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    Oct 7, 1931 - Connie Mack‚ who surprised everyone in 1929 by starting veteran Howard Ehmke in the WS opener‚ tries the ploy with Waite Hoyt. Pitching in his 7th WS‚ Hoyt falls victim to Pepper Martin‚ who homers and drives in 4 runs with 3 hits. Hallahan wins for the Cards 5-1.

    Oct 14, 1929 - After a Sunday off‚ a special train from Washington brings President and Mrs. Hoover to Shibe Park to see if Howard Ehmke can wind up the Series against Pat Malone. They match zeroes for 3‚ but with 2 outs in the 4th‚ a walk and 3 hits give the Cubs a 2-0 lead. Malone stifles the A's with 2 hits and the 2-0 lead holds up into the 9th. The Athletics rally and come up with 3 runs‚ the winning run scoring on a Bing Miller double‚ and take the series four games to one. There won't be another winning rally by a team down 2 runs in the 9th of game 7 this century; the Diamondbacks‚ in 2001‚ will do it next. NL MVP Rogers Hornsby‚ hobbled with a heel spur‚ manages just five hits in the Series.

    Oct 8, 1929 - Howard Ehmke (7-2)‚ who has been scouting the Cubs for a week‚ is the Athletics' surprise starter in game 1 of the WS at Chicago. A crowd of 50‚740 Cubs fans watches Ehmke strike out a WS-record 13 that will stand until Brooklyn's Carl Erskine fans 14 Yankees in 1953. He holds the Cubs scoreless until the 9th for a 3-1 win. Charlie Root (19-6) yields just 3 hits‚ but one is a HR by Jimmie Foxx in the 7th.

    May 23, 1929 - In Philadelphia‚ the A's win a pair from the Senators by 9-8 scores. In game 1‚ they spot the Senators 8 runs in the 1st 2 innings and then come back to win. The win goes to Howard Ehmke‚ the A's 4th pitcher. Walberg goes all the way to win the nitecap. Bluege has a HR in each game for the Nationals. The first-place A's will sweep the series with the Nats

    Aug 14, 1928 - In Philadelphia‚ the Tigers trip the 2nd-place A's‚ 4-1 behind long-time A's pitching jinx Elam Van Gilder. The Bengals tally 3 runs off starter Howard Ehmke.

    Aug 9, 1928 - Before 15‚000 fans in Philley‚ the Athletics top Washington‚ 8-3‚ behind Howard Ehmke's 3-hitter. Al Simmons' 12th homer of the year‚ a grand slam in the 6th‚ is the big blow for the A's.

    Jul 25, 1928 - The A's sweep two from the White Sox‚ 16-0 and 8-7. Howard Ehmke wins the opener on 6 hits‚ adding two doubles to the offense‚ as the A's set a franchise record for runs in a whitewash. Ted Lyons takes the loss. The A's come from behind to take the 2nd game when Tris Speaker singles to tie the game‚ and Eddie Collins drives home the game-winner.

    May 13, 1927 - With a bunt in the 3rd inning‚ Ty Cobb stretches his hit streak to 14 games as the A's pound the Tigers‚ 10-3. Howard Ehmke holds Detroit to 6 hits. Eddie Collins is 1-for-2 with 4 walks‚ and Al Simmons has a homer‚ double and single for the A's.

    Apr 19, 1927 - On the front end of a triple steal‚ Ty Cobb swipes home for the first time in 3 years to help the A's top the Senators‚ 3-1. Howard Ehmke allows 8 hits in winning.

    Apr 15, 1927 - Babe Ruth hits his first homer of the year‚ off Howard Ehmke in the 1st‚ in New York's 6-3 victory over the visiting Athletics. Herb Pennock goes the distance for the win.

    Jun 15, 1926 - After sending OF Bing Miller to St. Louis for OF Baby Doll Jacobson‚ the A's trade P Slim Harriss‚ P Freddie Heimach‚ and Jacobson to the Red Sox for OF Tom Jenkins and P Howard Ehmke‚ 32. Ehmke‚ 3-10 at Boston‚ will be 12-4 for the rest of the year at Philadelphia.

    Apr 17, 1926 - Red Sox pitcher Howard Ehmke tosses a 2-hitter‚ beating the A's and Rube Walberg‚ 6-1. Phil Todt's triple with the bases loaded is the big blow for the Sox.

