vance‚ 6-2 last season‚ from the Cards. But there is no fire left in Vance’s arm‚ and he will be waived back to St. Louis in mid-season.
|February 7||The Reds players and officials set sail from New York City to San Juan‚ P.R. for a month of spring training. They will finish the grapefruit season in Tampa.|
|February 13||In an item discovered by historian Doug Pappas‚ the NL loans the Cincinnati Reds $50‚000 at 4.5% interest. Powel Crosley‚ who bought the team 10 days ago‚ will repay the Reds’ debt in full by 1938.|
|February 14||Sam Rice is signed by the Cleveland Indians. He will fall 13 short of 3‚000 career hits.|
|February 15||Boston‚ Chicago‚ Detroit‚ and Cincinnati grant radio broadcast rights.|
|February 16||Eppa Rixey of the Cincinnati Reds announces his retirement after 21 seasons and a career 266-251 mark. The next day Urban “Red” Faber retires‚ leaving a 20-year career mark of 254-212‚ all with the Chicago White Sox.|
|February 23||Casey Stengel‚ who had been a Dodger coach‚ signs a 2-year contract to manage Brooklyn. He replaces Max Carey.|
|February 25||John McGraw‚ in ill health since his retirement as Giants manager early in the 1932 season‚ dies of uremia at his home in New Rochelle‚ NY‚ at age 60. His last public appearance had been the 1933 All-Star Game as the NL manager. McGraw managed for 33 years.|
|March 10||Jimmie Foxx ends his holdout from the A’s. The 1933 Triple Crown winner and AL MVP accepts a reported $18‚000.|
|March 12||Dizzy Dean’s younger brother‚ Paul‚ ends his holdout. Diz predicts they will win between 40 and 45 games between them. They do even better‚ winning 49‚ with Dizzy contributing 30.|
|March 20||All-around female athlete Babe Didrickson pitches the first inning for the Philadelphia Athletics in a spring training exhibition game against the Brooklyn Dodgers. She gives up one walk but no hits. Two days later she pitches again‚ this time one inning for the St. Louis Cardinals against the Red Sox. She is less successful this time‚ giving up 4 hits and 3 runs in the first inning. Bill Hallahan relieves her. Didrickson does not have an at bat in either game. She will also play several games for the House of David this season. Didrickson is the 2nd of only 2 females to play exhibitions with a ML team (1B Lizzie Murphy played for an AL all-star team on August 14‚ 1922).|
|March 25||In New Orleans‚ Babe Didrickson takes the mound again‚ this time for the New Orleans Pelicans against a split squad of the Cleveland Indians. She throws two scoreless innings and lines out in her only plate appearance. In nearby Lafayette‚ Louisiana‚‚ manager Walter Johnson pitches for the other Indian squad against the KC Blues.|
|March 28||In a collision with C Norman Kies‚ forty-two-year-old Rabbit Maranville breaks his left leg sliding home on a double steal in an exhibition game against the Yankees. The Braves veteran is out for the season and will play just 23 games next year. He had broken his right leg in spring training of 1926.|
|April 4||In Orlando‚ the Red Sox discover that veteran Lefty Grove‚ bought from the A’s‚ has a sore arm. He will win only 8 games in 1934 but will return to good form in 1935. Connie Mack says‚ “I’m reluctant to believe that Grove’s arm is as severely injured as some stories state. But the deal goes as it stands. Nothing can alter that sale as of this date.”|
|April 5||Veteran Frank Shellenback of the Hollywood Sheiks beats Oakland‚ 6-3‚ allowing no earned runs to notch his 262nd PCL victory. The spitball-knuckler breaks the record set by Spider Baum in 1920: Baum is now secretary of the Sheiks. Shellenback will go on to post a 295-178 minor league record. Shellenback pitched only two seasons in the majors. At the age of 18, he debuted with the Chicago White Sox and recorded a slightly better than league average 2.66 e.r.a. in 183 innings. In 1919, he pitched poorly (1-3, 5.14) for the team that would become known as The Black Sox. Normally, a picher as young as Shellenback would have received an opportunity to revive his major league career. But the ban on spitballs terminated Shellenback’s big league prospects. However, his son, Jim Shellenback, would spend nine seasons in the majors as a journeyman pitcher|
Three Cincinnati radio stations will broadcast 85 Reds games. Red Barber is hired by Crosley-owned WSAI.
Babe Ruth is to be sponsored by Quaker Oats to do three 15-minute broadcasts a week over NBC. The total of $39‚000 for 13 weeks is $4‚000 more than Ruth’s baseball salary.
|April 8||The Phillies and A’s meet in the final City Series game before 15‚000 fans at Shibe Park‚ the first legal Sunday baseball game ever played in Philadelphia. The A’s are victorious‚ taking the series‚ and winning the Harry Mackay Trophy‚ named after a former city mayor.|
In Chicago‚ the Washington Senators conclude a two-game exhibition series with the Cubs. The Senators won yesterday‚ 8-3‚ but lose today‚ 5-2.
|April 15||In the 3rd of a 3-game set‚ all played at Braves Field‚ the Red Sox take the rubber game‚ 11-3. Carl Reynolds and Bill Werber homer‚ with the win going to Johnny Welch.|
|April 16||Rain in Washington prevents President Franklin D. Roosevelt from throwing out the first ball of the season.|
|April 17||Both leagues open with full schedules and draw 180‚000 in attendance. The Cubs Lon Warneke gives up just a one-out 9th-inning single to Adam Comorosky‚ winning 6-0 over the Reds. He strikes out 13 in the one-hitter to set a 20th century club mark‚ since topped‚ for K’s in an opener. Sam Jones will match Warneke in 1956. John Clarkson holds the club mark with 16 set on August 18‚ 1886.|
At Ebbets‚ Casey Stengel makes his managerial debut‚ but his Dodgers lose‚ 8-7‚ to the Braves.
In a pre-game ceremony at the Polo Grounds‚ a bugler sounded taps for John McGraw‚ who died in February. The Giants‚ behind Carl Hubbell‚ then defeat the Phillies‚ 6-1‚ to start a five-game win streak.
At the rebuilt Fenway Park‚ the Red Sox unveil the Green Monster‚ the 18-foot concrete wall that replaces “Duffy’s Cliff‚” the 10-foot-incline named after Hugh Duffy. Gone are the wooden bleachers and wooden fences‚ and a warning track is in place for the outfielders. In front of the largest crowd to date in Boston history‚ the Senators defeat the rejuvenated Red Sox‚ 6-5‚ in 11 innings‚ when player manager Joe Cronin cracks a run-scoring double. Starter Earl Whitehill pitches 6 innings and hits a single and homer‚ just the 3rd Opening Day HR ever for the Nats: the last was 1916.
At Shibe Park‚ a crowd of less than 10‚000 watch the A’s open against the Yankees. New York scores first with two runs in the 5th inning off starter Sugar Cain. The A’s take the lead in the 6th inning on Eric McNair‘s two-run homer‚ off Lefty Gomez‚ into the LF upper deck‚ but the Yankees pull ahead 5-3 in the 8th. The A’s answer with one in the 8th‚ another in the 9th‚ and then‚ with two outs‚ a pinch single by Bing Miller provides the winning run. Rookie Joe Cascarella‚ a native Philadelphian‚ is the winner‚ while Harry Smythe is the losing pitcher.
At Comiskey Park‚ the White Sox move the plate 17 feet closer to the fences to help Al Simmons‚ but there are no homers today as the Tigers win‚ 8-4. When Simmons leaves next year‚ the plate is moved back.
|April 18||The Giants tip the Phils‚ 2-1‚ but almost lose Bill Terry in the process. In the 7th‚ with a runner on 1B‚ a Phillie batter lines a hit off the right-field wall at the Polo Grounds. Mel Ott’s quick play of the carom and throw to the cut off man Travis Jackson holds the lead runner at 3B. Jackson‚ noticing the runner at 1B taking a wide turn‚ rifles the ball to first‚ but it hits the surprised Terry in the face‚ knocking him down. Terry recovers to play tomorrow.|
|April 21||Moe Berg‚ little-used Senators catcher‚ plays his 117th consecutive errorless game‚ dating back to 1931. It is an AL record. Berg gets pinch hit for in the 8th as the A’s beat the Senators‚ 7-2.|
|April 22||Lon Warneke pitches his 2nd straight one-hitter-the only pitcher ever to open the season with 2 one-hitters-beating Dizzy Dean‚ as the Cubs roll over the Cards‚ 15-2. The lone hit is Rip Collins’ 5th inning double. The Cubs collect 22 hits against the Dean brothers‚ including homers by Chuck Klein and Gabby Hartnett.|
|April 24||President Roosevelt throws out the first ball for the Washington opener‚ but as with the scheduled April 16th opener‚ a rainstorm sends him back to the White House in the 4th inning. The Red Sox win the game 5-0 behind Johnny Welch.|
|April 27||Wes Ferrell is suspended by Cleveland for failing to report 10 days after the season has started.|
|April 28||Goose Goslin‚ Detroit OF‚ hits into 4 consecutive DPs‚ but the Tigers beat Cleveland 4-1. In the DP department‚ Tiger 3B Marv Owen makes an unassisted DP; he’ll have another one tomorrow‚ just the 2nd time in history a third baseman has done that in consecutive games.|
|April 29||With Pennsylvania’s Blue Law repealed‚ Pittsburgh becomes the last ML city to play a home game on a Sunday‚ beating the Reds 9-5. Meanwhile‚ the Phils lose to the Dodgers‚ 8-7‚ with Phil Page picking up the victory.|
|April 30||Red Ruffing hits a HR in the 9th off Jack Russell to defeat Washington‚ 7-4‚ and put the Yankees in first place.|
At Chicago‚ the White Sox unload 9 runs in the 4th inning and outslug Cleveland‚ 20-10. The 2 teams combine for 32 hits with Vosmik‚ Holland‚ Bonura‚ Hayes‚ and Simmons leaving the park.
