TIGERS FINISH OFF FUZZY-HEADED NEW YORK VISIT WITH 3RD INNING NIGHTMARE
By Calvin J. Butterworth
May 26, 1924
NEW YORK CITY—The Bambino may have only swatted one long fly in four days, but when a hurler throws as incomprehensibly bad as Lil Stoner did for Detroit today, the Yankees can swing their bats with one hand and still beat us.
The game began quite differently. Cobb roped a double across the right-center turf to put Bob Shawkey on immediate edge. Heilman singled him home with two outs, and then Cobb struck again in the 2nd, singling in Bob Jones who was playing third for Del Pratt, and it was 2-0 Tigers.
It was then that Mr. Stoner, if one can assume he is worthy of adult status, staged a display of twirling ineptness that was nothing less than a rank obscenity. Johnson, Ward and Shawkey all singled to launch the bottom of the 3rd and put New York on the scoreboard. Earle Combs doubled in the second run, although he strained a leg muscle and needed Whitey Witt to replace him. No matter, for Stoner then floated one to Joe Dugan, who doubled in two more. Ruth yawned, doubled over Heilman's noggin in right and scored when the ball was kicked asunder by the very same glove man. Meusel singled, making it seven straight hits with nary an out, and poor Lil walked off the mound before a fuming Cobb even reached it to make the switch.
Hooks Dauss finished off the frame by allowing a single and triple, and the Gothams had an 8-2 advantage they would never come close to losing. Detroit made a pitiful puddle of noise late in the contest,but double plays off the noodle bats of Rigney and Jones took care of that.
And so the four-day stay in the Bronx turned out to be a depressing one for our boys, with only one victory and not one game that was hotly contested. We will now head home on the overnight train to get ready for three against the arm-lacking Brownies, before heading down to Cleveland for the Decoration Day double-header. Au revoir for now, New York, and may we make your upcoming visit to Michigan as disappointing as ours just was.
DET 110 002 000 - 4 10 1
NYY 008 000 00x - 8 13 0
Other American League games played today:
at SENATORS 4-10-1, WHITE SOX 3-11-2.
My prognosis for an easy Nat victory today wasn't even close, although it was a victory nevertheless. Despite injuries to Collins, Hooper, and Sheely, Walter Johnson still has a time of it and escapes in the 9th for his seventh win of the year to put Washington back on top as they resume play with their eastern neighbors, welcoming the Yankees to town tomorrow.
at RED SOX 8-7-1, INDIANS 7-19-1
Rarely has a team deserved last place more than Cleveland. Nineteen hits to seven for their opponent and they lose by one run? Hang me now.
at ATHLETICS 11-17-1, BROWNS 5-13-2
Mack's Elephants make it a clean sweep for today's home clubs, stomping back from a 3-1 deficit with six runs off Dixie Davis in the 4th and a few more later. Philadelphia is making a solid run at 5th place, and will play Boston next with that goal in mind.
|AMERICAN LEAGUE through Monday, May 26|
|Chicago White Sox||24||15||.615||1|
|New York Yankees||23||17||.575||2.5|
|St. Louis Browns||17||22||.436||8|
|Boston Red Sox||17||22||.436||8|