By Calvin J. Butterworth
May 22, 1924
BOSTON, MASS—The ball bounded across the Fenway grass toward Fred Haney's glove at third base, yet somehow missed it. A similar ball off the bat of the same batter Joe Harris two innings previous also missed Haney's hand-pad, but this time damage would result. After Boone and Veach singled and Val Picinich tripled, the Red Sox had given the Tigers a quick blow to the head with three unearned runs in the 6th inning.
A Manush single in the top of the 6th had given Rip Collins a 1-0 lead, but Boston's Oscar Fuhr, rarely in danger of hurling a competent game, had bailed himself out of numerous pickle barrels and it was only a matter of time before a change in fortunes resulted. Cobb did his best to reverse the tide again by stroking a two-out double in the 7th, but after Rigney singled him home, Haney flied weakly to left and Mr. Cobb let his anger fly. Haney was extracted from the field and lineup, replaced with Lu Blue, and a verbal pasting of the same color sounded from one end of the Detroit dugout to the other and was actually audible from the press rafters.
The scolding-father technique surprisingly worked, as Heilman singled to begin the Tiger 8th, and after Buster Ross replaced Fuhr, Manush cracked a vicious triple toward a bevy of advertising signs in deep right field, Woodall singled him home and we had a 4-3 advantage that Collins would astutely protect, retiring the last eight Boston batsmen.
Cobb still simmered about Haney's play later, but was obviously thrilled and eager to get to New York to see his old competitive friend Ruth in action. "Babe's had a rough go of it so far, but you and I know he can murder any team with his own two hands," he said, "Whitehill's gonna have at him first from the left side, and that's a good thing."
Taking only three out of five from Boston was a marginally good omen, but at least Yankee Stadium has shorter fences and can only help add to our paltry power totals.
DET 000 001 120 - 4 12 2
BOS 000 003 00x - 3 5 1
Other American League contests today:
at YANKEES 9-15-1, INDIANS 6-8-0
As we were all fearful of, the Bambino chooses the day before a Tiger visit to explode with his bat. Ruth clubs a 3-run homer off Shaute in the 2nd, a solo belt in the 5th and another in the 8th to give him 12 on the year now, good for the league lead. As such, the Yanks still nearly lose the game, having to score four runs in their last two at bats to give Herb Pennock his sixth win. Wonderful Herb will miss the Tiger series, a fact we are already relishing in.
at ATHLETICS 10-16-2, WHITE SOX 6-11-0
Eddie Rommel throws another bad game but Chicago's Blankenship is even worse, and Philadelphia collects nine extra base hits to only one for their opponents. Joe Hauser gets three by himself—two doubles and a long home run.
BROWNS 5-14-1, at SENATORS 2-5-1
Washington can only fetch an even split with an injured St. Louis team, as it is apparently Washington's day to do nothing with their bats again. Baby Doll Jacobson gets the Brownie scoring launched with a circuit clout off Mogridge in the 2nd and St. Louis never looks behind them. Perhaps the Nats are dwelling too deeply on their upcoming matches with Chicago, which will surely be the series of the season thus far.
|AMERICAN LEAGUE through Thursday, May 22|
|Chicago White Sox||22||13||.629||1|
|New York Yankees||20||16||.556||3.5|
|St. Louis Browns||17||19||.472||6.5|
|Boston Red Sox||15||21||.417||8.5|