Baseball in 1937
|January 6||The Giants buy SS Tommy Thevenow from Cincinnati.|
|January 17||Cleveland gets Moose Solters‚ Ivy Andrews‚ and Lyn Lary from the St. Louis Browns for Joe Vosmik‚ Bill Knickerbocker‚ and Oral Hildebrand. The 3 departing Brownies are termed “real playboys” by manager Rogers Hornsby. Solters and Andrews were also the RBI and ERA leaders for the Brownies.|
|January 19||Nap Lajoie‚ Tris Speaker‚ and Cy Young are voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the BBWAA.|
|January 27||In Cincinnati‚ the worst flood in the city’s history inundates Crosley Field‚ covering home plate with as much as 21 feet of water. The lower grandstand is completely covered. Reds pitchers Gene Schott and Lee Grissom row a boat out from the center field wall and the resulting photo appears across the country.|
|February 11||Connie Mack is interviewed on a television demonstration by Philco.|
|February 17||The Yankees buy another Babe from the Red Sox‚ picking up Babe Dahlgren.|
|February 19||The Giants open their spring training camp in Havana‚ Cuba.|
|February 27||The Negro American League announces the schedule for their inaugural season.|
|March 13||Lou Gehrig agrees to $38‚000‚ plus a $750 bonus for signing. He’ll play his first game March 20 driving in 2 runs as the Yanks beat the Bees‚ 5-3.|
|March 16||In an exhibition match‚ the Mexico City Agriculture team blanks the Athletics in the first inning before caving in and losing‚ 34-5. Ace Parker and Bob Johnson pole HRs.|
|March 20||Josh Gibson and Judy Johnson‚ two future Hall of Famers‚ are traded to the Homestead Grays for two journeyman players and $2‚500. The transaction is called the biggest deal in Negro baseball history.|
|March 28||Trying to see if a new “dead ball” is better than the existing one‚ the new sphere is tried in a game between the Red Sox and the Senators. The Sox outslug the Nats‚ 13-12‚ as Cronin drives in 6 runs. Last week the ball was used in a game between the Giants and Bees with much the same result. On April 12‚ the White Sox and Pirates will test the new ball‚ with the Sox winning 9-6‚ though the longest hit is a double.|
|April 1||Babe Herman is sold by Cincinnati to Detroit.|
|April 2||Dizzy Dean‚ Paul Dean‚ and Joe Medwick have a scuffle in a Tampa hotel lobby with New York News reporter Jack Miley and Chicago Times writer Irv Kupcinet.|
|April 4||In an Indians-Giants exhibition game in New Orleans‚ Hank Leiber is beaned by a Bob Feller fastball and suffers a brain concussion. He will miss most of the upcoming season‚ not returning to action till late July.|
Detroit sells 35-year old OF Al Simmons‚ coming off a .327 season‚ to Washington for $15‚000.
|April 9||The 1936 batting champ‚ Paul Waner‚ ends his holdout and signs a contract with Pittsburgh.|
|April 14||Judge Landis declares minor leaguer Tommy Henrich a free agent‚ voiding his Cleveland contract. This is another of the cover-up situations Landis hated‚ and the balance of the scale for letting Cleveland keep Bob Feller. In 4 days‚ Henrich will sign with the Yankees for $25‚000.|
|April 16||Joe DiMaggio‚ who has suffered from a lame throwing arm recently‚ has his tonsils and adenoids removed at Lenox Hill hospital. He will miss his 2nd straight Opener.|
|April 19||The Phillies open in Boston with a doubleheader win against the Bees 2-1 and 1-0.|
The Reds sell Babe Herman to Detroit.
|April 20||Gee Walker of the Tigers becomes the only player to hit for the cycle on Opening Day when he performs the feat against the Cleveland Indians‚ hitting in reverse order for a homer‚ triple‚ double‚ and single. Detroit wins‚ 4-3.|
The Senators open the season before 45‚850 at Yankee Stadium with a 3-2 win over Lefty Gomez. The Yankees tally 10 hits off Monte Weaver‚ including two doubles and a single by Lou Gehrig. Gehrig is playing in his 1‚809th straight game. Al Simmons‚ purchased two weeks earlier from Detroit‚ cracks a disputed homer in the 6th to tie the game at 2-2: New York argues that a fan reached over the railing and touched the ball. The Nats score the winning run in the 8th on a long sac fly by Shanty Hogan.
The Browns batter the White Sox 15-10 before 7‚500 fans‚ the Brownies largest opening day crowd since pre-Depression days. Manager Rogers Hornsby singles twice and drills a CF homer off Vern Kennedy.
At Cincinnati‚ the Cards Dizzy Dean gives up 13 hits‚ walks 2‚ makes a fielding error‚ and still wins 2-0‚ in 10 innings. Doubles by Johnny Mize and Joe Medwick and a single by Durocher hand the loss to Peaches Davis. The Reds strand 14 in the shutout.
At Ebbets Field‚ the Giants lose 4-3 to the rival Dodgers. Dick Bartell‚ who scrapped with Mungo last year‚ takes the first Mungo pitch for a strike. When Rowdy Richard turns to protest the call with umpire Reardon‚ he is hit in the face with an overripe tomato. Mungo wins over Hal Schumacher.
|April 22||Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson are among 18 black players who jump to the Dominican Republic league. Negro League owners regard this as desertion and plan to ban the players from the league. In May‚ Paige will be banned for life.|
|April 23||Carl Hubbell’s first start of the season is a 3-hit‚ 3-0 shutout against the Boston Bees. For the Giants ace‚ it is his 17th straight win‚ dating back to July 17 of last year.|
Jersey City‚ now a Giants farm team‚ returns to the International League with the largest crowd‚ 31‚294‚ in minor league history.
|April 24||In Boston’s home opener‚ the Yankees tie the Sox on Tony Lazzeri‘s 8th inning homer‚ then score a pair in the 10th on George Selkirk‘s triple. Twinkletoes is out trying to swipe home. The Sox come back for a run in the 10th‚ but the Yankees win‚ 6-5.|
At the Polo Grounds‚ the Giants win their 3rd in a row‚ beating the Bees‚ 3-0. All the scoring comes on homers-two by Mel Ott‚ and another by Dick Bartell‚ off Johnny Lanning. Clyde Castleman extends the Giants streak of shutout innings to 25: the Bees have not scored in 34 innings.
|April 25||Giants rookie P Cliff Melton strikes out 13 in his first ML game but loses to the Boston Bees 3-1. The 13 strikeouts is a new ML Rookie record that will be broken by Karl Spooner‚ in 1955.|
|April 28||In a game against the Reds in Chicago‚ Cubs P Larry French sustains a broken bone in his right hand when he is hit by Ernie Lombardi’s line drive during the Reds’ 6-run 1st inning. French also loses the match‚ 10-3‚ to Paul Derringer‚ winner of 11 of his last 12 decisions against Chicago. He is 21-11 lifetime vs. the Cubs.|
|April 30||Duke All-American football star Ace Parker pinch-hits a HR in his first ML at bat for the Athletics‚ connecting off Boston’s Wes Ferrell in a 15-5 loss.. This is the 1st time an AL player has pinch homered in his debut at bat. Parker will have just one more HR on his way to a .117 average this year‚ but will do better on the gridiron. He will score 2 TDs for the Brooklyn Dodgers at Pittsburgh on November 21st and will eventually be elected to the Football Hall of Fame. He‚ thereby joins Hoyt Wilhelm and Earl Averill as one of just 3 Hall of Famers to hit a HR in their first at-bat.|
Carl Hubbell limits the Dodgers to 7 hits in winning‚ 7-2. It is the Giants ace’s 18th straight win over 2 seasons.
After a long holdout‚ Dolph Camilli signs with the Phillies.
|May 1||Joe DiMaggio makes his debut as a starter after missing six games‚ and strokes three hits against Rube Walberg. New York tips the Red Sox‚ 3-2.|
|May 3||The Giants equal a ML record‚ playing a 9-inning game against the Boston Bees with no chances for their outfielders. The Bees gardeners have just 3 chances in winning‚ 3-1.|
|May 4||Ripper Collins‚ Joe Marty‚ and John Bottarini homer for the Cubs in the 8th inning against the Phils‚ as visiting Chicago wins 14-7.|
Carl Hubbell wins his 3rd straight the year‚ 19th overall‚ but did not finish the game as the Giants nip the Reds‚ 7-6. Dick Bartell hits 2 homers to back King Carl.