    Apr 13, 1926 - At frigid Fenway Park‚ the hitting is hot as the Yankees and Red Sox combine for 29 hits in the Opener. The Yankees score 4 runs in the 1st inning off Howard Ehmke‚ the first of six Boston hurlers. Rudy Sommers‚ making his first ML appearance in 12 years‚ takes over for Ehmke in the 5th. He gives up 3 runs on doubles by Gehrig and Ruth‚ and New York stretches its lead to 11-1. A 5-run Boston outburst in the 6th sends New York starter Bob Shawkey to the showers‚ but New York hangs on to beat the Red Sox‚ 12-11. Ruth and Joe Dugan have three hits apiece for New York‚ while Ira Flagstead has 4 hits for Boston. Ehmke is the loser for Boston.

    Apr 9, 1926 - Following yesterday's rainout at Fenway‚ the Red Sox and Braves take the field again‚ with the Sox winning‚ 6-1. Howard Ehmke is the winner over Rube Benton‚ and Phil Todt accounts for the only HR.

    Sep 30, 1924 - In the only game scheduled‚ the Series-bound Senators lose a laugher 13-1 to the Red Sox. Coach Nick Altrock‚ 48‚ pitches the last 2 innings for the Nats and gives up a run‚ while driving in the lone tally with a triple. With the Red Sox outfielders making little attempt to run the ball down‚ Altrock is the oldest player in ML history to hit a triple. Howard Ehmke is the winning pitcher but still leads the AL in losses with 17‚ the same number of losses he's had the previous 2 years.

    Aug 13, 1924 - Red Sox righthander Howard Ehmke has the White Sox popping up all day in his 6-0 win. Only one assist is made by Boston‚ none by the infield. Red Faber takes the loss. Boston comes back in game 2 to win‚ 4-1‚ as Curt Fullerton beats Sloppy Thurston for the sweep.

    Apr 15, 1924 - The opener at Fenway Park draws 25‚000 (23‚856 paid) but the Red Sox lose a heartbreaker to the Yankees‚ 2-1. The Sox lead‚ 1-0 after 8 innings‚ with Howard Ehmke driving in the lone run. But two 9th-inning errors by 2B Bill Wambsganss allow two unearned runs and pin the loss on Ehmke. Bob Shawkey pitches 8 innings and is replaced by Waite Hoyt‚ the winning pitcher.

    Sep 28, 1923 - Three weeks after both pitchers have thrown no-hitters versus the A's‚ Sam Jones of the Yankees and Howard Ehmke (20-17) of the Red Sox clash. It is not Ehmke's day; he is routed after facing a AL record 16 batters in an 11-run 6th inning‚ as manager Frank Chance declines to relieve his ace in mid-inning. The Yankees beat the Red Sox 24-4 with 30 hits in 55 at bats‚ both AL records. Ruth is 5-for-6 with two doubles and his 28th HR‚ Wally Schang adds 5 hits‚ and Gehrig 4 hits‚ including 3 doubles.

    Sep 11, 1923 - After Yankee leadoff hitter Whitey Witt reaches first base on a controversial infield hit that is ruled a single‚ Boston P Howard Ehmke retires the next 27 batters for a 3-0 win‚ his 20th of the year. The Yankee crowd exhorts the scorer Fred Lieb to reverse his call on the hard grounder that 3B Howard Shanks booted‚ but the one hit stood. Ehmke has now given up just one hit in his last 2 games.

    Sep 7, 1923 - The A's are hit with a no-hitter for the 2nd time in 4 days as Boston's Howard Ehmke strikes out one while pitching a 4-0 no-hitter against them. "Ehmke's zippy crossfire came out of the shortstop's chest like bad news from a gatling gun" (Philadelphia Public Ledger). Preserving the no-hitter is rival pitcher Slim Harriss‚ who hits the ball to the wall in the 7th and winds up on 2B‚ but he is called out for failing to touch 1B. An 8th inning liner by Frank Welch is fumbled in LF and he reaches 1B. The liner is initially ruled a single but changed before the inning is over. Ehmke has now won 6 straight over the A's this season. For Ehmke's batterymate‚ Val Picinich‚ it is his 3rd no-hitter‚ each with a different team.

    Aug 30, 1923 - At Boston‚ Red Sox ace Howard Ehmke beats the A's‚ 2-1‚ for the 5th times this year. Boston will finish in last place‚ but Ehmke will win 20 games.