|May 1||Burleigh Grimes picks up a win as he relieves in the Cardinals 3-2 win over the Reds in eleven innings. The Birds will waive Grimes (2-1) to the Pirates in two weeks.|
At Washington‚ the Yankees give Danny MacFayden a 3-run lead in the first‚ but he can’t hold it and he leaves in the 7th with the score tied at 3 apiece. New York scores 5 runs in the 9th to win it for Uhle‚ 10-5. MacFayden was making his first start against Washington since June 2‚ 1932‚ when he lost his ML record tying 14th straight game to the Nats.
|May 2||The Giants beat the Dodgers‚ 6-5‚ for a series sweep and takes over first place in the NL. Lefty O’Doul‚ pinch hitting for Travis Jackson in the 8th‚ homers with two on off reliever Van Lingle Mungo. Charlie Perkins takes the loss against Hal Schumacher. Mel Ott hits his 6th homer of the year in the 3rd with Ott on base.|
Heinie Meine outpitches Lon Warneke to give the Pirates a 4-2 win over the Cubs. Chicago drops to 2nd place with the loss.
|May 5||With the Red Sox leading 9-3 against the Browns‚ Lefty Grove makes his first appearance in a Boston uniform‚ and bombs. He gives up 3 hits and 2 walks‚ 5 earned runs‚ without retiring a batter.|
|May 6||The Red Sox score 12 runs in the 4th inning‚ helped along by a record-tying 4 consecutive triples hit by Carl Reynolds‚ Moose Solters‚ Rick Ferrell‚ and Bucky Walters‚ to beat Detroit 14-4. Firpo Marberry serves up all four triples. In their next at bats in the inning‚ the foursome tack on two singles‚ a walk‚ and a double.|
|May 7||In Boston‚ Schoolboy Rowe wins for Detroit with 5 innings of relief‚ as Detroit tops the Red Sox‚ 8-6. Rowe settles the game with a home run.|
The Cubs Bill Lee makes his first major-league start‚ stopping the Phillies‚ 2-0.
|May 8||The Chicago White Sox name Jimmie Dykes as their new manager‚ replacing Lew Fonseca‚ who later will become the motion picture specialist for the ML.|
Cardinal P Bill Walker has his arm broken by a batting practice smash by Joe Medwick.
|May 10||Lou Gehrig hits 2 HRs (one a grand slam) and a pair of doubles‚ tying the record with four long hits‚ and drives in 7 runs‚ but leaves the game after 5 innings with a severe cold. The Yanks top the White Sox‚ 13-3. During the game Ben Chapman shouts racial remarks at a Jewish fan. In 1947 he will lead the dugout bigots in protest of Jackie Robinson.|
|May 13||For the second time in his career‚ Cleveland’s Lloyd Brown serves up a grand slam to Lou Gehrig‚ as the Yanks roll‚ 8-0‚ behind Lefty Gomez. Ben Chapman adds a homer and a pair of triples to lead New York. Babe Ruth leaves in the 4th inning when he is hit on the knee cap by a pitch from Thornton Lee.|
The Red Sox use a pair of grand slams-by Walters and Morgan-to roll over Chicago‚ 14-2. Walters adds a 2-run homer for 6 ribbies.
|May 15||Buffalo (IL) hits a record 5 HRs in one inning against Albany‚ 4 of them in a row‚ to win 8-2. After the 5th HR‚ rookie Jake Plummer is beaned by the Albany pitcher Jones‚ and a promising career is ruined.|
In St. Louis‚ the Stengel-led Dodgers steal a win in the 8th to top the Cardinals‚ 6-5. Lonnie Frey‚ on the front end of a successful double steal‚ scores the tie-breaking run. Jack Rothrock is 5-for-5 with a HR for the Birds; he’s only made one out in the last 2 games.
The Cubs pick up pitcher Jim Weaver (2-0)‚ waived by the Browns to Newark as St. Louis cut their roster down to 23 men. He’ll win 11 games for Chicago this year.
Thomas Turner‚ owner of Portland (PCL)‚ announces that he is disgusted with his team’s play and has traded outfielder Hawaiian-born Henry “Prince” Oana to Atlanta and put his entire team on waivers. The Prince had a cup of coffee this year as an outfielder with the Phillies and will resurface in 1943 as a pitcher with the Detroit Tigers‚ going 3-2.
|May 16||The Reds send pitcher Syl Johnson and OF Johnny Moore to the Phils for pitcher Ted Kleinhans‚ Art Ruble‚ and OF Wes Schulmerich. Moore will turn out to be the class of the swap‚ hitting .300+ in the next three years.|
|May 17||In his first game in Philadelphia since the Phillies traded him to the Cubs‚ Chuck Klein hits 2 HRs to pace first-place Chicago to a 10-3 win. Gabby Hartnett adds another as Chicago pounds four hurlers for twenty hits. Cuyler and Camilli have four apiece to back the five hitting pitching of Bill Lee and Pat Malone. Malone gets credit for the win.|
Down 2-0 in the 8th‚ Browns manager Rogers Hornsby inserts himself as pinch hitter and ties the game with a homer off Red Sox lefty Fritz Ostermueller. The Browns add another and hold on for a 4-3 win.
The Giants defeat the Reds‚ 6-3‚ behind the hitting and pitching of Fred Fitzsimmons. Fitz poles a homer‚ has a single in a 5th inning rally‚ and scatters 8 hits.
|May 18||At Comiskey Park‚ Jimmie Foxx tees off against Ted Lyons and hits the first HR to ever land in the CF bleachers. Hank Greenberg will match Double X in 1938‚ then no one will reach the bleachers until Alex Johnston in 1970. Chicago still wins‚ 5-4.|
|May 19||Lefty Grove makes his first start of the season going the distance to beat the Browns Dick Coffman‚ 4-1. Lefty allows 6 hits and belts a 3-run homer.|
|May 20||In the second matchup of Dizzy Dean and Carl Hubbell‚ Diz comes out ahead again‚ 9-5.|
San Francisco (PCL) star Joe DiMaggio tears the cartilage in his left knee exiting from a jitney taxi and will miss six weeks of action.
|May 21||The Giants beat the Cardinals 5-2 but do it without starting P Freddie Fitzsimmons‚ who is struck in the back by a fungo bat while warming up. Fat Freddie will miss several starts.|
|May 22||The Indians stop the Yankees‚ 5-1‚ with Lou Gehrig driving in the lone run for New York. For the 2nd time in his career‚ Lou has driven in at least one run a game for 10 straight games.|
|May 23||Boston’s Lefty Grove allows 5 early runs‚ then settles down to beat the Indians‚ 7-5. Down 5-4 in the 9th‚ Grove hits for himself and singles. Grove will lose his next 4.|
|May 25||The Red Sox get Wes Ferrell‚ who was suspended by the Indians‚ for $25‚000 and pitcher Bob Weiland and Bob Seeds. Dick Porter also goes to the Sox in the deal. Porter had no homers last year‚ but hit one in his first at bat this season.|
|May 26||Fans will vote for players in the 2nd All-Star Game‚ to be played on July 10 at the Polo Grounds. The managers will pick the lineups from 20 players chosen.|
After eleven days and eight appearances with the Pirates‚ a winded and dry-mouthed Burleigh Grimes is sold to the Yankees. Pittsburgh acquired the spitballer on the 15th from the Cardinals.
|May 27||Buck Newsom walks 11 batters but knocks the visiting Yankees out of first place with a 16-7 Browns win. Bruce Campbell helps Buck with a grand slam as the Brownies score 8 runs in the 4th to pin the loss on Red Ruffing. Cleveland moves into the league lead.|
Detroit gets a complete game from young Schoolboy Rowe‚ who beats the Red Sox‚ 9-2.
|May 28||In St. Louis‚ Gehrig hits a 6th inning homer‚ off Paul Andrews‚ then follows Ruth’s 7th inning homer with another round tripper. The back-to-back homers‚ off Jack Knott‚ are the last the pair will combine on. New York gets homers from Saltgaver and Lazzeri to rumble to a 13-9 victory.|
|May 29||The Yankees purchase—some would say rent—spitballer Burleigh Grimes from the Pittsburgh Pirates. After 10 appearances with the Yankees, the Yanks will release Grimes and the Pirates will reobtain him.|
At St. Louis, Ray Pepper has five hits, including 2 homers, and drives in five runs to lead the Browns to a 12-7 win over Detroit. Pepper will knock in 101 runs this year, but his career total will be just 170 RBIs; he is the only player in history to have a 100 RBIs without reaching 200 for his career. Four other homers are hit today—two by Detroit—but George Blaeholder goes the distance for the win.
|May 30||Cleveland 1B Hal Trosky hits 3 successive HRs in the 2nd game of a Memorial Day doubleheader against the White Sox as Cleveland sweeps a pair‚ 7-5 in 10 innings and 5-4. His first two are hit off Les Tietje‚ and the last off Bill Gallivan. Trosky will homer again tomorrow in a 12-5 loss to the Pale Hose.|
A record crowd of 41‚000 jam Ebbets Field for a doubleheader with the Giants. New York manager Bill Terry‚ who earlier in the year had wisecracked‚ “Brooklyn? Are they still in the league?” proved correct. New York sweeps both games‚ 5-2 and 8-6‚ to raise their season record to 6-0 vs. the Dodgers. New York will move into 1st place the following week. Giants SS Travis Jackson has only one chance in 18 innings.
Washington’s Earl Whitehill pitches a one-hitter‚ allowing a 9th-inning single by Ben Chapman‚ to defeat Lefty Gomez of the Yankees 1-0. In the nitecap‚ Yankee reliever Burleigh Grimes pitches the last 4 innings to pick up his 269th win‚ 5-4‚ in 11 innings. It is his first AL appearance and the last win for the Cooperstown-bound Grimes as well as the last legal win by a spitballer.
