By Calvin J. Butterworth
Detroit Free-Enterprise

April 15, 1924

Despite a Navin Field bursting from every seam with color, spirit and crazed Detroit cranks, the Tigers failed most miserably in their 1924 debut, in a game that was not nearly as close in its execution as the final tally evidenced.

After a Topper Rigney safety and Heilman double plated the first run of the campaign for our valiant boys in the very first inning, Rip Collins twirled on the cold Navin mound as though he were an ailing deer dodging buckshot. Joe Sewell helped him out in the 3rd by grounding into a two-out play, but then manager Tris Speaker stroked his second double. From there the Ripper hideously disemboweled himself, as Brower, Myatt and Stephenson all singled, and Chick Fewster doubled to put the Clevelanders ahead for good, 3-1.

It became worse. After Rigney singled across Cobb in the 5th for a 3-2 count, the Indians made two singles, two doubles and a walk for three more digits. Syl Johnson came to the purported rescue in the 8th frame, but a Speaker single, his fourth hit, followed by doubles by Brower and Luke Sewell made it 8-2, the subsequent three singles and two walks Detroit collected off starter Sherry Smith proving to be as important to the affair as ticks on a bull.

The home crowd was lively when the contest got underway, but as the Indian hits piled up like cordwood their mood grew foul, and the reporter witnessed a fan who had obviously journeyed up from Lake Erie get fisted into submission in the first base stands. His beating cannot be matched by the one inflicted on the Ripper, but Detroit hearts will beat again for tomorrow's game, when Earl Whitehill will square his throws against those of Joe Shaute.

CLEVE. 003 003 020 — 8 17 0
DETROIT 100 010 020 — 4 11 0

Other American League results:

YANKEES 5-8-1 at RED SOX 3-7-0
Howard Ehmke is beating Herb Pennock on just one hit into the 7th when the World Champions flex their unholy biceps. Pipp singles, Schang triples and Ward singles to tie the game. Ehmke whiffs out the next two, but Dugan singles and Whitey Witt triples off the fence in deep right and it rolls past Ike Boone for a home run that remains inside the park!

at SENATORS 10-16-2, ATHLETICS 2-7-1
President Coolidge throws out the initial ball, then delights as Big Train Johnson has his way with the hapless Elephants. Manager Bucky Harris gets four hits, Goslin clouts a 3-run homer in the 7th and even the Train takes a ball over the fence off poor Eddie Rommel.

at WHITE SOX 9-16-2, BROWNS 7-9-2
Urban Shocker vs. Sloppy Thurston: I could recite that matchup endlessly, lying on my back beside a picnic basket in a June meadow, though I will deny that pleasure for now. This was a glorious battle, with Thurston and his pale stockings winning 4-0 before Baby Doll Jacobson walloped a 2-run homer to bring the Brownies close. Then it was 6-2 when Thurston truly became sloppy and St. Louis scored five times in the 7th to take a 7-6 lead. An untimely gaffe by McManus tied the game once more, and then the sterling talent that is Harry Hooper blasted a cannonball over the right field Comiskey wall for two tallies and the thrilling victory.

AMERICAN LEAGUE through Tuesday, April 15
New York Yankees 101.000
Chicago White Sox 101.000
Cleveland Indians 101.000
Washington Senators 101.000
St. Louis Browns 01.0001
Philadelphia Athletics 01.0001
Detroit Tigers 01.0001
Boston Red Sox 01.0001

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