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Lefty Grove from the Chronology
Apr 3, 2000 - In their opener‚ the Texas Rangers defeat the Chicago White Sox‚ 10-4‚ as OF Gabe Kapler becomes the first player to homer in his first two at-bats as a Ranger. Catcher Ivan Rodriguez also hits two homers for Texas before the largest regular-season crowd in the team's history. Ranger starter Kenny Rogers ties Frank Viola for third place in consecutive home wins with the victory over Mike Sirotka. Rogers has won 19 consecutive home games and hasn't lost on his own turf since June 28‚ 1997‚ a span of 1‚012 days (through April 4). Ray Kremer of the Pittsburgh Pirates holds the record of 22 consecutive home wins set in 1926-27: Lefty Grove of Boston (1938-41) is 2nd with 20 straight home wins.
Jun 6, 1977 - Luis Tiant wins his 100th game as a Red Sox defeating Kansas City 1-0. Boston's other 100+ winners include Cy Young (193) Mel Parnell (123) Joe Wood (112) Joe Dobson (106) and Lefty Grove (105) (Roger Clemens will join the group with 192). Yaz walks in the game his 1452nd tying him for 10th on the all time list with Jimmie Foxx.
Jul 27, 1968 - In Baltimore Denny McLain (20-3) shuts out the Orioles 9-0 for his 20th win of the season for the first-place Tigers. McLain is only the 3rd pitcher in history to win his 20th this early: Rube Marquard on July 19 1912 and Lefty Grove on July 25 1931 were the others.
Apr 18, 1964 - Jim Maloney tosses 6 innings of no-hit ball against the Dodgers before leaving with a pulled muscle. John Tsitouris relieves and pitches hitless ball until two are out in the 9th inning when Frank Howard beats out an infield single. Sandy Koufax fans the side on 9 pitches in the 3rd inning becoming the first NL pitcher to do it twice (and matching Lefty Grove) but Cincinnati wins 3-0 on Deron Johnson's 3-run homer.
Aug 2, 1959 - Jim Bunning of the Tigers pitches the only "perfect" inning of the last 4 decades striking out 3 Red Sox on 9 pitches. Bunning wins 3-0. The last AL hurler to K the side on 9 pitches was Lefty Grove in 1928.
Oct 1, 1949 - Alex Kellner wins his 20th beating the Senators 7-4 to finish the season as the A's first 20-game winner since Lefty Grove in 1933. The A's 81-73 finish the year with the same record as the Phillies but the Phils are in 3rd place and the Mackmen in 5th. The Phils one of 6 teams to have an attendance increase draw 834348 while the A's draw 816514 a drop of 128562.
Jan 21, 1947 - A rule change that allows voting only for players after 1921 produces 4 new Hall of Famers: Carl Hubbell Frank Frisch Mickey Cochrane and Lefty Grove. Pie Traynor misses selection by 2 votes.
Aug 19, 1945 - The Yankees win the first of 2 with the White Sox 4-2 to break their 9-game losing streak the longest under McCarthy. Chicago takes the nitecap 20 as Lefty Grove gives up just 5 hits 3 by Metheny.
Aug 4, 1944 - In Philadelphia 29166 ignore a transit strike and jam Shibe Park to help Connie Mack celebrate his 50th anniversary as manager of the A's. Even the Yankees 1-0 win doesn't diminish the enthusiasm of the evening. Mack receives a check for $5000 as well as other gifts. On hand are members of Connie Mack's All Time All Star team each of whom he called to the center of the diamond. These include George Sisler Eddie Collins Frank Baker Honus Wagner Lt. Bill Dickey Lefty Grove (introduced by Mack as "Groves") Walter Johnson Tris Speaker Babe Ruth and Al Simmons. Ty Cobb and Lt. Commander Mickey Cochrane two members of Mack's club did not appear. In the pre-game Abbott and Costello dressed in uniforms of the A's and Yankees respectively take batting practice. The Yankees score on a fumble in the 9th to beat Bob Newsom. Hank Borowy wins his 14th.
Sep 28, 1941 - Ted Williams collects 4 hits in 5 at bats in the 12-11 first-game slugfest victory in Philadelphia to bring his average to .404. He goes 2-for-3 in game 2 against rookie Fred Caligiuri who beats Lefty Grove 7-1. Grove gives up 4 hits in the 1st inning and leaves the game his last ML appearance. Williams will finish the season with a .406 batting average the first .400 hitter in the AL since Harry Heilmann in 1923. Joe Cronin estimates that Williams hit 14 sacrifice flies in 1941 one of the years in which any fly advancing a runner is charged as a time at bat. Bobby Doerr drives in 3 runs in game 1 giving him 8 RBIs in his last 4 games and 93 RBIs for the year. The Red Sox finish with all 4 infielders over 90 RBIs (Foxx 105; Tabor 101 Cronin 95) 2nd to the 1934 Tigers and just the 2nd and last team this century to reach the mark. All four infieldershave hit 20 home runs the only time this century that this has been accomplished. The Texas infield of 2004 will be the second team to reach this.
Aug 27, 1941 - Pitching to Detroit leadoff hitter Tuck Stainback Boston's Lefty Grove pulls a muscle in his side and is out for a month. Wilson then relieves and allows just 5 hits but loses to Gorsica in relief of Newhouser 6-3.
