STONER'S EARLY 7-0 LEAD NEARLY VANISHES
By Calvin J. Butterworth
April 24, 1924
CLEVELAND, OH—It has become apparent that whether Detroit captures the league pennant or not, they intend to drag their cranks and scribes through a gut-screwing menagerie of failed chances and feats of narrow escape. Today's narrow 7-6 win at League Park was just such a circus.
With Lil Stoner hurling, the Tigers pounced all over the poor Indians with two runs in the 2nd off Luther Roy and five more in the 3rd, in a rally begun by Heilman's second home run poke of the year. Stoner was out for redemption after being shellacked in his first foray,and while he dished out the singles like a waiter would with blue plate specials, he managed to leave the hill each time with minor damage.
It was 7-3 in the last of the 9th though, Detroit failing to add to their lead repeatedly, when Homer Summa led with a pinch single. After Jamieson followed with a sharp safety, portsider Bert Cole took over. Oh, how Cobb regretted that manuever! Joe Sewell singled for one run, his brother Luke hit a pinch single for another, and George Burns doubles for two more, Stephenson popped out, but with Clarke pinch-hitting now, Hooks Dauss was summoned to complete the hopeful rescue. Clarke grounded out, Cobb's head was kept square on his shoulders, the Indian faithful repaired to their sad wigwams, and the Tigers were suddenly one notch from first place.
Tomorow in the final act, Rip Collins gets another try against Sherry Smith, who beat him in the season opener.
DET 025 000 000 — 7 12 0
CLE 000 210 003 — 6 15 1
Other American League results:
RED SOX 13-14-1, YANKEES 8-13-2
As shocking as a late-night mystery-book, Boston beats New York for the first time, and in Yankee Stadium. Fullerton survives the dreaded Gotham bats and Bob Shawkey gets pulverized for the second straight outing. The combination of Joe Harris and Ike Boone knock in ten of the Boston runs, each man with a home run and Harris with also a single, double, and triple in an amazing feat of cyclical skill. Ruth is only able to draw three walks, which may have been the New Yorkers' undoing.
ATHLETICS 8-19-0, SENATORS 7-14-1 (18 innings)
The Nats have been surprisingly tough, and just missed capturing this one. Down 4-1 early they rally to take a 6-4 lead on a big Sam Rice two-sacker in the 7th. But Firpo Marberry is unable to keep the advantage, and the game plunges into endless extra innings. Doubles from Judge and Ruel in the 18th off Bob Hasty finally give Washington the lead again, but Alan Russell is out of gasoline and allows hits to Simmons, Hauser and Miller before reserved catcher Frank Bruggy wins it with a sacrifice fly.
WHITE SOX 6-16-0, BROWNS 2-10-1
Chicago finally wins another one, sparked by a leadoff Eddie Collins homer and the astute pitching of Blankenship. Four teams are now within a whisper of the top!
|AMERICAN LEAGUE through Thursday, April 24|
|New York Yankees||7||3||.700||—|
|Chicago White Sox||6||4||.600||1|
|St. Louis Browns||3||7||.300||4|
|Boston Red Sox||3||7||.300||4|