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Ben Chapman from the Chronology
May 13, 1955 - It's Friday the 13th and bad luck for the Tigers as Mickey Mantle homers from both sides of the plate for the first time. In all Mantle has 3 HRs the first two lefty against starter Steve Gromek and the third off Bob Miller all to the deep reaches of the right centerfield bleachers. Mick adds a single good for 5 RBIs as New York beats Detroit 5-2. Whitey Ford goes seven innings for the win. Mantle joins Lazzeri (1927) Ben Chapman (1932) and Dickey (1939) as the only Yanks to hits three homers in a game at Yankee Stadium.
Sep 30, 1949 - Earle Mack A's assistant manager and son of Connie plans to start sore-armed Phil Marchildon against the Yankees but changes his mind when he receives a flood of critical telegrams. Mack goes with Dick Fowler who twirls a 4-hitter to beat the Yankees 4-1. Ferris Fain's 3rd inning 3-run homer off Eddie Lopat is the big blow while Ben Chapman adds a solo HR. Eddie Joost is 1-3 with a walk to end his season with more walks (149-not an AL high) than hits (138). In 1947 he had 114 walks 111 hits while hitting .206 average.
Sep 20, 1949 - Jackie Robinson steals home in a 5-0 Dodger win against the Cubs. It is his 5th steal of home this year-the 2nd against the Cubs-and the 13th in his 3 years in the NL. That is the most career home swipes in the ML since Ben Chapman stole his 15th and last in 1940 his 11th season.
Jul 16, 1948 - There are 3 managerial changes today. Ben Chapman is fired by the Phillies (though owner Carpenter insists he was "not fired" saying "I'd like to make it clear that there is a difference between not firing a man and concluding business with him.") and Dusty Cooke takes over on an interim basis. Eddie Sawyer with no ML experience as player or manager will get the job after Cooke goes 8-6. But the big news is from New York. The Giants remove Mel Ott and replace him with Leo Durocher who obtains his release from Brooklyn. The Dodgers bring back mild-mannered Burt Shotton who replaced Durocher once before. In a newspaper poll over the winter an overwhelming majority voted for the gentlemanly Shotton to replace The Lip. The changes today portend those at the end of the season: Bucky Harris of the Yankees Ted Lyons of the White Sox and Steve O'Neill of the Tigers will be released.
May 2, 1948 - The Phillies and Dodgers divide a doubleheader Brooklyn outslugging the Blue Jays 9-6 in the opener then losing 2-0 to Ken Heintzelman. Furillo has a HR triple and single in the opener while Duke Snider hits his first 2 ML homers-the first inside-the-park-a triple and a single good for 4 RBIs. Ben Chapman starts Dutch Leonard but after one out brings in Curt Simmons against the lefty Dodger lineup. In the nitecap Furillo's 2-out single in the 7th is the first hit off Heintzelman who pitches a 4-hitter.
Jun 28, 1947 - Walker Cooper of the Giants hits a HR in his 6th consecutive game to tie a record set by George Kelly in 1924. Cooper had 2 HRs in the first game of the streak‚ and his shot today helps his brother Mort win 14-6 over the Phils‚ his first win as a Giant. Al Jurisich goes all the way for the Phils‚ prompting a protest by Horace Stoneham. Phils manager Ben Chapman counters that he had no other pitchers available because of injuries and tomorrow's twinbill. It'll be Schoolboy Rowe's turn to take one for the team when the Phils vet gives up 14 hits in a 9-inning loss to Brooklyn on the 30th.
May 24, 1947 - At Brooklyn Carl Furillo pinch-hits for LF Gene Hermanski-in the 1st inning-and clouts a 3-run homer to give the Brooks the lead over the Phillies. Skeeter Newsome's 3rd career homer in 5 years ties the game in the 8th and the Phils win it in 10 innings 4-3. Freddy Schmidt wins over Hugh Casey. Furillo's pinch homer sets a ML record-it is the only pinch home run to come in the first inning. As noted by Lyle Spatz Phils manager Ben Chapman starts righty Al Jurisch just to pitch to Brooklyn's first two hitters: Reese and Robinson. Lefty Oscar Judd warming up from the start then comes in to pitch to the next three lefty hitters: Reiser Walker and Hermanski. Reiser and Walker bat and then Furillo hits for Hermanski though he is not listed in the box score as a PH.