Jul 25, 1941 - Forty-one-year-old Lefty Grove wins his 300th game as the Boston Red Sox defeat the Cleveland Indians 10-6 before a Fenway Ladies Day crowd of 16000. The score is tied 6-6 when Williams cracks a 2-run homer to put the Sox ahead. Jim Tabor contributes 2 homers and Foxx adds a 2-run triple. The loser is Al Milnar in relief of Mel Harder. Grove throws 120 pitches and loses 8 pounds in the effort. He will make 6 more starts but this will be his last career win.
Jul 2, 1941 - At Yankee Stadium Joe DiMaggio extends his consecutive-game hitting streak to 45 by hitting a HR his only hit of the game off Boston's Dick Newsome surpassing Willie Keeler's all-time record. Newsome started in place of Lefty Grove who asked for the day off because of the 95 degree heat. New York wins 8-4.
Jun 21, 1941 - At Boston Lefty Grove finally loses at Fenway after 20 consecutive wins at home as the Browns pound the Red Sox 13-9. Grove is knocked out in 2nd inning. Harland Clift leads the day's slugging with 2 doubles and a triple good for 4 RBIs. Grove's streak began on May 3 1938 and went through May 12th. He'll end this year with a record of 55-17 (1934-41) and his .764 winning percentage is the highest ever for a lefty at Fenway.
Jun 8, 1941 - At Chicago Red Sox veteran Lefty Grove (4-1) goes 10 innings topping the Pale Hose 4-1. It is Lefty's 297th win.
May 25, 1941 - Ted Williams raises his batting average over .400 for the first time during the season. His run to be the first since Bill Terry in 1930 to exceed the magic number will be marked in newspapers throughout the season although it will often give way to the batting streak by Joe DiMaggio. DiMag singles today off Boston's Lefty Grove. Grove thus joins two of baseball's most famous streaks-Joe's current hitting streak and Ruth's 60 homers in 1927. Lefty served up a gopher on September 27 1927.
Aug 4, 1940 - Jimmie Foxx who started as a catcher in 1925 is behind the plate for the Red Sox to catch a 7-3 win for long-time teammate Lefty Grove. Foxx cracks his 24th HR to start the Sox on an 8-game skein in which they will hit 20 homers.
May 20, 1940 - Pinky Higgins clouts three successive homers and drives in seven runs to lead Detroit to a 10-7 victory over the leading Red Sox. Pinky's first two clouts come off Lefty Grove and the last off Jack Wilson who is charged with the loss. Jimmy Foxx hits his 10th homer of the year a 5th inning grand slam and Lefty Grove homers in the 2nd.
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.
Jul 14, 1938 - Red Sox pitcher Lefty Grove seriously injures his arm fielding a bunt and throwing to 1B against the Tigers. He leaves after 4 innings and is given the win as the Sox roll 12-1. Grove has 14 victories but will not win again this year.
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.
Apr 28, 1938 - With 2 on and no out in the 9th New York's Joe Glenn lines into a 3-6-3 triple play to end the game. Red Sox pitcher Lefty Grove is the happy recipient winning 6-1 over Lefty Gomez.
Aug 24, 1937 - Johnny Allen and Lefty Grove duel for 13 innings before the Indians win 4-3 on Roy Hughes pinch single with the sacks full. Grove walks 9 but allows just one hit after the 4th inning until the 13th.
Jul 10, 1937 - The Red Sox sweep a pair from the A's winning 9-2 and 5-3. Cronin had a pair of homers in the opener to back starter Lefty Grove who exists after 5 innings because of the heat. Foxx and Mills also bust homers. In the 11-inning nitecap pitcher Lynn Nelson plays LF and belts a triple and homer.
Sep 6, 1936 - At Fenway, the Yankees drop a pair to the Red Sox, 14–5, and 4–2. In the opener, Wes Ferrell coasts to a win, allowing 14 hits and occasionally lobbing the ball to the plate. Jimmy Foxx’s 37th homer starts the scoring. Yankees second baseman Tony Lazzeri’s homer in game two deprives Lefty Grove of a shutout.
Jul 31, 1936 - Behind Lefty Grove and Jimmy Foxx the visiting Red Sox top the White Sox 7-3. Grove wins his 13th on 7 hits while Double X bangs his 30th homer a triple and double. Boston sub Moe Berg adds a triple double and single off Ted Lyons.
Jul 25, 1936 - The Red Sox tally 20 hits to crush the Tigers 18-3 scoring all their runs in two big innings. The Sox score 6 in the 2nd to drive Tommy Bridges from the mound then tally 12 more in the 5th: it is the 2nd time this month that the Red Sox have score more than 10 runs in an inning. Doc Cramer has 4 Boston hits while three others have three hits. Lefty Grove gives up 9 hits in the easy win.
Jun 16, 1936 - Jimmie Foxx hits a pair of homers including a towering shot off Sugar Cain that clears the left field roof of Comiskey Park and travels a block before dropping into 35th street. It's his second homer in the same area and his 4th on the roof this year. This one travels an estimated 600 feet and Foxx will later say this is the longest home run he ever hit. But Cain limits the Red Sox to 8 hits and beats Lefty Grove 4-2.
May 10, 1936 - In Washington the Senators top the A's and Lefty Grove 4-0. Grove had come into the game having allowed just one earned run in his previous 48 innings.