    May 18, 1923 - At Detroit‚ former Tiger pitcher‚ Howard Ehmke pitches his Boston Red Sox team to a 6-2 victory in 10 innings. Cobb is 0-for-3 and caps the day with a heated argument (under the grandstand)‚ reportedly because Ehmke hit him with a pitch.

    Apr 18, 1923 - On a balmy spring day‚ the debut of Yankee Stadium is a huge success with an announced attendance of 74‚217. Another 25‚000 are turned away. Police arrest two for scalping: one man for trying to sell a $1.10 grandstand ticket for $1.25‚ while another tries to get $1.50. Governor Al Smith throws out the first ball. Bob Shawkey‚ aided by Babe Ruth's 3-run clout in the 3rd inning‚ beats Howard Ehmke and the Red Sox 4-1. Ruth hits the first home run in the Stadium and also makes the first error. Shawkey allows 3 hits‚ including a run-scoring triple in the 7th by former Yank Norm McMillan.

    Oct 18, 1922 - The Tigers trade pitchers Carl Holling and Howard Ehmke‚ along with infielder Danny Clark‚ outfielder Babe Herman‚ and $25‚000 to Boston for 2B Del Pratt and P Rip Collins. Pratt has 2 more .300 seasons left; Collins and Ehmke provide long-term benefits to their clubs. Herman‚ 19‚ won't make it to the big leagues until 1926‚ and then it will be with Brooklyn.

    Apr 25, 1922 - In a 5-3 win over Detroit‚ Ken Williams smashes his 6th HR in 4 days‚ off Howard Ehmke‚ tying Ruth's 1921 feat. On the 29th he'll pole 2 more.

    Aug 23, 1920 - In New York‚ Carl Mays waits to make his first appearance since the beaning of Chapman‚ when a clubhouse boy delivers a note from Ty Cobb. It reads: "If it was within my power‚ I would have inscribed on Ray Chapman's tombstone these words: 'Here lies a victim of arrogance‚ viciousness and greed.'" Though nervous in the early innings‚ Mays shuts out the Tigers to win 10-0. He then issues a statement against his critics on the Tigers and Red Sox: "Both those clubs have pitchers who have hit more men this year than I have." Mays has hit six‚ but Boston's Joe Bush (10) and Howard Ehmke (9) have more.

    Aug 8, 1920 - Detroit's Howard Ehmke whitewashes the Yankees 1-0 in just 1 hour‚ 13 minutes‚ one of the shortest games in AL history (shortest 1-0 game) With no outs and 2 on in the 5th inning‚ the Yanks fail to capitalize as Ping Bodie falls for the hidden ball trick applied by 2B Ralph Young.

    Aug 5, 1920 - After losing 3 out of 4 in Chicago‚ the Yanks drop their first game in Detroit‚ 7-1‚ to Howard Ehmke. Babe Ruth supplies the only NY score with a shot in the 7th that clears a wire fence in front of the RF wall and bounced back. The ground rule is it's a HR.

    Jun 22, 1920 - For the second time in 4 days‚ Detroit's Babe Pinelli successfully pulls a hidden ball trick on a star player‚ this time nabbing Washington's Sam Rice (as researched by Lyle Spatz) at 3B in the 1st inning. Rice reaches 3B after Braggo Roth's double. The Senators still win‚ 6-1. Pinelli pulled the hidden ball trick on the 19th‚ tagging out Stuffy McInnis at 3B following an Eddie Foster double. The play costs the Sox at least one run as Howard Ehmke followed with a balk.

    Jun 1, 1920 - Detroit outhits Cleveland 17 to 16 and outscores the Tribe‚ 11-10. Harry Heilmann is 5-for-5 while Cleveland's Joe Evans has three doubles in four at bats. Howard Ehmke toils nine innings to win‚ while the Indians use five pitchers and three catchers.

    May 18, 1920 - Last-place Detroit topples the A's‚ 8-2‚ behind Howard Ehmke. Harry Heilmann homers and Cobb triples‚ then swipes home in the 8th inning.

    Jun 29, 1919 - Detroit beats Cleveland‚ 4-0‚ behind Howard Ehmke's one-hitter.

    Jun 12, 1919 - The Yankees take over first place by beating the Tigers‚ 6-1‚ as Bob Shawkey tops Howard Ehmke.

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