DREADFUL SPOT STARTER TWIRLS US SILLY IN 10-4 PASTING
By Calvin J. Butterworth
June 24, 1924
ST. LOUIS—Yesterday's come-from-ahead defeat to the Browns was unspeakably awful, but compared to today's drubbing it now seems to have been a valiant effort. For when you let the barely-used and badly-named pitcher Elam Vangilder beat you, days are dark indeed.
Elam, a mainstay of the pennant-fighting 1922 St. Louis pitching staff, has fallen on hard times and before game time today had allowed 47 hits in just 28 innings of toil. Leave it to Detroit, then, to make him resemble Grover Alexander. After Cobb doubled in Lu Blue in the 1st, the Tigers managed just six scattered singles the rest of the way, while Ken Holloway was busy giving the Brownies constant chances. A botched double play attempt by Jones helped them score two in the 3rd to take the lead, before safeties from McManus, Collins and Bennett made it 3-2 St. Louis after the 4th.
It remained that way until the nightmare that was the last of the 7th. Baby Doll Jacobson began things with a grounder out to Holloway, which he kicked astray. Ken Williams grounded into a force, but McManus singled and Collins walked, bringing on portsider Cole to face Bennett. He walked, as well. As did Gerber. As did the Vangilder himself. Cole was expunged from the premises and replaced with Dutch Leonard, who was actually worse. Sisler, Jacobson and Williams followed with singles and seven runs were across the dish.
Now officially without a home run for an entire month, the Tigers once again need to question the slap-happy style ingrained by their manager. Mr. Cobb can send me back to the hospital with another cowardly blow if he likes—I have a worthy stable of replacement writers at the ready—but I will reiterate again that his approach is more suited to 1910 than 1924, and when a team lacks the fielding range and starting pitchers of an outfit like Washington, hoping four or five locally-placed hits are strung together inning in and inning out is a wish often unfulfilled.
DET 100 100 000 - 2 8 2
STL 002 100 07x - 10 12 1
Other American League games today:
SENATORS 3-10-1, YANKEES 1-9-0
How much more evidence does the base ball world need to realize that the Yanks' chances of reaching the World Series for the fourth straight time are null and void? Look no further than Herb Pennock losing a game to Firpo Marberry. A patented 10-single Nat attack does the trick here, with the loan New York run scoring with the help of a Peckinpaugh error. And tomorrow the Yanks get to face Walter Johnson.
at WHITE SOX 6-13-1, INDIANS 5-14-0
With seemingly half their lineup disabled, the Tribe actually takes a 4-2 lead at Comiskey Park but Coveleski can't keep the ball in the yard. Bibb Falk puts the Sox ahead to stay with a 3-run homer and Harry Hooper adds two clouts of his own as McWeeny whiffs the final two Clevelanders in the 9th with a man aboard to win it for Blankenship.
at RED SOX 6-6-1, ATHLETICS 5-10-1
An exciting, crazy win for the Bostons. Up 2-0, the A's Dykes throws a grounder away with two outs in the 3rd, leading to four unearned Red Sox runs. It's 6-2 by the 9th when Galloway triples in two runs. Wingfield spells Fuhr and hits Miller to put the knotting run on base. Speedier Riconda runs for Miller and up steps Dykes, goat of the game. He creams a pitch into the gap, scoring Galloway and bring around Riconda, but Ira Flagstead smotes him in the nick of time with a cannon throw, ending the game.
|AMERICAN LEAGUE through Tuesday, June 24|
|Chicago White Sox||41||27||.603||4|
|New York Yankees||33||34||.493||11.5|
|St. Louis Browns||31||37||.456||14|
|Boston Red Sox||27||39||.409||17|