Sep 15, 1935 - Boston rolls over the Browns 9-5 as Lefty Grove posts his 14th straight win over St. Louis. His streak began in August 1932 when he was with the A's.
Sep 5, 1935 - Trailing the St. Louis Browns 5-1 Lefty Grove is lifted for pinch-hitter Wes Ferrell who hits an RBI single as Red Sox score six runs in the 6th inning enroute to 9-5 win. Grove is winning pitcher.
Sep 1, 1935 - In a rain-soaked game the Senators take 14 innings to beat Lefty Grove and the Red Sox 2-1. The Nats will win 4 of 5 decisions this year off Lefty. Grove will win his next 4 decisions to finish at 20-12 a big comeback from his 8-8 record in 1934.
Aug 3, 1935 - At Boston Lefty Grove trails the A's 3-1 going into the bottom of the 8th when Wes Ferrell again delivers hitting a clutch pinch-hit RBI single as Boston scores two to tie. Grove allows a run in the top of the 11th but Boston scored two in the bottom of the frame to give Grove the 5-4 win.
Jul 21, 1935 - The Tigers finally get to Lefty Grove scoring a run in the 8th and 3 more in the 9th to take a 4-2 lead. In the bottom of the 9th while Grove is tearing up the clubhouse pitcher Wes Ferrell pinch hits for Lefty and hits a home run with 2 outs and 2 men on to give Boston a 7-6 win. Grove has now won 6 straight.
Sep 1, 1934 - Jimmie Foxx cracks a two-run homer in the 9th his 39th off reliever Lefty Grove to give the A's an 8-7 win over the Red Sox. Foxx filling it at 3B for the injured Pinky Higgins has three hits and 4 RBIs.
Aug 25, 1934 - In Washington Schoolboy Rowe Detroit's sensational rookie pitcher defeats the Senators 4-2 for his 16th win in a row tying the AL record held by Walter Johnson Joe Wood and Lefty Grove. Rowe allows 9 hits in 9 innings and is behind 2-1 entering the 9th. He wins the game with a 9th inning single.
Aug 19, 1934 - The Red Sox draw a record 50000 (46995 paid) to Fenway but drop two games to the Tigers 8-6 and 4-3. Detroit batters three Red Sox pitchers-Lefty Grove Henry Johnson and Herb Pennock-to win the opener overcoming a cycle spree in 5 at bats by Moose Solters against Alvin "General" Crowder. Moose is collared in the nitecap loss going 0-for-4.
Jul 5, 1934 - In Philadelphia Lefty Grove has his infected tonsils removed. This is believed to be a possible cause of his sore arm.
Jun 6, 1934 - Myril Hoag subbing for Babe Ruth ties the AL record with 6 singles in 6 at bats in the first game of a doubleheader with the Red Sox. The Yanks rout Lefty Grove and roll to a 15-3 win. Boston wins the nitecap 7-3 to drop the Yanks to 2nd place.
May 23, 1934 - Boston's Lefty Grove allows 5 early runs then settles down to beat the Indians 7-5. Down 5-4 in the 9th Grove hits for himself and singles. Grove will lose his next 4.
May 5, 1934 - With the Red Sox leading 9-3 against the Browns Lefty Grove makes his first appearance in a Boston uniform and bombs. He gives up 3 hits and 2 walks 5 earned runs without retiring a batter.
Apr 4, 1934 - In Orlando the Red Sox discover that veteran Lefty Grove bought from the A's has a sore arm. He will win only 8 games in 1934 but will return to good form in 1935. Connie Mack says "I'm reluctant to believe that Grove's arm is as severely injured as some stories state. But the deal goes as it stands. Nothing can alter that sale as of this date."
Dec 12, 1933 - Connie Mack is still selling. First he sells Lefty Grove‚ the A's top winner in each of the past 5 seasons‚ along with Max Bishop‚ and Rube Walberg to the Boston Red Sox for $125‚000 and two players‚ pitcher Bob Kline and infielder Rabbit Warstler. Then George Earnshaw and recently acquired backstop Johnny Pasek go to the White Sox for $20‚000 and catcher Charlie Berry. Berry once led the NFL in scoring and will become a ML umpire in the 1940s.
Sep 24, 1933 - Lefty Grove wins his 24th game replacing starter Emmett McKeithan after 4 innings and the A's leading 8-3. The final score is 11-4 with General Crowder taking the loss. But Grove's win is tainted. The Athletics "contrived" to give Grove the sure win so that he could finish the season with more wins than NL star Carl Hubbell who will finish with 23. AL President Harridge will reverse the official scorer's decision next week and gives the win to McKeithan but the league eventually returns the win to Grove.
Aug 3, 1933 - The Yankees are shut out by the A's and Lefty Grove 7-0 for their first scoreless game since August 2 1931. In the 8th inning Grove loads the bases with one out then strikes out the Babe fore the 3rd time and gets Gehrig to fly out. The New Yorkers had tallied in 308 games in a row during which they scored 1986 runs (6.5 per game) to 1434 for the opposition which New York hurlers blanked 22 times.
Jun 10, 1933 - He's not there for his hitting. Lefty Grove strikes out 5 times a ML first in the 10th century but his Athletics beat the Yankees 9-5. Lefty will hit .086 this year.