Minor leaguer Lou Frierson strokes 5 successive HRs for Paris (West Dixie League) in a 17-12 loss to Jacksonville. He drives in 8 runs.
|June 1||The Dean brothers claim to have “sore arms” that only pay raises can heal. Diz is getting $7‚500 and Paul‚ a rookie‚ $3‚000. When manager Frankie Frisch tells them to go home‚ the brothers will back down.|
|June 2||The newly healed Dean brothers team up to beat the Pirates‚ 13-4. Paul relieves Dizzy‚ who registers the win.|
|June 3||The St. Louis Browns tie the AL record with 9 consecutive hits in the 6th inning‚ all with 2 outs‚ to beat Cleveland‚ 12-8. The loss drops the Tribe out of 1st place.|
|June 5||A tough way to end a streak. In the opener of two‚ Dodger outfielder Buzz Boyle cracks four hits to run his hit streak to 25-straight games. The skein is stopped in game 2 when Boyle pinch hits for Hack Wilson and makes out. The Phils use two late-inning rallies to beat Brooklyn‚ 11-10 and 5-4.|
|June 6||Myril Hoag‚ subbing for Babe Ruth‚ ties the AL record with 6 singles in 6 at bats in the first game of a doubleheader with the Red Sox. The Yanks rout Lefty Grove and roll to a 15-3 win. Boston wins the nitecap‚ 7-3‚ to drop the Yanks to 2nd place.|
Cleveland’s Bob Weiland‚ recently acquired‚ fires a one-hitter at the Tigers‚ but loses‚ 2-1. Charlie Gehringer‘s RBI single is the only hit. Weiland does stop Goose Goslin‘s hit streak at 30 games. The victory by Schoolboy Rowe puts the Tigers in 1st place.
The Cubs get 6 runs in the 13th inning to beat the Cards 12-6. In a row with umpire Cy Rigler‚ Frank Frisch is hit in the jaw by the ump’s mask. Both are fined $100.
|June 7||Big Jim Weaver pitches a 1-0 victory for the Cubs over the Cardinals‚ topping Bill Hallahan. Weaver‚ a 25-game winner at Newark in 1933‚ was sold to the Browns by the Yankees‚ but cash-poor St. Louis returned him to Newark. The Cubs picked him up in mid-May for $12‚500.|
Len Koenecke hits a leadoff homer off George Darrow for the only score of the game as Brooklyn beats the Phillies‚ 1-0.
At the Polo Grounds‚ the Giants score 6 runs in the 8th to whip the Boston Braves‚ 14-5. Johnny Vergez collects a home run and double in the inning‚ while Ott clouts 2 homers and drives home 4 runs in the game.
|June 8||At Cincinnati‚ the Reds edge the Cubs‚ 4-3‚ behind the hitting of Babe Herman. With a man on‚ he hits his 3rd homer in 4 days‚ and scores in the 6th after hitting his 2nd double of the game. With the Midwest sweltering in a heat wave‚ Larry MacPhail flies the Reds to Chicago to Chicago on two American Airlines cabin planes. One coach and 7 players elect to travel by rail. The Cubs will travel by Pullman car and lose tomorrow to Tony Frietas and the Reds‚ 5-2.|
|June 9||A tired and sore-armed Lefty Grove gives up ML record-tying 6 doubles‚ including a ML record 5 consecutive‚ in the 8th inning as the Senators beat the Red Sox‚ 8-1.|
|June 10||Doc Cramer hits for the cycle‚ but the Yankees still beat the A’s 7-3 on Gehrig’s 2nd grand slam of the year.|
|June 11||The Cubs send Dolph Camilli and cash to the Phillies for Don Hurst‚ the 1930 RBI leader. Camilli will later win the 1941 MVP with the Dodgers‚ while Hurst hits .199 for the Cubs and disappears.|
The Yankees thrash West Point‚ 7-0‚ in their annual exhibition game. Jimmy DeShong provides the whitewash.
|June 13||At St. Louis‚ Billy Urbanski‚ Braves SS‚ has 4 walks and 2 sacrifices for no at bats in 6 plate appearances against the Cardinals. He scores once. Rival SS‚ slick-fielding Leo Durocher‚ makes 4 errors in the 9-0 Boston rout.|
|June 14||The Red Sox sell a star player unknowingly. They peddle infielder Bucky Walters to the Phillies where he will convert to pitcher and subsequently win the 1939 MVP with the Reds.|
Yankee P Johnny Broaca‚ two weeks out of Yale University‚ gives up a 3rd inning single to Sammy West‚ the only St. Louis hit‚ to top the host Browns‚ 7-0.
|June 15||Detroit’s Schoolboy Rowe tops the Red Sox‚ 11-4‚ scattering 9 hits. This will start Rowe on a 15-game win streak.|
With the help of a four-run sixth inning against Ed Lagger, a recent graduate of Northwestern, the Indians beat the A’s, 12–6, in Philadelphia. For the Tribe, Earl Averill has a three-run homer and Sam Rice notches four hits, including a homer, his last in the majors. He last hit a homer at Shibe Park on May 5, 1919.
|June 16||After losing the lidlifter to the White Sox‚ 9-7‚ the A’s come back to win the nitecap‚ 7-6‚ behind the remarkable hitting of Bob Johnson. Johnson ties the AL record going 6-for-6 with 2 HRs‚ a double‚ and 3 singles. His homers are off Chicago’s Whit Wyatt.|
|June 17||The Dean brothers collaborate to give the Cards a double victory over the Phillies. Paul (8-0) hurls a 5-hit shutout to win the opener‚ 6-0‚ and Dizzy‚ in relief‚ wins the nitecap‚ 7-5‚ when rains ends it after 8 innings. It’s Diz’s 9th win of the year.|
Lefty O’Doul belts a pinch grand slam in the 6th inning‚ off Heine Meine‚ to help the first place Giants to a 9-3 win over the Pirates. The 4th place Bucs have lost 7 of 8 games.
|June 19||Veteran infielder Pie Traynor replaces George Gibson as Pirates manager.|
|June 20||The first-place Giants score 7 runs in the 3rd to crush the Cubs‚ 12-7. Mel Ott leads the way with two homers -his 16th and 17th-and drives in 6 runs. Joe Moore has 4 hits including a homer and Fred Fitzsimmons‚ who weakened in the 8th‚ is credited with the win. Charlie Root‚ who got none out in the 3rd before retiring‚ is the loser. The Giants now lead the Cards by five games.|
At St. Louis‚ the Dodgers use 15 hits to down the Cards‚ 9-5. Danny Taylor‚ with three extra base hits‚ and Tony Cuccinello‚ with a 3-run homer‚ pace the offense. Van Lingle Mungo wins his 11th of the year‚ allowing, coincidentally, 11 hits. Pepper Martin has two hits and steals home.
The AL leading New York Yankees trip the Indians twice‚ 3-2 and 3-0‚ at Yankee Stadium. New York ties the first game on Frank Crosetti’s solo homer in the 8th against Bob Weiland‚ then wins it on Lou Gehrig‘s 18th homer in the 9th. Lefty Gomez‚ in relief of Johnny Broaca‚ is the winner. In game 2‚ Hal Trosky’s single is the only hit off Yankee righthander Red Ruffing‚ who also knocks in a run.
The Browns rout the A’s‚ 11-3‚ behind 5 RBIs by Rollie Hemsley. Hemsley is knocked out in a collision in the 4th inning‚ but stays in to triple with the sacks full in the 7th. Bob Johnson‚ leading the majors in homers‚ hits his 20th in the 9th inning. Connie Mack misses the game to be best man for his son Connie, who is married in Washington to Susan Sheppard, daughter of Senator Sheppard. The two met at Duke University, where the bride was named Queen of Beauty.
The Tigers score 3 in the 11th to defeat the Senators‚ 13-10. The Tigers get three-hit apiece from Marv Owen‚ Mickey Mickey Cochrane‚ Charlie Gehringer‚ and Hank Greenberg‚ who also homers. Washington’s Heinie Manush‚ the AL batting average leader‚ has 4 hits and two homers as the Senators collect 17 hits. Manush now has 102 hits in 60 games; no other player in the rest of the century will reach the 100-hit mark as quickly. In 2000, Darin Erstad will collect his 100th in his 61st game.
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.
|June 22||Bill Terry and Joe Cronin‚ managers of the 1933 pennant winners‚ are named to head the All-Star teams‚ establishing a precedent that is still followed.|
Detroit takes over first place‚ beating Washington 11-3‚ dislodging the Yankees who lose 4-1 to Cleveland.
|June 23||The Cards beat the Dodgers 5-4 with the win credited to Bill Hallahan‚ who relieves in the 6th inning and gives up a run. In the bottom half‚ the Cards score 5 runs‚ and Dizzy Dean comes in and shuts out Brooklyn in the last 3 innings. The official scorer refers the decision on the winning pitcher to NL president Heydler‚ who gives it to Dean‚ eventually making his 30-win season possible. Heydler’s telegram (as noted by Bill Deane) reads in part: “Dean pitched great ball during three innings to protect one-run lead and is winner. Hallahan pitched one inning rather poorly and did not stand to lose the game even had he continued.”|
|June 24||After being hitless in his last 21 at bats‚ Babe Ruth hits a grand slam in a 5-0 Yankee win over the White Sox|
|June 25||Johnny Broaca‚ Yankee P‚ fans 5 times in a row while beating the White Sox 13-2. Not until Bernie Williams‚ on August 21‚ 1991‚ will another Yankee fan 5 times (by Bret Saberhagen). Gehrig hits for the cycle for the first time in his career‚ and the Yankees regain first place from the Tigers‚ losers 13-11 in Philadelphia.|
The Reds waive Dazzy Vance to the Cards.
|June 26||Paul Dean wins his 10th game against one loss‚ defeating the Giants 13-7. Paul allows 15 hits‚ including homers by Jackson and Ott‚ in winning. Brother Dizzy’s record is 10-3.|
|June 27||The temperature reaches 115 degrees at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis. Dizzy Dean leaves the game with 2 out and the score tied 7-7 in the top of the 9th. Reliever Jim Mooney retires Mel Ott‚ and when Bill Delancey homers in the bottom of the inning to win the game‚ Dean is given credit for the win‚ his 12th of the year‚ though he wasn’t the pitcher of record when the winning run scores. As on the 24th‚ Mike Haley‚ the scorer who had been overruled earlier that day‚ is the scorer and gives the win to Dean. Taking no chances‚ he asks Heydler to review his decision and Heydler agrees.|
|June 29||On the hottest June 29th in New York history (101 degrees)‚ the first-place Giants hand the visiting Dodgers their 8th straight defeat‚ 7-2. Travis Jackson lines a 3-run homer in the first off Mungo. The ball rattles under the bullpen bench in RF allowing Jackson to circle the bases. Fred Fitzsimmons scatters 11 hits for the win.|
Mel Harder and Les Tietje throw 10 scoreless innings before the Indians tee off for 5 runs in the 11th. Hale hits a 2-run homer off Tietje to start the scoring. The Sox score 2 in the bottom‚ but lose‚ 5-2.
