THIRD-ACT HEROICS CAPSIZE SAILING ATHLETICS, 6-4
By Calvin J. Butterworth
June 8, 1924
After yesterday's easy triumph, the Tiger appeared to be headed for a whimpering setback today and another bout of angry silence from their manager. But in base ball, one never knows a thing.
Philadelphia twirler Stan Baumgartner, determined to improve his robust 7-3 mark, had given Detroit nothing but back-to-back singles in the first six frames, while the suddenly slugging Joe Hauser had clubbed two circuit clouts off Syl Johnson to boost the Mackmen to a 4-0 lead. What's worse, our feisty short-stop Topper Rigney had left the game after his first at bat with a lame leg, not to return for a good five days.
Then, as Sunday's shadows began to lengthen, the often-ravenous Tiger attack awoke as if a dinner bell had been struck. Heilman muscled a double hit down the left-field stripe, Manush was plunked on the back and Larry Woodall singled to occupy all sacks. As one feared, Del Pratt then bounded into a simple twin-killing, but Heilman scored and Manush reached third. The recently maligned O'Rourke then stroked a hit and the score was 4-2.
Meanwhile, Syl Johnson had regained his balance after Hauser's second blow, and retired the last eleven batters he faced, which set the stage for the glorious 8th. Cobb began matters with a one-out single, Haney walked, and a ball scooted past catcher Sammy Hale to advance them. Then Heilman walked. Manush chose a dying fastball to his liking and bombed it fenceward for two runs and a tie score! Connie Mack strode out to the hill, his signature scorecard flapping in his hand, but the angular baseball statesman was apparently convinced Baumgartner was still vigorous.
He would regret this choice, because Woodall sliced a single into right field, Heilman and Manush skipped over the dish and the shocking comeback was complete. "When we get the old snowball rolling," Cobb said later, "it's awful tough to stop an icy boulder." Ed Wells will try his luck tomorrow against the A's Heimach in a 2 p.m. affair.
PHA 020 101 000 - 4 6 0
DET 000 000 24x - 6 8 1
Other American League games today:
at INDIANS 5-9-0, SENATORS 0-5-4
Yes, readers, your eyes are not deceiving you. None other than Walter Johnson started this game against Stan Coveleski. Scoreless into the 5th, the Tribe used a horrible two-base flounder by Doc Prothro as the centerpiece of a 4-run wedding cake to neatly tie up the contest. Prothro would not even have been playing if the Nats weren't so riddled by injury. Joe Judge made his return after missing a handful of games, only to be struck on the hand at the outset and knocked out for three more. Another Prothro gaffe in the 7th led to a fifth run, and if the Big Train had even the semblance of a mean streak in him, he would have screwed the Doc into the infield dirt.
RED SOX 1-7-1, WHITE SOX 0-5-0
Yes, this has also happened. Howard Ehmke pitches the game of his life, Veach doubles in the only run off Blankenship in the 4th, and the Bostons hold on to catch the White Sox napping for the second straight day. Has the tide turned southward for the surprising Chicagoans?
YANKEES 15-22-2, at BROWNS 7-8-3
By all evidence, it has for the Yanks. Off the inexplicably employed Ray Kolp, New York plates four runs in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings to go up 12-0 before Joe Bush begins dishing out the runs. The Browns score seven without an answer until Ruth creams his 16th homer off Vangilder in the 9th, good for three more runs. The bigger news is Bob Meusel exploding from his shell with three singles, a homer and a double.
|AMERICAN LEAGUE through Sunday, June 8|
|Chicago White Sox||33||19||.635||0.5|
|New York Yankees||27||25||.519||6.5|
|Boston Red Sox||22||29||.431||11|
|St. Louis Browns||22||30||.423||11.5|