May 30, 1933 - Boston's Dale Alexander suffers a career-ending injury when he twists his knee sliding into home in the 2nd game of a doubleheader loss to the A's. The first baseman will undergo a new therapy diathermy which will lead to 3rd degree burns gangrene and the near loss of his leg. Last year's batting champ will hit just .281 this year and retire with a career mark of .331. The A's win 7-3 behind the relief win of Lefty Grove then 11-8 in 12 innings with Grove throwing scoreless 10th and 11th innings. Brown goes all the way for the Sox before tiring and walking three and giving up a pair of singles in the 12th.
Sep 25, 1932 - Jimmie Foxx hits his 58th HR in the last game of the season to finish 2 short of Ruth's 1927 record of 60. Foxx adds two singles but the A's lose 2-1 to the Senators Alvin Crowder. Alvin Crowder wins his 26th and 15th straight game one short of the AL record held by Walter Johnson Smoky Joe Wood and Lefty Grove. Foxx finishes with 169 RBIs while teammate Al Simmons ties for 2nd with 151. The Athletics set a since-topped ML record of 172 home runs in a single season.
Aug 16, 1932 - After Lefty Grove is given his trophy for winning the 1931 MVP the Athletics hand a 3-2 decision to the Indians and drop to 3rd place. Myatt's two-run homer in the 5th inning off Earnshaw is the big blow and Mule Haas' two-run homer in the 8th is all the scoring of the A's. Earnshaw loses his 10th with Mel Harder the winner. Cleveland (68-46) is now in 2nd place to the Yankees (78-35).
Aug 13, 1932 - The A's sweep a pair from the Red Sox winning 13-2 and 8-2. Lefty Grove allows six hits and K's 11 in the opener. In the nitecap Tony Freitas the Portuguese portsider scatters nine hits in winning his 8th straight.
Jul 31, 1932 - Cleveland plays its first game in new Municipal Stadium before a crowd of 80184 (paid attendance of 76979) the largest crowd in baseball history. But Mel Harder loses to the A's Lefty Grove 1-0 on Cochrane's RBI single. Municipal Stadium will be the only new park built between the opening of Yankee Stadium in 1923 and Candlestick Park in 1960. From 1932 through 1946 the Tribe will play about 40% of their games at Municipal Stadium with the other 60% at League Park.
Jul 9, 1932 - After losing a pair yesterday the White Sox shut out the A's 7-0 behind Ted Lyons. The loss goes to Lefty Grove snapping his 11-game winning streak. The A's rebound in game 2 to win 11-2.
May 22, 1932 - At Yankee Stadium the A's top the Yankees 4-2 behind Lefty Grove. Foxx Simmons and Cochrane homer for the 3rd place A's now 4 1/2 games behind the first place New Yorkers. The Yanks will win the next 2 however.
May 10, 1932 - At Philadelphia Lefty Grove shuts out the White Sox 9-0. The A's will beat St. Louis on the 11th as Foxx goes 7-for-9 in the 2 games. The combined attendance for the 2 matches is 5000.
May 5, 1932 - Jimmie Foxx has a homer 2 singles and scores 5 times as the A's beat Cleveland and Wes Ferrell 15-3. Lefty Grove holds Cleveland scoreless till the 7th when Willie Kamm hits a 2-run HR. The Mackmen retaliate with 7 runs in the frame.
May 2, 1932 - At Fenway Jimmy Foxx clouts an 11th inning homer to give the A's a 3-2 win over the Red Sox. The victory snaps a 6-game losing streak. Lefty Grove is the winner with 2 innings of relief.
Apr 20, 1932 - The Yankees draw the largest paid attendance 55452 for any home opener. [Their "announced" attendance however when the stadium opened in 1923 was 74217]. Babe Ruth homers as Lefty Gomez beats Lefty Grove and the Yankees defeat the Athletics 8-3.
Oct 29, 1931 - Lefty Grove the A's P who won 31 games is named the AL's MVP. He led the league in strikeouts for the 7th straight season and topped all pitchers in winning percentage ERA and complete games.
Oct 15, 1931 - Sportswriter Fred Lieb leads an all-star squad on a barnstorming trip to Hawaii and Japan. Among those aboard ship are Lou Gehrig Frank Frisch Rabbit Maranville Willie Kamm Al Simmons Lefty O'Doul Mickey Cochrane and Lefty Grove.
Oct 5, 1931 - Because of a Pennsylvania law banning baseball on Sunday an extra day is added as the Series moves to Philadelphia. Lefty Grove pitches the 3rd game with 3 days rest. However Burleigh Grimes who had lost twice to Grove in 1930 has a no-hitter until the 8th inning winning 5-2. Pepper Martin continues to excite the crowds with 2 more hits scoring twice.
Sep 27, 1931 - Lou Gehrig hits a HR to tie Babe Ruth at 46 while the Yankees pound Lefty Grove 13-1 and deny him his 32nd victory. Grove throws just 3 innings in the warm-up for the Series. Gehrig drives in 2 runs as he (184) and Ruth (163) combine to drive in 347 runs for the year the most productive duo in history. Dickey has 4 hits and ends the year with no passed balls the only AL catcher-and the Yankees are the only AL team-to ever accomplish the feat. The Yankees score 1067 runs this season the highest number this century.
Sep 24, 1931 - Lefty Grove wins his 31st beating the Red Sox 9-4 his 11th straight win over the Red Sox stretching back to May 26 1930. Since July 25 1930 Grove's record is 46-4 the best 50 decision streak in the century as noted by Jim Kaplan.