Lou Gehrig is beaned in an exhibition game played in Norfolk‚ Virginia‚ and suffers a slight concussion. Ray White‚ a former Columbia University player‚ hits Gehrig his 2nd time up; he homers his 1st time up. Ruth is 4-for-4 in 5 innings as the Yankees prevail‚ 11-9.
|June 30||Gehrig plays and has 3 triples at Washington. However‚ the game is rained out after 4 1?2 innings‚ depriving Gehrig of a record.|
Led by pinch hitter Harlan Pool’s 2 hits and 2 runs in one inning‚ the Reds drop 9 runs on the visiting Cardinals in the 8th inning‚ and win‚ 11-4.
In a 4-3‚ 10-inning loss to the Browns‚ Tiger CF Gee Walker is picked off base twice on the same playing‚ earning him a 10-day suspension for his ineptitude. After Hank Greenberg singles‚ Walker reaches base on a error‚ but then gets caught off base when C Rollie Hemsley fires to 1B. Greenberg attempts to draw a throw by running to 3B and is thrown out‚ with Walker taking 2B. Moments later‚ with Walker standing 6 feet off the bag “as brave as a boy on a burning deck” (writer Charles P. Ward’s description)‚ pitcher Jack Knott‘s throw to SS Alan Strange nabs him. Cochrane is so furious he suspends Walker and fines him $20-the 6th time this season that has earned a $20 fine. Gee’s next appearance won’t come until July 16 when he pinch hits for Cochrane.
On 25th anniversary of Forbes Field‚ a granite monument to Barney Dreyfuss is unveiled to the left of the exit gate before the start of the Cubs-Pirates match. The Windy City squad wins‚ 4-2‚ behind Bill Lee‚ the 8th straight win for the Cubs.
|July 1||At Crosley Field‚ the Cardinals outlast the Reds 8-6 in an 18-inning first game of a double bill in Cincinnati. Dizzy Dean and Tony Frietas duel for 17 innings. Joe Medwick homers in the 17th‚ the first scoring since the 9th‚ but the Reds tie it up in the bottom of the inning. The Cards plate 2 runs in the 18th off Paul Derringer to win‚ though it takes a running catch by Medwick with the bases full to finish the game.|
Bill Terry is the top vote-getter in the All-Star balloting. Babe Ruth leads all AL outfielders.
|July 2||The Cardinals protest a game with the Cubs in a dispute over a delayed call on an bases loaded infield ?y by veteran umpire Bill Klem. Scoring 4 runs the Cubs drive Paul Dean from the mound in a riotous 7th that sees Klem toss manager Frankie Frisch‚ coach Mike Gonzales‚ and Dizzy Dean. The Cubs win 7-4‚ but the end of the game will be replayed July 31st.|
|July 3||At Pittsburgh‚ Red Lucas makes his 100th consecutive start without being relieved as the Pirates coast to a win‚ 10-0‚ over the Reds. Red allows 6 hits.|
Boston snaps the Yankees 8-game winning streak by edging the Bombers‚ 10-9 in 11 innings. Roy Johnson hits a 2-run HR off Johnny Murphy to win. Gehrig‚ Werber‚ Chapman‚ and Crosetti also homer in the game at Yankee Stadium.
|July 4||When Dodgers manager Casey Stengel comes out to the mound to remove P Boom Boom Beck from the game in Philadelphia’s Baker Bowl‚ the frustrated Beck turns and fires the ball at the tin wall in RF. Dodgers OF Hack Wilson‚ not paying attention to the happenings‚ hears the ball clang off the wall‚ and hurries to retrieve it. He then fires a strike to 2B to prevent the imaginary runner from advancing.|
Kiki Cuyler sparks the Cubs 6-2 second-game win over the Cards by stroking three doubles and a triple and scores 3 runs at Sportsman’s Park. Jim Weaver is the winner in game 2. The Cards take the opener by the same score.
At the Polo Grounds‚ the Giants tomahawk the Braves‚ scoring 29 runs in two games today. New York wins the opener 14-5‚ then Carl Hubbell coasts to a 15-0 win in the nitecap. After the finish of all the holiday doubleheaders‚ the Giants have a clear lead of 3 1?2 games ahead of the Cubs and 4 1?2 in front of the Cardinals.
The AL race has seesawed between the Yankees and Detroit with New York only one game ahead. The improved Red Sox are 6 1?2 behind‚ and Washington‚ last year’s winner‚ 7 back and dropping fast.
Satchel Paige pitches a 4–0 no-hitter against the Negro League Homestead Grays in Pittsburgh, with only a walk and an error spoiling a perfect game. Paige strikes out 17. Paige then enters in game two as a reliever and is tagged with the loss. In his next start on July 8, Satch shuts out the host Chicago American Giants 5–0 in 10 innings. In Paige’s autobiography, he erroneously recalls that he threw the no-hitter in Pittsburgh, then drove all night to Chicago and beat the Giants the next day, but researcher Dave Marasco corrected Satch’s story.
|July 5||Lou Gehrig hits an inside-the-park grand slam‚ as the Yankees beat the Senators 8-3. It is his 4th slam of the season and 17th overall‚ passing Babe Ruth‘s record career total. Gehrig adds another homer and two singles to drive in seven runs as the Yankees top the Senators‚ 8-3. Gehrig will eventually set a career record of 23 grand slams. Gehrig now has 321 career HRs to Ruth’s 698.|
In Philadelphia‚ Lefty Grove has his infected tonsils removed. This is believed to be a possible cause of his sore arm.
|July 6||At St. Louis‚ Ernie Lombardi has 5 hits‚ including a triple and homer‚ and 6 RBIs to help the Reds nose out the Cards‚ 16-15. Leo Durocher makes the last out of the game when he is thrown out at home plate. Rip Collins scores 5 runs for the losers‚ just the 2nd time in history that has happened.|
The Braves and Phils rack up 41 hits as Boston holds on for a 16-13 victory. Hal Lee has 4 hits and 3 homers for the Braves.
With Van Lingle Mungo on the mound the Dodgers whip the Giants‚ 11-2. Sam Leslie hits a grand slam in the 6th.
The Red Sox triple the A’s‚ winning 18-6. The Sox have 20 hits‚ 3 by winning pitcher Wes Ferrell‚ who adds a stolen base. Billy Werber scores 5 runs.
The ML teams score 143 runs today with the NL scoring 83. The record for the NL is 101 runs‚ set on May 17‚ 1887.
|July 8||At Boston‚ the A’s leadoff hitter Max Bishop collects 8 walks in a doubleheader‚ tying his own ML record‚ as the 3rd-place Red Sox win 7-4 and 7-2. Bishop is the only player to walk more than 6 times in a doubleheader‚ and he’s done it twice. Foxx hits a pair of homers in the opener‚ #25 and #26‚ while Bob Johnson hits #25 in the same game.|
|July 9||The Cardinals throw the Dean brothers in a doubleheader with the Reds. Dizzy takes the first game‚ 6-1‚ but the Reds upend brother Paul in game 2‚ 8-4. Harlin Poole hits a grand slam in the 3rd inning.|
|July 10||The 2nd annual All-Star Game produces Carl Hubbell‘s amazing feat of striking out 5 future Hall of Famers in a row. Off to a shaky start with 2 on base in the first inning‚ Hubbell uses his screwball to fan Ruth‚ Gehrig‚ and Foxx. He adds Al Simmons and Joe Cronin to start the 2nd. After 3 scoreless innings he leaves with the NL ahead 4-0. The AL rallies‚ scoring 9 runs off Warneke‚ Van Lingle Mungo‚ the eventual loser‚ and Dean. Meanwhile Mel Harder pitches 5 shutout innings in relief of Red Ruffing to hold the lead. Frisch and Medwick hit HRs. Earl Averill‘s 3 RBI are decisive for the AL 9-7 victory.|
|July 12||Schoolboy Rowe fans 11 Yankees in a 4-2 win that puts the Tigers back in first place.|
Chuck Klein is out of the Cubs lineup because of injuries as they beat the Braves 7-4. He is batting .331 with 19 HRs and 65 RBI‚ but will miss much of the 2nd half and never again will return to the high level of performance previously shown.
|July 13||Babe Ruth hits his 700th HR‚ a two-run shot in the 3rd off Timmy Bridges‚ to lead the Yankees to a‚ 4-2 win at Detroit’s Navin Field. As he is circling the bases‚ Ruth shouts to his teammates‚ “I want that ball.” As with his 500th and 600th homer‚ the Babe pays $20 to a youngster for the ball. The victory puts New York back in first place. Lou Gehrig singles in his first at-bat and then has a lumbago seizure and has to be helped off the field. Jack Saltgaver takes his place. Red Ruffing scatters six hits for the win.|
With the Cubs losing to the Braves‚ 7-6‚ the Giants’ 7-6 victory over Pittsburgh puts them two games ahead of Chicago in the NL. Joe Moore‘s two homers‚ single and double pace New York. Fitzsimmons wins his 12th.
