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Moose Solters from the Chronology
Jun 20, 1940 - The Yankees lose to the White Sox 1-0 in 11 innings their 6th straight loss then protest a "catch" by Sox LF Moose Solters contending he dropped the ball in the 2nd inning when he was reaching for his cap. Umpire George Quinn apparently missed the error and the protest is upheld. The game will be replayed September 18 but for several years all of today's records count including Monte Pearson's loss and Johnny Rigney's win will count. It is the first time since 1919 that the Yankees have been shut out in extra innings by one pitcher: they lost on May 19 1935 in extra innings to 2 pitchers Stewart and Brown.
Dec 8, 1939 - The White Sox trade Gee Walker to the Senators for Pete Appleton and Taffy Wright. The Sox also pick up OF Moose Solters from the Browns for OF Ray Radcliffe‚ both sluggers coming of poor years.
Jun 6, 1939 - In Cleveland three Red Sox players throw a baseball 122 feet a second into a new photo-electric pitching meter (as noted by historian Dick Thompson). Three Cleveland Indians can only do 119 feet. Pitchers are not included in the test but 'unofficially' Bob Feller of Cleveland fires three balls into the meter from a distance of 20 feet. The best mark he recorded was 119 feet. His less-touted teammate pitcher Johnny Humphreys recorded 127 feet. There will be a contest for pitchers later. Jimmy Foxx Jim Tabor and Roger Cramer made it a clean sweep with a first-place tie in the contest. The Indians best is a tie at 119 feet by Ben Chapman Moose Solters and Jim Shilling. The Cleveland men who developed the speed meter said the only comparable scientific marks were made in 1917. Walter Johnson threw the ball 134 feet a second Christy Mathewson 127 and 'Smoky Joe' Wood 124. Their speeds were shown by a gravity drop interval recorder. In the contest that counts the Indians edge the Red Sox 8-7.
Sep 30, 1937 - The Indians sweep a pair from the White Sox behind the pitching of Johnny Allen and Bob Feller. Allen's 6-4 birthday win in the opener is his 15th straight of the year and 17th in a row going back to July 10 1936. Feller wins his 9th 4-1 and strikes out 11. Moose Solters has 3 RBIs in each game while Hal Trosky has 4 RBIs for the day to reach 100.
Jan 17, 1937 - Cleveland gets Moose Solters Ivy Andrews and Lyn Lary from the St. Louis Browns for Joe Vosmik Bill Knickerbocker and Oral Hildebrand. The 3 departing Brownies are termed "real playboys" by manager Rogers Hornsby. Solters and Andrews were also the RBI and ERA leaders for the Brownies.
Jul 7, 1935 - The Tigers crush the Browns 12-5 for their 10th straight win. St. Louis pitchers hand out 11 walks as Detroit scores 11 in the first three innings. Moose Solters accounts for all the Brownie runs with homers his first three times up. Hank Greenberg has a double and triple and three RBIs to give him an even 100 at the All-Star break.
May 27, 1935 - The Red Sox get Oscar Melillo star 2B from the Browns for Moose Solters and $35000. Solters will make the trade look good hitting .330 on the year with 104 RBI and become the first American Leaguer to collect 200 hits while playing for 2 teams. Only Irish Meusel in the NL has done it.
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.
May 6, 1934 - The Red Sox score 12 runs in the 4th inning helped along by a record-tying 4 consecutive triples hit by Carl Reynolds Moose Solters Rick Ferrell and Bucky Walters to beat Detroit 14-4. Firpo Marberry serves up all four triples. In their next at bats in the inning the foursome tack on two singles a walk and a double.