With the bases loaded in the 11th inning‚ the Washington Senators pull of a triple steal‚ with Ben Chapman on the front end‚ to break a 5-5 tie. When the dust clears‚ the Senators score 7 to beat the Indians‚ 12-5.
|May 8||Washington’s Bobo Newsom‚ who will pitch in four decades‚ hits his only major-leaguer homer. It comes in Detroit off Tiger ace Schoolboy Rowe as the Talkative One wins‚ 8-3.|
|May 9||Reds C Ernie Lombardi ties the modern ML record with 6 hits (5 singles and a double) in 6 consecutive times at bat‚ as Cincinnati routs Philadelphia 21-10 on 24 hits. Alex Kampouris tallies eight RBIs for the Reds on three homers‚ one a grand slam.|
Before a crowd of 36‚520 at the Polo Grounds‚ Carl Hubbell wins his 4th straight and his 20th in a row‚ subduing the Cubs and Bill Lee‚ 4-1. The game is scoreless for 6 innings. Dick Bartell hits a 2-run HR in the 8th and Fank Demaree homers in the 9th for the only score of King Carl. Hubbell matches the mark of Rube Marquard‚ who won one game in 1911 and 19 straight more in 1912.
|May 10||Monte Pearson pitches a one hitter in stopping the White Sox‚ 6-0. Joe DiMaggio hits his 1st 2 homers of the year and George Selkirk his 5th for NY. Chicago’s only hit is a one-out first inning single by Larry Rosenthal‚ who was erased on a DP.|
Cleveland insures Bob Feller for $100‚000 and flies him home to Iowa on a private plane for his high school graduation. Feller pitched 6 innings on April 24 before leaving with a sore arm. His next start is May 23 versus the Yankees.
|May 11||White Sox P Monte Stratton allows 7 hits in subduing the Yankees‚ 7-2. One of the hits is by Tommy Henrich‚ who goes 1-for-4 in his ML debut. Henrich‚ recently signed‚ was called up to take the place of Jake Powell‚ out with appendicitis.|
|May 12||St. Louis OF Joe Medwick tallies 4 extra-base hits: two HRs-off Claude Passeau and Orville Jorgens-and a pair of doubles in a Cards 15-3 win over the Phillies. The Cards collect 20 hits‚ including four by Pepper Martin and a round tripper by Brusie Ogrodowski.|
Chick Hafey is restored to active duty with the Reds after a 2-year retirement.
|May 13||At Chicago‚ Washington’s Joe Kuhel ties the modern ML record with 3 triples as the Nats win‚ 10-2. Kuhel adds a single to drive in 3 runs.|
Detroit’s George Gill makes his first ML start and shuts out the Red Sox‚ 4-0. Gill allows five hits‚ three by Joe Cronin‚ as Detroit replaces the Red Sox in 3rd place. Wes Ferrell allows just five hits‚ including a double and homer by Charlie Gehringer.
Joe DiMaggio replaces Lou Gehrig as the Yankees cleanup hitter and drives in three runs‚ as the Yankees trip the Browns‚ 4-2. Gehrig‚ hitting 5th gets a double after going hitless in his last 21 at bats. Tommy Henrich‚ making his 2nd appearance‚ bats third. He collects a pair of singles. Winning pitcher Lefty Gomez is the only Yankee without a hit.
Carl Hubbell wins his 5th straight‚ and 21st over 2 seasons‚ stopping the NL-leading Pirates‚ 5-2. Arky Vaughan’s two homers account for all the Pittsburgh scoring. Leading off‚ Dick Bartell hits his 4th homer in five days to continue his 12-game hitting streak‚ as the Giants hand reliever Waite Hoyt the loss.
|May 15||Walter Johnson Jr. m akes his professional debut pitching for Des Moines.|
|May 16||Browns 3B Harlond Clift equals the AL record with 9 assists in a 5-4 loss to the Tigers. A fumble and late throw in the 1st inning would have given him a 10th assist. By the end of the season‚ Clift will set a new record for total chances and the still-standing mark of 405 assists. Tigers Gee Walker has a single to run his hit streak to 21 games.|
A sac fly by Chick Hafey in the 9th gives the Reds a 3-2 win over the Cubs. Hafey makes his 1st appearance since retiring in May 1935.
Cy Pfirman‚ longtime NL umpire dies. At one time he held the record for consecutive games umpired at 1‚710.
Major League attendance today is 180‚000. Pittsburgh is high in the NL with 39‚571 and Shibe Park is tops in the AL with 38‚728 watching the A’s-Yankees.
|May 19||Dizzy Dean instigates another donnybrook following a number of knockdown pitches in a game with the Giants. The Giants score three runs in the 6th inning after Dean is called for a balk by ump George Barr. Losing 4-1 to Carl Hubbell in the 9th‚ Dean knocks down Jimmy Ripple with a pitch. Ripple follows with a bunt on the first base side in a effort to make Dean field the ball. The bunt‚ however‚ bounces to 2B Jimmy Brown‚ who prepares to throw to Johnny Mize at 1B. Dean‚ who had started toward the ball‚ keeps running and barrels into Ripple. The two benches empty‚ and when the field is cleared by the umpires and policemen‚ the batter Ripple‚ who was never put out at first base‚ is credited with a single. Catchers Gus Mancuso and Mickey Owens are ejected after staging their own private boxing match.. The only player who doesn’t leave the bench is Hubbell‚ who wins his 6th straight game of the year and 22nd regular-season decision in a row. The Cards scoreboard attendant counts pitches in the game: 172 by Dean and 93 by Hubbard (70 strikes‚ 23 balls). King Carl uses 5 pitches in both the 1st and 8th.|
The leading Pirates drop a 5-4 decision to the Phils as Dolf Camilli steals home in the 9th inning when relieve Mace Brown goes into a full windup. Morrie Arnovich collects a single‚ double and homer for the Quakers.
In the first night game of the season‚ the visiting Bees sting the Reds‚ 3-1. Rookie Lou Fette is the winner over Johnny Vander Meer‚ making his first start in the majors. Two railroads run special trains to bring 1500 fans from Southwestern Ohio‚ Indiana‚ and Kentucky.
|May 22||Facing Wes Ferrell in Boston‚ Hank Greenberg hits a long centerfield home run out of Fenway Park. It exits to the right of the flag pole and is called the longest HR ever hit at Fenway. Gee Walker has 3 hits to run his hit streak to 26 straight games‚ but the Red Sox counter with 14 hits of their own to win‚ 11-9. Walker’s streak will end on the 24th after 27 games.|
The Athletics regain the AL lead by beating the White Sox‚ 10-9 in 11 innings. In the inning‚ however‚ they need 2 singles‚ runner safe on an error‚ and 3 walks to win the game as Chicago C Luke Sewell picks one runner off at 2B and throws another out at 3B on a steal try.
Before a 6-2 loss to the Reds in Cincinnati‚ the Dodgers announce that Van Lingle Mungo has been fined‚ suspended for 3 days‚ and given a bill for $1‚500 worth of damage done to a St. Louis hotel room following a ruckus last week with teammates trying to get him to bed at 4 A.M. When a photographer asks to take a picture of Van Mungo’s black eye‚ the pitcher replies‚ “You can take it for $1‚000‚ because that’s what it cost me to get it.”
|May 25||After hitting a solo HR against the Yankees in his third-inning at-bat off Bump Hadley to break a 1-1 tie‚ player-manager Mickey Cochrane is hit by a 3-1 pitch from Hadley in the 5th inning and suffers a skull fracture in three places. Coach Del Baker will run the team for the hospitalized Detroit leader‚ who will never return to active play. Cochrane’s homer is his last at bat. In the hospital‚ Cochrane will exonerate Hadley saying‚ “I lost the ball.” The Yanks win the game‚ 4-3‚ beating Schoolboy Rowe‚ who makes his first appearance of the season following a suspension for lack of conditioning.|
|May 26||Cleveland’s Billy Sullivan and Bruce Campbell blast pinch homers against the A’s‚ the first time two AL substitutes have connected on round trippers. Harry Kelley serves up both home runs. The A’s score 4 in the 9th to win‚ 8-6.|
Joe McCarthy of the Yankees and Bill Terry of the Giants are named to manage the All-Star teams. Judge Landis announces that the managers‚ not the fans‚ will pick the teams‚ and increases the squads from 21 to 23 players.
|May 27||Hubbell (8-0) pitches 2 innings in relief and wins his 24th straight game when Mel Ott hits a 9th-inning HR for a 3-2 victory over the Reds.|
|May 29||In a Class A Western League game between the Des Moines Demons and the Cedar Rapids Raiders‚ both teams wear polo helmets as head protectors.|
|May 30||At Boston‚ Senators pitcher Pete Appleton pitches and bats his way to an 11-4 win over the Sox. Appleton drives in 6 runs‚ hitting a single and triple with the sacks full in the 2nd and 3rd and going 4-for-5‚ to beat Fritz Ostermueller. Appleton’s RBI mark ties the ML record for pitchers that Vic Raschi will top (7-August 4‚ 1953). Wes Ferrell did it last year.|
Led by Hank Greenberg and Gee Walker‚ the Tigers collect 20 hits in pasting the Browns‚ 18-3. Greenberg is 5-for-5 with 2 homers‚ and Walker also has 2 homers in 4 hits while driving in 7 runs. Rookie George Gill is the winner.
