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Tony Lazzeri from the Chronology
Sep 29, 2001 - The A's defeat the Mariners 8-4 as SS Miguel Tejada hits for the cycle capping his night with a 7th-inning grand slam. As noted by Chris Strohmier he's the first player to do that since Tony Lazzeri in 1932. Seattle OF Ichiro Suzuki gets his 234th hit of the season to set a new ML rookie record. The previous mark had been set by Shoeless Joe Jackson in 1911. Suzuki also ties the AL record for singles in a season (187) with the hit. Wade Boggs performed the feat in 1985.
Jul 19, 2001 - The Rockies obtain IF Alex Ochoa from the Reds for 2B Todd Walker and minor league OF Robin Jennings. The Reds also call up top OF prospect Adam Dunn who hit 32 homers in the minors this year 12 in 39 games for Chattanooga and 20 in 55 games for Louisville Dunn will clout 19 homers for the Reds including 12 in August setting the NL rookie record for most HR in any month. The old mark of 11 was set by Frank Robinson in August 1956. The only other rookies to hit more HR in a month were Rudy York (18 August 1937) Mark McGwire (May 1987) and Jimmie Hall (13 August 1963). With 50 homers in OB in a season Dunn is the 3rd youngest to do it; Tony Lazzeri (1925) and Calvin Felix (4 days younger) in 1947 were younger. Erubial Durazo in 1999 was the first player to reach double figures in HRs with 2minor league teams and a ML team in one year.
Feb 26, 1991 - Former Yankee 2B Tony Lazzeri and former major league owner Bill Veeck are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veteran's Committee.
May 9, 1961 - Jim Gentile of Baltimore becomes the 3rd player to hit grand slams in consecutive innings (Tony Lazzeri in 1936 Jim Tabor in 1939: Rudy York in 1946 also hit 2 grand slams but not in consecutive innings) when he belts one off Pedro Ramos in the first and adds another off Paul Giel in the 2nd. His 8 RBI in consecutive innings set a ML record. Gentile also tacks on a sacrifice ?y to give him a club record 9 RBI in the 13-5 drubbing of the Twins.
Oct 5, 1951 - S. Iijima of the Daiei Stars (later the Lotte Orions) gets 11 RBI in a single game for a Japanese record. The U.S. ML record is 12 set by Jim Bottomley of St. Louis in 1924; Iijima ties Tony Lazzeri of the NY Yankees who knocked in 11 in 1936.
May 17, 1951 - Gus Zernial hits his 7th HR in 4 successive games to tie the ML record set by Tony Lazzeri in 1936 as his A's beat the Browns 7-6. Yesterday in a 10-9 loss to the Browns Big Gus hit 2 homers to equal Lazzeri's mark of 6 home runs in 3 games (and tied by Kiner in 1947).
Sep 12, 1947 - Ralph Kiner hits his record 8th HR in 4 games to pass Johnny Mize in the HR race as Pittsburgh tops the Boston Braves 4-3. The rain of HRs exceeds the 7 in 4 games hit by Tony Lazzeri in 1936. Kiner has now hit 20 home runs in the past 30 days-from August 14 through today-to set a record: Maris will tie the mark in 1961 and Sosa will top it in 1998. On the 18th Kiner will again pass Mize in the homer derby by belting his 50th of the season. Mize will get his 50th two days later. Kiner will get number 51 on September 23 against Jim Hearn of the Cards and Mize will tie it up 2 days later off Johnny Sain of Boston. Both players have until the season finales on September 28 to break the tie but neither will succeed.
Jul 27, 1946 - Rudy York of Boston hits grand-slam HRs in the 2nd and 5th innings off Tex Shirley of the St. Louis Browns as the Red Sox win 13-6. Only Tony Lazzeri and Jim Tabor have accomplished this feat before York. York also adds a 2-run double to knock in 10 runs. York leaves a runner in the 7th when he strikes out and two more in the 9th when he hits in a double play. He had 5 RBI against the Browns yesterday.
May 5, 1943 - In the nitecap 5-2 win against the Indians Chicago's Wally Moses steals home. It is Wally's second steal of home in extra innings tying Tony Lazzeri's mark. Cleveland wins the opener 2-1.
Jun 6, 1939 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants unload on the first-place Reds with five HRs after two are out in the 4th inning a ML record. Entering the inning the Giants sport a 6-0 lead thanks in part to homers by Jo Jo Moore and Met Ott. After two are out Harry Danning homers off Peaches Davis. Then Ott singles Zeke Bonura walks and Frank Demaree lifts a 3-run homer. Former batting practice hurler Wesley Livingood relieves and walks Tony Lazzeri. Burgess Meredith acts like a slugger belting one of his two homers of the year and pitcher Frank Salvo follows with his only career homer an inside-the-park hit. Up for a 2nd time in the inning Jo Jo Moore hits an upper deck blast for the 5th homer after 2 outs an unsurpassed mark. The Giants coast to a 17-3 win.