Boston’s Wes Ferrell is the whole show‚ blanking the Browns till the 9th and winning‚ 7-3. Ferrell hits a pair of homers good for 4 runs.
|July 14||In Detroit‚ Gehrig’s consecutive-game string is extended by having him lead off and listed in the lineup as shortstop. He singles and leaves the game‚ and Red Rolfe pinch runs. But the Tigers win a swatfest‚ 12-11‚ to regain the AL lead. The Tigers bang out an AL record 11 doubles (The 1905 A’s had the record with 10) while the Yanks add 3‚ while Ruth and Crosetti chip in with homers. Marberry beats Grimes.|
In the first of 2‚ the Phils score 11 runs in the 2nd inning and coast to an 18-0 win over the Reds. Snipe Hansen is the winner over Don Brennan. It is the Phillies second 18-0 win over the Reds in four years and ties the team mark for largest margin in a shutout.
|July 15||Gehrig returns to 1B and goes 4-for-4‚ including 3 doubles‚ off Schoolboy Rowe‚ but the Yankees lose again to Detroit‚ 8-3. The Tigers take 3 out of 4 to go 1 1/2 games ahead.|
Waite Hoyt‚ now with the Pirates‚ has a one-hitter against the Braves‚ winning 5-0.
Cleveland defeats Washington twice by identical 10-8 scores. Willis Hudlin and Belve Bean are the winners and Odell Hale has a grand slam for the Tribe. Pinky Higgisn has a grand slam as the A’s sweep a pair from the White Sox‚ 11-7 and 10-5.
|July 17||Babe Ruth draws his 2‚000th base on balls at Cleveland‚ off Oral Hildebrand. He will retire with a still untopped walk record of 2‚056. But the Indians pound 3 pitchers for 17 hits to win‚ 13-5.|
Although Bob Johnson‚ Jimmie Foxx‚ and Pinky Higgins hit successive HRs in the 4th inning‚ St. Louis Browns P Jack Knott perseveres to beat the A’s‚ 7-4.
Lon Warneke‚ Cubs mound ace‚ intentionally walks Gus Mancuso in the 7th to load the bases and bring up the Giants P Roy Parmelee. After two wild swings‚ Tarzan hatchets a high pitch for a grand slam and a 5-3 win.
NL President William Heydler upholds the Cards protest of a loss to the Cubs on July 2. The game will be resumed from the point at which umpire Klem waited too long to call an infield ?y and be played prior to a scheduled July 31st game.
|July 18||An AL-record 22 players hit safely in the Cleveland 15-14 win over New York. Babe Ruth is banged in the leg by a ball hit by Gehrig and will be out for 10 days‚ the 2nd time an injury has sidelined him this season. The Indians score three in the 9th to edge Lefty Gomez and the Yankees‚ 15-14.|
|July 19||The Reds pound 12 hits against the Giants Hal Schumacher but don’t score as the Prince shuts them out‚ 4-0.|
|July 22||Dazzy Vance’s last hurrah? He wins the last complete game he will ever pitch and notches his 2‚000th strikeout to beat the Braves 4-2 for the Cardinals.|
|July 24||In a 4-2 loss to the Browns‚ Yankee star CF Earle Combs (.319) crashes into the wall at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis and suffers a broken collarbone and a fractured skull. New York calls up George Selkirk but learns he broke his arm today playing for Newark. Combs will announce his retirement on the 28th‚ but come back to play 89 games next season.|
At Chicago‚ the White Sox top the Senators‚ 4-1‚ behind the 6-hit pitching of Les Tietje. The only run for the Senators comes on a solo HR by Johnny Gill. The temperature in Chicago today is 105 degrees‚ the highest ever recorded in the city.
|July 26||Sad Sam Jones of the White Sox celebrates his 42nd birthday and his 18th wedding anniversary by white washing the Senators‚ 9-0.|
Dizzy Dean and Carl Hubbell confront one another for the 3rd time. Hubbell loses for the 3rd time‚ 7-2‚ but it is Paul Dean in relief who is the winner.
|July 28||The veteran Waite Hoyt stops the Cards’ Dizzy Dean‘s win streak at 10 with a 5-4 win in Pittsburgh.|
Chuck Dressen‚ who will win pennants in Brooklyn and manage 16 seasons in the ML‚ begins by replacing Bob O’Farrell at the helm for the Cincinnati Reds.
The Yankees Jimmy DeShong allows just one hit-a home run by Jimmie Foxx‚ his 34th of the year-in downing the Athletics‚ 2-1‚ and give the Yankees a split with the A’s. Philadelphia wins the opener over the Ruppert Riflemen‚ 4-3.
Schoolboy Rowe gives the visiting Tigers an 11-1 win over the White Sox. Rowe scatters 3 hits in 9 innings.
|July 29||Flint Rhem comes within a lazily fielded bunted ball to 3B of pitching a no-hitter for Boston against the Dodgers. He wins 1-0.|
Rowe wins his 2nd game in two days over the White Sox‚ tossing 1 2/3 innings of hitless relief and cracking a game-winning home run. The Tigers outlast the Sox‚ 16-15.
|July 31||When the Cards and the Cubs resume playing the protested game of July 2 at Wrigley Field‚ Chicago still wins. The final score this time is 7-1 instead of 7-4‚ with Lon Warneke winning over Bill Walker. Warneke allows one hit in 2 innings‚ then continues in the 2nd game‚ winning that as well‚ 7-2. Paul Dean takes the loss. The outcome of the replay does not change the standings since the Cubs win has already been entered into the official standings‚ but the individual performances in the replay replace those in the original game.|
The Pirates overcome a grand slam by Ernie Lombardi to beat the Reds‚ 7-5 in a 10-inning nightcap at Crosley Field. The Reds take the opener‚ 6-4.
|August 2||Walter Johnson is hospitalized with pleurisy‚ and Willie Kamm takes over as interim Cleveland manager.|
|August 3||In Chicago‚ Schoolboy Rowe wins his 4th game 7 days-his 3rd in Comiskey Park-as Detroit rolls to a 14-0 victory over the Sox. Rowe goes 7 innings‚ allowing 1 hit.|
|August 4||After the Phillies take the first game‚ 5-4‚ Phillies P Reggie Grabowski surrenders 11 hits (10 singles) in the 9th inning of the 2nd game against the Giants for a modern NL record-but doesn’t even lose the game. Roy Hansen takes the loss. Eleven runs score in the inning‚ as New York wins 21-4. Mel Ott scores 6 of the runs‚ the 1st 20th century player to do so. He will do it again in 1944. Ott has a walk‚ HBP‚ two homers‚ a double and single to drive in 4 runs.|
Backed by Babe Ruth‘s 18th homer with 2 on and a 2-run homer by Jack Saltgaver‚ the Yankees beat the A’s‚ 5-1. Jimmy DeShong wins his 5th straight. Gehrig is 0-for-2‚ striking out for the first time since July 16. In the same period‚ he’s hits 11 homers.
Go figure. General Crowder‚ the AL’s top winner in 1932 and 1933 is waived to the Tigers by the Senators. Just 4-10 this year with the Nationals‚ the General will go 5-1 in Detroit for the remainder of the season‚ then win 16 next year.
|August 5||While three teammates stand watching‚ a ?y ball by Foxx drops for a double‚ the only hit given up by Lefty Gomez in the 3-1 win by the Yankees over the A’s.|
|August 7||The Cards Dizzy Dean becomes the first pitcher to reach 20 wins this season with a 2-0 shutout over the Reds.|
|August 8||Wilbert Robinson dies in Atlanta. Beloved as “Uncle Robbie‚” the jovial and bemused manager of the Dodgers for 18 seasons‚ his 7-for-7 day with Baltimore still stands as a ML record.|
|August 9||The Red Sox rout the A’s‚ 15-2‚ in a game halted after 5 innings because of rain. All the Sox have hits except SS Lyn Lary.|
|August 10||Babe Ruth announces 1934 is definitely his final season as a regular player. He says he will seek a managerial role and will pinch-hit.|
In Detroit‚ Schoolboy Rowe scatters 13 hits in 11 innings as the Tigers edge the Indians‚ 6-5. Rowe drives home the winner with a sac fly in the 11th. It is Rowe 12th win in a row. Rowe will hit .303 for the season‚ and win 4 of his own games by driving in the winning run.
|August 11||At Boston‚ Babe Ruth hits a homer and then departs in the 9th with the Yankees winning‚ 2-1. The Sox tie it up‚ and in the 13th Tony Lazzeri lands a homer to put New York ahead again. Wes Ferrell‚ batting for Fritz Ostermueller‚ wins the game for Boston‚ 3-2. With Detroit shutting out Cleveland‚ New York falls 4 games behind.|
In a battle of the Smiths‚ New York defeats the Braves‚ 7-4. New York’s Al Smith allows just one hit in the 5 innings he pitches to defeat reliever Bob Smith. The latter gives up a three-run homer to Travis Jackson in the 7th. New York now leads the NL by five games.
|August 12||Making a farewell appearance in Boston‚ Babe Ruth draws a record 46‚766 fans‚ with an estimated 20‚000 turned away at Fenway Park where he began his career as a pitcher 20 years ago. Ruth singles and doubles in the first game‚ but the Yankees lose to Wes Ferrell 6-4. Walks hold him to one official at bat in the 2nd game‚ which the Yankees win‚ 7-1‚ and he leaves the field to standing cheers in the 8th inning.|
In St. Louis the Cubs sweep the Deans‚ winning 7-2 against Paul‚ and 6-4 over Dizzy. Big Jim Weaver wins the opener and Pat Malone is the victor against Diz.