|May 31||A Memorial Day crowd of 61‚756‚ the 2nd-largest crowd in Polo Grounds history‚ sees the Dodgers end Carl Hubbell‘s consecutive-game winning streak at 24 over 2 seasons. Babe Phelps leads the way‚ going 5-for-6‚ as Brooklyn routs King Carl in the 4th inning and wins 10-3. Although Hubbell loses the first game of the doubleheader‚ he is honored in between games when Babe Ruth makes the presentation of the NL’s 1936 MVP Award. The Giants take the nitecap‚ 5-4.|
In front of a crowd of 14‚352 at Cincinnati‚ the Reds whip the Pirates‚ 8-3 in the opener before losing 5-4 in the second game. Peaches Davis is the winner with 5+ innings while Gee Walker has 2 triples and scores 3. For the Reds it is their lone victory this year against Pittsburgh: the Reds will go 1-20 against the Pirates and lose a ML-record 20 straight to one team‚ 17 of the losses this year to the Pirates.
|June 1||Before 1‚500 at Chicago‚ White Sox P Bill Dietrich pitches an 8-0 no-hitter against the Browns. It is the 3rd no-hitter Luke Sewell has caught‚ having previously been behind the plate for Wes Ferrell in 1931 and Vern Kennedy in 1935. Dietrich‚ in his last outing 2 days ago against the Indians‚ gave up 10 runs in less than 4 innings.|
|June 2||NL President Ford Frick suspends Dizzy Dean for refusing to retract statements made after a balk call in the May 19th game‚ which led to an on-field brawl. Dean forces a meeting with the press at which he denies the statements‚ and his suspension is lifted a few days later.|
|June 3||Josh Gibson is credited with a drive that hits just 2 feet below the rim of Yankee Stadium‚ about 580 feet from home plate. It is estimated by some that the ball would have traveled nearly 700 feet.|
|June 5||Gus Suhr’s NL record of 822 consecutive games‚ started on September 11‚ 1931‚ ends when leaves New York to attend his mother’s funeral in San Francisco. Visiting Pittsburgh‚ in first place by three games‚ loses to the Giants‚ 7-5. They also lose the services of Fred Schulte when he is beaned in the 8th inning by Cliff Melton. Schulte is out cold for 10 minutes.|
At Detroit‚ the Yankees bang four homers-two by Gehrig‚ one by DiMaggio and a pinch homer by Red Ruffing-to edge the Tigers‚ 6-5. Reliever Pat Malone stops Gee Walker‚ who already had three hits‚ in the 9th inning with the winning run on 2B.
|June 6||Umpire Bill Klem declares the Cardinals winners of the 2nd game with the Phils when the Phils stall and delay until a Sunday curfew of 7 P.M. is reached. The first game was delayed 1 1/2 hours because of rain‚ and the nitecap doesn’t start until after 5:30. The Phils trail 8-2 with 2 outs in the 5th inning when the game is forfeited. Joe Medwick loses a homer in the nitecap and will end the season tied with Mel Ott for the HR lead.|
The Reds Alex Kampouris hits a bases loaded HR to pace the Reds to a 9-2 win. Rookie Johnny Vander Meer is the winner. One of baseball’s rarest feats takes place when Woody English of the Dodgers wins a suit by hitting a double off the sign of clothier Abe Stark at the base of the Ebbets Field scoreboard.
|June 8||The White Sox take first place from the Yankees‚ beating New York 5-4 for their 10th straight win. They’ll lose their next outing‚ 10-3‚ on the 10th.|
Bob Johnson’s 4th inning double is the only hit against Eldon Auker as Detroit beats the A’s‚ 6-0. Hank Greenberg is 3-for-4 with a HR and Pete Fox adds a round tripper.
|June 9||Mickey Cochrane is taken off Detroit’s active-player roster. 3B Marv Owen is sidelined with a broken bone in his hand‚ and Rudy York is recalled from Toledo to replace him.|
Dizzy Dean outpitches Carl Hubbell as the Cards top the Giants‚ 8-1. The 2 will match up again on June 27.
|June 10||Bobo Newsom‚ a 17-game winner last year‚ and OF Ben Chapman are traded by Washington to Boston for the brother battery of Wes and Rick Ferrell‚ as well as P Mel Almada.|
|June 11||In one of the Giants’ worst trades‚ popular Fred Fitzsimmons is sent to Brooklyn for rookie prospect Tom Baker.|
It is Zeke Bonura Day at Comiskey Park. After receiving a car in pregame ceremonies‚ Zeke paces the Sox to a 14-8 win over the Senators‚ as he knocks in 5 runs with a HR‚ 2 doubles‚ and a single.
|June 12||Homers account for most of the scoring at the Polo Grounds as the Giants edge the Reds‚ 4-3. Mel Ott hits a three-run homer‚ his 9th of the year‚ while Alex Kampouris and Virgil Davis homer for Cincy. The win keeps the Giants a half-game ahead of the Cubs‚ winners today over the Phils.|
In a split with the Red Sox‚ the Tigers lose the services of C Ray Hayworth‚ who fractures his arm in game 2 when hit by a Bobo Newsom pitch. Birdie Tebbetts takes over. The Sox win 5-4 in 10 innings after losing‚ 3-2‚ in game 1. Foxx has a homer in each game.
|June 13||In an afternoon doubleheader at St. Louis‚ the Yanks and Browns slug it out‚ with New York winning the opener‚ 16-9‚ by scoring 14 runs in the last 4 innings. The Yanks score 7 runs in the 9th inning off Jim Walkup and Lou Koupal to put it away. The hitting continues in the nitecap‚ with DiMaggio connecting for 3 straight homers‚ the 3rd off starter Julio Bonetti tying the score with two out in the 9th. The game is called after 11 innings with the score at 8-8. On the afternoon‚ there are 9 home runs: three each by DiMag and Harlond Clift‚ and Tony Lazzeri‚ Bill Dickey‚ and Joe Vosmik each clouting one.|
|June 15||This one hoits. The visiting Dodgers rack up 11 walks against Johnny Vander Meer but come away with a 4-3 loss to the Reds. Vandy allows just 3 hits. Waite Hoyt is the loser.|
The Boston Bees sell star OF Wally Berger to the New York Giants for $35‚000 and P Frank Gabler. The former starting All Star has never recovered from a shoulder injury he suffered in 1936.
|June 20||The Yankees draw a crowd of 68‚939 and sweep a pair from the White Sox‚ 8-4 and 7-4 Lefty Gomez tops Ted Lyons in the opener‚ with George Selkirk providing 2 homers. Monte Pearson is the winner in game 2.|
|June 21||Johnny Allen‚ off to a 4-0 start for Cleveland‚ has an appendectomy in Boston and will miss 8 weeks of the season.|
|June 23||In a 15-9 win over Martinsville (VA)‚ Daville Leafs playing manager Herb Brett starts and ends a triple play. With runners on 2B and 3B in the 6th‚ Brett snags a line drive in LF and his throw gets the runner from 3B in a rundown. The runner from 2B also gets trapped in a rundown and Brett makes the put out.|
|June 25||Cubs switch-hitter Augie Galan becomes the first NL player to hit HRs from both sides of the plate in the same game as Chicago‚ behind Tex Carleton‚ beats Brooklyn 11-2 Galan hits the first HR batting lefty of Fat Freddie Fitzsimmons and the 2nd off Ralph Birkofer‚ with Billy Jurges on board each time. The feat goes unnoticed in the Chicago newspapers. Ellis Burton‚ in 1963 and 1964‚ will be the only other Cub to accomplish the feat.|
Red Sox RF Ben Chapman makes 7 straight putouts‚ a ML record in a 4-2 win over the Browns. Buck Newsom wins his 3rd straight game since the Sox acquired him from Washington.
|June 27||Backed by two Mel Ott HRs‚ Carl Hubbell outpitches Dizzy Dean to give the Giants an 8-1 win over the Cards. This is the last time the two Hall of Famers will face each other; Hubbell is 6-4 in games in which they’ve both had decisions: Dean is 4-6 (Reliever Schindler beat Dean 8/25/34; Reliever Paul Dean beat Hubbell 7/26/34; Hubbell beat reliever Walker 9/14/36).|
|June 29||The Cubs nip St. Louis 11-9‚ as Rip Collins has no putouts or assists at 1B‚ a NL record. He is the only NL 1B this century to have such an easy day at the office‚ while catcher Gabby Hartnett and LF Augie Galan each have 8. The next first baseman to match the Cub first sacker will be Norm Cash in 1963.|
|June 30||Lefty Gomez has his no-hit bid spoiled by a 5th inning home run by the A’s Bob Johnson‚ but Gomez finishes with a 5-1 one-hit victory. The Yanks now lead the AL by four games.|
Wes Ferrell and the Senators top the Red Sox and Bobo Newsom‚ 6-4. In the first meeting since the two righties swapped uniforms three weeks ago‚ Ferrell drives in the tying and winning runs in the 8th with the bases loaded. Jimmy Foxx has a homer for Boston‚ while Cecil Travis has a single and a pair of triples for the Nats. A Washington crowd of 22‚000 is on hand for the prearranged match between the 2 pitchers.