Oct 6, 1937 - Carl Hubbell and Lefty Gomez duel in the opening game of the WS a rematch of last year's teams. The Yankees score 7 runs in the 6th inning on 5 singles 3 walks and 2 errors. Tony Lazzeri homers in the bottom of the 8th to make the final score 8-1.
Aug 3, 1937 - A Tuesday crowd of 66767 watches at Yankee Stadium as Lou Gehrig plays his 1900th consecutive game. In the first of two against the White Sox Gehrig responds with a three-run homer Joe D matches him and Tony Lazzeri completes the scoring with a solo homer for a 7-2 Yankee win. The Yanks score the same way in the nitecap a 5-3 win; Lazzeri hits a solo homer and Dickey adds a grand slam.
Jun 13, 1937 - In an afternoon doubleheader at St. Louis the Yanks and Browns slug it out with New York winning the opener 16-9 by scoring 14 runs in the last 4 innings. The Yanks score 7 runs in the 9th inning off Jim Walkup and Lou Koupal to put it away. The hitting continues in the nitecap with DiMaggio connecting for 3 straight homers the 3rd off starter Julio Bonetti tying the score with two out in the 9th. The game is called after 11 innings with the score at 8-8. On the afternoon there are 9 home runs: three each by DiMag and Harlond Clift and Tony Lazzeri Bill Dickey and Joe Vosmik each clouting one.
Apr 24, 1937 - In Boston's home opener the Yankees tie the Sox on Tony Lazzeri's 8th inning homer then score a pair in the 10th on George Selkirk's triple. Twinkletoes is out trying to swipe home. The Sox come back for a run in the 10th but the Yankees win 6-5.
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.
Aug 28, 1936 - In the 2nd game at the Stadium New York pitcher Johnny Murphy leads the offense by stroking five singles in five at bats collects 5 RBIs and scores three times. Two of his hits come in the 11-run second inning as DiMaggio adds a homer and Red Rolfe and Tony Lazzeri each triple. Selkirk walks twice in the inning. Detroit scores 3 in the frame to tie the AL mark of 14 for the 2nd inning. New York wins 19-4 in a game mercifully called in the latter half of the 7th. They also win the opener 14-5 behind Red Ruffing as Lou Gehrig hits his 41st and 42nd of the year. Rolfe adds 4 RBIs on three hits and the Yankees score 35 runs in 14 innings for the afternoon. No pitcher will match Murph's 5 hits until 1964 when Mel Stottlemyre cards five.
May 24, 1936 - Yankees 2B Tony Lazzeri sets several slugging marks with two grand slams a 3rd HR and a triple for 15 total bases in a 25-2 slaughter of the Athletics at Shibe Park. Tony has now hit 7 HRs in 4 games and 6 in three games. He also sets a new AL mark of 11 RBIs in one game. DiMaggio has three hits including a homer and Frank Crosetti also goes deep as a league mark is tied when 9 Yanks score two or more runs. Another ML record is tied when Ben Chapman draws 5 walks as the Yanks are handed 16 bases on balls. Gehrig exits early and is replaced by his favorite sub Jack Saltzgaver. Monte Pearson is the winner over George Turbeville in the laugher.
May 23, 1936 - Tony Lazzeri hits 3 HRs 2 in the nitecap good for 4 RBI as the visiting Yankees pound the Athletics 12-6 and 15-1. The crowd of 24240 one of the largest in several seasons pelts the field with cushions bottles and other articles making play difficult. Dickey Chapman Rolfe and Crosetti also homer for NY.
Jul 6, 1935 - The Senators win game 1 8-3 then drop the nitecap in 11 innings 10-7. In the 11th inning the Yankees Tony Lazzeri swipes home. It is Tony's second steal of home in extra frames tying Hornsby and setting the AL record. In the 1940s Wally Moses will swipe home three times to set the ML record.
Aug 11, 1934 - At Boston Babe Ruth hits a homer and then departs in the 9th with the Yankees winning 2-1. The Sox tie it up and in the 13th Tony Lazzeri lands a homer to put New York ahead again. Wes Ferrell batting for Fritz Ostermueller wins the game for Boston 3-2. With Detroit shutting out Cleveland New York falls 4 games behind.
Jun 9, 1933 - In Philadelphia Foxx ties a ML record with another HR his 5th in 3 games and his 12th of the year but the A's bow to the Yankees 7-6. Lou Gehrig hits his 12th of the year and Tony Lazzeri hits a 3-run homer in the 8th to ice it. The sweltering heat in the east (NYC sets a heat record for the date with 97 degrees) causes both starters to end early; Jim Peterson leaves after walking the leadoff batter and after 5 innings Jumbo Brown collapses in the Yankees dugout and has to be carried away.
