By Calvin J. Butterworth
July 17, 1924
This reporter had an unsettling dream last night, that my Tigers were playing a critical game in a grotesque ball yard that was actually indoors, with fences and grass of a comical, artificial nature, and then they lost in heartbreaking fashion by one run to a team that strangely felt like the Washington club, yet wasn't. No matter...
BOSTON—Foul coal smoke and rancid fish have apparently spoiled the salt air and marine life stew that invigorated my Bengal boys yesterday, for today against Jack Quinn at Fenway Park, they turned in another in a recently disturbing spate of ill-played contests, and now sit twelve full games behind the unflappable Senators.
Quinn is the odd right-handed hurler who fares better against lefty swatters, so Cobb gave Lu Blue a rest, moved Heilman to first base and parked Fatty Fothergill at the top of the lineup in right field. Shockingly, it worked, for no balls challenged his elephantine movements out there, and he chipped in with singles his first two at bats, the second scoring Burke and tieing the game at 1-1 in the 3rd. Whitehill and Quinn were both sharp, but the Earl lost his mettle in a mad 5th inning rush. With Wambsganss on second with two outs, Chappie Geygan stroked a double to put Boston ahead. Harris, Flagstead and Boone all rifled singles, and three killing runs were across. Whitehill regained his senses at that point and wiped clean his final ten batters, but the cloudburst had long drenched the proceedings.
For Quinn was a master from there, allowing a Manush triple to start the Tiger 9th, where he scored on a Woodall grounder, and nothing else. After two more games here, we return to the massive ball facility in the Bronx for some scintillating second place action. It may be all we can look forward to, I fear.
DET 001 000 001 - 2 7 0
BOS 100 030 00x - 4 7 0
Other American League games today:
INDIANS 7-11-1, at YANKEES 6-14-0
Every shred of evidence proving New York's utter ineptness is on display here. With Pennock throwing well and pleading for offensive support, the Yanks manage but two runs in the first five innings off the atrocious George Uhle, Ruth whiffing twice and popping out with men aboard his first three times up. The frustrated Pennock then turns in one godawful 6th inning, giving the Tribe four doubles, two singles and a walk for five runs. New York makes it close with absolutely no help from the Babe (with no one on base his fourth time up he singles and doesn't score; with two aboard and two out his fifth time up he weakly rolls out), then get two runs in the 9th on four singles and a wild pitch before Combs grounds out with the winning runs stranded.
at ATHLETICS 10-15-0, WHITE SOX 4-11-1
Even Chicago reverts to their recent foulness. Ted Lyons has yet to turn in a good start since joining the rotation, and the Mackmen stomp him to death early. Bill Lamar poles two homers and knocks in six to help Rommel go the distance.
at SENATORS 3-10-0, BROWNS 1-10-1
Shocker guns for his sixth straight win, but he's in the wrong ball yard. Ogden gets the Nats out of many pinches before the one and only Goose Goslin singles home the tie-breaking winner in the 7th. For the Goose, it is his twentieth game-winning hit, exactly one-third of Washington's victories.
|AMERICAN LEAGUE through Thursday, July 17|
|Chicago White Sox||47||42||.528||12.5|
|New York Yankees||46||42||.523||13|
|St. Louis Browns||42||48||.467||18|
|Boston Red Sox||37||52||.416||22.5|