TIGERS SWING LIKE NINNIES ON LADIES DAY, 4-2
By Calvin J. Butterworth
May 28, 1924
The day was grey and Navin Field was sprinkled with sweet samples of the fairer gender, yet the Tigers could have been sitting in the 25-cent seats themselves in their dresses and flowered hats for all the batting might they displayed this afernoon. Urban Shocker unleashed his usual mound magic for St. Louis to earn his sixth win, but Detroit helped him accomplish this as often and with as much exasperation as possible.
Earl Whitehill was roughed up in the 1st for three singles, a double, and two runs, before three more singles and a walk in the 3rd put him to the rear by 4-0. Detroit only managed four lonely singles through the first five innings, though singles from Burke, Bassler and Heilman and a run-scoring dribbler from Manush cut it to 4-2 after six.
Sadly, that ended all bat-noise for the day. The Tigers had only two less hits than the Browns, but none were for more than one base and most of them were at improper times. Pratt, for example, made out his first three tries with men aboard, then singled in the 9th with no one on base and was left there to fester by Jones and Fothergill, climaxing the hideously dull game.
I counted at least two dozen ladies pocketing their program-fans and moving to the exit tunnels by the 7th inning, and the ones with gentlemen escorts weren't exactly being talked out of it. It is imperative that our team assembles a winning form soon, particularly before they host the tough eastern clubs, because at this writing the Tiger are a lackluster 7-8 on their home lily pond.
STL 202 000 000 - 4 10 2
DET 000 002 000 - 2 8 0
Other American League contests today:
YANKEES 7-9-2, at SENATORS 1-5-1
Bullet Joe Bush fires his second straight phenomenal game, scattering five safeties at Griffith Stadium as the Yanks slap Curly Ogden around in a very easy win. Ruth gets on base four of five times and still manages to drive in no one.
WHITE SOX 4-10-2, at INDIANS 2-9-2
Few suspected the Indians would play well without their star Speaker, but Chicago has had no problem winning without half of their good hitters afield. Today Falk goes 4-for-4 but it's the seldom-used McClellan filling in for Collins who drives in two, including the game-winner, while Cleveland is busy squandering four of their potential rallies with double play grounders. Chicago simply knows how to win close games and the Indians have no clue. The Tribe is 1-13 in contests decided by one run.
at ATHLETICS 7-11-2, RED SOX 5-9-3
It is the A's, though, who are hotter than a griddle right now. They amass five runs off Fuhr by the 6th, then survive a 3-run Boston uprising in the 9th, leaving it to Roy Meeker to save the win for Rommel. Philadelphia is now a scant two games behind Detroit in the standings.
|AMERICAN LEAGUE through Wednesday, May 28|
|Chicago White Sox||26||15||.634||—|
|New York Yankees||24||18||.571||2.5|
|St. Louis Browns||18||23||.439||8|
|Boston Red Sox||17||24||.415||9|