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George Pipgras from the Chronology
Apr 20, 1939 - The Red Sox show off their prize rookie Ted Williams before 30278 in the opener in New York delayed two days because of rain. After striking out twice Williams collects a double off Red Ruffing who wins 2-0. Gehrig makes an error goes hitless and lines into two double plays in the only game featuring the two great sluggers. Other notables in what will become a historic box score include Joe DiMaggio Bill Dickey Jimmie Foxx Joe Cronin Bobby Doerr Red Rolfe and losing pitcher Lefty Grove. The Yanks score their first run on a homer by Dickey and their 2nd tally on an error by Jimmy Foxx. Boston has baserunners in each inning but Ruffing tosses just the 2nd opening day shut out in Yankee history. Four umpires work the game including 3B ump George Pipgras the starting pitcher for the Yankees in the 1929 Opener; his opponent for the Red Sox that day was Red Ruffing.
Aug 6, 1938 - Former AL pitcher George Pipgras joins the league's umpiring staff.
Sep 12, 1932 - The New York Yankees clinch the AL pennant with their 100th victory as George Pipgras defeats the Indians 9-3 at Cleveland. It is the Yankees 200th straight game without being shut out.
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.
Jun 23, 1932 - In St. Louis Lou Gehrig plays his 1103rd successive game in a New York uniform equaling Joe Sewell's record with one team (Cleveland). The Yanks score two in the first when Bump Hadley walks Gehrig and Dickey with the bases loaded and he walks three more in the 2nd but escapes unharmed. The Browns score three runs in each of the first two innings and top the Yanks George Pipgras 11-10. Goose Goslin leads the way with three homers the third time in his career he's done it in a game while Gehrig (#18) and Ruth (#22) connect for New York.
May 16, 1932 - The Yankees record their 4th straight shutout to equal the record set by Cleveland and Boston in 1903 and 1906. Johnny Allen George Pipgras Red Ruffing and Lefty Gomez are the hurlers. Lefty stops Cleveland on 5 hits to win 8-0 New York's 5th shutout in 7 games.
Aug 2, 1931 - The Red Sox and the third-place Yankees split a Sunday doubleheader before a record 40000 played at Braves Field because of religious restrictions involving Fenway. Former Boston P Red Ruffing wins the first game 4-1 and ex-New Yorker Wilcy Moore blanks his former mates 1-0 in the nightcap. Moore allows just three singles in topping George Pipgras. The Yanks will go 308 games before being shut out again.
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.
May 18, 1930 - George Pipgras tosses his 3rd shutout of the season as the Yankees again support his pitching by bombing the Red Sox 11-0 in Boston. Babe Ruth clocks an Ed Morris pitch over the RF bleachers one of the longest homers ever at Fenway.
May 9, 1930 - The Yankees and the Tigers outfielders make only 2 putouts for an AL record that has never been equaled. The NL record for OF idleness is one chance (Pittsburgh versus Brooklyn August 26 1910). Detroit's George Uhle strikes out 8 in winning 5-4 and dropping the Yanks to 7th place. Henry Johnson (7 innings) and George Pipgras are the New York hurlers.
Apr 15, 1930 - Weather curtails the AL Opening Day schedule but at Shibe Park the matchup between the A's and the Yankees features nine future Hall of Famers in the lineups and three more Pennock Hoyt and Gomez on the New York bench. Minutes before the game Al Simmons ends his holdout signs a contract and homers in his first at bat as the A's and Lefty Grove defeat the Yankees' George Pipgras 6-2. Ruth's clout in the 3rd inning strikes a loudspeaker in deep right center and bounds back onto the field The tree of amplifiers juts about 5 feet over the playing field and the umps rule it a ground rule double. The Yankees argue that it should be a two-run homer but to no avail though both Koenig and Ruth score when Grove is slow covering 1B and Foxx's throw misses him.
Aug 7, 1929 - For the 2nd game in a row Babe Ruth hits a grand slam home run as the Yanks roll to a 13-1 win over the A's in the lidlifter. Cochrane homers in his one at bat for the A's only run as the Yankees score 10 runs in the first 2 innings. George Pipgras is the winner. The A's take the nitecap 4-2 as George Earnshaw goes 8 innings for the win.
Jul 22, 1929 - After losing 7-3 to Rube Walberg the Yankees capture a hair-raising 14-inning win 4-3. George Pipgras matches the vet Jack Quinn allowing just 4 hits the whole game. His wildness allows the Athletics to score 3 in the 1st when Al Simmons belts a homer. For the 14 innings the A's set a record by leaving no runners on base.
Apr 18, 1929 - After two cancellations of their season start-their first ever-the Yankees open against the Red Sox before 40000 at the Stadium winning 7-3. Judge Landis presents diamond-studded watches to the New York players in honor of their championship season in 1928. New York Starter George Pipgras allows just 3 hits in 5 1/3 innings but walks 9. Reliever Fred Heimach then pitches hitless ball to preserve the win. In his first at bat against Boston's Red Ruffing the newly wed Babe hits a HR and as he rounds 2nd base he doffs his cap to his bride Claire in the stands. Gehrig adds a HR in the 6th off Milt Gaston. For the first time the Yanks have numbers on their uniforms assigned according to the player's spot in the lineup: Combs 1 Koenig 2 Ruth 3 Gehrig 4 Meusel 5 Lazzeri 6 Durocher 7 Grabowski 8. The win goes to Pipgras # 14 with Heimach #17 picking up the save.