Jul 13, 1945 - The Philadelphia Phillies are skippered by two managers as they beat the Pirates 11-9. With Fat Freddie Fitzsimmons managing the game was started on June 3 but suspended after 6 innings because of Pennsylvania's Blue Law. The Phils were in the lead 11-9. Under the leadership of Ben Chapman who took over for Fitzsimmons on June 29 Andy Karl shuts out the Pirates today for the last 3 innings and the Phils win 11-9. For Karl it is one of his 15 saves on the year high in the NL. In later years most record books will credit the win to manager Fitzsimmons though Neft & Cohen will give it Chapman.
Jun 29, 1945 - Ben Chapman replaces Fred Fitzsimmons who resigns as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. The club recently lost a team-record 16 straight. Chapman was acquired as a pitcher from the Dodgers on June 15th but is better known as the Yankee outfielder and base-stealing star. Chapman will be the NL's first player-manager since Jimmy Wilson (1934-39) when he appears in three games. Fitzsimmons final game is a 9-1 loss to the Cards at Shibe Park. Del Rice has three hits three runs and three RBIs to pace the Birds.
May 18, 1945 - In a 15-12 Dodgers' victory over the Cubs Brooklyn's Luis Olmo hits a triple and HR each with the bases loaded. No 20th century ML player will matc h this until Adam Kennedy doe sit in 2000. Olmo adds a double for good measure. Former OF Ben Chapman is the winning pitcher.
Aug 4, 1944 - At Brooklyn former AL outfielder Ben Chapman makes his comeback debut as pitcher a successful one beating the Braves 9-4. He yields 8 hits while walking 5 and striking out 5 in the complete game win. He adds 2 hits 3 RBIs and 3 runs scored.
Sep 16, 1942 - Ben Chapman pitcher/manager for Richmond (Piedmont League) punches out umpire I.H. Case and will be suspended from playing the entire 1943 season for the assault. He'll return to pitch for the Dodgers in 1944.
Sep 22, 1940 - Bob Feller comes through again for Cleveland whipping the Tigers 10-5 before 56771 fans in Detroit. Detroit gets a homer from Greenberg his 40th but Feller matches that with his 2nd of the year and Hal Trosky Roy Weatherly Ben Chapman and Ken Keltner also go deep for the Tribe. Detroit's lead is cut to a game.
Jul 3, 1939 - Cleveland's Ben Chapman tallies 3 triples tying the ML record as Bob Feller notches his 13th victory 4-2 over host Detroit. The next American Leaguer with 3 triples in a game will be Bert Campaneris in 1967.
Jun 6, 1939 - In Cleveland three Red Sox players throw a baseball 122 feet a second into a new photo-electric pitching meter (as noted by historian Dick Thompson). Three Cleveland Indians can only do 119 feet. Pitchers are not included in the test but 'unofficially' Bob Feller of Cleveland fires three balls into the meter from a distance of 20 feet. The best mark he recorded was 119 feet. His less-touted teammate pitcher Johnny Humphreys recorded 127 feet. There will be a contest for pitchers later. Jimmy Foxx Jim Tabor and Roger Cramer made it a clean sweep with a first-place tie in the contest. The Indians best is a tie at 119 feet by Ben Chapman Moose Solters and Jim Shilling. The Cleveland men who developed the speed meter said the only comparable scientific marks were made in 1917. Walter Johnson threw the ball 134 feet a second Christy Mathewson 127 and 'Smoky Joe' Wood 124. Their speeds were shown by a gravity drop interval recorder. In the contest that counts the Indians edge the Red Sox 8-7.
