TIGERS WALLOP THREE HOME RUNS IN ONE INNING TO SHOCK INDIANS IN LEAGUE PARK OPENER
By Calvin J. Butterworth
April 23, 1924
CLEVELAND, OH—Before a briefly-jubilant throng of over 25,000 Indian sweethearts, Cobb's Crushers exploded for six runs in the 8th frame today and safely grappled on to a 6-5 win.
League Park was awash in bunting, blessed with blue skies, and the Cleveland horde was giddy with glee after scoring three single runs off Ken Holloway on hits from Myatt and two by pitcher Uhle. Coasting along at 3-0, with victory as assured as the evening breeze on Lake Erie, Uhle gave up a pinch single from Fatty Fothergill with one out in the top of the 8th. Then Cobb, who nearly cleared the reachable right field fence with a triple in the 6th, banged a ball just over the high wire fence to tighten the game considerably at 3-2. After a Rigney walk, Bud Messenger entered from the nervous Cleveland bullpen and instantly made a mess of things. Bassler grounded Rigney to second, but Heilman tripled to the far reaches of left center to tie the game. Heinie Manush, the other gallant German, then swatted one just over the wire fence for a 5-4 advantage. As if this weren't startling enough, bench man Al Wingo, slotted in right with Lu Blue injured, then fired a cannon ball over the same spot as Manush's for the third circuit clout in the same inning!
A funereal hush draped over the Cleveland crowd, as well as our press row, and it was even more miraculous that the Speakermen recovered in the 9th long enough to score two runs off relief man Syl Johnson. The Tiger win knotted the clubs at 5-4, and Lil Stoner will get a second try tomorrow against Luther Roy. Manager Cobb appeared elated in the locker room later, as he only used two foul words in ten minutes of discussion.
DET 000 000 060 — 6 10 1
CLE 001 101 002 — 5 11 1
Other American League results
YANKEES 7-12-5, RED SOX 4-4-0
Another despicable Boston performance,as the New Yorkers commit five gaffes yet still win handily, the third time they have come from behind to beat the New Englanders this year. The Scarlet Hosers actually led 4-2 going to the last of the 6th but Jack Quinn plunked a man and allowed six Yankee hits, as the boisterous Yankee Stadium mob tooted its vocal horns aplenty.
SENATORS 9-15-1, ATHLETICS 6-12-3
The outcome was less rosy at Shibe Park, where the Nats silenced the packed gathering with five 1st inning scores, capped by an unlikely homer ball from short-stop Peckinpaugh. Zachary wasn't especially effective but Russell came on with a man on third to strike out Jimmy Dykes and end the game.
BROWNS 7-9-0, WHITE SOX 5-11-0
The memory of being push-broomed four times out of Comiskey still stirring in their bellies, the Brownies extract some revenge by taking a 7-2 lead with the assistance of a Ken Williams 3-run homer, then hold on despite starting hurler Dixie Davis going out with a mild injury. After enjoying the fruits of good fortune the first week, the Chicagoans have now failed for four consecutive days.
|AMERICAN LEAGUE through Wednesday, April 23|
|New York Yankees||7||2||.778||—|
|Chicago White Sox||5||4||.556||2|
|St. Louis Browns||3||6||.333||4|
|Boston Red Sox||2||7||.222||5|