By Calvin J. Butterworth
June 13, 1924
As Earle Combs singled, the Bambino walked and Bob Meusel singled to load the bases in the 1st for the visitors from the Bronx, Navin fans grumbled and squirmed, fully expecting another early onslaught resembling yesterday's 4-run opener. But this bring a famous luckless day, hideous wrinkles were quickly added.
Pipp skied out deep to right for one run. Schang dribbled one to Lu Blue, who kicked it asunder to reload the bases with two outs. Ernie Johnson then lofted a drive to Cobb in straight center, but the rarely-distracted skipper lost the ball in the sun and it clanked off his mitt as two runners jilly-wagged home. It may as well have been a black cat curling through his legs that caused the gaffe, for little went Detroit's way the rest of the afternoon.
Waite Hoyt, for his part, held a 4-0 shutout through five innings after Ruth blasted his 17th homer in the 3rd, a projectile last sighted heading in the general direction of Lake Huron. But the Sultan dropped a fly of his own to launch the Tiger 6th, and hits swiftly followed. Singles by Manush, Blue and Woodall closed the score to 4-2, before three more singles, two walks and an untimely Johnson error tied the score in the 7th.
Syl Johnson had calmed down after the initial New York scores, but Lady Luck then took her turn stomping her heel on the poor hurler's soul. Pipp popped a fly to right which nicked off and over the very edge of the corner fence for a homer. Johnson walked and Scott singled with one out. Pillette relieved Johnson and whiffed Hoyt, but Dugan singled and Combs doubled to make it 6-3. Ruth reached base for the fifth straight time with a pass before Meusel doubled home the entire party and six runs were home.
The Tiger loss dropped them back into fourth place behind the Yanks and continued their exasperating, seemingly endless stay in the .500 neighborhood. After tomorrow's finale, lowly Boston and Cleveland come to town, but the way we've been playing of late, those should be no days at the seashore either.
NYY 301 000 060 - 10 10 2
DET 000 002 200 - 4 10 3
Other American League games today:
at INDIANS 9-18-2, RED SOX 8-14-1 (12 innings)
An astonishing spectacle at League Park. Neither Ehmke nor Rule have anything to offer, but the suddenly resurgent Tribe roars back from a late 7-3 deficit with two runs in the 7th and 8th to tie the game. Denny Williams triples and Danny Clark drives him home with a fly to put Boston ahead in the 12th, but with two outs and a man aboard in the last of the 12th, Joe Harris boots an easy grounder from Joe Sewell. We all know what will happen now. Speaker singles to re-tie the game, Luke Sewell singles, and Cleveland wins its first extra-inning affair of the season after four failed attempts.
ATHLETICS 10-15-2, at WHITE SOX 3-11-2
The most cursed day of the year proves kind to the recently luckless A's, as Baumgartner goes the distance despite being in pickles from start to finish, Lamar drives in four and even the powerless Chick Galloway pops a homer off Blankenship.
SENATORS 10-15-1, at BROWNS 7-18-4
With St. Louis leading 2-1 in the 3rd, Ray Kolp and assorted Brownie butterfingers give Washington seven runs and basically the ball game. Mogridge is off target again, though, and is relieved by Stan Speece in the 8th. The seldom-used Speece hands the Browns four runs in the 9th to make it interesting, as the Nats actually get outhit. Goslin, by the way, enjoys his 13th game-winning blow of the year, meaning he has personally accounted for one-third of his team's wins. Surely a most valuable performance.
|AMERICAN LEAGUE through Friday, June 13|
|Chicago White Sox||35||22||.614||2.5|
|New York Yankees||29||28||.509||8.5|
|St. Louis Browns||25||32||.439||12.5|
|Boston Red Sox||24||32||.429||13|