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George Moriarty from the Chronology
Oct 2, 1938 - Bob Feller breaks his own AL strikeout record and sets a ML strikeout mark by fanning 18 Tigers. At one point Feller has 6 straight strikeouts and yet loses 4-1 to Harry Eisenstat's 4-hitter. Harry strikes out three with his slow curves. Tiger outfielder Chet Laabs contributes 5 strike outs including the last to Feller's total. Hank Greenberg has two long drives one a double and a walk-but no homers-against Rapid Robert who allows seven hits and walks seven. Greenberg is 3-for-3-all singles. Detroit completes the sweep with a 10-8 win in game 2 finally called by ump George Moriarty after seven innings. Feller ends the season with 208 walks to set a ML record: the only other hurler to top 200 will be Nolan Ryan in 1974 (204) and 1977 (202).
Aug 6, 1937 - In a 10-inning oddity Cleveland outfielders have no chances against the Yankees. Feller takes a 5-2 lead into the 9th but the Yankees knot the score. In the 10th Hal Trosky hits his 2nd homer off reliever Johnny Murphy for a 6-5 Indian lead and Joe Heving replaces Feller. The Yanks put runners on 2nd and 3rd and Joe DiMaggio hits a drive which 3B Odell Hale deflects into foul territory for an apparent double. But the plate umpire calls it foul and with both runners scoring the Indians LF fails to chase after the ball. The Yanks argue vehemently and finally the plate ump Charlie Johnson consults with the umpire at 3b George Moriarty who overrules Johnson allowing the winning run to score because of the outfield's idleness. The Indians storm Moriarty (a former Yank) yelling that since the ball had not reached the base the call was the home plate ump's to make and should not be overruled. The protest will be upheld and the game will be replayed on September 15. In his 9 innings pitched Feller racks up an unusual double-double walking 10 and striking out 12.
Oct 4, 1935 - In game 3 of the World Series AL umpire George Moriarty chases Chicago manager Charlie Grimm and SS Billy Jurges in the 3rd inning. After Chicago ties the game in the bottom of the 9th Detroit scores an unearned run to win in 11. Grimm is the first manager tossed since Frank Chance in 1910.
May 30, 1932 - At Cleveland the Tribe takes a pair from the White Sox 12-6 and 12-11. Afterwards Chicago claims the umpire George Moriarty deliberately made wrong calls and the ump fights with four of the Sox players under the stands. Moriarty breaks his fist knocking down pitcher Milt Gaston but he is pummeled by manager Lew Fonseca and catchers Charlie Berry and Frank Grube. The ump ends up in the hospital while Fonseca and three players will receive fines for the fight. Will Harridge will suspend Gaston for 10 days fine him $500 and rebuke Moriarty.
Aug 8, 1931 - Washington's Bobby Burke a little-known lefthander throws a 5-0 no-hitter against Boston. Burke will finish the year 8 and 3 the best mark of his 10-year career. "Burke didn't throw more than a half dozen curves all afternoon" said plate umpire George Moriarty.
Dec 2, 1927 - Heinie Manush's disagreements with Detroit manager George Moriarty land him on the trading block. Manush‚ along with 1B Lu Blue‚ are traded to the St. Louis Browns for Chick Galloway‚ Elam Vangilder‚ and Harry Rice.
Nov 3, 1926 - Ty Cobb resigns as Tigers manager and announces his retirement from the game. AL umpire and former Tigers IF George Moriarty replaces him. Moriarty is the only man to hold baseball's 4 principal jobs: player umpire scout and manager.
Sep 17, 1919 - The Tigers split with the host Red Sox winning the opener 7-6 after Cobb and manager Hugh Jennings are tossed by umpire George Moriarty. Boston manages just 3 hits in the nitecap but beats former teammate Dutch Leonard 2-1.
Jul 15, 1918 - New York reaches Stanley Coveleskie for 3 runs in the 1st but that's all the scoring they manage against the Yankee nemesis. Cleveland ties the game in the 7th and Smoky Joe Wood's homer in the 8th is the clincher. Wood and Braggo Roth each have 4 hits for the Tribe. Umpire Brick Owens confiscates a ball from Yank pitcher Joe Finneran who had earlier been accused by George Moriarty of throwing a tallow ball and will send the exhibit A to Ban Johnson. Owens also throws out more than the ball when he tosses Bill Wambsganss in the first for protesting a strike call and Steve O'Neill in the 2nd for disagreeing on an out call. Cleveland now moves into 3rd place ahead of the Yankees.
Jul 22, 1912 - Walter Johnson beats Detroit 5-3 and strikes out the first 5 batters (Jones Bush Cobb Crawford Deal) in the game. He then gives up a double to George Moriarty before striking out Baldy Louden.
May 16, 1909 - With two outs in the 9th Detroit's George Moriarty tries to steal home but is tagged out by Boston catcher Bill Carrigan to end the game a 3-2 Boston win. Carrigan then spits tobacco on Moriarty saying "don't try that and pull that on a smart guy." Moriarty then flattens Carrigan and the two of them will be suspended by the AL for fighting.
Jan 14, 1909 - With the National Commission approving the reinstatement of Hal Chase who jumped from the Highlanders when he didn't get the manager's job New York feels free to sell 3B/1B George Moriarty to the Detroit Tigers (as noted by Lyle Spatz in Yankees Coming Yankees Going)
Apr 11, 1907 - At Washington a record crowd of 12902 watch the Highlanders' Al Orth beat his old team the Nationals 3-2. Long Tom Hughes one of the players New York traded for Orth is the losing pitcher. Hal Chase skips the opener because of a salary disagreement and George Moriarty plays 1B for New York.
Aug 31, 1906 - In the great tradition of his late brother Ed Frank Delahanty of New York hits two HRs a triple and single and knocks in 7 runs in a 20-5 rout of Washington. George Moriarty adds 2 triples as 8 players score 2 or more runs. The game is called after 6 innings because of darkness and the mercy rule. New York takes the opener as well 7-5 behind the pitching of Jack Chesbro.