|August 13||In a preview of the WS‚ the Cardinals play the Tigers in an exhibition game in Detroit. The Deans refuse to make the trip‚ having both pitched and lost in a doubleheader the day before. Dizzy is fined $100 and Paul $50.|
|August 14||The Deans are suspended by the Cards and Dizzy is charged for 2 uniforms he tore up-the 2nd for the benefit of the photographers.|
The largest weekday crowd in history‚ 77‚000‚ watches as the Tigers sweep a pair at Yankee Stadium‚ winning 9-5 and 7-3. Schoolboy Rowe tops Red Ruffing in the nitecap‚ 7-3‚ for his 13th win in a row. Rowe allows just 4 hits‚ including Gehrig’s 37th HR. Gehringer has a HR in each game to lead the Tigers to their 14th win in a row. The Yanks now trail by 6 1/2 games.
|August 15||The Yankees knock Tommy Bridges out of the box and defeat the Tigers‚ 8-2‚ and end the Bengals 14-game streak. Johnny Broaca is the winner.|
|August 16||Dizzy Dean takes his appeal to Judge Landis in Chicago‚ who schedules a hearing in St. Louis. Paul Dean accepts the fine and is reinstated.|
|August 17||Ed Coleman of the A’s hits 3 consecutive HRs in the first game of a doubleheader‚ a 9-8 win in 10 innings over the White Sox. Williams single in the 10th off starter George Earnshaw drives in the winner. Ted Lyons wins the nitecap for Chicago‚ 3-2‚ allowing 4 hits‚ one of which is Foxx’s 38th HR.|
Before 46‚571‚ Detroit’ Schoolboy Rowe beats the Yankees‚ 2-0‚ allowing 3 hits for his 14th straight win. Rowe strikes out 11 as Detroit earns a split. Lefty Gomez takes the opener for New York‚ 5-0‚ and gaining his 20th win. The two front-runners split the 4-game series.
|August 19||The Red Sox draw a record 50‚000 (46‚995 paid) to Fenway‚ but drop two games to the Tigers‚ 8-6 and 4-3. Detroit batters three Red Sox pitchers-Lefty Grove‚ Henry Johnson‚ and Herb Pennock-to win the opener‚ overcoming a cycle spree in 5 at bats by Moose Solters against Alvin “General” Crowder. Moose is collared in the nitecap loss‚ going 0-for-4.|
The Harvard University varsity team tours Japan‚ winning only 5 of 11 games against collegiate and club teams.
|August 20||Judge Landis rules against Dizzy Dean. The Cards end his suspension‚ and Dean returns to the team to avoid further loss in salary.|
|August 21||At Fenway‚ Schoolboy Rowe goes 9 innings in beating the Red Sox‚ 8-4. The Tiger rookie allows 9 hits in winning his 15th straight.|
New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig hits his 38th and 39th homers, driving in five runs, but the second place Yankees fall to the visiting St. Louis Browns, 8-6. The Browns Ray Pepper has four hits, three RBI, and two errors.
|August 22||P Wes Ferrell hits an 8th inning HR to tie the game and a 2-out game-ending homer in the 10th for 3-2 Red Sox win over the White Sox. It is the 2nd time this season he has a pair of HRs-he did it on July 13th-and he will hit 2 HRs in a game again next year.|
|August 23||Joe Moore cracks a 3 run HR off Paul Dean in the 9th inning to give New York a 5-3 victory over the Cards. The loss leaves the Birds 7 lengths behind the leading Giants.|
|August 24||Dizzy Dean returns to action following his suspension and picks up his 22nd win of the season‚ a 5-0 shutout of the Giants. Diz adds 2 singles and a stolen base in recording his 2nd shut out over the league leaders. The Cards are now 6 games in back of New York and a half-game ahead of the Cubs.|
|August 25||In Washington‚ Schoolboy Rowe‚ Detroit’s sensational rookie pitcher‚ defeats the Senators 4-2 for his 16th win in a row‚ tying the AL record held by Walter Johnson‚ Joe Wood‚ and Lefty Grove. Rowe allows 9 hits in 9 innings‚ and is behind 2-1 entering the 9th. He wins the game with a 9th inning single.|
At St. Louis‚ the Cards build a 5-0 lead over New York and Carl Hubbell‚ only to see the Giants score 3. Dizzy Dean‚ who pitched a shut out yesterday‚ throws 3 innings of relief‚ gives up 5 hits and a walk‚ and is charged with the 7-6 loss. Schumacher gets the victory.
|August 27||At St. Louis‚ Cards pitcher Tex Carleton makes his second consecutive start against the Dodgers and again Brooklyn beats him. Dazzy Vance relieves Tex in the 5th as the Dodgers win‚ 10-1.|
|August 28||Jimmy DeShong pitches the Yanks to an even break in a twinbill with the A’s‚ allowing just a single hit in the nitecap 2-1 win. The lone hit is a 7th inning homer by Jimmie Foxx‚ his 34th of the year. Sugar Cain is the loser. The A’s win the opener‚ 4-3‚ on Foxx’s 2-run homer in the 8th‚ after Gehrig homers for New York.|
|August 29||A capacity crowd at Shibe Park sees Detroit’s Schoolboy Rowe fail to win his 17th straight. He is knocked from the box in the 7th inning of the 2nd-game‚ a 13-5 loss to Philadelphia. The A’s slap Schoolboy for 12 hits.|
|September 1||Jimmie Foxx cracks a two-run homer in the 9th‚ his 39th‚ off reliever Lefty Grove‚ to give the A’s an 8-7 win over the Red Sox. Foxx‚ filling it at 3B for the injured Pinky Higgins‚ has three hits and 4 RBIs.|
|September 3||Labor Day doubleheaders define the standings for the final pennant surge. Detroit‚ rained out in Chicago‚ holds a 5-game lead over the Yankees‚ who split a pair with the A’s. Gomez wins his 24th and 10th straight in the opener‚ and Foxx hits his 40th HR in the 2nd.|
Washington’s player-manager Joe Cronin collides with Boston’s Wes Ferrell in a play at 1B. Cronin fractures a bone in his arm and is out for the season. The Senators‚ last year’s champs‚ will finish 7th.
In the NL‚ the Giants are rained out but move 6 games ahead of the Cardinals‚ as the Deans have a double disaster in Pittsburgh. Paul loses the first game 12-2‚ and Dizzy fails to hold the lead in the 2nd game and is the losing pitcher with a final score of 6-5. The Cards drop to a tie with the Cubs.
The visiting Cubs split a pair with the Reds‚ winning the opener‚ 6-3‚ in the 10th behind Lon Warneke. Benny Frey takes the loss. Cincy takes the nightcap‚ 6-4‚ as Fish Hook Stout bests Jim Weaver.
|September 4||The Phillies release former MVP Hack Wilson‚ just 34-years-old. He’ll finish his career next year with Albany (International League) hitting .263.|
|September 7||Lou Gehrig and Jimmie Foxx‚ heirs to Babe Ruth‘s HR championship role‚ are in battle for the title. Gehrig hits his 44th in Chicago‚ and Foxx‚ his 41st in Detroit.|
|September 9||Brooklyn pitchers Ray Benge and Van Lingle Mungo fire back-to-back shutouts over the Reds. Benge wins 5-0 and Mungo follows with a 3-0 victory.|
In one of the most memorable games in the Negro League history‚ Pittsburgh Crawfords‘ Satchel Paige duels the Philadelphia Stars‘ Slim Jones to a 1-1 stalemate‚ called after 9 innings due to darkness. Paige strikes out 12‚ and Jones‚ 9‚ before 30‚000 at Yankee Stadium.
|September 10||Dizzy Dean wins his 25th game‚ beating the Phillies 4-1. It is the 5th straight for the Cards‚ now 4 games behind.|
Burleigh Grimes‚ in his second stint with the Pirates this year‚ picks up his 270th win‚ in relief‚ as the Pirates beat the Giants‚ 9-7. It is the Hall of Famers last ML win.
A Detroit rabbi solves a dilemma for slugger Hank Greenberg by declaring that the slugger can play baseball on Rosh Hashanah‚ because the Jewish New Year is a happy occasion. It is for the contending Tigers‚ winners today over the Red Sox 2-1. Greenberg performs a mitzvah by belting two solo homers off Gordon Rhodes. Tomorrow’s Detroit Free Press will headline “happy New Year” in Yiddish.
|September 12||The 7th place Phils top the Cardinals 3-1 when Dizzy Dean‚ in relief of Dazzy Vance‚ fails to stop the Phillies from scoring all their runs in the 8th. The Cards only scoring is Dazzy’s HR.|
Cincinnati introduces rookie P Junie Barnes‚ who walks the only batter he faces to give the Dodgers an 8-7 win over the visiting Reds. Barnes will make one more appearance‚ again facing one batter and also finishing that game‚ and his career.
Carl Hubbell wins his 20th‚ a 3-2 victory over Pittsburgh. With the Cards now 5 1/2 games behind‚ the New York Times reports the Giants’ win‚ “put the finishing touches to reinforcing their position until it was generally accepted as practically impregnable.”
|September 13||New York’s Lefty Gomez pitches a 3-hitter 3-1 victory against the Indians for his 25th win.|
Judge Landis sells the WS broadcast rights to the Ford Motor Company for $100‚000. Previously no fee had been charged.
With his fiancée‚ Edna Mae Skinner of Oklahoma‚ watching‚ Schoolboy Rowe halts the Tiger skid with a 2-0 win over Washington‚ his 23rd victory. He asks in a radio interview: “How’m I doing‚ Edna?”
