COBB PROPELS TIGERMEN TO FIRST VICTORY
By Calvin J. Butterworth
April 16, 1924
Our beloved Detroiters rebounded in sweet fashion from their Opening Day pummeling at the hands of the Indians with a rousing 9-3 victory, largely fueled by their manager's relentless will.
Cobb singled off Joe Shaute to begin Tiger batting duties, inciting a 2-run rally. On his next appearance he singled, stole second base and scampered to third when Luke Sewell's throw soared over his brother's Joe glove. Rigney then stranded him with a foul out, but after a key error by Del Pratt helped the Wigwammers tie the contest in the 6th, Manush doubled and pitcher Whitehill singled softly to put two aboard with one out. Up stepped Cobb, teeth gnashed, obviously still irritated at Pratt for his unthinkable gaffe. He whistled a Shaute offering into right for the go-ahead tally, then bounded around the sacks like a rabid leopard as Rigney singled, Haney doubled and after Edwards replaced the shell-shocked Shaute, Heilman singled two more across for the 8-3 advantage.
Lost in the artillery barrage was the effort of Mr. Whitehill, who scattered seven mere singles and escaped every pickle with sparkling dexterity. The voiciferous gathering of 9,390 on this frigid day journeyed back to their dwellings in earned comfort, and will no doubt return for tomorrow's game, pitting the reknown Stan Coveleski against our own Ed Wells.
CLEVE. 000 102 000 — 3 7 1
DETROIT 200 105 10x — 9 16 1
Other American League results:
YANKEES 4-7-1, RED SOX 3-10-0
Another late surprise by the New Yorkers, this time shocking enough to warrant thrown eggs on the field by the Boston horde. Winning 2-1 in the 9th thanks to Sox starter Alex Ferguson, Ted Wingfield replaces his tired arm and Ruth doubles with one out. A Meusel single and walk by Pipp loads the bases with two outs, but Aaron Ward rifles a triple to the deep hinterlands of Fenway Park, to score the entire farm and nail the exasperating loss on the Sad Sox.
ATHLETICS 10-14-0, SENATORS 4-13-0
George Mogridge is no Walter Johnson, as the Nats' hurler is riddled for eight runs and eight hits in the first two innings. Washington actually obtains one less hit than Philadelphia, but can't match the distance of the Athletic safeties. Baumgartner gets the victory.
WHITE SOX 4-9-0, BROWNS 1-7-2
Red Faber notches a sterling efort, Mostil, Hooper, Falk and Grabowski all get extra-base knocks, and Chicago opens at 2-0 to match the Yanks.
|AMERICAN LEAGUE through Wednesday, April 16|
|New York Yankees||2||0||1.000||—|
|Chicago White Sox||2||0||1.000||—|
|St. Louis Browns||0||2||.000||2|
|Boston Red Sox||0||2||.000||2|