By Calvin J. Butterworth
April 27, 1924
A drama of extraordinary magnitude erupted at the Detroit ball yard today as the home nine fiercely roared back from a severe early beating, only to fall in the tenth frame to a White Sox club refusing to surrender.
The overflow Sunday crowd was quick to voice its displeasure after Chicago whacked Ed Wells around for three runs in the 3rd. The Tigers got the runs back right away off Sarge Connally but Wells did little to keep that hope, allowing two singles and two double-sack hits to the bottom four rungs in the Sox lineup. After an Earl Sheely solo homer in the 5th it was 7-3, and things looked most gloomy despite the bright Detroit sunshine.
It was then that the Tigers plated two to cut the deficit to 7-5, Reliever Dutch Leonard was worse than Wells, though, and gave up three runs in the Chicago 7th, capped by Mostil scoring on an Ike Davis double (pictured). With the score 10-5 and their heads primed for the crusher, Detroit came alive to keep the crowd from filing homeward. A Manush single made it 10-6 in the 7th, before a Barrett error kept a rally going in the 8th. After Bassler was plunked to load the bases with two outs, Doug McWeeny entered to face Heilman. Harry squeezed his mighty hands on the bat, whipped it around and hammered the sphere to Navin's nether-reaches for a triple to tie the contest at 10-10.
Bert Cole took over on the slab, and Davis got another big two-out double to put Chicago ahead 11-10. Then it was time for the Sox to play higgly-pop with the baseball, as two Davis errors at short tied the score 11-11. Cole then gave Chicago a one-out walk and single in the 10th, before Mostil singled in front of Manush with Collins scampering plateward. Cvengros relieved now, and things looked rosy again when Fatty Fothergill led the Detroit 10th with a single. But Heilman whiffed, Manush rapped into a twin-killer, and the White Sox were the bloody victors for another day.
The defeat was costly for other reasons. Lu Blue is already sidelined, and Pratt and Bassler joined him on the trainer table with injuries. Manager Cobb was followed about the club house afterwards, but managed to evade every reporter question, vowing only to "skin Chicago's rumps tomorrow."
CHI 003 310 301 1 - 12 16 3
DET 003 002 141 0 - 11 14 2
Other American League games:
at BROWNS 12-18-0, INDIANS 11-16-1
There is apparently nowhere to hide out here in the west. In a mirror image of the Tiger game, Cleveland watches a 6-0 advantage vanish, does the same with a 10-6 tilt, then an 11-9 lead in the 8th, as the Brownies score one in the 8th off Coveleski and two in the 9th off the hideous Indians bullpen.
ATHLETICS 1-5-2, at YANKEES 0-8-0
Back east, things are as serene as a funeral parlor. Bill Lamar's homer in the 9th off Waite Hoyt gives Baumgartner the surprise Yankee Stadium shutout. The befuddled Gothamites have now dropped four games in a row.
at SENATORS 1-9-4, RED SOX 0-7-1 (15 innings)
Topping the hushed noise from the Bronx, Boston and the Nats go scoreless forever at Griffith Stadium, before Goslin finally singles in McNeely with darkness closing in. Curly Ogden pitches all 15 innings without tiring, and has now allowed but three runs in 33 innings of toil. As you can see from the statistic numbers below, the surprising Washington club leads all comers in pitching prowess.
A.L. TEAM BATTING AVERAGES
.291 St. Louis
.279 New York
A.L. TEAM EARNED RUN AVERAGES
4.38 New York
5.79 St. Louis
|AMERICAN LEAGUE through Sunday, April 27|
|Chicago White Sox||9||4||.692||—|
|New York Yankees||7||6||.538||2|
|Boston Red Sox||5||8||.385||4|
|St. Louis Browns||4||9||.308||5|