Sep 18, 1931 - Lefty Grove wins his 30th game beating the White Sox 3-1 on 5 hits. He is the first to win 30 since Jim Bagby of Cleveland in 1920 and will be the last AL hurler to do so until Denny McLain in 1968.
Aug 29, 1931 - In his first start following his loss Lefty Grove fans the side (Byrd Sewell Ruth) in the 1st inning hands out a walk to Gehrig to start the 2nd and records 3 more K's (Chapman Lary Dickey). Lefty has 2 K's in the 3rd but develops a blister from gripping the ball. Gehrig knocks Grove out of the box with a 6th-inning grand slam but the A's lefty still wins 7-4. Lou now has 142 RBIs. Jimmie Foxx knocks in 5 runs for the A's.
Aug 23, 1931 - Lefty Grove is frustrated in his effort to win a record-breaking 17th game in a row as Jimmy Moore misjudges a routine ?y ball by Ski Melillo turning it into a 2-out double to allow the game's lone run. The volatile Grove is outraged and unforgiving not at Moore but that Al Simmons the regular OF missed the game. Dick Coffman of the Browns allows just 3 hits to win 1-0. The A's win the nightcap 10-0 behind Waite Hoyt's 6-hitter.
Aug 19, 1931 - At Chicago Lefty Grove (25-2)wins his 16th consecutive game 4-2 tying the AL record set by Walter Johnson and Joe Wood in 1912. Grove holds the Sox scoreless till the 9th while the A's score in the 2nd 3rd and 8th off Red Faber. Grove has completed all but one of the wins.
Aug 3, 1931 - The A's Lefty Grove beats the Senators 3-2 giving up 11 hits. Grove has now won 13 straight games.
Jul 13, 1931 - The Indians touch Lefty Grove for 13 hits and 7 runs and lead 7-5 after 8 innings. But the A's score 7 runs in the bottom of the 8th with the big blow a grand slam by Dib Williams. Pennock pitches the 9th and Lefty's win streak continues.
Jun 23, 1931 - The A's Lefty Grove allows just 2 hits in beating the Browns 3-0.
Jun 5, 1931 - Two days after beating the White Sox 2-1 Lefty Grove pitches 6 innings of relief against Chicago losing 7-5 in 12 innings. A homer by Lew Fonseca beats Grove ending an 8-game winning streak by the A's ace. He'll promptly start another streak on the 8th.
May 30, 1931 - At Boston the A's score 5 runs in the top of the 12th to break a scoreless tie. Lefty Grove goes the distance in beating the Red Sox 5-0.
Apr 14, 1931 - President Herbert Hoover throws out the first ball at Washington. Lefty Grove in relief gets the first win of what will be his greatest season. The A's win 5-3 in 11 innings. Lloyd Brown allows just 2 hits in the first 8 innings for the Senators.
Feb 5, 1931 - A court finds Lefty Grove not liable in a shooting accident that occurred in November 1928. Grove was hunting with a friend Roberdeau Annan in West Virginia and when Annan crested a hill‚ Grove shot him by mistake‚ blinding his left eye.
Oct 8, 1930 - George Earnshaw finishes off the Cardinals 7-1 pitching shutout ball until the 9th inning. He is clearly the pitching star of the WS with 2 wins and 7 shutout innings of a game in which reliever Lefty Grove got the decision. Despite the "lively" 1930 ball and the many outstanding hitters on both sides it is a pitching-dominated Series. The Cards bat only .200 as a team and the A's .197. The A's staff has a combined ERA of 1.73.
Oct 6, 1930 - The A's take the lead in the Series 3 games to 2 when George Earnshaw and Lefty Grove combine to shut out the Cardinals 2-0 on 3 hits. Philadelphia's runs come in the top of the 9th when Burleigh Grimes is tagged for a long 2-run HR by Jimmie Foxx.
Oct 1, 1930 - The World Series opens with a Wednesday game at Philadelphia's Shibe Park. The defending World Champion Athletics are held to 5 hits by Burleigh Grimes. Lefty Grove limits the Cards to a pair of runs as the A's capitalize on their power. Their 5 hits include HRs by Mickey Cochrane and Al Simmons' 2 triples and a double providing Philadelphia with single runs in 5 different innings and a 5-2 victory.
Sep 24, 1930 - Behind Lefty Grove's 31st win of the year the Athletics belt the Red Sox 9-4. For Grove it is his 11th straight win over Boston. Lefty will lead the league in wins and saves the last pitcher to do so.
Sep 6, 1930 - Pitching 4 innings of hitless relief Lefty Grove wins his 25th game beating the Red Sox 3-1 in 10 innings. Mickey Cochrane's 2-run homer with 2 outs in the bottom of the 10th is the winner.
Sep 1, 1930 - A Labor Day crowd of 72000 packs Yankee Stadium to see the World Champion A's split with the New Yorkers. The A's take the opener 3-2 with reliever Lefty Grove striking out Ruth with 2 on to end the game. Ruth drives in a run in the nitecap 2-0 Yankee win. Red Ruffing pitches his 2nd two hitter in 2 weeks to beat George Earnshaw.
Aug 16, 1930 - Lefty Grove (20-4) wins his 20th game of the season and 6th in a row beating the Browns in Philadelphia 4-2. Grove drives in the first two runs in the 2nd off Dick Coffman who gives up 9 hits in the loss. The Browns net 10 hits off Grove.
