By Calvin J. Butterworth
May 13, 1924
WASHINGTON, DC—Determined to take this all-important series at all costs, Ty Cobb began the game today with a ripping single past a diving Peckinpaugh. Rigney and Haney both earned free passes and Detroit had the sacks filled with nary an out.
But perched on the hurler's hill was one Jonathan Thompson Walton Zachary, better know in these parts as "Tom", a strapping North Carolinian who had just days ago celebrated his 28th birthday. And he intended to keep his party rolling. Zachary retired Heilman on an easy infield pop, got Manush to line softly to Harris at second, then enticed Woodall to do the same, and the Tigers came up with nothing in the 1st. It was not a good omen.
Earl Whitehill muffed a grounder to begin the Washington 1st, before Harris singled him to third. But our pitcher's name was Earl, not Tom, and with the middle infielders back, Judge grounded a ball out to Rigney, who failed to turn the twin killer and the first run scored. This Zachary fellow can also wield a stick, and singled Bluege in for a 2-0 lead in the next frame. Reserve outifielder "Captain" Nemo Leibold then poled a double into the right corner and the lead had reached three.
Two singles and a plunked Manush in the 3rd loaded the bases once more for us, and Del Pratt practically threw himself in front of a two-out pitch to drive in the first Tiger run. Detroit made it 3-2 in the 4th on singles from Whitehill, Cobb, and a scoring grounder by Haney, but Earl was clearly not up to the task today. Peckinpaugh and Ruel singled, Leibold singled in one, Harris doubled in the next and Judge made it a jolly trio with a sacrifice fly, and the game was all but gone.
The Nats would plate three more as daylight waned, with Leibold tripling and making his case for full-time employment, and the happy Senator fans crossed the field at game's end with visions of first place reclaimed in their heads. As for the shell-shocked Bengals, they boarded their train later for the short ride up to Philadelphia, eager to face the lowly Athletics and get their mislaid winning ways back.
DET 001 100 000 - 2 7 1
WAS 120 300 21x - 9 12 0
Other American League contests:
WHITE SOX 10-17-0, at YANKEES 1-5-3
One day after crushing Chicago, the Yanks are the sad crushees, and do absolutely nothing correct against Red Faber, who now improves to 5-1. Bibb Falk and Early Sheely each enjoy a homer and three other safeties, while the glory-starved Ruth doubles in the only New York run to tie the game early on. Hoyt , Markle, and Mamaux provide the two hours of target practice as the Pale Sox remain tied atop the heap with Washington.
at ATHLETICS 12-19-2, INDIANS 6-9-0
Philadelphia seems to have found their hitting form just in time to welcome the Tigers to town. Cleveland actually has a 4-0 lead here before George Uhle becomes incompetent on a grand scale.
BROWNS 8-17-0, at RED SOX 2-8-2
A true flip-floppy series concludes with the Browns knocking the Bostonians silly, with Wingard besting the usually effective Ehmke. St. Louis will now attempt to continue the Yankee misery in New York, while the Red Sox are hosting tough Chicago.
|AMERICAN LEAGUE through Tuesday, May 13|
|Chicago White Sox||17||10||.630||—|
|New York Yankees||16||12||.571||1.5|
|St. Louis Browns||13||15||.464||4.5|
|Boston Red Sox||12||15||.444||5|