By Calvin J. Butterworth
June 20, 1924
Nerves were shattered, knuckles chewed and Navin's ball-supply was nearly spent as the Tigers and Tribe staged a three-hour, extra-frame thriller today that put Detroit in the winner's circle for the seventh straight day.
It was certainly a Herculean feat getting there. Rigney, Blue, Cobb and Heilman all reached off Coveleski to start the home portion of the 1st, and after a Pratt 2-run single the Tigers enjoyed a quick 3-0 lead. Syl Johnson was off his game, though, and four Indian singles, a sacrifice bunt and 2-run Jamieson strike put Cleveland ahead in the 2nd by a 4-3 count.
The score remained frozen until the last of the 6th. Johnson singled with one out, Rigney got him to third with a single, and Blue's second hit of the day, a gentle liner over Sewell's leap, tied the score 4-4.
Detroit then did their best to help Cleveland win, as Cobb dropped a Burns fly in true Speaker fashion to put "injuns" at second and third with one out in the 8th, but Sewell, Speaker and Riggs Stephenson could do nothing to get either of them home. Myatt and McNulty both reached to start the 9th but couldn't score. Burns doubled to begin the 10th and was left high and dry.
James Edwards relieved Coveleski after the 8th, and the Tigers could do next to nothing with him. When O'Rourke led the 13th with a single and pinch-hitter Haney bounded into a double play, it appeared to be another hopless inning. The Navin mob was surely contemplating failed dinner plans and staying in their seats until sundown.
Topper Rigney had another idea, though, and whistled a single past Chick Fewster into left. Luzerne Atwell Blue then walloped an Edwards pitch off the right field fence, and when Jamieson kicked the ball aside with a rogue foot, Topper scampered to the plate and slid under Myatt's late tag for the winner.
Such drama of late! George Uhle will try to prevent the eighth straight Bengal party tomorrow, with Ed Wells assigned to deliver the cake. Like everyone else in town, I can get used to this winning.
CLE 040 000 000 000 0 - 4 8 1
DET 300 001 000 000 1 - 5 13 1
Other American League games today:
SENATORS 2-10-0, at ATHLETICS 0-3-1
Curly Ogden throws the way the Big Train has not been for some time, spinning a brilliant 3-hit performance at Shibe Park. After hits from Miller and Hauser in the 2nd, Ogden gives up a lone Miller safety in the 6th and nothing else. Not to anyone's surprise, Goslin drives in his 15th game-winning run of the year.
RED SOX 2-9-0, at YANKEES 1-4-0
More refuse is thrown on the Yankee Stadium field from the upper rafters, yet it's cleaner garbage than what the Yankees dump on their fans. With Herb Pennock wasting another fine performance, his New York mates manage three singles and a double off Jack Quinn and lose at home to a team that had dropped eight in a row. The double happens to be by Pennock himself, leading off the 8th, and he's forced to stand out there and watch as Dugan, Witt and Meusel melt into puddles at the plate. Useless Ruth walks twice in four appearances, leaving the base ball world to wonder if this mediocrity will ever end.
WHITE SOX 9-12-3, at BROWNS 4-9-2
Meanwhile, Chicago may never stop hitting. Shaking off a late, disastrous loss the day before and losing a 3-0 lead here with Faber on the mound, they pummel Ernie Wingard anyway for six consecutive hits to begin the 6th and score six runs to take the game. Faber improves to 9-4 on the season and the chalky Sox stay two behind the Nats.
|AMERICAN LEAGUE through Friday, June 20|
|Chicago White Sox||39||25||.609||2|
|New York Yankees||31||32||.492||9.5|
|St. Louis Browns||27||37||.422||14|
|Boston Red Sox||25||37||.403||15|