By Calvin J. Butterworth
April 22, 1924
A short 3-game trip to Cleveland looms for our ball club, but all Navin evidence today pointed to them zipping their bat bags before the train even left Michigan Central Station. The likes of portsider Ernest Wingard and the St. Louis nine pulled away with an efficient 2-0 win, lowlighted by Detroit's absolute inability to propel feet across their polished plate.
Time and time again we planted runners in the diamond soil, only to watch them wither and die. Cobb stroked a double to lead off the 1st but after a Rigney walk, Haney, Heilman and Manush could do nothing. Two runners got aboard the next frame and rotted, then a two-out Heilman triple was wasted in the 3rd. Two more were left in the 4th, if one can accept that. Woodall singled to begin the 6th and was instantly erased by a double play. The tightening drama would then have its tragic twist, as Ed Wells, with only three sigles allowed into the 8th, gave the Browns a single, double and 2-run Hank Severeid safety for the lone two runs of the game.
Manager Cobb discussed the game with his team in their blue locker room afterwards. "You pansy-asses think you're a cottin-pickin ball team? You ain't even cotton pickers, you're a bunch of limp nose-pickers, is what you are! We got a trip to Cleveland tomorrow, Speaker's gonna be lickin' his ugly chops to get at us, so let me tell ya that if I catch one of you drinkin' moonshine on the train or out cuttin' rugs with a tomato tonight, I'll personally whip your tail and throw ya into Lake Erie with the other refuse, 'cause you ain't gonna play on my squad no time soon, ya got that daisy-brains?" Cobb explained.
STL 000 000 020 — 2 6 0
DET 000 000 000 — 0 8 1
Other American League games:
SENATORS 7-12-2, YANKEES 3-7-1
Curly Ogden rights the Senator ship for the second straight time after a Mogridge monstrosity, as the Nats put the contest away with four two out runs n the 6th off Waite Hoyt. Ruth triples and scores twice but few of his other mates come to the fore.
ATHLETICS 11-14-2, RED SOX 5-12-2
After two wins in a row, Boston is red-faced when Philadelphia plates eight runs in the 1st frame off Ferguson. Baumgartner gets the complete victory to make it a 4-game split as the Elephants go home to Shibe Park to open against Washington, while the Red Sox will be the guests for the home opener at 1-year-old Yankee Stadium for what is sure to be a difficult stay.
INDIANS 9-14-0, WHITE SOX 4-10-0
Coveleski bears down nicely after allowing two quick runs, and the Tribesmen roar back against Sarge Connally with three big hits from Speaker and rafts of others. Cleveland wins the last three games after dropping the first one, and will now open their League Park schedule against our hit-starved boys with a full audience cheering their every breath.
|AMERICAN LEAGUE through Tuesday, April 22|
|New York Yankees||6||2||.750||—|
|Chicago White Sox||5||3||.625||1|
|Boston Red Sox||2||6||.250||4|
|St. Louis Browns||2||6||.250||4|