Jul 25, 1930 - Lefty Grove coasts to an easy win as the A's beat up the Indians 14-1. The first-place Mackmen use 10 walks three homers and a ML record pair of triple steals in handing the loss to Pete Jablonowski. Bishop Miller and Simmons hit the homers while the triple thefts come in the first inning (Simmons on the front end Miller and Williams) and the 4th (Cochrane scores with Simmons and Foxx on the back end). Miller had four hits to lead the A's.
Jul 22, 1930 - Good-hitting pitcher George Uhle bangs a 2-run pinch single in the 8th to give the Tigers a 6-5 win over the first place A's. Reliever Lefty Grove takes the loss his 4th of the year while Chief Hogsett is the Bengal victor. The two teams combine for 10 doubles with Hayworth and McManus collecting a pair.
Jun 27, 1930 - The A's get slugging from their pitchers but split a twinbill with the Browns. Lefty Grove hits a homer in the first game but five A's boots give the Browns an 8-2 win. Dick Coffman scatters 11 hits to win. In game 2 Jack Quinn A's pitcher who is 8 days shy of his 46th birthday becomes the oldest player to hit a HR when he connects against the Browns Chad Kimsey. Quinn also picks up the victory 8-3. Fellow sluggers Foxx and Simmons add homers.
Jun 21, 1930 - At Shibe Park Ruth clouts two homers in the first and third innings off George Earnshaw to lead New York to a 6-0. But Philadelphia scores 9 runs in the 7th inning and wins 15-7. The Yanks last run is a solo shot by Ruth off Lefty Grove in the 8th inning. Unconcerned the A's take the nitecap as well 4-1 with New York's only run coming on a tremendous homer by Ruth that ball lands in a back yard a block away from the park reputedly the longest ball ever hit at Shibe.
Jun 10, 1930 - The A's Lefty Grove loses his first game of the season 7-6 in 11 innings to the White Sox. His record is now 7-1.
Jun 7, 1930 - The White Sox light up Lefty Grove for 7 hits and knock the A's undefeated ace out of the box in the 2nd inning enroute to a 6-5 win. The loss goes to Rommel in relief.
May 5, 1930 - The Athletics say it with homers beating the Browns 4-3 in 12 innings and scoring all their runs on solo four baggers. Al Simmons' leadoff homer in the bottom of the 12th makes Lefty Grove a winner over General Crowder, as both starters go all the way. Boley with 2 and Haas with one provide the other A's scores, a record to date in the AL. The Giants will score 5 runs on solos 5 weeks from now.
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.
Oct 9, 1929 - In game 2 of the World Series a 3-run HR by Foxx and a 2-run blast by Al Simmons are enough for a 9-3 A's win over Pat Malone (22-10). George Earnshaw (24-8) is kayoed in a 3-run Cubs 3rd; Lefty Grove comes in and shuts down the Cubs.
Sep 29, 1929 - The Red Sox jump on A's ace Lefty Grove collecting 11 hits in 5 innings off him and rolling to a 10-0 win. The AL leaders collect a scratch single off Red Ruffing and just 3 infield singles off reliever Milt Gaston.
Jul 25, 1929 - The Athletics blast the Indians 21-3 lacing 25 hits against starter Johnny Miljus and Jimmie Zinn. Jimmy Foxx belts two homers giving him 4 in three games while Lefty Grove the winning pitcher also chips in with a round tripper. Miljus was picked up on waiver from Pittsburgh on July 10 but a week-long dispute which the Commissioner finally settled prevented the big Serb from pitching.
Jul 20, 1929 - The first-place A's hand the Tigers their 3rd loss in a row beating Detroit 6-2. Lefty Grove strikes out 8 to pick up the win.
Jun 3, 1929 - After 9 straight wins Detroit's George Uhle loses 3-2 to the A's in 13 innings. Foxx opens the 13th with a double 2 intentional walks follow and an unintentional walk to Max Bishop ends it. Lefty Grove goes all the way for the win.
Sep 27, 1928 - For a remarkable 2nd time in five weeks Lefty Grove strikes out three batters on 9 pitches this time victimizing the White Sox (Berg Thomas and Mostil) in the 7th inning. Grove also starts the A's scoring with a solo HR and wins 6-3 his 6th straight win over Chicago and his 24th of the year. Not until Jim Bunning in 1959 will another AL hurler K the side on 9 pitches.
Sep 11, 1928 - In the Yankees 5-3 win at the Stadium Ty Cobb makes his last appearance as a batter popping out against Yankee Hank Johnson to SS Mark Koenig as a pinch hitter in the 9th. Babe Ruth's two run clout off Lefty Grove in the 8th seals the win for New York. The Bronx Bombers seal the fate of the A's with their 4th straight win over the Quakers leaving the Mackmen in 2nd place 2 1/2 games back.
Sep 7, 1928 - The A's take 2 from Boston winning 1-0 and 7-3 and move into a first-place tie with the Yankees. Lefty Grove is magnificent in the opener allowing 4 hits and striking out 11 to win his 14th straight. Red Ruffing takes the tough loss allowing an unearned run. Ed Rommel outguns Danny MacFayden in the nitecap.