|July 2||At Wrigley‚ Gabby Hartnett clouts the 200th homer of his career‚ the 2-run four-bagger coming in the 8th inning off Pittsburgh’s Red Lucas. Augie Galan follows suit with a 2-run shot in the 9th inning to give the Cubs an 8-7 win.|
Rollie Hemsley is suspended by the Browns for violation of training rules. It is not the first time the fun-loving catcher has been suspended.
|July 4||Bob Feller makes his 2nd start of the season and takes his 2nd loss‚ dropping a 3-2 decision to Detroit in a 7-inning game. Rain shortened the scheduled doubleheader.|
|July 5||Before 39‚240 at Wrigley Field the Cubs outlast the Cardinals in a doubleheader‚ winning the opener 13-12 in 14 innings‚ and taking the nitecap 9-7. Bill Lee starts both games for the Cubs‚ and hangs on for the victory in game 2. Charlie Root is the winner in game one with 6 innings of relief. Billy Jurges drives home the winner in the first game and Frank Demaree is 6-for-7. Demaree manages another 2 hits in the nitecap. The two games last 6-1/2 hours. The Cubs now lead the Giants by 2 games.|
The Indians pound on the Browns like a drum‚ winning 14-4 and 5-4. In the opener Cleveland’s Hal Trosky drives in 7 runs on three successive homers‚ the first two off former teammate Oral Hildebrand. Sheriff Blake serves up the 3rd homer. In the nitecap‚ Beau Bell‚ Sammy West‚ and Harlond Clift leave the Browns in the 8th to catch a train to the All-Star game.
The Yanks sweep two from the Red Sox‚ winning 15-0 and 8-4. Joe DiMaggio provides the winning margin in the nitecap with his first career grand slam‚ connecting in the 6th inning off Rube Walberg. It’s Joe’s 20th homer of the year.
|July 7||Lou Gehrig leads the AL All-Stars over the NL 8-3 with a HR‚ double‚ and 4 RBI in a game that President Franklin Roosevelt attends in Washington. Joe Medwick has 4 hits for the Nationals. In the 3rd inning‚ Dizzy Dean‘s right toe is fractured by a drive off the bat of Earl Averill. After the injury Dean is unable to pitch with the same delivery. He uses an unnatural motion‚ causing an arm injury from which he never recovers. Left off the powerful AL squad is Hank Greenberg‚ whose 103 RBIs at the All-Star break will not be topped.|
|July 9||Joe DiMaggio is 5-for-5 and hits for the cycle with 2 homers‚ triple‚ double and single to lead New York to a 16-2 win over the Senators. Gehrig also homers for New York. The game is marked by a free-for-all between the two squads‚ and Joe Kuhel and Jake Powell are ejected for fighting. The trouble between the 2 goes back to last week when Powell knocked a throw out of Kuhel’s glove. When Powell took his place in LF after that incident he was showered with pop bottles.|
PCL home run champion Art Hunt marries Charlotte Axelson on the pitcher’s mound of Seattle’s Civic Field. The ceremony is viewed by 9‚272. The best man is former big league pitcher Clarence Pickerel‚ who homers in the game following the wedding‚ a 3-1 win over Sacramento. Hunt is 0-for-4. The bride is walked down the aisle by Washington governor Clarence Martin and following the ceremony the bride and groom walk under crossed bats held by both teams.
|July 10||The Red Sox sweep a pair from the A’s‚ winning 9-2 and 5-3. Cronin had a pair of homers in the opener to back starter Lefty Grove‚ who exists after 5 innings because of the heat. Foxx and Mills also bust homers. In the 11-inning nitecap‚ pitcher Lynn Nelson plays LF and belts a triple and homer.|
At Detroit‚ the Indians and Tigers combine for 25 extra base hits as they divide a twinbill. The Tigers win the opener‚ 12-11‚ and the Indians the nitecap‚ 8-7. Hal Trosky has a homer in the opener and 2 more in the nitecap. Schoolboy Rowe wins his 1st game of the season pitching in relief in game 1.
|July 11||Peaches Davis and Al Hollingsworth each pitch shutouts over the Cardinals as the Reds win 6-0 and 7-0. Davis allows 9 hits in the opener and Hollingsworth surrenders 6. St. Louis had not been shut out before today.|
Feller allows just 2 hits‚ but 6 walks and a wild pitch gives the Tigers a 3-2 win over the Indians. Hal Trosky and Moose Solters hit HRs off Boots Poffenberger for the Tribe.
The Bees Lou Fette edges the Phils Sy Johnson‚ 1-0‚ in a 13-inning game.
John Shibe‚ former president of the A’s‚ dies after a year’s illness. He had stepped down January 11 and was replaced by Connie Mack.
|July 12||The last place Phillies score 6 runs in the 7th inning to beat Hal Schumacher and the Giants 6-3. With the bases loaded in the first‚ Giants OF Mel Ott starts an unusual 9-2-5 triple play. Reds base runners Hersh Martin‚ at 2B‚ and Leo Norris‚ at 3B‚ are called out for leaving their bases early‚ turning a sacrifice fly into a triple play. The highlight of the game comes when umpire Bill Klem ejects Giants manager Bill Terry for the first time in Terry’s 15-year career.|
|July 13||Before 12‚249 in St. Louis‚ the first-place Yankees and Browns slugged it out‚ New York taking the opener‚ 16-9‚ while the nitecap is called after 11 innings with score tied 8-8. The Yankees collect 20 hits in the opener‚ while the Browns add 14. DiMaggio contributes 3 homers in the nightcap‚ driving in 5 runs‚ and his last circuit breaker ties the game in the 9th inning at 8 apiece. DiMaggio had two homers on July 9th‚ when he hit for the cycle. The Browns’ Harlond Clift hits 2 homers in the opener and one in the nightcap.|
The Cardinals’ Pepper Martin is fined $200 for violation of training rules.
|July 14||Bobo Newsom tops the Browns‚ 15-6‚ for his 5th straight win since coming to the Red Sox. Boston’s Fabian Gaffke ties the AL record as he scores 5 runs. The Red Sox move into 2nd place 6 1/2 games behind New York.|
|July 15||The Athletics snap a 15-game losing streak‚ beating the White Sox 3-1. The loss leaves the 2nd place Sox 7 1/2 games in back of New York.|
|July 16||In the opener of two at Philadelphia‚ Cardinal P Si Johnson beats Phils’ starter Bucky Walters 10-3. Both pitchers relieve in the nitecap and Johnson again tops Walters as the Cards win 18-10‚ scoring 8 runs in the 10th inning. There are six homers in the two games‚ with Terry Moore collecting two. St. Louis is now tied for 3rd with Pittsburgh.|
At Detroit‚ the Tigers score 7 runs in the 6th inning on one hit and seven passes to trounce the Yankees‚ 14-7‚ ending New York’s win streak of 10 games. Monte Pearson starts the action by walking three on 15 pitches‚ fans Gee Walker‚ then walks Rudy York. Pat Malone then gives up a hit and walks two. Two errors and another walk forces in a 7th before Gee Walker strikes out again to end it. Detroit bats around in the 8th to score another 5 runs off Johnny Broaca. Poffenberger is the winning recipient. New York ends its 9-game win streak‚ but stays 6 1/2 ahead of Boston.
The Bees freshman sensation Lou Fette records his 11th win‚ stopping the NL-leading Cubs‚ 6-1. Vince DiMaggio supplies the firepower with a single‚ triple and homer off Bill Lee.
|July 18||In Cleveland‚ Joe DiMaggio breaks a 1-1 duel between Red Ruffing and Bob Feller (0-4) by clouting a 9th inning 2-strike curve ball for a grand slam‚ his 2nd in two weeks. Feller ends the game with 172 pitches thrown‚ and takes his 4th straight loss. Feller is just pitching on Sundays to lure in big crowds‚ but will soon pitch every 5th day. DiMaggio’s homer is his league-leading 24th.|
In a twinbill at St. Louis‚ the A’s lose Wayne Ambler‚ 2B‚ who fractures his jaw crashing into Browns catcher Ben Huffman. Both men are knocked out. They’ve already lost SS Skeeter Newsome for the year who fractured his skull when he was beaned by spitball thrown by a semipro in an recent exhibition game. The Browns win 10-6‚ then lose 7-6.
|July 19||Pitcher Johnny Broaca is fined $250 and suspended indefinitely by the Yankees for jumping the club. On the 13th‚ the Yanks announced Broaca had a torn ligament in the socket of his right arm. The Yanks will recall Spud Chandler to take Broaca’s spot.|
|July 20||At Sportsman’s Park‚ the Browns load the bases with no outs in the 10th inning against the Yankees‚ but fail to score. Pinch hitting manager Hornsby grounds into a force at home‚ then Ethan Allen‘s fly out result in a tag out at home. DiMaggio contributes his 25th homer of the year‚ and adds a double play from CF as the Yanks win it‚ 5-4. DiMaggio has two hits in the nitecap to extend his hitting streak to 21 games‚ and New York wins 9-6. The 2 losses give the Browns a season record of 25-52.|
|July 21||Rogers Hornsby is fired as manager of the St. Louis Browns for “for just cause.” again construed as playing the horses. Hornsby grouses‚ “they always bring that up.” Jim Bottomley takes over.|
|July 22||The Phils jump on Clyde Shoun and Larry French for 7 runs in the 8th and top the league-leading Cubs‚ 7-4. Claude Passeau is the winner.|
Wally Berger‘s homer in the 9th gives the Giants a 6-5 win over the Reds. New York is now a game in back of Chicago‚ which comes into the Polo Grounds tomorrow. Goodman has three hits‚ including a homer for the Reds‚ while Burgess Whitehead collects 3 hits for New York.
