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Jake Powell from the Chronology
Nov 4, 1948 - Former OF Jake Powell 39 shoots and kills himself in a Washington D.C. police station. Powell was arrested for writing checks on a false account. Powell was the star of the 1936 WS going 4-for-4 in game one against Carl Hubbell and finishing the series with a .455 average and scoring 8 runs.
Apr 10, 1940 - In an exhibition game in Ashland‚ KY‚ the Yankees collect only 2 hits off Max Macon and Newt Kimball but beat the Dodgers‚ 7-6. The scoring comes in the 4th on Rolfe's single‚ 4 walks‚ and 2 errors‚ and in the 6th on Dahlgren's solo HR. The Yanks do lose Jake Powell‚ who suffers a brain concussion in a collision. Powell will play just 12 games this season.
Jul 31, 1938 - After New York wins the opener 5-1 behind Monte Pearson New York's Spud Chandler pitches all 15 innings as the visiting Yankees beat the White Sox 7-3. In a postgame radio interview with Bob Elson Jake Powell of the Yankees will make headlines with remarks about "beating up niggers and then throwing them in jail" as part of his off-season duties as a policeman. For the statements Judge Landis suspends Powell for 10 days. According to historians Dan Okrent and Steve Wulf after Powell's suspension the outfielder went to Harlem and worked his way south stopping in every bar to buy drinks and apologize for his remarks.
May 30, 1938 - The largest crowd in Yankee Stadium history 83533 sees Red Ruffing end Lefty Grove's 8-game winning streak in a 10-0 victory over the Red Sox. Six thousand fans are turned away and 511 are given refunds because there is no place to sit. The Yankees also took the 2nd game of the doubleheader 5-4 in a game made famous for a fight between Yankee OF Jake Powell and Boston player-manager Joe Cronin. The brawl starts when Boston P Archie McKain hits Powell with a pitch in the stomach. Powell's charge to the mound is intercepted by Cronin and the two pummel each other for 2-3 minutes. Cronin and Powell are ejected but continue the fight in the area beneath the stands until they are separated by Yankee players. Both players are fined and suspended for 10 days.
Aug 5, 1937 - Trailing 7-5 after seven innings the Yankees unload 8 runs in the 8th to whip the White Sox. Monty Stratton leaves in the 5th with a sore arm and handing a 3-run lead to Clint Brown. Jake Powell is carried off the field on a stretcher after being beaned in the 4th inning.
Jul 9, 1937 - Joe DiMaggio is 5-for-5 and hits for the cycle with 2 homers triple double and single to lead New York to a 16-2 win over the Senators. Gehrig also homers for New York. The game is marked by a free-for-all between the two squads and Joe Kuhel and Jake Powell are ejected for fighting. The trouble between the 2 goes back to last week when Powell knocked a throw out of Kuhel's glove. When Powell took his place in LF after that incident he was showered with pop bottles.
May 11, 1937 - White Sox P Monte Stratton allows 7 hits in subduing the Yankees 7-2. One of the hits is by Tommy Henrich who goes 1-for-4 in his ML debut. Henrich recently signed was called up to take the place of Jake Powell out with appendicitis.
Jul 30, 1936 - The Yankees with Jake Powell back in CF for the injured Hoag drop a 5-4 decision to Detroit. On August 1st Powell will go to LF with DiMaggio playing CF for the first time. Selkirk will return to RF. The Yanks loses today when Charlie Gehringer ties the match with a two-run homer in the 8th. Bill Dickey allows a ball to get by him in the 10th and Burns scores the winner. Schoolboy Rowe pitches 10 innings for the win over Johnny Broaca.
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.
Apr 30, 1936 - The hits keep coming for Detroit. Tigers player/manager Mickey Cochrane is hit on the right instep by a foul tip. Like yesterday it is Jake Powell doing the damage. Powell adds insult by driving in the winning run in the 9th of Washington's 8-7 victory over the Tigers. Irving Burns whome the Tigers acquired from the Browns to fill in at 1B has a hit and RBI.
Apr 29, 1936 - Tiger first sacker Hank Greenberg breaks his left wrist in a baseline collision with Washington's Jake Powell and is finished for the season. It will be suggested that Powell's anti-Semitism is behind the crash. This is the same wrist that Greenberg broke in the 2nd game of the 1935 WS. The Tigers lose 7-3 to Pete Appleton as they collect just 2 hits one a 9th inning HR by Al Simmons.