By C. Jedediah Butterworth
Base Ball Freescriber
September 16, 1924
My weeks of aero plane travel have finally caught up with me, for today I am laid up in our master bedroom with Bonnie's cold compress on my forehead. Smith has been kind enough to fetch me ball game dispatches all afternoon, so I am able to follow the American League action as it winds down to its inevitable climax.
And it is not an uninteresting afternoon.
Down at League Park in Cleveland, Mogridge has a rough time of it against the recently warming Indians, giving them fourteen base runners in seven and a third innings of toil, while Sherry Smith is the first southpaw in a while to do away with the rampaging Senators. Two of Yoter's three errors at third base prove responsible for both of Washington's runs, while every Tribe stick-swinger except Jamieson plays a part in their surprise win.
Across town here at Navin Field, the good score board news from down the highway does nothing to inspire the local nine. In fact, they play one of their worst games of the year at the worst possible time. Against the last-place Athletics, owners of the most hideous road record in the league, Syl Johnson is bashed about early and quite often, and Philadelphia baserunning mishaps are the only things that keep the game from spinning wildly off its rails.
Luckily, Dennis Burns fares no better, and the Tigers battle back without Blue and Heilman in the lineup to make the score 6-5 A's in the 7th on a 2-run Topper Rigney homer. In the last of the 9th, an Al Wingo double plates O'Rourke to tie the game, Cobb walks, and after Harriss relieves Burns, Manush beats out a slow roller to load the bases. But when Bassler grounds meekly to second, it is a horrible omen.
Sure enough, the usually reliable Hooks Dauss takes the hill and crumbles like a Spanish mission in an earthquake. A Bishop single, bunt, Miller double, and singles by Lamar, Hauser and Simmons send him back to the crypt he emerged from, and only one excruciating moment is left for the few Detroiters left in the stands. With one run across and the bases loaded for us, Cobb bounds out to Bishop to end the two hours of torture. The Senators' magical digit is down to two.
PHA 301 020 000 4 - 10 17 2
DET 110 100 201 1 - 7 15 2
WAS 010 010 000 - 2 6 0
CLE 202 100 02x - 6 11 3
Other American League games today:
at WHITE SOX 5-8-0, RED SOX 1-11-3
Terrible hit usage by Boston does them in here, and Sloppy Thurston notches his 20th victory as Chicago closes in on second place again.
YANKEES 8-17-0, at BROWNS 4-11-4
Joe Bush tries his best to throw away a 5-1 New York lead but the Browns beat him to it, four different fielders flubbing balls to keep the Yanks a lordly two games above .500. Wally Pipp continues his ribald swinging with three more hits and the game-decider.
|AMERICAN LEAGUE through Tuesday, September 16|
|Chicago White Sox||75||68||.524||12.5|
|New York Yankees||72||70||.507||15|
|Boston Red Sox||68||75||.476||19.5|
|St. Louis Browns||67||77||.465||21|