Behind Danny MacFayden‚ the Bees stop the Cards‚ 3-0‚ to sweep the four-game series at Boston. It is MacFayden’s 2nd straight shutout. Ducky Medwick‚ the NL leader in hitting (.404) homers (20)‚ and RBIs (94)‚ is 1-for-5.
|July 24||The Senators sweep a pair from the Browns‚ winning each by 6-5 score. Pinch hitter Wes Ferrell drives in the winning run in both games‚ hitting a sac fly in game 1 and a single in game 2.|
|July 25||Washington’s Mel Almada ties the AL record by scoring 5 runs in the first game of a doubleheader‚ a 15-10 win for Washington. Almada has 3 hits in 5 at bats. When he adds 4 runs in the 2nd game‚ a 15-5 Nats win‚ he sets an 18-inning ML record. Teammate Buddy Lewis raps out 8 hits‚ 5 in the opener‚ in the doubleheader‚ and will tally three on the 27th and four the following day. His four game hit total (15) ties Washington’s Joe Cronin for the AL record. The Senators sweep tarnishes a tribute to St. Louis manager‚ Jim Bottomley‚ who is presented with gifts and flowers in the 5th inning of the lid lifter.|
A doubleheader at Comiskey Park draws 50‚000 as the Yabnkees and White Sox split. New York wins the opener‚ 12-11‚ on a DiMaggio homerun. Bill Dickey hits two in the game. Chicago overcomes two homers and 5 RBIs from Tommy Henrich in game 2 to win‚ 7-6. The Sox score 3 in the 8th and the winner in the 9th.
|July 26||Mickey Cochrane resumes command of the Detroit Tigers as a bench manager.|
|July 30||At Cincinnati‚ Phillies’ 1B Dolf Camilli could’ve stayed home as he gets no putouts in Philadelphia’s 1-0 win over the Reds.|
|July 31||The New York Yankees purchase the Kansas City Blues from Johnny Kling‚ who has had full control of the team since 1935. Yankee owner Ruppert will change the name of the Muehlebach Stadium to Ruppert Stadium‚ and reinstitute segregated seating‚ which Kling had abolished.|
|August 1||Lou Gehrig hits for the cycle against the Browns‚ as the Yankees win 14-5. It is the 2nd time he has performed this feat in his career. Joe DiMaggio adds his 31st homer of the year‚ and his 3rd in three days.|
At Chicago‚ the Cubs sweep the Giants‚ winning 5-4 in 11 innings to increase their lead to 6 games over NY. Reliever Larry French gets the win on Tuck Stainback‘s sacks full single in the 11th. Hank Leiber pinch-hits for the Giants‚ his first appearance since early May‚ following his hospitalization as a result of the Feller beaning in spring training.
|August 3||A Tuesday crowd of 66‚767 watches at Yankee Stadium as Lou Gehrig plays his 1‚900th consecutive game. In the first of two against the White Sox‚ Gehrig responds with a three-run homer‚ Joe D matches him‚ and Tony Lazzeri completes the scoring with a solo homer for a 7-2 Yankee win. The Yanks score the same way in the nitecap‚ a 5-3 win; Lazzeri hits a solo homer and Dickey adds a grand slam.|
Cardinals C Mickey Owen becomes the 3rd NL backstop ever to make an unassisted DP‚ as the Cards beat the Bees‚ 5-2. Si Johnson is the winner. Terry Moore has a 3-run HR and Ducky Medwick drives in his 100th run of the year‚ the first NLer to reach 100 RBI.
The Cubs boost their lead in the NL to 7 games as Bill Lee stops the Phils on 3 hits. Lee also hits a homer in the 4-1 win. For Lee it is his 10th straight win over the Phillies going back to 1935.
The Reds beat Hal Schumacher and the Giants 3-2 in 10 innings. Mel Ott played 3B with Jimmy Ripple taking over in RF. Both will hit well and the Giants will reach 1st place by August 30.
|August 4||Joe Medwick again ties the ML record with 4 extra base hits-all doubles-in a game. It is the 2nd time this year and the 3rd time he has had 4 extra base hits in a game. The Cards rally for 5 runs in the 9th to edge the Boston Bees‚ 7-6.|
Gabby Hartnett is 2-for-3 to extend his hitting streak to 24 games‚ but the host Cubs lose 2-1 to the Phillies.
After six straight losses‚ Detroit manager Mickey Cochrane inserts young Rudy York into the starting lineup. York responds with a three-run homer off Harry Kelley to start one of the most productive months in major league history. The Tigers win 11-7 over the A’s.
Bill Dickey hits a grand slam for the 2nd consecutive game‚ connecting off the Browns Vern Kennedy in the 3rd inning. The Yanks need it all as the edge St. Louis‚ 10-9. Dickey is the second American Leaguer to hit grand slams in consecutive games: Ruth did it twice.
|August 5||Trailing 7-5 after seven innings‚ the Yankees unload 8 runs in the 8th to whip the White Sox. Monty Stratton leaves in the 5th with a sore arm and handing a 3-run lead to Clint Brown. Jake Powell is carried off the field on a stretcher after being beaned in the 4th inning.|
|August 6||For the second time in the 20th century‚ the first two batters in a game-Roy Johnson and Rabbit Warstler of the Boston Bees-lead off with HRs. The mark will be tied a month later‚ and surpassed by San Diego in 1987. The two homers come off Tex Carleton‚ who will come back in two days to pitch a complete game win over the Bees. Waving off the Bee stings‚ the Cubs sweep today‚ 12-6 and 6-2. Curt Davis wins the opener over Ira Hutchinson and Roy Parmelee notches the win in the nitecap against Guy Bush.|
In a 10-inning oddity Cleveland outfielders have no chances against the Yankees. Feller takes a 5-2 lead into the 9th‚ but the Yankees knot the score. In the 10th‚ Hal Trosky hits his 2nd homer‚ off reliever Johnny Murphy‚ for a 6-5 Indian lead‚ and Joe Heving replaces Feller. The Yanks put runners on 2nd and 3rd and Joe DiMaggio hits a drive which 3B Odell Hale deflects into foul territory for an apparent double. But the plate umpire calls it foul‚ and with both runners scoring‚ the Indians LF fails to chase after the ball. The Yanks argue vehemently‚ and finally the plate ump Charlie Johnson consults with the umpire at 3b George Moriarty‚ who overrules Johnson‚ allowing the winning run to score because of the outfield’s idleness. The Indians storm Moriarty (a former Yank)‚ yelling that‚ since the ball had not reached the base‚ the call was the home plate ump’s to make and should not be overruled. The protest will be upheld and the game will be replayed on September 15. In his 9 innings pitched‚ Feller racks up an unusual double-double‚ walking 10 and striking out 12.
|August 8||The White Sox stop Boston’s winning streak of 12 games by pounding the Bosox‚ 13-0‚ after losing the opener‚ 7-6. The Red Sox win with 2 runs in the 9th. John Whitehead holds to the Red Sox to 4 hits in game 2‚ while Zeke Bonura provides a grand slam.|
|August 10||In a 6-5 loss to the Pirates in Chicago‚ Cubs 1B Ripper Collins fractures his right ankle sliding into home plate. Collins‚ leading the Cubs in homers with 16‚ receives a “roll and a shove” from Buc catcher Al Todd and is out until September 17. Cy Blanton is the winning pitcher over Chicago’s Clyde Shoun.|
Washington rolls to a sweep of the A’s‚ winning 15-7 and 8-6. Washington 3B Buddy Lewis makes 4 errors in game 1‚ tying Jimmy Burke‘s ML record set on May 27‚ 1901. (Milwaukee’s Burke made all his errors in one inning). In the 3rd inning of the opener‚ the Nats score 9 runs on 3 hits‚ collecting 6 walks and 3 errors from the A’s. C Earle Brucker homers in each game for the Mackmen.
|August 12||In the first of two with the Yankees‚ Jimmy Foxx hits one way out of Fenway‚ the ball leaving the park to the right of the CF flag pole. The shot comes off New York’s Kemp Wicker and helps the Red Sox overpower the Yankees‚ 16-10 and stopping New York’s win streak at 10. The Yawkeymen overcome a 6 run deficit. Buck Newsom is credited with his 11th win. In game 2‚ Bump Hadley outpitches Archie McKain to push NY’s lead to 11 1/2 games over Boston.|
|August 13||The Hellenic Societies of Chicago hold a day for Alex Kampouris of the visiting Reds. He gets a car‚ and the Cubs get a 22-6 win‚ as Kampouris makes 3 errors and fans twice. The Reds total eight errors and the league-leading Cubs total 22 hits-four each by Frank Demaree and Ken O’Dea. Charlie Root is the winner over Bill Hallahan‚ who started the fateful 4th inning when the Cubs score 9 runs on 8 hits and 4 errors.|
Lou Fette (14-4) tops Waite Hoyt as the Bees sting the Dodgers‚ 5-2. Cookie Lavagetto‘s two errors in the 8th plus Gene Moore’s triple let in two runs. Vince DiMaggio‘s 10th homer is the final tally.