Jun 3, 1933 - Against the Yankees in New York the A's score 11 runs in the 3rd inning then watch New York score 10 in the 5th. Ben Chapman and Tony Lazzeri hit homers in the inning and Lazzeri Jorgenson and Crosetti all have 2 hits in the frame. Babe Ruth clouts his 10th of the year in the 8th. The A's fail to score after the 3rd as pitcher Jumbo Brown strikes out 12 A's in 6 1/3 innings of relief. The Yanks win 17-11. Not until the Red Sox in 1998 will another opponent tally eleven runs in an inning at Yankee Stadium.
Apr 29, 1933 - Washington C Luke Sewell makes a rare double play with no outs in the 9th tagging out first Lou Gehrig who held up at 2B to see if a Tony Lazzeri's fly ball would be caught and then Dixie Walker attempting to score from 1B. Lazzeri's hit is a double but Cronin's relay from Goose Goslin allows Sewell to tag the two in succession. The Senators beat the Yankees 6-3.
Oct 2, 1932 - The demoralized Cubs lose 13-6 as the Yankees sweep the Series winning their ML-record 12th straight WS game. Tony Lazzeri hits 2 HRs and Earle Combs one. Wilcy Moore gets the win in relief. Combs ties a WS record with 4 runs scored and Bill Dickey ties another with 6 at bats.
Aug 12, 1932 - AL president Will Harridge upholds Detroit's protest of its August 1st game against NY and orders it replayed on September 8. Detroit had protested because Tony Lazzeri's and Ben Chapman's batting order was orally reversed after the lineup cards were handed in before the game.
Aug 1, 1932 - With Earl Whitehill on the mound for Detroit the Yank's normal 5th batter Tony Lazzeri goes to bat and sensing something amiss asks ump Dick Nallin who is supposed to be up. The lineup card shows Ben Chapman but when manager Joe McCarthy says its a mistake Nallin lets Lazzeri hit. When Lazzeri singles Detroit's Bucky Harris rushes out to protest but Nallin overrules him. New York wins 6-3 but the Detroit protest will be upheld by Will Harridge and replayed on September 8th. This game will result in some statistical confusion since the individual records will be included but the game will not be listed in the 'games played' column for a few years (Total Baseball V erroneously lists this game as being played on August 19).
Jun 3, 1932 - In Philadelphia Lou Gehrig hits 4 consecutive HRs and narrowly misses a 5th in the Yankees-Athletics slugfest won by New York 20-13. Tony Lazzeri hits for the cycle including a grand slam and the teams set a still-standing record for extra bases on long hits in a single game (41). Gehrig's 5th inning homer-his 3rd of the game-comes off A's starter George Earnshaw and follows a blast by Babe Ruth his 15th. Lou's last homer in the 7th is served up by Roy Mahaffey. Earl Combs adds another for New York to help the Yanks set a total base record of 50. Jimmie Foxx has a triple as he and Mickey Cochrane connect for the A's
May 21, 1932 - Before 60000 at Yankee Stadium the Bronx Bombers roll over Washington 14-2 and 8-0. Washington collects just 11 hits off Herb Pennock and Johnny Allen. In the opener Ruth hits a grand slam in the 5th off Lloyd Brown and he and Gehrig connect in the 6th off Frank Ragland. Tony Lazzeri is 6-for-7 on the afternoon including a homer 2 doubles and a triple.
Sep 13, 1931 - Yankee Tony Lazzeri steals 2B reaches 3B then steal home in the 12th to give Lefty Gomez a 2-1 win over Detroit in the lidlifter. New York edges the Tigers 4-3 in nitecap although Earl Whitehill holds them to 6 hits. One of the hits is a 2-run HR by Gehrig in the 6th.
Apr 2, 1931 - Miss Jackie Mitchell a 17-year-old gate attraction for Joe Engel's Chattanooga Lookouts (Southern Association) pitches against the New York Yankees in an exhibition game in Chattanooga. Babe Ruth waves wildly at two pitches and watches a 3rd strike go by. Lou Gehrig gallantly times his 3 swings to miss the ball but unsmiling Tony Lazzeri after first trying to bunt walks and Miss Mitchell leaves the game. The final score is 14-4 Yankees. In 1933 Mitchell will pitch for the House of David team.
Sep 25, 1929 - Three days after turning the team over to coach Art Fletcher Yankee manager Miller Huggins dies from blood poisoning at New York's St. Vincent Hospital. He was 49. The team finds out about the death during the 5th inning at Fenway Park and both teams line up at home plate for a minute of silent prayer. New York wins the game 11-10 in 11 innings as starters Ray Dobens and Bots Nekola teammates at Holy Cross a year ago are gone after 6 innings. Tony Lazzeri is the hitting star with a single double and 2 triples.