Aug 23, 1928 - Lefty Grove beats the Indians 3-1 for his 19th win. Grove is in the groove fanning 5 straight batters in the 2nd and 3rd innings. In the 2nd he strikes out Morgan Harval and Autry on 9 pitches then K's Miller and Langford to start the 3rd. All told Lefty throws 15 straight strikes (including a foul) then a ball and another strike to retire the 5 batters. He allows 8 hits and strikes out 8 for his 11th win in a row.
Aug 13, 1928 - Lefty Grove holds the Tigers to two 4th inning singles to give the host A's a 7-1 win. Grove wins his 9th straight and 17 of the year. The A's (72-39) still trail the Yankees (77-35) who are idle today.
Aug 5, 1928 - Lefty Grove throws a masterful 3-hitter against the Tigers to lead the A's to a win 5-1. Harry Heilmann's round tripper is the only score for Detroit. With Ed Walsh Jr. beating the Yankees in Chicago the A's are 3 1/2 games back.
Jul 21, 1928 - Jimmie Foxx hits the longest drive ever seen out of Shibe Park as the A's take two from St. Louis 8-2 and 7-3. The sweep increases their lead over the 3rd-place Browns to 10 games. Foxx's drive off Johnny Ogden clears the LF stands. Al Simmons adds a homer in the 9th to give Lefty Grove the win. In the nitecap 43-year-old Jack Quinn spits his way to his 13th win against just 4 losses. Joe Hauser and Jimmy Dykes hit roundtrippers off Lefty Stewart. In an unusual display of consistency every A's batter collects a hit in each game.
Jun 22, 1928 - Journeyman hurler Hank Johnson of the Yankees blanks the star-studded Athletics 4-0. In the game for Connie Mack's team are Ty Cobb Mickey Cochrane Al Simmons Jimmie Foxx Eddie Collins Tris Speaker and Lefty Grove.
Jun 15, 1928 - In Cleveland Ty Cobb of the A's doubles in Lefty Grove in the 8th inning and reaches 3B on a ground out. Then Cobb steals home just evading the tag of C Luke Sewell. It is Cobb's last steal of home as he leads the A's to a 12-5 win over the Indians. Grove is the winner.
May 24, 1928 - In the first game of a doubleheader in Philadelphia a ML record 13 future Hall of Famers take the field as the first-place Yankees take on the 2nd-place A's. This number does not include non-playing Hall of Famers Herb Pennock and Stan Coveleski managers Miller Huggins and Connie Mack nor umpires Tom Connally and Bill McGowan. [HOFs: Combs Durocher Ruth Gehrig Lazzeri and Hoyt for New York; Cobb Speaker Cochrane Simmons Collins Grove and Foxx for the A's] Led by Tony Lazzeri's three hits and six RBIs the Yanks edge the A's 9-7 handing the defeat to Lefty Grove. The A's win the nitecap 5-2 behind rookie Ossie Orwell.
Apr 11, 1928 - 25000 fans are on hand for the coldest Opener in Philadelphia as the A's drop an 8-3 decision to the Yankees. Starter Herb Pennock knocks in the first two New York runs against Lefty Grove in the 2nd and the Yanks score three more in the 3rd to knock Grove out of the game. Ruth has a triple and scores three runs while Bing Miller is 3-for-3 for the A's.
Sep 27, 1927 - Babe Ruth connects for a grand slam off Lefty Grove while Lou Gehrig hits No. 46 in a 7-4 win over the A's. For Ruth it is his 6th grand slam but just his 3rd as a Yankee. Ruth has 57 with 3 games to play.
Sep 8, 1927 - The A's Lefty Grove beats Detroit 9-1 and holds Harry Heilmann hitting .395 hitless. Grove shows the batting leader how it's done going 2-for-3 with a HR 3 RBIs and a stolen base. Heilmann will go 0-for-12 before his next hit and then finish 0-for-7 while Gehrig will manage one hit in 13 at bats. Al Simmons off the DL on September 6 will take over as the batting leader.
Sep 3, 1927 - A's ace Lefty Grove pitches his only shutout of the year beating the host Yankees 1-0 on three hits. Ruth has a pair of singles in the Yankees only shutout of the year. The Yanks still lead by 17 games.
Aug 10, 1927 - The Red Sox winners of 11 out of 14 drop a 12-2 laugher to the A's. Cobb has another 3-hit day as the A's collect 13 hits to make it easy for Lefty Grove. Sox pitcher Ted Wingfield gets no decision but is pounded for 7 runs in the 7th and 8th innings. He does have a measure of satisfaction striking out Chick Galloway with 2 out in the 6th inning. This is Wingfield's only strikeout in 74 2/3 innings a ML record for soft tossing.
Jul 18, 1927 - In Detroit the Philadelphia A's Ty Cobb makes his 4000th hit a double that glances off the glove of Harry Heilmann. The hit is off Sam Gibson of Detroit. Detroit wins 5-3 over Lefty Grove.
Jul 4, 1927 - The Red Sox finally manage a victory beating the A's 13-3 but not until they run their losing streak to 15 games with a 10-2 loss. Lefty Grove fans 10 Codsmen in the opener to end the A's loss streak at 7. Cobb adds 2 stolen bases for the Mackmen. Hooks Wiltse is near invincible for Boston in the afternoon as every Sox player collects a hit with Billy Rogell leading the way with 2 triples and a single.