The Giants make nine hits-seven for extra bases-to down the last-place Phillies‚ 5-0. Carl Hubbell has two hits in winning his 16th‚ tops in the majors. Sam Leslie has a triple and homer‚ while Harry Danning has a homer and three RBIs.
|August 14||At Detroit‚ Tigers P Eldon Auker hits two HRs and drives home 5 runs while beating the Browns‚ 16-1 on 4 hits. Detroit continues in game two‚ winning‚ 20-7‚ scoring an AL record 36 runs in the doubleheader‚ including eight by Pete Fox. The Tigers score in every inning of each game except the 8th‚ not batting in the 9th. Charlie Gehringer hits a pair of homers in the nitecap‚ Rudy York adds his 5th homer of the month‚ and Boots Poffenberger coasts home to the win. Gee Walker‚ Pete Fox‚ and Charlie Gehringer each collect 7 hits in the twinbill: Gehringer’s 5 hits in the nitecap is his only 5-hit game this season. Browns utility infielder Nog Lipscomb mops up in each game‚ pitching a total of 7 2/3 innings‚ allowing 6 earned runs. The Tigers pound 40 hits in the twinbill and move into 2nd place‚ ten games behind the Yankees.|
|August 17||The first ML night game to start one day and end the next ends at 12:02 AM in Cincinnati‚ as the Cards beat the Reds‚ 8-6.|
The Tigers wallop the White Sox‚ 11-7 to extend their 2nd place lead to a game over Chicago. Rudy York leads the offense with a HR‚ triple and 2 singles.
|August 19||In Chicago‚ Detroit’s Rudy York has six RBIs on two homers‚ one a grand slam‚ when he comes up in the 7th with the bases loaded again. York hits a shot to dead center that bounces off the wall‚ but Hank Greenberg‚ the runner on 1B‚ holds up thinking the ball might be caught‚ and only manages to lumber into 3B. York reaches 2B with “the longest double ever hit in Comiskey Park.” Gee Walker adds a pair of homers. However‚ rain washes out the inning-and York’s hit-and the score reverts to the end of 6 innings at 12-4. Because of his precarious health‚ manager Mickey Cochrane does not accompany the team to St. Louis.|
In a PCL match between Sacramento and San Diego‚ umpire Jack Powell is arrested on the field in the 6th inning for drunkenness. Powell‚ considered the best ump in the PCL‚ took the field against the advice of friends and his fellow ump‚ and immediately got into arguments with the players. After calling a Sacramento runner out at 2B in the 5th‚ even though the second baseman dropped the ball‚ the arrest is made. Sacramento‚ losers by 8-6‚ protests the game.
|August 20||At Ebbets Field‚ Fred Frankhouse of the Dodgers loses his chance to pitch a full no-hitter when rain stops the game with 2 out in the 8th; the hitless Reds lose 5-0.|
The Giants climb within 2 games of Cubs by blasting 21 hits against the Phils in winning‚ 13-6. Harry Danning is 5-for-5 with a triple.
Salisbury’s (Eastern Shore) George Comellas loses 2-1 after winning his 1st 20 games. He’ll win another pair to go 22-1. His teammate Joe Kohlman will win 25 straight following his only loss on May 20th.
|August 21||In a 6-4 win over the Bees‚ Brooklyn OF Johnny Cooney ties a ML record with 4 extra-base hits: 3 doubles and a triple. Brooklyn manager Burleigh Grimes is thumbed for the 7th time this year.|
|August 22||Detroit’s Rudy York connects for two homers‚ one pinch hit in the 9th of game 2‚ against the Browns in a twinbill sweep‚ 11-3 and 4-3 in 10 innings‚ in St. Louis. He has now hit ten for the month.|
Bob Feller (3-5) walks 7 men in 2 innings (1 K) as the Indians lose to the White Sox‚ 5-2. Ted Lyons is the winner. In the nitecap‚ Mel Harder earns the split with 3-2 win in game 2.
|August 24||Rudy York continues his torrid hitting with three solo homers in a double header split with the A’s. Two come in the opener against Harry Kelley‚ who gave up Rudy’s first homer of the month on August 4th. The Tigers win‚ 6-3‚ then lose‚ 9-8.|
Johnny Allen and Lefty Grove duel for 13 innings before the Indians win‚ 4-3 on Roy Hughes pinch single with the sacks full. Grove walks 9 but allows just one hit after the 4th inning until the 13th.
|August 25||Cleveland’s Bob Feller strikes out 16 Red Sox‚ one less than his own AL record‚ in an 8-1 victory at home.|
The Giants cut the Cubs lead to 2 games with a twinbill sweep at the Polo Grounds. New York wins 8-7 in 11 innings‚ and 4-2. The Giants rally for 5 runs in the 9th to tie in game 1.
Roxy Lawson allows 12 hits and 6 walks but wins his 16th when he drives in the winning run with a bunt single in the 9th of a 6-5 conquest of Boston. Rudy York belts another homer‚ a three-run shot off George Caster. For the 2nd time this season‚ Tiger outfielders have no assists. Tiger 3B Marv Owens ties a ML record with 9 assists.
|August 27||At Ebbets Field‚ Fred Frankhouse of the Dodgers loses his chance to pitch a full no-hitter when rain stops the game with 2 out in the 8th; the hitless Reds lose 5-0.|
The Dodgers put George Jeffcoat on the retired list. The pitcher had an appendectomy last month and has failed to regain his strength. He’ll make it back to Brooklyn in 1939.
The Red Sox down the 2nd-place Tigers‚ 8-5‚ behind the pitching of Jack Wilson. Jake Wade gives up six runs in the 7 innings for the loss. The Tigers get on the board first when Rudy York poles a three run homer-his 7th homer in 7 games-in a four-run first. The only other score for the Motormen is Gee Walker‘s 5th inning homer. Joe Cronin and Eric McNair homer for Boston.
The Giants split a pair with the Pirates‚ losing the opener 1-0 to Ed Brandt and Mace Brown‚ then winning 3-2 behind Al Smith. With the Cubs rained out‚ the Giants fall two games back.
|August 28||Van Mungo is suspended indefinitely for insubordination after rejecting the Dodger trainer’s program to cure his sore arm. Trade rumors swirl‚ one having Van Mungo swapped for Diz Dean. Van Mungo checks out of his hotel and disappears.|
In the 2nd game of a doubleheader with the Boston Bees‚ Cubs reliever Clay Bryant breaks a 6-6 tie with a 10th inning grand slam‚ off Gabler. The Cubs win 10-7. Bryant took over for starter Charlie Root‚ who earlier hit a homer. It is the second time this century that two pitchers on the same team have hit homers in a game. It will happen again in May 1942.
The Indians send cash and 3 players to the Milwaukee Brewers for their young star Ken Keltner‚ who will report in the spring.
|August 29||The A’s set a new AL record in the opener of a doubleheader with the White Sox by scoring 12 runs in the first inning‚ an AL record 6 of which are driven in by Bob Johnson on a grand slam and a 2-run double. Johnson is 5-for-6 as the A’s whitewash the White Sox‚ 16-0‚ another AL record.|
By routing the Reds the Giants move within 2 percentage points of the Cubs‚ who split with the Phils. After the first game loss‚ 10-3‚ the Cubs drop out of 1st for the 1st time since July 15.
|August 30||Detroit’s Rudy York connects for his 16th homer of the month‚ a two run blow against New York’s Lefty Gomez in the 1st as Detroit beats New York‚ 5-4. Greenberg also hits a 1st inning shot‚ his 30th. Eldon Auker is the winner.|
|August 31||Detroit’s rookie Rudy York sets a new record for HRs in a month‚ hitting his 17th and 18th to eclipse Babe Ruth‘s mark set in September 1927. He adds two singles in driving in 7 runs against Pete Appleton‚ as Detroit beats Washington 12-3. Roxie Lawson wins his 17th. York ends up with 44 RBIs for the month.|
|September 1||The Giants sign Bill Terry to a 5-year contract as manager and farm director at $40‚000 a year.|
|September 2||For the second time this season‚ the first 2 batters in a game-the White Sox Boze Berger and Mike Kreevich-hit HRs‚ victimizing Boston’s Johnny Marcum at Fenway. This is the 1st time 2 AL batters have opened with HRs. Chicago takes a pair from Boston‚ winning 4-2 and 10-8.|
|September 3||The Tigers notch 21 assists to back Eldon Auker‘s 4-3 win over the visiting White Sox. Charley Gehringer is 3-for-3 to increase his AL best batting average.|
|September 4||At the Polo Grounds‚ Carl Hubbell stops the Dodgers‚ 3-0. Dick Bartell‘s 14th homer of the year is all the scoring King Carl needs to chop up Max Butcher. With Chicago (73-49) idle‚ the Giants (74-48) move in front by a game.|
Mike Kreevich of the White Sox ties a ML record with 4 consecutive doubles as Chicago beats Detroit 9-1.
