By Calvin J. Butterworth
July 3, 1924
It is hereby official: our valiant Detroiters are tied for second place. Washington is still a glimmer on the pennant horizon, but at least we can now share the hopeful view. And no one can be more responsible than Rip Collins, our erstwhile pitching master, who notched his twelfth win today against just two losses with a fearless 4-hit snuffing of the previously fearsome White Sox at Navin FIeld.
Charlie Robertson threw for the enemy, and despite a 3-6 mark he can be stingy at times. But Rigney drew a walk from him with one retired in the 2nd, Rigney singled, and after the Manager flied out, Heilman clubbed a fence-denting triple between Falk and Elsh for a 2-0 Tiger advantage.
After Robertson sacrifice-bunted Schalk to second in the 5th, Elsh then doubled in the first and only White Sox run of the day before the Ripper sharpened his favorite knife. He even had another method of homicide saved for the 6th. Bassler and Pratt reached with singles, and after O'Rourke walked, Collins cracked a line single into left, two more runs resulted, and the contest was basically finished.
A Harry Hooper double leading off the 8th was the surviving Chicago whimper, before the victim was spilled into the gutter and the second rung on the American League ladder was jointly claimed. St. Louis begins their visit tomorrow for the holiday doubleheader (beginning at noon) while the White Sox return to Comiskey Park for a double date with Cleveland. The Earl of Whitehill will take the hill to hopefully continue our ascent, and hope the fading but essentially dangerous Yankees can make some noise in Washington.
CHI 000 010 000 - 1 4 0
DET 002 002 00x - 4 7 1
Only other American League game today:
YANKEES 3-6-0, at ATHLETICS 0-3-1
It is true. New York has won a base ball game. Herb Pennock receives his typical feeble bat support, but is so good today it does not matter. Evenly spaced singles from Lamar and Miller and a late triple by Hale are the only nicks in his armor, as Schang's 2-run double in the 9th adds to the Yanks' slim 1-0 lead and sends them to the Nation's Capitol feeling much less suicidal.
BROWNS 8-14-3, at INDIANS 6-10-0
Another wild west affair pits Shocker against Coveleski, and neither hurler can be trusted. Myatt's 2-run clout in the 5th gives the Tribe a brief 3-2 lead, before Baby Doll Jacobson hits his own in the 6th and the Brownies score four more runs thereafter as they head up the lake to tackle us tomorrow.
|AMERICAN LEAGUE through Wednesday, July 3|
|Chicago White Sox||43||33||.566||7.5|
|New York Yankees||37||38||.493||13|
|St. Louis Browns||34||43||.442||17|
|Boston Red Sox||31||44||.413||19|