Dec 15, 1938 - The Red Sox send Pinky Higgins and P Archie McKain to the Tigers for pitchers Elden Auker and Jake Wade‚ and OF Ed Morgan. The Sox also ship OF Ben Chapman to the Indians in exchange for P Denny Galehouse and SS Tom Irwin.
Apr 18, 1938 - At Fenway Park Jim Bagby Jr. becomes the 7th pitcher this century to make his debut as an Opening Day pitcher. Bagby gives up 4 runs to the Yankees in 6 innings of work leaving with a 4-2 deficit. But in the bottom of the 6th the Sox pound Red Ruffing and reliever Joe Vance for six runs all charged to Red to win 8-4. Bagby is given the win with Ruffing the loser. Archie McKain pitches the last 3 innings allowing just one Yankee hit. Ben Chapman has the game's only homer in the 2nd inning.
May 4, 1937 - With the bases loaded in the 11th inning the Washington Senators pull of a triple steal with Ben Chapman on the front end to break a 5-5 tie. When the dust clears the Senators score 7 to beat the Indians 12-5.
Jun 14, 1936 - The Yankees trade All Star centerfielder Ben Chapman who briefly was a spring holdout to the Senators for OF Jake Powell. Powell hit .312 with 98 RBIs in 1935 and will take over in CF with DiMaggio moving from LF to RF.
May 24, 1936 - Yankees 2B Tony Lazzeri sets several slugging marks with two grand slams a 3rd HR and a triple for 15 total bases in a 25-2 slaughter of the Athletics at Shibe Park. Tony has now hit 7 HRs in 4 games and 6 in three games. He also sets a new AL mark of 11 RBIs in one game. DiMaggio has three hits including a homer and Frank Crosetti also goes deep as a league mark is tied when 9 Yanks score two or more runs. Another ML record is tied when Ben Chapman draws 5 walks as the Yanks are handed 16 bases on balls. Gehrig exits early and is replaced by his favorite sub Jack Saltzgaver. Monte Pearson is the winner over George Turbeville in the laugher.
May 3, 1936 - Playing LF Joe DiMaggio makes his regular-season debut with the Yankees and has 3 hits one a triple as New York routs St. Louis 14-5. Joe scores 3 runs and knocks in one. Gehrig and Ben Chapman each collect 4 hits and Gehrig scores 5 runs. New York will win 5 of their next 6 games with DiMag in the lineup. To make room the Yankees waive OF Dixie Walker hitting .350 to the White Sox.
Sep 22, 1935 - Competing for prizes donated by Tom Yawkey the Yanks also defeat the Sox in the pre-game Field Day winning 4 of 5 events. Ben Chapman wins the 75-yard dash nipping Jesse Hill by a yard. Recently acquired Sox Skinny Graham is 3rd. The lone Sox triumph comes when catcher Rick Ferrell throws into a barrel at 2B on the fly; Joe Glenn's is in the barrel but on the bounce Glenn is tops in fungo hitting with a 350-foot drive and the Yankees win the walking relay in well a walk. Chief interest is the final event the four-man relay around the bases with each runner completing a circuit. Clocked in 57.2 seconds the Yankee squad of Selkirk Hill Rolfe and Chapman pass the baton ahead of the quartet of Almada Graham Johnson and Cooke. The field day will be repeated next Sunday at the Stadium.
Jul 26, 1935 - Jesse Hill's line drive bounces off the head of P Ed Linke back to C Jack Redmond on the ?y who throws to 2B to double off Ben Chapman. Linke will be hospitalized for 2 days. But the Senators knock the Yankees out of first for the first time since May 30 9-3. Heinie Manush leads the Nats offense with 2 homers one a grand slam.
Jun 1, 1935 - At Yankee Stadium the Bombers hit a record 6 solo HRs in beating Boston 7-2. Bill Dickey 2 Frank Crosetti Ben Chapman George Selkirk and Red Rolfe are the sluggers. All the Sox scoring comes on a two-run homer by pitcher Mel Almedo.
