By Calvin J. Butterworth
April 25, 1924
CLEVELAND, OH—Motoring back into Michigan tonight my eyes were still whirling and my ears throbbing from the afternoon's series climax at League Park. The Detroiters, as outlined yesterday, are making a habit out of putting all of their nervous followers through a veritable clothes wringer each and every day of the campaign.
With moundsman Rip Collins at the helm, the Bengals struck for gold early and often, using shabby indians defense to help them to an 8-0 lead by the 5th, But five Tribe hits chewed into the advantage for three runs, before Collins unravelled in the 6th, allowing three walks, two singles and two hit batters to tie the game. Two more Cleveland runs on four more singles in the 7th incredibly gave them the lead, but a Haney triple and Heilman double re-tied the affair instantly.
From there it was extra frames, and the overflow League Park horde had no chance of digesting their hot sausages. Indians starter Sherry Smith could not be scored upon for five straight innings despite numerous safeties, but when he was extracted for a pinch-hitter in the last of the 13th, Bud Messenger was called upon—the same one who failed miserably in an earlier game of the series. Yet this time he was not to blame. None other than manager Tris Speaker (pictured) dropped a Rigney fly with two outs as Woodall scampered plateward with the decider! Bert Cole notched a save and the giddy but weary Tiger club taxied to the Cleveland Union Depot for their short ride home. Who would think that by the time they arrived, a four-way tie would surface for American League supremacy?
DET 012 050 020 000 01 - 11 19 0
CLE 000 035 200 000 00 - 10 16 3
Other American League contests:
SENATORS 10-14-0, at ATHLETICS 6-13-3 (13 innings)
As cockamie a contest as Detroit's, and certainly on a par with yesterday's Shibe skirmish. Down by 3-1, the Nats tie the game 5-5 in the 8th for Walter Johnson, who survives all 13 innings without getting fatigued. After Washington goes ahead in the 12th, Lamar homers with two outs to tie it again, and Joe Judge finally unloads the bases with a momentous swat off Meeker for the ball game.
RED SOX 7-13-1, at YANKEES 3-6-2
Oh, how the Bronx wolves must be baying! Six extra-base Boston knocks decide this one, and the unknown Oscar Fuhr defeats the steemed Herb Pennock, plunging New York into the aforementioned four-leaf tie.
WHITE SOX 6-11-0, at BROWNS 4-12-0
Sloppy Thurston bests Urban Shocker in an all-amusing nickname party. Mostil and Hooper hit late homers to push the Pale Sox back to the top.
|AMERICAN LEAGUE through Friday, April 25|
|New York Yankees||7||4||.636||—|
|Chicago White Sox||7||4||.636||—|
|Boston Red Sox||4||7||.364||3|
|St. Louis Browns||3||8||.273||4|