In the opener of a critical four-game series at the Polo Grounds‚ Freddie Fitzsimmons and Paul Dean throw 11 scoreless innings before the Cardinals score 2 in the top of the 12th. Dean wins‚ 2-0. The Giants lead is cut to 4 1/2 games.
|September 14||Buck Newsom walks the first 4 batters and departs the first game of the doubleheader‚ which the Browns will lose to the A’s 9-7. He starts the 2nd game with 4 straight strikeouts and wins 5-2.|
The Giants build their lead to 5 1/2 games by beating the Cardinals‚ 4-1. Winning P Hal Schumacher gives up an unearned run and clouts his 6th homer of the year.
|September 16||The largest turnout in Polo Grounds history‚ 62‚573‚ suffers as the Deans take two from the Giants. Diz needs relief from Tex Carleton for a 5-3 opener‚ but Paul goes 11 innings for a 3-1 win over Carl Hubbell‚ his 6th victory over the Giants this year. Pepper Martin homers off King Carl. The Cardinals leave New York 3 1/2 games behind the league-leading Giants.|
Los Angeles (PCL) sweeps a pair from Oakland‚ 10-1‚ and 9-0. In the first game‚ Jigger Statz of Los Angeles ties a league record with 6 steals‚ swiping 2nd base in the first inning‚ 3rd base in the 3rd inning and both bases in the 7th and 9th innings. The 37-year-old Statz will finish the season with 61 steals.
|September 17||The Yankees reach Detroit for a last-chance series and lose the opener‚ as veteran Al Crowder beats Lefty Gomez with a 3-0 shutout.|
Boston Red Sox rookie George Hockette‚ making his first start‚ tosses a shut out‚ beating St. Louis‚ 3-0. He’s the first Red Sox rookie in twenty years to debut with a shutout.
At Cleveland‚ 18-year-old Senators rookie Reese Diggs stops the Indians‚ 13-6. Pete Sosko leads the 21-hit Nat attack with 5 hits. Diggs allows 8 hits‚ including homers by Averill and P Bob Weiland to win the complete game. It’ll be Diggsy’s only ML win.
|September 18||At St. Louis‚ Buck Newsom of the Browns continues the unusual‚ losing a no-hitter with 2 out in the 10th inning. Two walks and a single by Roy Johnson produce the game’s only earned runs as Boston wins 2-1. Bosox starter Wes Ferrell strikes out with the bases full in the 2nd inning‚ and protests the call so vehemently‚ umpire Kolls tosses him. Catcher Rick Ferrell continues the protesting and he too follows his brother out of the game. The unrelated relief battery of P Rube Walberg and C Gordie Hinkle then finishes for Boston.|
Chick Hafey hits a 2-run homer in the 10th to give the Reds a 2-0 win over New York at the Polo Grounds. Benny Frey is the complete game winner. In game 2 of the twinbill‚ the Giants win‚ 4-2.
Schoolboy Rowe stops the Yankees‚ 2-0‚ driving in a run himself with a single in the 5th‚ off Red Ruffing to stretch Detroit’s AL lead to 7 1/2 games. The Tiger’s other run comes on Hank Greenberg‘s 25th homer in the 4th. It’s the 5th time this year that Rowe has beaten the Yanks.
|September 19||Tom Yawkey decides to eliminate advertising on fences at Fenway Park‚ painting the way for the Green Monster. Meanwhile‚ the Sox lose 3-2 in St. Louis.|
Behind Joe Cascarella‘s shutout‚ the A’s fricasee the White Sox‚ 14-0. Jimmy Foxx contributes a grand slam.
|September 20||Pitching for Pittsburgh‚ Burleigh Grimes‚ the last of the 17 legal spitballers‚ makes his final ML appearance‚ tossing one hitless inning and striking out his last batter‚ Joe Stripp. Grimes relieves Waite Hoyt‚ who loses 2-1 to Brooklyn’s Leslie Munns.|
|September 21||The Deans shut out the Dodgers. After Dizzy gives up just 3 hits in a 13-0 victory‚ allowing no hits until the 8th‚ Paul wins a no-hitter‚ 3-0. Diz says: “If’n Paul had told me he was gonna pitch a no-hitter‚ I’d of throwed one‚ too.” Dean has two hits‚ including a double‚ while Ducky Medwick adds a double and triple. The Cards are now three games behind the Giants‚ who have 7 games left. St. Louis has 9 games left.|
The Giants give Freddie Fitzsimmons his first run in 34 innings‚ and the pitcher beats Boston‚ 8-1 to stay ahead of the rampaging Cards by 3 games. Wally Berger‘s 33rd homer is the only Boston score.
|September 22||With the Cards rained out‚ the Giants lose 3-2 at Boston in 11 innings. The Cubs lose 2 games to the Pirates‚ 2-1 and 11-7‚ to drop out of the pennant race with an 81-63 record.|
|September 23||The Yankees keep their mathematical chances alive with a double win over the visiting Red Sox‚ but most of the cheers are for Babe Ruth. The Babe is 0-for-4 with a walk in the opener‚ a 1-0 three hitter spun by Lefty Gomez. Arndt Jorgens knocks in the only run‚ off George Hockette‚ to give Gomez his 26th win. In the nitecap‚ Boston scores 4 in the 5th‚ but the Yankees tie it on Lou Gehrig‘s 47th homer of the year. In the last of the 9th‚ Ruth emerges from the dugout as a pinch hitter‚ but lines out. New York then scores the winner in the 10th on Chapman’s single. Red Ruffing is the starter and winner. George Selkirk has five hits‚ including a homer‚ in the two games.|
The Tigers remain in first place by 5 1/2 games‚ splitting a pair with the Browns. St. Louis beats Schoolboy Rowe in the opener‚ 4-3‚ then Alvin Crowder outduels George Blaeholder‚ 2-1‚ in game 2.
The Cards beat the Reds‚ 9-7‚ then lose 4-3 as the Deans falter. In the 9th Dizzy Dean relieves Paul after the Reds score a run. Diz walks two to load the bases‚ and Mark Koenig hits a sac fly to bring home the winner. It is the first Card defeat in eight games and leaves the Birds 2 1/2 behind the Giants.
The Giants split a pair with the Braves to remain even with the Cards. New York takes the opener‚ 8-0‚ behind Roy Parmelee. In game 2‚ Carl Hubbell gives up no hits through 5 innings‚ but he wilts in the 8th and the Braves score 3. Boston wins it in the 11th‚ 4-3‚ scoring a run off Joe Bowman on a 2-out single‚ steal‚ wild pitch and single.
The Sox drop a pair to the Indians and run their loss streak to 8 games. Monte Pearson edges out recruit pitcher Vern Kennedy in the opener‚ 2-1‚ then Ralph Winegarner wins the 2nd‚ 5-1. He’s aided by Earl Averill‘s 30th homer‚ with two on. Earl boosts his home run bonus money to $3‚000; he received a $1‚000 for his 25th and $400 for each clout after that.
|September 24||Idle Detroit wins the pennant‚ as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 5-0 in the season’s finale at Yankee Stadium. Ruth walks in the first inning‚ limps to 1B‚ and leaves for a pinch runner in his last home game as a Yankee.|
The Cardinals beat the Cubs 3-1 and move 2 games behind the Giants with 6 games left.
|September 25||In his first major league game‚ Yankee Vito Tamulis shuts out the A’s‚ 5-0. Lou Gehrig plays his 1‚500th consecutive game and hits his 48th HR‚ a personal high.|
In his first ML game‚ Cubs rookie Phil Cavarretta‚ a Chicago native‚ homers‚ off Hank Wistert‚ to give the Cubs Guy Bush a 1-0 win over the Reds. The teenager also has 2 walks‚ stolen base‚ and handles 12 chances cleanly at 1B. Signed by Peoria last winter‚ the Cubs picked him when the Three I league disbanded in mid-summer.
Diz wins his 28th‚ beating the Pirates 3-2 and blanking the Bucs until the 9th inning when Vaughan belts a 2-run HR. The Giants lead over the Birds is cut to one game when the Phillies rally in the 9th for a 5-4 win.
The Los Angeles Angels set a PCL record by executing double plays in the first six innings of a 7-2 win over visiting Seattle.
|September 26||Although beaten by the Phils 5-4‚ the Giants hold onto first place by a game as the Cards lose to Pittsburgh. Waite Hoyt stops St. Louis on 2 hits to win‚ 3-0‚ over Paul Dean. The Giants lose 5-4 as Gus Mancuso‘s passed ball in the 9th allows the winning run to score. Gus has 2 homers in the game to drive in all the runs.|
Hank Greenberg hits a grand slam in Detroit’s 10-3 win over the White Sox. Greenberg has just 26 homers this year‚ but his 63 doubles will lead the AL.
|September 27||Despite being outhit 13-7‚ the Cards close to one-half game of the idle Giants‚ beating the Reds 8-5. Cincinnati SS Gordon Slade helps by making 3 errors in the first inning when the Birds plate 5.|
|September 28||At St. Louis‚ the Cardinals gain a tie for first before a crowd of just 6‚500. The Giants are idle‚ as Dizzy Dean‚ on 2 days rest‚ shuts out the Reds 4-0 for his 29th win in the 2nd game. It is Diz’s 6th shut out. In the opener‚ the Cards are victorious 8-5.|
|September 29||Brooklyn’s Van Mungo knocks the Giants out of the lead at the Polo Grounds 5-1 though he gives up 11 hits. Mungo adds 2 hits and fans 3 Giants in the 9th. Meanwhile Paul Dean is beating the Reds in St. Louis‚ 6-1.|
In game 1‚ Babe Ruth hits his last AL HR‚ as New York splits a doubleheader in Washington‚ losing 8-5 and winning 9-6. Ruth’s homer comes off rookie Sid Cohen‚ who wins his 1st ML game.