Oct 5, 1928 - Grover Alexander (16-9) faces George Pipgras (24-13) in game 2. Gehrig unloads a 3-run HR in the first. The Cards tie in the 2nd but Pipgras shuts them out on 2 hits the rest of the way. Alexander is nicked for one in the 2nd and is driven to cover by a 4-run outburst in the 3rd and it's 9-3 New York. Ruth is 2-for-3 and Gehrig has 3 more RBI.
Sep 28, 1928 - Ruth records his 53rd homer of the year and George Pipgras survives an 11-6 win over the Tigers to clinch the AL pennant for the Yankees. The A's will finish 2 1?2 games out.
Sep 9, 1928 - A total of 85265 jam Yankee Stadium to watch the Yankees sweep 2 from the A's 3-0 and 7-3 to move back into first place to stay. George Pipgras is the winner in the first game while the Yankee star of the nitecap is Bob Meusel who takes an Ed Rommel knuckler out of the park for a grand slam in the 8th. Waite Hoyt is the winner.
Jul 29, 1928 - The Indians score 8 in the first and 9 in the 2nd in a 24-6 romp over the Yankees at Cleveland. George Pipgras takes a quick loss allowing 5 hits and getting no outs in the first. Johnny Hodapp of the Indians becomes the first AL player to get 2 hits in an inning twice in a game when he strokes a pair of singles in both the 2nd and 6th innings. Hodapp and Joe Sewell each have 5 of the Tribes' 27 hits as Joe Shaute coasts home with the win. The 24 runs is the most ever scored against the Yankees. The Yankees' lead shrinks from 11 1?2 games to 6 in one week.
Jul 25, 1928 - Last-place Detroit sweeps a pair from the Yankees winning 3-2 and 10-7. George Pipgras blows the lead in the opener to lose to Elam Vangilder. The Tigers then run wild in the nitecap win by starter George Smith who picks up his only victory of the year. For the 2nd time in his career Detroit's Jackie Tavener steals 2B 3B and home in the same game swiping the 3 in the 4th inning. His steal of home is on the front end of a successful double steal with Larry Woodall taking 2B. Tavener and Cobb are the only AL players to accomplish this feat more than once. Hank Johnson takes the loss for New York.
Jun 12, 1928 - At Comiskey Park the Yanks follow two losses to the Sox with a 15-6 butchering of Grady Adkins. Gehrig leads the way with two homers and two triples and scores 5 runs while Ruth adds #23. Pat Collins and Earl Combs also homer for New York as George Pipgras runs his record to 11-1.
Jun 7, 1928 - At Cleveland Joe Shaute pitches credible ball allowing an early homer to Tony Lazzeri but in the 8th he gives up 4 unearned runs. Then in the 9th he serves up back-to-back homers to Ruth (#20) and Gehrig (#12). The Babe's is a 3-run shot. Cleveland loses 8-2 with George Pipgras winning his 10th.
May 29, 1928 - At Yankee Stadium the Yankees sweep a pair from Washington 3-2 and 12-3. Leo Durocher's bases-loaded triple in the opener gives George Pipgras (8-1) the win. Gehrig and Ruth both slug a pair of homers in the nitecap: Lou hits his 9th in the 3rd off Washington starter Milt Gaston then Ruth and Gehrig hit back-to-back dingers in the 4th off Lloyd Brown. Ruth adds his 18th off Brown in the 7th. Combs also homers.
Jul 8, 1927 - The Yanks split with the Tigers losing the opener 11-8 then outslugging the Tigers to win 10-8. Ruth clouts his 27th homer in the nitecap a 3-run inside-the-park drive to deep center to back George Pipgras' pitching. The hard drive off Don Hankins ricochets off the wall past CF Heinie Manush and the Babe scores standing up for his only inside-the-parker this season. Lil Stoner goes all the way for Detroit in the opener allowing 14 hits to win. Gehrig leading the AL with a .401 average has 4 hits for the afternoon but his longest is a triple.
Jul 4, 1927 - Before an estimated crowd of 75000 at Yankee Stadium the Senators are pounded in both games by the first-place Yankees. In the opener the Yanks quickly put to rest the Senators 10-game win streak by scoring 8 runs in 4 innings off Sloppy Thurston. New York is scoreless against reliever Walter Johnson until the 8th when they score 4 runs 2 on a HR by Gehrig to win 12-1. Gehrig adds another in the nitecap a 21-1 cakewalk for New York. Every starter collects a hit in both games except for the 2nd game winner Wilcey Moore. George Pipgras is the opening game winner. New York gets 5 safeties from Babe Ruth and Joe Dugan for the afternoon.
Jun 12, 1927 - Despite Ruth's 21st homer the Yankees are nosed out by the Indians 8-7. Cleveland scores 7 in the first 2 innings to rout Waite Hoyt. His replacement George Pipgras homers and pitches well. It is Joe Hornung Day at the Stadium as the veteran from the 1880s celebrates his 72nd birthday. He receives a testimonial and money from his friends.