|September 6||The Giants take a Labor Day pair from the Phillies‚ winning 6-2 and 9-3‚ and move 3 games ahead of the Cubs‚ who split with the Reds‚ losing 7-3 and winning 2-1. Reds pitcher Lee Grissom allows just one hit in the nitecap but loses. Phil Cavarretta‘s leadoff 2B in the 8th‚ a fly ball that Hub Walker overruns‚ an error and a botched sac bunt load the bases. A wild pitch and a sac fly win it for Curt Davis‚ breaking the Cubs 5-game losing streak.|
|September 8||It’s a day the Red Sox would rather forget. In the opener at Yankee Stadium‚ New York’s Red Ruffing and Bobo Newsom battle to a 2-2 tie before Myril Hoag drives in Gehrig with the winning run in the 9th inning. Then in game 2‚ the Yankees make just two hits off Jack Wilson and are down 6-1 with two outs in the 9th inning‚ but rally for 8 runs to win 9-6. Two doubles‚ a double error by Cronin and a single by Joe DiMaggio ties the score at 6 apiece. With two men on‚ Bosox reliever Al Thomas comes in and serves up one pitch to Lou Gehrig‚ who parks a game-winning 3-run HR‚ his 33rd round tripper of the season. Frank Makosky‚ who pitches the 9th‚ is winner.|
The Pirates score a run in the 9th to beat the Reds‚ 1-0. Bucs pitcher Ed Brandt wins‚ handing the Reds their 30th one-run loss of the year. Arky Vaughan’s triple and a single shoot down Gene Schott.
|September 11||The Cubs hold off the Pirates to win‚ 5-4‚ and advance to 1 1/2 games behind the idle Giants.|
|September 12||At the Stadium‚ the Yankees split with the Senators‚ losing game 1‚ by a 2-1 score to rookie Ken Chase. Lefty Gomez wins game 2 by the same score as DiMaggio poles his 42nd HR.|
The Phils edge the Dodgers‚ 2-1‚ behind Wayne LeMaster’s 10-inning masterpiece. Eddie Wilson’s grand slam gives Brooklyn the nitecap‚ 9-5. Dodger manager Burleigh Grimes is thumbed out of game 2 for the 9th time this season.
|September 13||Manager Charlie Dressen presses Reds GM Warren Giles for a contract renewal and is fired after 130 games of the season. Chief scout Bobby Wallace takes over the last-place team on an interim basis. Wallace last managed the 1912 Browns. The 25 years in between manager’s jobs is the longest stretch in ML history. Dressen will come close‚ not managing again until 1951.|
|September 14||The Cubs drop a pair to Boston‚ losing 9-0 and 4-2. John Lanning hurls the game 1 shut out‚ while Danny MacFayden wins his 13th in game 2‚ with the aid of a triple play and 2 DPs. The Cubs are 2 1/2 behind the Giants‚ who split with the Pirates today.|
|September 15||Two weeks ago‚ AL President Will Harridge upheld Cleveland’s protest of the August 6 Yankee win‚ and the entire game is replayed as the 2nd game of today’s doubleheader. The protested game is called a tie with all stats retained except those following the disputed call. The Indians take the regularly scheduled game‚ 5-4‚ then lose the replay‚ 3-1.|
|September 16||The Giants beat the Pirates‚ 3-0‚ to lead the NL by 3 1/2 games. Cliff Melton wins his 17th‚ allowing just 6 safeties.|
At Wrigley‚ Boston stops the stumbling Cubs‚ 7-0‚ behind veteran rookie Jim Turner’s 18th win. The Bees win the series‚ 3-1. Starter Bill Lee‚ who goes two innings‚ is the loser.
Lefty Gomez allows three hits and the Yankees roll to an 8-0 win over Cleveland. Gomez has now won 19 games‚ while the Yankees increase their lead to 10 1/2 games over Detroit.
Future Hall of Famer Martin Dihigo pitches the first professional no-hit‚ no-run game on Mexican soil‚ a 4-0 victory against Nogales at Veracruz. In 1938‚ Dihigo will lead the Mexican League in 4 categories: ERA (0.90)‚ wins (18-2)‚ strikeouts (184)‚ and batting (.387).
At Boston‚ Gimbel’s baseball team will play Filene’s‚ winner of Boston’s Retail Store League. Gimbel’s‚ of the New York Department Store League‚ is led by future major-leaguer Sid Gordon.
|September 17||Beating the Red Sox‚ 4-1‚ Cleveland’s Johnny Allen wins his 12th straight without a loss‚ equaling Tom Zachary’s 1929 record of 12-0. Odell Hale‘s 3-run HR in the 7th off Bobo Newsom is the margin.|
|September 18||With 3 hits‚ Pittsburgh OF Paul Waner establishes a 20th-century NL record with his 8th year of 200 or more hits. Cy Blanton beats the Dodgers‚ 3-2. Bert Haas has a pinch double for Brooklyn and will pinch hit a double on the 19th and 20th‚ establishing a NL record: it’s never been done in the AL.|
The Reds hand Carl Hubbell his 9th loss in beating the Giants‚ 4-3. The Giants lead by 2 /12 over the Cubs‚ winners today over the Phils.
|September 19||Hank Greenberg’s HR in Detroit’s 8-1 win over New York is the first ever hit into the CF stands at Yankee Stadium. Eldon Auker allows 5 singles and drives in 3 runs in beating the Yankees for the 3rd straight time.|
|September 20||Carl Hubbell‚ in relief‚ wins his 20th game‚ beating the Cards‚ 10-3. The Giants maintain a 2 1/2 game lead over Chicago. The first 6 batters for each team hit safely against the 2 starters‚ Melton and Weiland.|
The Cubs edge the Dodgers‚ 5-4‚ to keep the pressure on the Giants. Brooklyn’s Bert Haas hits a pinch double for the 3rd successive game.
Lefty Gomez pitches his 2nd successive shutout‚ beating Detroit‚ 5-0‚ for his 20th win. Gehrig’s 2-run single and DiMaggio’s 2-run homer‚ his 44th‚ are the big blows.
|September 21||With two out and none on in the 5th inning of game one‚ the Red Sox score ten runs against the Tigers: Sam Chapman‘s grand slam‚ off Slick Coffman‚ is the big blow. Poffenberger is charges with 7 of the runs. The Sox coast home‚ 12-7 behind Grove.|
In Chicago‚ Gabby Hartnett hits a 3-run triple in the 1st and adds a double and single and the Cubs go on to beat the Giants‚ 7-5.
Johnny Allen wins his 13th straight without a defeat as the Indians down the Senators‚ 6-3. Hal Trosky hits a inside-the-park grand slam‚ a line drive that gets away from Mel Almada.
|September 22||Cliff Melton wins his 18th‚ blanking the Cubs‚ 6-0. New York again leads by 2 1/2 games.|
|September 23||The Yankees lose 9-5 to the Browns but clinch the pennant when the Red Sox beat Detroit. Lou Gehrig‘s 1st inning RBI is his 150th of the year. Gehrig has now driven in 150 or more runs‚ 7 times to set a new ML mark. Babe Ruth did it 6 times.|
The Giants collect 17 hits again beat the Cubs‚ 8-7‚ to go up by 3 1/2 games. Though routed‚ Carl Hubbell wins his 21st in relief.
|September 26||The Pirates sweep a twinbill from the Reds‚ winning 5-4 and 2-1. Pittsburgh’s record against the Reds this year is 17 wins and one defeat.|
|September 27||At the Polo Grounds‚ Bill Lohrman stops the Bees in game 2‚ 3-1‚ to give the Giants a sweep of Boston. With the double win‚ the Giants increase their lead over the Cubs to 4 1/2 game.|
The Cubs top the Reds‚ 7-4‚ behind Curt Davis‚ but drop further back. The Reds use four pinch hitters in the 9th and they go 1-for-4.
Red Sox pitcher Buck Newsom attempts to pitch both games today against the A’s. He wins the opener‚ 6-2‚ then is knocked out in the A’s 5-run 3rd of game 2‚ and loses. the A’s win 6-0 in 6 frames.
