RECENTLY, IN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE: Rachel gets to go home but Phillies beat her team...Rixey and Reds edge first-place Bucs...Vinny has chicken soup for first time...

June 21, 1924

The Stones went off to the synagogue in the morning for their Sabbath stuff, and I was left at the house to cook breakfast for Rachel. I would have been probably better off trying to learn Yiddish. First I cracked a couple of eggs into a pan and spent two minutes picking out the shells while the things were burning. Then I poured her orange juice without shaking up the bottle first so it came out thicker than the bottom of a swamp. I was real happy they weren't bacon-eaters.

Rachel had started working on some short stories because she figured they might be easier to sell than a long novel nobody would want to take the time to read (with a hint-wink toward me), so I was nice and read one of them after breakfast. It was called The Tragedy of Harriet and was about this orphan girl who gets left on the doorstep of a rich guy in a big bread basket and he ends up taking her off to Europe and leaving her with the family of his French mistress, where she becomes a drunkard and whore-lady and gets sent to prison the rest of her life for knifing someone. I told Rachel there might be too much plot in it for a short story, so she said she'd try to cut it down and didn't even bite off my head this time.

It earned me another trip to Ebbets, where I sat in the left field bleachers and was afraid to cheer again because the Phillies took a 3-1 lead on Dazzy Vance with the 1-9 Jimmy Ring on the mound, if you can believe that. Dazzy's curve sure wasn't dazzling, as Harper doubled and Holke homered in the 1st inning. Ring got out of a bunch of jams in the first six innings but during that Vance calmed way down and suddenly the Phils were whiffing a lot.

As a matter of fact, Dazzy was suffocating them to death slowly, giving them just three puny singles the rest of the game as the Robins waited around for Ring to lose his nerve. Which he did starting in the 7th. A walk and two singles gave them a run. Stock's double tied the game at 3-3 in the 8th and Steineder relieved to whiff Vance and Johnny Mitchell. But the great Fournier, quiet the whole game, smashed a triple off the fence right near me with two outs in the 9th. Brown was walked on purpose to bring up the much-weaker Taylor, who ripped a single anyway to give Brooklyn the game!

As you'd figure, I was sad for myself but thrilled for Rachel, who was following the action in bed on the radio machine. Her mother cooked a nice hunk of meat called brisket for dinner, and Rachel even joined us at the table. We paid another visit to her roof later on to stare at the city lights, and she asked me if I was going to college. I said we probably couldn't afford it and I wasn't much for learning things out of books anyway, which got her quiet and made me think she was looking for some kind of smarty husband. There's lots of ways to get smart, though, so I guess we'll see how this issue turns out. Good night, reader-people!

PHL 210 000 000 - 3 6 0
BRK 100 000 111 - 4 13 2

Other National League games today:

at BRAVES 6-13-2, GIANTS 5-11-1 (12 innings)
Remember me saying the other day how New York has a fly's chance under an elephant of winning the pennant? Well, they went out and proved me a genius again. They score four runs on two singles, a double, triple and hit batter in the 1st off Marquard, another in the 2nd on a Frisch triple, before their offense drops dead for the next ten innings, most of them off the yucky Dutch Stryker. Meantime their ace reliever Jonnard takes a 5-2 lead to the bottom of the 9th and throws the game out the window as Boston scores three on five hits and a walk. Wayland Dean pitches for the Giants in relief but gives them none, and Ernie Padgett wins the game in the 12th on a two-out single after a balk call. McGraw is managing a disgrace of a team.

at PIRATES 4-9-0, REDS 1-8-1
No Cincy miracle this time, as Emil Yde easily beats Donohue with the help of a Rabbit Maranville 2-run poke in the 2nd and the Bucs finally get win no. 40.

CARDINALS 12-15-1, at CUBS 4-8-3
Keen actually has a 3-2 edge on Sherdel into the 7th, when St. Louis gets bored and scores ten runs the next three innings. Hornsby doesn't do much, but Ray Blades gets a triple and homer and Cooney throws in a pair of big doubles.

NATIONAL LEAGUE through Saturday, June 21
Pittsburgh Pirates4021.658
Cincinnati Reds3926.6003
New York Giants3627.5715
St. Louis Cardinals3529.5476.5
Brooklyn Robins3329.5327.5
Chicago Cubs3033.47611
Philadelphia Phillies2439.38117
Boston Braves1548.23826

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