Jun 11, 1927 - After 5 wins in a row the A's lose to the Tigers 5-4. Despite Lefty Grove being lifted for a pinch hitter in the 8th for the 9th inning the Philadelphia Athletics field a team of seven Hall of Famers. The outfield consists of Ty Cobb in right Al Simmons in center and Zack Wheat in left. At 1B is Jimmie Foxx while at 2B. Cy Perkins started as catcher batting seventh but when Mickey Cochrane pinch-hit for him in the last inning seven Cooperstown-bound players were in the lineup. On May 24th of next year the A's will again field 7 HOFers and combine with the Yanks to showcase 13 Hall of Famers.
May 11, 1927 - In Detroit it is Ty Cobb Day and more than 30000 pay to see the former Tiger manager in his first appearance at Navin Field in an A's uniform. With Collins on base in the first inning Cobb drives a double into the overflow crowd to start the A's to a 6-3 win. Lefty Grove is the victor.
Apr 12, 1927 - After Mayor Jimmy Walker tosses out the first ball in New York 65000 watch the Yankees batter Philadelphia's Lefty Grove 8-3 the biggest Opening Day crowd ever. After four runless innings the Yanks score four in the 5th and four more in the 6th. In the 6th inning Ben Paschal pinch hits for Babe Ruth and singles against Grove then goes out to RF. Paschal pinch hit for Gehrig on several occasions this year. Ruth with 2 strikeouts and a pop up in 3 at bats against Grove will later say he did not feel well. Waite Hoyt goes all the way for New York walking three and allowing eight hits including a 9th inning pinch single by Zack Wheat longtime Brooklyn favorite. The Yankees will share or hold first place from the first day of the race to the last; a feat unmatched in the AL until the 1984 Tigers.
Sep 22, 1926 - In Philadelphia the A's play their first Sunday game ever beating the White Sox 3-2 behind Lefty Grove. A state Supreme Court decision will delay the next Sunday game for 8 years.
Aug 22, 1926 - After three games with the Tigers are rained out at home Connie Mack and Tom Shibe decide that Sunday baseball is entitled to be played. Armed with a court injunction preventing police from interfering they play the first Sunday game ever seen in Philadelphia. A light rain holds the crowd to 10000 but Lefty Grove sets down the White Sox 3-2 without incident. A court later rules Sunday baseball still illegal; it will be 1934 before that law changes in Philadelphia.
Aug 10, 1926 - In relief of Lefty Grove Joe Pate picks up the win for the A's in a 4-3 decision over the White Sox. It is Pate's 9th straight win as he finished with a ML record 9-0 in 1926. Tom Zachary 12-0 in 1929 Howie Krist 10-0 in 1941 and Ken Holtzman 9-0 in 1968 will peer Pate's perfect percentage.
Jul 5, 1926 - Lefty Grove strikes out 12 Yankees as the A's win 2-1 scoring both runs on errors. Grove's 12 strikeouts will be a career high.
Sep 7, 1925 - In an A.M.-P.M. doubleheader the Senators win the morning contest with the A's as Johnson tops Lefty Grove 2-1 and goes 3-for-4 the 2nd consecutive game he's collected 3 hits. A record crowd of 36000 watch the A's drop the afternoon game 7-6 for their 12th straight defeat; they are now 9 games in back of Washington.
Jul 4, 1925 - The Athletics' Lefty Grove battles the Yankees' Herb Pennock 15 innings before taking a 1-0 loss. Pennock is a model of control issuing no walks and giving up 4 hits. He retires the first 18 batters as well as the last 21 batters in what he later calls the best game of his career. Grove allows 14 hits and walks 5.
Jun 26, 1925 - Before 30000 fans in Philadelphia Walter Johnson and rookie Lefty Grove square off in a battle of the AL leaders. Grove a winner of 108 games in 5 years at Baltimore was Mack's high-priced purchase last October. Al Simmons slams a 2-run HR in the 3rd for the A's but Goose Goslin rips a 3-run HR off Grove in the 7th to give Washington a 5-3 win.
May 20, 1925 - George Sisler's 34-game hitting streak stretching back to Opening Day is stopped by the A's Lefty Grove and Slim Harriss. Browns teammate Ken Williams bangs a grand slam but the A's win 8-6.
Apr 14, 1925 - Before 22000 in Philadelphia two future Hall of Famers make their ML debuts for the A's. Lefty Grove starts against Boston and leaves in the 4th after walking 4 and striking out nobody. He gives up 5 runs on 6 hits. In the 8th Mickey Cochrane pinch-hits for catcher Cy Perkins singles and stays in behind the plate while the A's go on to score 9 runs in the last 4 innings to win 9-8 in 10 innings. Grove known as Groves in Baltimore and to Connie Mack is also listed that way in the New York Times box score. Grove will become the first pitcher to lead the AL in strikeouts and walks in the same year.
Sep 27, 1923 - The International League fare well in exhibition games as Baltimore beats the New York Giants 4-3 behind Lefty Grove and Reading and the Philadelphia Athletics battle to a 12-inning 6-6 tie.
Sep 13, 1922 - The powerful Baltimore Orioles win their 4th straight International League pennant sweeping a doubleheader from Newark 6-3 and 15-10. Jack Bentley has 3 Hrs. The O's are paced by Lefty Grove (18-8) in his 3rd of 5 seasons (108-36) in Baltimore.