May 30, 1934 - Washington's Earl Whitehill pitches a one-hitter allowing a 9th-inning single by Ben Chapman to defeat Lefty Gomez of the Yankees 1-0. In the nitecap Yankee reliever Burleigh Grimes pitches the last 4 innings to pick up his 269th win 5-4 in 11 innings. It is his first AL appearance and the last win for the Cooperstown-bound Grimes as well as the last legal win by a spitballer.
May 13, 1934 - For the second time in his career Cleveland's Lloyd Brown serves up a grand slam to Lou Gehrig as the Yanks roll 8-0 behind Lefty Gomez. Ben Chapman adds a homer and a pair of triples to lead New York. Babe Ruth leaves in the 4th inning when he is hit on the knee cap by a pitch from Thornton Lee.
May 10, 1934 - Lou Gehrig hits 2 HRs (one a grand slam) and a pair of doubles tying the record with four long hits and drives in 7 runs but leaves the game after 5 innings with a severe cold. The Yanks top the White Sox 13-3. During the game Ben Chapman shouts racial remarks at a Jewish fan. In 1947 he will lead the dugout bigots in protest of Jackie Robinson.
Jun 3, 1933 - Against the Yankees in New York the A's score 11 runs in the 3rd inning then watch New York score 10 in the 5th. Ben Chapman and Tony Lazzeri hit homers in the inning and Lazzeri Jorgenson and Crosetti all have 2 hits in the frame. Babe Ruth clouts his 10th of the year in the 8th. The A's fail to score after the 3rd as pitcher Jumbo Brown strikes out 12 A's in 6 1/3 innings of relief. The Yanks win 17-11. Not until the Red Sox in 1998 will another opponent tally eleven runs in an inning at Yankee Stadium.
Apr 25, 1933 - Russ Van Atta makes a spectacular debut in the Yankees 16-0 pasting of the eventual AL-winning Senators getting 4 hits and pitching a 5-hit shutout. Only Casey Stengel has debuted with 4 hits. Van Atta will post a 12-4 record for the season bat .283 but will injure his left index finger in December while rescuing a cocker spaniel from a house fire. His only career shutout is today. The game is marred by a wild 20-minute free-for-all in the 4th inning started when Ben Chapman slides into second and spikes 2B Buddy Myer. Myer initiated the spiking by stepping on Gehrig's foot at 1B a few days earlier. Chapman Myer and Earl Whitehill are suspended 5 days and fined $100 each.
Aug 12, 1932 - AL president Will Harridge upholds Detroit's protest of its August 1st game against NY and orders it replayed on September 8. Detroit had protested because Tony Lazzeri's and Ben Chapman's batting order was orally reversed after the lineup cards were handed in before the game.
Aug 1, 1932 - With Earl Whitehill on the mound for Detroit the Yank's normal 5th batter Tony Lazzeri goes to bat and sensing something amiss asks ump Dick Nallin who is supposed to be up. The lineup card shows Ben Chapman but when manager Joe McCarthy says its a mistake Nallin lets Lazzeri hit. When Lazzeri singles Detroit's Bucky Harris rushes out to protest but Nallin overrules him. New York wins 6-3 but the Detroit protest will be upheld by Will Harridge and replayed on September 8th. This game will result in some statistical confusion since the individual records will be included but the game will not be listed in the 'games played' column for a few years (Total Baseball V erroneously lists this game as being played on August 19).
Jul 28, 1932 - At Cleveland Babe Ruth has 3 hits including his 27th and 28th homers and drives in 7 tallies to personally account for the Yankees 10-4 win over the Tribe. Ruth is still suffering from an injured leg but is needed today because Ben Chapman is ill. Ruffing fans 10 in the victory.
Jul 9, 1932 - Yankees OF Ben Chapman has two HRs and collects 6 RBIs in the 2nd game of a doubleheader with Detroit at Yankee Stadium. Both homers are inside-the-park as the Yankees win 14-9. New York took the opener as well 7-6 with the home run heroics provided by Ruth Gehrig and Joe Sewell.
