By Calvin J. Butterworth
Detroit Free-Enterprise

May 23, 1924

NEW YORK CITY—Cobb's traveling crusaders arrived in Gotham late last evening, prepared to conquer the might of the Bambino and giddy with glee over not needing to face one Herbert Pennock. What they were not expecting were the blistering balls of Bullet Joe Bush.

The Yankee hurler, loser of four of his first five outings, was nothing but an artist of the royal slab today, forking out nine hits but leaving them on every table as the New Yorkers came away with an easy 9-0 bombardment of the Detroiters at still-spanking new Yankee Stadium.

Whitehill threw for us, and while he did his worst work in two distinct innings against the lower class of the order, it was the Babe's 1st inning blast that set the tone for the game. It was a loopy curveball that the Majesty of Mash propelled skyward, depositing it halfway into the upper stands in deep right. The sold-out Friday afternoon horde whooped themselves into a frenzy, for the Corpulent One had already homered thrice the day previous, and they had apparently assured themselves that another such feat was imminent.

In fact, Ruth had a miserable rest of the afternoon, going hitless his four next tries and fanning twice, not to mention flubbing a Heilman fly for a two-base gaffe. Yet the Tiger problem wasn't Ruth but Mr. Bush, who simply refused to allow safeties at key moments, and even collected two hits of his own, one for two runs knocked in.

Ed Wells will take the ball tomorrow and try to perform something useful with it against Waite Hoyt. Manager Cobb was unusually silent after today's affair, having grounded out four times—the last being the third Tiger double play of the day. He's known the Babe a long time and hates to lose to him, though one can say the Peach's list of similar notables likely stretches from here to West Virginia.

DET 000 000 000 - 0 9 2
NYY 100 300 03x - 7 11 1

Other American League contests today:

WHITE SOX 2-2-0, at SENATORS 0-8-1
Any thought that the pesky Sox would lose steam once reaching the Nation's Capitol is dispelled abruptly in one of the oddest games of this or any year. Curly Ogden pitches a nearly impeccable contest, allowing an unearned tally in the 2nd on a Peckinpaugh error and sacrifice pop from Barrett, then walking three and giving up a Collins single in the 3rd before retiring 21 of his 22 plate opponents, including the last 16 straight. But Sloppy Thurston, in trouble nearly every frame, frees himself from baserunner bondage with abandon, and is helped by two late double plays as the Nats lack an attack for the second straight day. Even with Harry Hooper out for the series, Chicago manages to inch ahead of Washington in the standings by mere points.

at ATHLETICS 9-14-1, BROWNS 3-10-0
Certain to be a hit-lovers paradise, this series begins with 24 of them and Stan Baumgarten's sixth win as the Mackmen pummel Danforth and two others to climb out of last place above the hapless Indians.

at RED SOX 6-9-0, INDIANS 5-9-0
Coveleski allows just two Boston hits in the first five innings, has a 3-1 lead, then loses the game faster than a wink as the first five Red Sox hitters in the 6th reach base and bring in four runs, good enough for the win. Wingfield saves Howard Ehmke's hide in the 9th as Boston tries to creep back into the still-attainable pennant chase.

AMERICAN LEAGUE through Friday, May 23
Chicago White Sox 2313.639
Washington Senators 2414.632
New York Yankees 2116.5682.5
Detroit Tigers 1918.5144.5
St. Louis Browns 1720.4596.5
Boston Red Sox 1621.4327.5
Philadelphia Athletics 1523.3959
Cleveland Indians 1424.36810


  1. That's what this replay needs, more Yankee wins, and the "blistering balls of Bullet Joe Bush"

  2. It's pretty amazing how the Yanks have stayed in the race despite Ruth's un-ruthian performance thus far. Of course, we're not even at Decoration Day yet!