Chuck Klein belts two homers and a double as the Phillies hand the doddering Dodgers their 12th straight loss‚ 11-3. Claude Passeau collects two hits and scores twice to gain the complete game win.
|September 29||New York rookie Cliff Melton wins his 20th game‚ 6-3‚ in the opening game of a doubleheader‚ but the Phillies beat the Giants in the 2nd game‚ 6-5 in 71/2 innings‚ preventing New York from clinching the flag. Pitcher-infielder Bucky Walters plays 3B in both games and belts a 1st-inning grand slam in the nitecap off Harry Gumbert.|
|September 30||The New York Giants clinch the flag with a 2-1 victory by Carl Hubbell for his 22nd win. The loss goes to Phils starter Hugh Mulcahy‚ his 18th defeat‚ who will earn the sobriquet “Losing Pitcher.” The Giants lose the nitecap‚ 6-2. Blondy Ryan has a homer‚ the 3‚000th in Giants history.|
The Indians sweep a pair from the White Sox behind the pitching of Johnny Allen and Bob Feller. Allen’s 6-4 birthday win in the opener is his 15th straight of the year and 17th in a row going back to July 10‚ 1936. Feller wins his 9th‚ 4-1‚ and strikes out 11. Moose Solters has 3 RBIs in each game while Hal Trosky has 4 RBIs for the day to reach 100.
|October 1||At Ebbets Field‚ the Dodgers make the off-season look a little better by topping the Giants 7-4 and end their 14-game losing streak. Only once before has Brooklyn lost as many as 14 games in a row.|
|October 2||Thirty-four-year-old rookie Jim Turner of the Boston Bees wins his 20th game‚ 7-1 over the Phillies. Tomorrow‚ fellow first-year pitcher Lou Fette‚ 30‚ will also win his 20th‚ against the Phils.|
The Yankees (101-52) close out the season with an 11-3 pasting of the Red Sox. New York clubs 4 homers‚ including Gehrig’s 37th of the year. Lou follows that with a bunt single in his next at bat to reach 200 hits. The Sox‚ aware he had 199‚ were looking for the bunt.
Rudy York of Detroit hits his 35th HR‚ tying the 1934 AL record of Hal Trosky for rookies‚ but Trosky clubs 2 homers to power the Indians to a 12-5 win. This gives him 103 for the year in‚ including tomorrow‚ just 375 at bats; this is a ML record for the fewest at bats in a season for a player reaching the century mark. Barry Bonds will have 101 RBIs in 373 at bats in 2004.
|October 3||Cleveland’s Johnny Allen‘s effort on 2 days rest to tie the AL record of 16 straight wins is frustrated when Detroit’s Jake Wade beats him with a one-hit shutout 1-0 on the final day of the season. A two-out single by Hal Trosky in the 7th is Detroit’s only hit. Detroit scores the only run in the 1st inning when a hot grounder gets by 3B Sammy Hale to drive in Pete Fox with the only run; Greenberg’s RBI single is his 183rd of the year. A miffed Allen almost comes to blows with Hale after the game. Allen finishes with 14 complete games‚ a 15-1 mark‚ for an AL record winning percentage of .938.|
The Pirates take a closing day doubleheader from the Reds‚ 4-3 and 4-0‚ extending their win streak to 10‚ and the Reds’ losing run to 14. The Pirates beat the Reds 21 of 22 games‚ tying the ML record set by the Cubs over the Braves in 1909 and the Yankees over the Browns in 1927. They won 17 straight over the Reds‚ starting with game 2 of a doubleheader on May 31. The Bucs will tack on three more wins in 1938 to set a ML record of 20 straight over the Reds.
The A’s and Senators split a pair‚ the A’s winning 5-4‚ and the Nats take the nitecap‚ 4-3‚ in 5 innings. Rookie Joe Kohlman (1-0)‚ who won 25 straight for Salisbury (25-1 in the Eastern League)‚ with 2 no hitters‚ is the nitecap winner over Earle Mack’s A’s. It’s Kohlman’s only ML decision.
Hal Schumacher‚ the first of 3 pitchers for the Giants is credited with the win as the Giants trip the Dodgers‚ 4-1. Schumacher belts a 3-run HR in the 2nd. Manager Burleigh Grimes uses a ML record tying 23 players in the game. Grimes is also thumbed out of the game for the 10th time this season.
|October 4||Cincinnati releases 38-year-old Kiki Cuyler. He will sign with Brooklyn. Shortstop Leo Durocher is traded to the Dodgers by the Cardinals for OF Johnny Cooney‚ Joe Stripp‚ Jim Bucher‚ and Roy Henshaw. Cooney‚ who started his ML career as a pitcher in the 1920s‚ led the AA in hitting in 1935 with a .371 average. Durocher will start at shortstop for the next 2 seasons in Brooklyn.|
|October 6||Carl Hubbell and Lefty Gomez duel in the opening game of the WS‚ a rematch of last year’s teams. The Yankees score 7 runs in the 6th inning on 5 singles‚ 3 walks‚ and 2 errors. Tony Lazzeri homers in the bottom of the 8th to make the final score 8-1.|
|October 7||The Yankees win the 2nd game‚ again by an 8-1 score‚ with Red Ruffing beating Cliff Melton. Ruffing fans 8 and drives in 3 runs with 2 hits.|
|October 8||The Yankees continue their mastery over the Giants‚ who unravel with 4 errors. Monte Pearson and Johnny Murphy combine to pitch a 5-hitter‚ winning 5-1. Pearson retires the first 14 batters‚ setting a once-tied WS mark‚ and besting Eddie Plank‘s mark of 13 set in 1913.|
|October 9||Carl Hubbell staves off a Yankee sweep with a 6-hit‚ 7-3 victory. The Giants score 6 runs in the 2nd inning. Lou Gehrig hits a 9th inning HR to give him a record 34 RBIs‚ breaking Ruth’s record of 33. The Yankees make no errors in the series‚ setting a record; the next team to match them will be Baltimore‚ in a 4-game series in 1966.|
The White Sox crush the Cubs‚ 14-2‚ to even the City series at 2 each.
Boston Bees manager Bill McKechnie signs a 2-year contract to lead Cincinnati. McKechnie has managed the Bees since 1929.
|October 10||Lefty Gomez wins again‚ and the Yankees wrap up the Series. Gomez himself knocks in the winning run in the 4-2 clincher. It is a record 5th WS win‚ without a loss‚ for Gomez. Another record comes as the Yankees complete the Series without an error.|
|October 11||The White Sox defeat the Cubs‚ 6-4 in the 5th contest of the city series.|
|October 13||The Sox top the Cubs‚ 6-1 to win the City series‚ 4-3. The Sox have now won 15 of 22 meetings with one ending in a deadlock.|
|October 15||Rather than accept any trade offers‚ the Yankees release Tony Lazzeri and allow him to make his own deal. He later signs as a player-coach with the Chicago Cubs.|
|October 20||Ossie Vitt‚ the highly successful manager of the Newark Bears (IL)‚ becomes the new manager of the Cleveland Indians‚ replacing Steve O’Neil.|
|October 23||Before a crowd of 22‚500 at the Polo Grounds‚ the Cuban Giants young Johnny Taylor outpitches Satchel Paige and the Satchel Paige All-stars to win‚ 2-0‚ on a no-hitter. Taylor faces 28 batters. The game is scoreless until the 8th inning when Jim West swings late and lofts a 2-run homer into the LF stands.|
|October 25||Casey Stengel signs to manage the Boston Bees‚ replacing Bill McKechnie. Donie Bush‚ five-year manager of the Minneapolis Millers‚ turned down the job three days ago.|
|November 2||AL batting champ Charlie Gehringer is named MVP by the BBWAA receiving 78 out of a possible 80 points. Joe DiMaggio is a close second 4 points behind while Tiger teammate Hank Greenberg‚ who knocked in 183 runs‚ is a distant 3rd. Gehringer is the 3rd Tiger in 4 years to medal.|
|November 9||St. Louis Cardinals Triple Crown winner Joe Medwick is named NL MVP by the BBWAA.|
|November 19||It is not a sunny day as the Browns hand manager Jim Bottomley his walking papers. Sunny Jim replaced Rogers Hornsby at mid-season.|
|December 2||At the minor league meeting in Milwaukee‚ the Tigers trade popular OF Gee Walker‚ 3B Marv Owen‚ and young C Mike Tresh to the White Sox for Vern Kennedy‚ Tony Piet‚ and Dixie Walker. The trade causes an uproar with Tiger fans‚ and owner Walter O. Briggs, Sr. issues an announcement from his Miami home that “the deal was made with my approval.” Kennedy will start the 1938 season with 9 straight wins‚ but ends up the year at 12-9.|
|December 6||It is announced that Ford Frick has been reelected president of the NL for 3 years.|
|December 7||Five of baseball’s pioneers are added to the Hall of Fame: Connie Mack‚ John McGraw‚ Morgan G. Bulkeley‚ Ban Johnson‚ and George Wright.|
The NL extends permission for night baseball but the AL refuses to permit arc light games.
The Red Sox acquire the contract of 19-year-old Ted Williams from San Diego (PCL)‚ but he will not report to Boston until 1939.