By C. Jedediah Butterworth
Base Ball Freescriber
August 30, 1924
NEW YORK—Betting men are joyful when dawn breaks on matchups like this. The great Walter Johnson and his twenty wins, on the same pitching bill as Waite Hoyt, saddled with 15 losses already and an earned run average well over five? Who can argue the odds of a Washington win?
The deities of base ball, that is who, the forces of pure wonderment that come to play nearly every day to shower us with the utterly unexpected. Here are the usual base runners handed out by Hoyt, six total through the first five innings, yet none of them score. Here come the first thirteen New York hitters to try their luck against Walter, and there they go back to their bench. But after Pipp doubles with one retired in the Yankee 5th, Jumpin' Joe Dugan chooses a tasty buggywhip curve and swats it into the seats down the left field line for a 2-0 lead!
The Nats tie it nearly immediately on singles by Goslin, Rice and Bluege and a Harris scoring fly, but Pipp's double has apparently knocked something loose in Johnson. He escapes a small jam after Combs leads the 6th with a double, but after Rice and Bluege make out to leave Senators around the bases in the 7th, Pipp poles a homer off the Train to begin the New York half. A second Combs double, Ernie Johnson single and gargantuan moon blast by Ruth start their 8th, and Harris slinks to the mound to remove his shell-shocked pitching legend.
The usually stoic Johnson is even more mute following this one. Of the nine New York hits, all but one were for extra bases, while his mates were busy abandoning 14 men on the base trails against the Yankees' four. For the Gothams, it is a critical victory, for a loss would have dropped them below their northeastern nemesis, the currently rampaging Red Sox, who will be here to play two on the Labor Day holiday.
WAS 000 002 001 - 3 13 1
NYY 000 020 13x - 6 9 1
Other American League games played today:
at RED SOX 8-10-1, ATHLETICS 4-10-3
Boston concludes their clean sweep of Philadelphia and have now won five in a row. Ross finishes up Ehmke's win, as perfectly dreadful A's fielding helps the Red Sox mount their late comeback.
WHITE SOX 9-16-1, at INDIANS 5-13-2
Another sweep climaxes, this one at League Park, as Speaker's glorious return to the home lineup (two walks, two singles and a double) do nothing to fend off the marching parade of hits on Chicago Avenue.
at BROWNS 9-12-1, TIGERS 4-8-1
With a chance to cut their deficit to eight and a half, the Detroiters fail miserably. If you remove the 1st inning when Earl Whitehill gives up three singles, four walks and a homer, or the 2nd, when he gives up five more singles and falls behind 8-0, he actually throws a nice little 3-hit game. If I had been present for this outrage I surely may have vanished into the Missouri wilds to befriend Injun Joe.
|AMERICAN LEAGUE through Saturday, August 30|
|Chicago White Sox||66||61||.520||12.5|
|New York Yankees||62||64||.492||16|
|Boston Red Sox||62||66||.484||17|
|St. Louis Browns||62||67||.481||17.5|