The Tigers tune up for the series with a pair of wins over the Browns‚ 10-6 and 6-2. Detroit totals 101 wins for the year. In game 2‚ the Browns use 46-year-old coach Grover Hartley behind the plate‚ and send up coach Charlie O’Leary to pinch hit. In his first appearance since 1913‚ O’Leary singles and scores a run: at age 52‚ he’s the oldest ML player ever to do so. The Tigers counter with coach Cy Perkins‚ 38‚ but he makes out. 3b Marv Owen plays both games and picks up one RBI to finish with 96. Joined with Tigers 1B Greenberg (139)‚ 2B Gehringer (127)‚ and SS Rogell (100)‚ the Tigers infield comes closest in ML history to all reaching 100 RBIs. The 1941 Red Sox will be only other team to have all infielders over 90 RBIs.
|September 30||Dizzy Dean clinches the pennant with his 30th win‚ a 9-0 shutout of the Reds. Diz loads the bases in the 9th inning‚ then fans two Reds and gets the 3rd to foul out. Dean’s 7th shutout of the year is the Cards 20th win in their last 25 games. Today’s final game draws 35‚274 to Sportsman’s Park‚ but the season attendance total for the Cards is just 325‚056‚ an average of 4‚222 a game: The Reds are low in the NL with 206‚773 total attendance. By comparison‚ the AL winning Tigers draw 919‚161.|
The Dodgers again beat the Giants 8-5. The Giants knock out starter Ray Benge with 4 runs in the 1st‚ but can manage just a solo HR‚ by P Freddie Fitzsimmons‚ in 6 2/3 innings against knuckleballer Dutch Leonard. Brooklyn’s 10-inning win is sweet revenge for the Dodgers‚ who had been fuming since Bill Terry‘s wisecrack at the February 6 NL meetings. Dodger manager Casey Stengel later cackles‚ “The Giants thought we gave ’em a beating‚ but I’m sorry for the beating they still have to take. Wait until their wives realize they’re not going to get those new fur coats.”
Detroit wins a pair to finish the season with a 101 wins as they beat St. Louis 10-6 and 2-6. Charley Gehringer is 2-for-7 to finish at .356 as Gehrig goes 3-for-4 to win the batting title with .363. Grover Hartley‚ the last active Federal League veteran‚ comes in at catcher in game 1. He’ll have one game next year as a ML ump.
The Senators top the visiting Yankees 5-3 in Babe Ruth‘s last game in pinstripes. Preceding the game‚ a band from St. Mary’s Industrial School‚ the Babe’s alma mater‚ plays. Ruth is 0-for-3 in this‚ his 2‚084th and final game as a Yankee. He flies out to CF in his last at bat and leaves crying. Senators pitcher Orville Armbrust toils 7 innings in recording his only major league win‚ 5-3. Gehrig is 3-for-4 to sew up the Triple Crown.
In Cleveland‚ in between halves of the Indians-White Sox doubleheader‚ Cy Young‚ 67‚ and his fellow “Antiques” take on Walter Johnson‘s “Has-Beens.” A Johnson pick off attempt on Nap Lajoie in the 2nd and last inning turns into a near-riot and “umpire” Martin Lavelle has to be escorted off the field by police. In the field events Al Simmons hits a fungo 428’ 6″ while Hal Trosky wins the throwing contest with a toss of 376’2″. Evar Swanson circles the bases in 14 and 4/5 seconds. The Sox win 9-5 behind Ted Lyon’s pitching and Al Simmons‘ hitting as he goes 5-for-5. The Sox then lose 5-3 in 5 innings.
|October 3||Dizzy Dean wins the opening game of the WS 8-3‚ as Detroit manager Mickey Cochrane holds back his ace‚ Schoolboy Rowe. Veteran Al Crowder is ineffective as the Cardinals romp. Joe Medwick homers in a 4-for-4 day while the Tigers make 5 errors.|
|October 4||Schoolboy Rowe evens the Series with a 12-inning‚ 3-2 win‚ shutting out the Cardinals over the final 9. Rowe retires 22 batters in a row equaling Pennock’s effort in 1927. The Tigers tie the game in the 9th inning and win on Goose Goslin‘s single.|
|October 5||With no need for a travel delay‚ the teams move to St. Louis‚ and Paul Dean puts the Cardinals ahead with a 4-1 win. He pitches shutout ball until the 9th.|
|October 6||It is the Cardinals turn to play poorly‚ and they make 5 errors to lose 10-4. Dizzy Dean‚ used as a pinch runner‚ is carried off the field after being hit in the head by Billy Rogell‘s throw. Hank Greenberg ties the WS record with 4 hits.|
|October 7||Tommy Bridges beats Dizzy Dean 3-1 to put the Tigers within a game of the World Championship. The Series heads back to Detroit.|
|October 8||Paul Dean holds off the Tigers in a pitching duel with Schoolboy Rowe‚ winning 4-3. Weak-hitting Leo Durocher has 3 hits‚ as does Tigers manager Mickey Cochrane. With Frankie Frisch playing for the Cards‚ this is the last Worls Series this century that will featuring two player-managers.|
|October 9||Dizzy Dean makes good his boast that “me and Paul will win all 4 games.” He humbles Detroit 11-0‚ as the Tigers go to pieces. When Joe Medwick slides roughly into 3B in the 6th inning‚ he tangles with Marv Owen. Irate Tigers fans in the temporary LF stands then launch a barrage of fruit at Medwick‚ halting the game. With the score at 9-0‚ Commissioner Landis removes Medwick from the game “for his own safety.”|
While the Cardinals celebrate their WS victory in St. Louis‚ their top farm team‚ Columbus‚ wins the final game of a 9-game Junior WS. The American Association representatives beat Toronto of the International League in the 2nd game of a playoff doubleheader.
|October 11||Burleigh Grimes is released by the Pirates. He will sign next April 1 to manage Bloomington and be given a dispensation to throw the spitball.|
|October 14||Underpaid by the Cardinals‚ the Deans reap profits on a barnstorming tour. Each makes $5‚000 in a game against Chicago semipros.|
|October 21||An all-star team led by Babe Ruth and Connie Mack sails on tour to Hawaii and Japan. Players with wives include Lou Gehrig‚ Jimmie Foxx‚ Charlie Gehringer‚ Lefty Gomez‚ Earl Averill‚ and Lefty O’Doul.|
|October 23||P. K. Wrigley buys more shares in the Cubs and replaces William Walker as president. He gives player/manager Charlie Grimm complete control.|
|October 26||Washington player-manager Joe Cronin is sold to the Boston Red Sox for $225‚000 and Lyn Lary. Recently married to Mildred Robertson‚ Clark Griffith‘s niece and adopted daughter‚ Cronin is signed to a 5-year contract.|
|November 1||The Giants obtain Dick Bartell from the Phillies for 3B Johnny Vergez‚ P Pretzel Pezzulo‚ OF George Watkins‚ and cash. Bartell will help cement the infield for the Giants in the next two years.|
|November 2||William Heydler resigns as NL president due to poor health.|
|November 3||Although Lou Gehrig wins the Triple Crown with 49 HRs‚ 165 RBI‚ and a .363 BA‚ Mickey Cochrane‚ with 2 HRs‚ 76 RBI‚ and a .320 BA‚ is named AL MVP. Cochrane has 67 points to finish ahead of teammates Charlie Gehringer (65 points) and Schoolboy Row (59 points). Lefty Gomez of the Yankees polls 60. Dizzy Dean‚ with a 30-7 record‚ is chosen as NL MVP easily outdistancing Pitt’s Paul Waner.|
|November 8||Ford Frick‚ NL publicity director‚ is named league president. He will eventually become commissioner.|
|November 13||Bucky Harris‚ who had been “Boy Manager” of the 1924 and 1925 AL champion Senators‚ is hired back by Washington to replace youthful Joe Cronin‚ who has been sold to Boston.|
The Reds purchase P Danny MacFayden from the New York Yankees.
|November 18||Al Schacht leaves Washington to join Boston as a coach‚ breaking up the clown act he had performed with Nick Altrock.|
|November 20||The Browns send good hitting Bruce Campbell to Cleveland for over-the-hill Johnny Burnett‚ P Bob Weiland‚ and cash. Weiland will go 0-2 with the Browns but resurface in 1937 for the Cards‚ where he’ll do well.|
Seventeen-year-old Eiji Sawamura gives up one hit‚ a HR to Lou Gehrig‚ as the touring American all-stars win in Japan 1-0. At one point Sawamura strikes out 4 in a row-Charlie Gehringer‚ Babe Ruth‚ Jimmie Foxx‚ and Gehrig. The all-stars easily win the other 15 games against high school and post-college players. College players in Japan are prohibited from playing against foreigners.
Catcher Moe Berg shoots movie film showing the roofs of Tokyo. The film will allegedly be used as a guide by U.S. bombers during WWII.
|November 21||The Cards send 16-game winner Tex Carleton to the Cubs for Ps Bud Tinning‚ Dick Ward and cash. Carleton will win 11 in Chicago while Tinning and Ward will help little.|
|November 22||The Pirates and Cubs make a trade which brings Chicago a needed lefty in Larry French‚ as well as Freddie Lindstrom. They send Guy Bush‚ Jim Weaver‚ and Babe Herman to Pittsburgh.|
|December 11||The 1935 All-Star Game is assigned to Cleveland. Frankie Frisch and Mickey Cochrane‚ rival managers in the St. Louis-Detroit WS‚ will manage their league’s teams.|
The NL votes to permit night baseball‚ authorizing a maximum of 7 games by any team installing lights. The AL does not grant permission for night games until 1937.
|December 13||The Cardinals sell minor league prospect Johnny Mize to Cincinnati for $55‚000 He is later returned because of a suspect knee and does not make his debut until 1936.|
|December 14||The Giants purchase prospect Billy Myers‚ 25‚ and trade him to the Reds for vet Mark Koenig and Allyn Stout. Myers‚ who hit .313 at Columbus this year‚ will be the Reds starting shortstop for the next 6 seasons.|
|December 19||The Yankees send 5 players to San Francisco as part of the payment for Joe DiMaggio. He will play another season in the Pacific Coast League and will report at the end of 1935.|
|December 26||Matsutaro Shoriki‚ head of Yomiuri Newspapers‚ announces the official formation of Japan’s first professional team‚ the Tokyo-based Yomiuri Giants. The team is made up of players signed to compete against the American all-star team. Professional league play‚ with 6 teams‚ does not begin until 1936.|
Judge Landis plays Scrooge to the Dodgers and denies their claim to the services of teenager Johnny Vander Meer.