By Calvin J. Butterworth
July 1, 1924
Perhaps the tide has shifted. Perhaps we are on a course bound for second place in less than a week. For when we can take a hurler with as much merit as Urban "Red" Faber of Chicago and boot him around like a misbehaving mutt, sunnier times could indeed be in the offing.
After Heilman delighted the packed Navin Field gathering with a 2-run single in the 1st, Earl Whitehill gave the runs back instantly when Hooper began a Sox rally with a deafening double. But the dangerous white hosiery strangled itself in the 3rd. Blue led with a free pass, our Manager singled, and after a Heilman force-out Manush skied a ball out to Maurice Archdeacon, a seldom-playing speedster with a notoriously heavy glove. Said piece of handwear promptly failed him, the ball bounced away to the fence, and the two-base gaffe put Detroit back on top. Pratt was plunked soon after, and when O'Rourke bounced a ball in front of shortstop Barrett, his heave toward first found a mind and direction of its own and two more runners scored.
From there the Earl of Whitehill reclaimed his pitching throne, and the Tigers continued to scratch away. Heilman doubled in the Manager in the 4th, and four more singles gave us two more tallies in the 5th. Faber was finally sent a-packing for Mike Cvengros and Dixie Leverett, but the all-important damage was long done.
Two more likely heated affairs will close out this series before the Brownies arrive for double Fourth of July festivities, but our Manager—whose name I may even mutter again soon should his teams ribald play keep up—must be tickled over recent results. We can tie Chicago for second place by taking these last two games, and I implore all attending fans to arrive early at Navin to secure entry.
Other American League games today:
at ATHLETICS 15-16-2, YANKEES 2-6-1
Not content with the 14-0 shellacking they administered to New York yesterday, the Mackmen do it again, this time smashing Waite Hoyt for seven runs in the 2nd inning after Meusel gives the Yanks a very brief 1-0 lead with a 1st inning single. To add insult, A's cleanup man Hauser goes out with an injury after getting plunked during the 2nd, making that three great Philadelphia hitters on the ailment pine, yet they then score EIGHT more runs in the 7th inning off a host of Gotham circus clowns, while the weakest Philadelphia starter Dennis Burns is busy churning through the Yankee "batters" like an English man-o-war. With the score against them now 29-2 in two days, things have gotten so rancid in New York that there may be no fans left in Yankee Stadium when they finally arrive home. After their Shibe visit they get to play in Washington.
at SENATORS 5-11-1, RED SOX 3-11-1
And the Nats are in no mood to lose to anyone. Mogridge nails down the stunning team's 50th win today after nearly getting removed by Harris early on. George allows ten hits in his first three innings but talks the manager into keeping him in and 1-hits Boston from there. Harris thanks him by driving in his ninth game-winner, a key double in the 5th off Ferguson to snap the 3-3 tie.
at INDIANS 10-15-0, BROWNS 8-14-3
Just an insane battle all around, and typical of wild western play. Sherry Smith, who conquered Detroit easily in his last appearance, has nothing from the start here and gives the Brownies six runs in the 2nd inning on six hits and two walks. But Vangilder is betrayed by his awful fielders, as three errors and a Speaker homer put five on the board for the Tribe in the 3rd. It's 9-9 after a three-run 6th by Cleveland. Pruett relieves the bruised Vangilder yet supplies none, as Homer Summa breaks the tie with a 2-run single in the 8th. If nothing else, there are genuine thrills at the bottom of the league, with all four clubs within one game in the losing column!
|AMERICAN LEAGUE through Tuesday, July 1|
|Chicago White Sox||43||31||.581||6|
|New York Yankees||36||37||.493||12.5|
|St. Louis Browns||33||42||.440||16.5|
|Boston Red Sox||31||43||.419||18|