Jul 3, 1932 - The Red Sox host the Yankees in the first Sunday game ever played at Fenway and the Yankees turn a 4-2 game into a rout. They spray 10 hits and score 9 in the 6th inning to win 13-2. George Pipgras gets two singles in the 6th and allows five hits and 8 walks to win. Ben Chapman has a single and bases-loaded triple while Earl Combs and Lyn Lary each hit two doubles in the frame. Ivy Andrews is hung with the loss.
Apr 12, 1932 - At Shibe Park bitter cold and the Depression limit the crowd to 16000 for the Opener with the Yankees a 12-6 slugfest won by New York. New York racks up five home runs-two each by Babe Ruth and Sammy Byrd and another by Lou Gehrig. Gehrig adds a triple and single as the Yankees score ten runs and hit four homers off ace George Earnshaw. Ruth clouts a three-run homer in the first that lands on a roof across 20th street and a two-run homer in the 4th that travels even farther. The longest homer of the day however is Jimmie Foxx's shot to center in the 7th. Jack Saltzgraver and the A's Max Bishop each walk four times and Gehrig with an 11-4 lead in the 9th steals home with Ben Chapman swiping 2B. Al Simmons answers with a two-run homer the 7th of the game off Lefty Gomez. With the bases full of A's Red Ruffing gets the last out.
Aug 30, 1931 - At Boston Ben Chapman and Lou Gehrig each have 4 hits and together total 9 RBIs as the Yanks roll over the Red Sox 14-4. One of Gehrig's hits is a homer his 37th and 2 of Chapman's leave the park. Hal Rhyne has 4 hits for Boston.
Aug 25, 1931 - At Chicago the Yankees record their first shutout of the season when Herb Pennock blanks the White Sox 6-0. Ben Chapman has a good day with a triple single 2 runs scored and his 50th and 51st stolen bases of the year. In addition he beats the Sox Carl Reynolds in a pre-game 100-yard dash.
Jul 2, 1931 - Babe Ruth homers-his 19th-to drive in a run for the 11th consecutive game as the Yankees drub Detroit 13-1. Ben Chapman follows Ruth with another HR. Ruth has 18 RBIs in the string but will be collared in his next game.
Jul 22, 1930 - The Indians trip the Yankees twice winning 6-5 and 10-8. Cleveland wins the opener for Willis Hudlin by scoring a pair in the bottom of the 9th. The Yanks tie the nitecap at 8-8 when Ben Chapman scores on the front end of a double steal. Earl Averill breaks the tie with a two-run homer his 2nd of the game and his 2nd over the right field screen.
Jul 14, 1930 - At Comiskey Park the White Sox outslug the Yankees 10-9 in the opener before being handcuffed in the nitecap by Bob Shawkey 7-2. Lou Gehrig homers in each game while Babe Ruth nursing a sore hand contributes a two run single in the opener for his only safety. Ben Chapman adds a 4th-inning homer in the nitecap.
May 22, 1930 - In Philadelphia the Yankees and the Athletics continue the HR barrage as the Yankees take both games of a 2nd straight doubleheader 10-1 and 20-13. Babe Ruth hits a pair of HRs in the opener as does Ben Chapman and winning pitcher George Pipgras. The Yanks score 9 runs in the 1st two innings of the 2nd second game but the A's come back to tie it at 12 apiece. The Yanks win the assault 20-13 as Lazzeri is 4-for-4 scores 5 runs and knocks in 4. Ruth hits another in the 2nd game while Gehrig powers 3 round trippers to drive in 8 runs. On the A's side Foxx has 2 homers to drive in 6 runs. For the afternoon the teams combine to hit 14 round trippers a then-record 10 in game 2.
Jul 4, 1919 - in the morning game the Reds Edd Roush sets a ML record for outfielders (later topped in the AL by Ben Chapman) by making 6 straight putouts. Roush makes no more POs as the Reds win in 13 innings over the host Cardinals 4-3. Cincy also takes the p.m. game 4-2.