April 25, 1924

I was only down at Mort's for an hour and a half of one today, because Jesse "Nubby" Barnes of the Braves speed-threw a shutout masterpiece at my stinkin' Phils before I barely had taken my coat off.

This guy Barnes holds the record for pitching the fastest 9-inning game in 1919—against the Phillies of course—which was 51 minutes. This one felt like 45. Henline got a double in the 2nd, Ford got two singles and Sand got one and that was it for the day. Our top five lineup men went for no hits in 18 at bats. I know I'm showing you a picture of Barnes with a bat, but he sure didn't need that. The 4-to-8 spots in the Boston lineup got all seven hits and four walks off Jimmy Ring, who hasn't caught one of those breaks yet.

Benny was there in a bad mood again because he stayed at Mort's till almost dark yesterday watching the Athletics beat the Senators in 18 innings on the ticker. His card games didn't go well either which might have been a bigger problem. Personally I think he's still mad at Rachel for not letting him kiss her. I still have her address in Brooklyn so I think I'll write her a letter soon.

One more of these games at Braves Field tomorrow and then we take Sunday off before the Polo Grounds. Spending all day in school doesn't seem such a bad idea at right now, and now that we're tied with the Cubs for last place, church doesn't either. Good night, reader-people!


PHL 000 000 000 — 0 4 2
BOS 020 200 00x — 4 7 1

Other National League games on the ticker today:

GIANTS 10-13-0, ROBINS 3-11-2
Don't get me going on this one. Seems like the Robins' feathers are already falling out, as Tiny Osborne gets beat up Frisch and Youngs and others and Mule Watson win his second game, of all people. Ebbets must be a quiet field all of a sudden.

REDS 5-17-2, PIRATES 4-9-0 (12 innnings)
A good tight battle lost by the Bucs for a change. Relief pitcher Dibut triples in two for the winners and still almost gives it up, getting Gooch and Wright two men on base to end it.

CUBS 8-12-3, CARDINALS 3-7-0
The Amazing Hornsby gets three more hits and now has 22 of them in 44 times up, a perfect .500. Jesse Haines wrecks the day for St. Louis though, because he can't get any Cubs out.

NATIONAL LEAGUE through Friday, April 25
Pittsburgh Pirates73.700
New York Giants64.6001
Boston Braves65.545 1.5
Brooklyn Robins55.5002
Cincinnati Reds55.500 2
St. Louis Cardinals56.4552.5
Philadelphia Phillies47.364 3.5
Chicago Cubs47.3643.5

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