Oct 9, 1928 - After a rainout, Waite Hoyt and Bill Sherdel are back on the mound for game 4. After 6 innings, the Cards hold a 2–1 lead. With one out in the 7th, Babe Ruth hits a HR, his 2nd of the game, after seeming to take a third strike on a quick pitch from Sherdel who took the catcher’s relay with his foot on the rubber and fired back. The umpires discussed the quick pitch, allowed in the NL but outlawed in the AL, and ruled it would not be counted. Two pitches later, Lou Gehrig follows suit. When Bob Meusel singles, in comes Grover Cleveland Alexander to face Tony Lazzeri. Lazzeri doubles and later scores the 4th run of the inning. In the 8th, Cedric Durst, subbing for Earle Combs, hits one out of the park, and Ruth follows with his 3rd HR of the game. Final score is 7–3 and the Yanks sweep their 2nd straight World Series. Ruth’s WS BA of .625 is still unmatched; with Gehrig’s .545 and a record 9 RBI, they also set individual and team offensive records for hits, HRs, total bases, and at bats in a game.
Jul 1, 1928 - Before 65000 fans the Yanks sweep a pair from the visiting A's 12-6 and 8-4. Tony Lazzeri wallops a pair of homers in the nitecap and is 7-for-8 with 15 total bases on the day. Gehrig connects for a pair of homers in the opener to back Hoyt's 10th win..
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 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.
Oct 8, 1927 - Down 3-0 the Pirates give the ball to their biggest winner Carmen Hill (22-11). In the 5th Ruth's 2nd HR of the Series scores Earle Combs ahead of him for a 3-1 lead. The Pirates tie it in the 7th. In the last of the 9th Combs walks Mark Koenig beats out a bunt and Ruth walks to fill the bases. Reliever Johnny Miljus strikes out Lou Gehrig and Bob Meusel. With 2 strikes on Tony Lazzeri a wild pitch rolls far enough away for Combs to score the winning run. The Bronx Bombers are World Champions in 4 straight. Ruth's .400 is good for 7 RBI; Lloyd Waner's .400 tops the Bucs.
Jun 8, 1927 - Tony Lazzeri clouts three homers in the Yankees 11-inning 12-11 win over the White Sox. Tony's first 2 round trippers come off Red Faber and his 3rd is a 2-run line drive in the 9th inning off George Connally that ties the game. The Yanks were behind 11-6 going into the 9th inning. New York wins it in the 11th after Cedric Durst triples Lazzeri is intentionally walked and Ray Morehart singles over Barrett's head in RF.
Oct 10, 1926 - On a drizzling New York afternoon only 38093 show up at the Stadium for the deciding WS contest. Grover Alexander possibly sleeping off a hangover in the bullpen barely notices when Jess Haines take a 3-2 lead over Waite Hoyt into the 7th. Haines weakens in the last of the 7th; 3 walks put Earle Combs Bob Meusel and Lou Gehrig on base with 2 out and Tony Lazzeri at the plate. Hornsby then waves in Alexander. On a 1-1 count Lazzeri hits a line drive into the left-field seats a few feet to the foul side of the pole then swings and misses for strike 3. Alexander sets the Yanks down in order until Babe Ruth draws his 11th walk with 2 out in the 9th and is thrown out inexplicably trying to steal 2B. The Cards and St. Louis have their first World Championship. Each winner collects $5584.51 the losers $3417.75.
Oct 7, 1926 - With the Series tied at 2-2 39552 pack Sportsman's Park to watch Herb Pennock and Bill Sherdel duel again. The Cards score first on a double by Jim Bottomley and single by Les Bell. Ragged play costs the Cards a run in the 6th. Tied 2-2 in the 10th Mark Koenig singles takes 2B on a wild pitch and after a sacrifice comes home on Tony Lazzeri's long ?y for a 3-2 Yankees win.
Aug 30, 1926 - At the Stadium the Senators rack up nine runs before the Yankees get on the board and Walter Johnson paces himself to a 12-6 win. Big Barney strikes out 8. The Senators outhit the Hugmen 12-11 but errors hurt the Yankees. Two hits and an error in the first inning is followed by a Joe Judge grand slam off Sam Jones and the Nats add another 4 in the 3rd. Tony Lazzeri hits a 2-run HR off Johnson in the 8th.
Oct 18, 1925 - Salt Lake City (PCL) 2B Tony Lazzeri hits his 60th HR of the season in a 12-10 victory over Sacramento in the final game of the year. It is an inside-the-park drive in the 7th off Frank Shellenback. Lazzeri's PCL record was accomplished in 197 games.
Aug 1, 1925 - The Yankees buy Tony Lazzeri from the Pacific Coast League for spring delivery. Lazzeri will hit a minor-league record 60 HRs with 222 RBI at Salt Lake City and earn the nickname "Poosh-em-up" from his legion of Italian admirers.