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Vern Kennedy from the Chronology
Sep 3, 1945 - In game 1 of a Labor Day doubleheader in Chicago Andy Pafko hits a grand slam off Ed Heusser in 1st inning as the Cubs beat Reds 7-2. Paul Derringer is the winner over Heusser. Chicago wins the nitecap as well 7-1 as Hy Vandenberg outpitches Vern Kennedy. Chicago is now 19-1 this year versus the Reds and moves 4 games in front of the 2nd place Cardinals.
Aug 12, 1945 - Mel Ott leads the Giants to a pair of wins over the Reds 3-2 and 6-5. Ott hits a pinch 3-run homer in the 8th of the nitecap after his homer and another by Danny Gardella leads the way in opener. The Reds Bill McKechnie desperate for hitting selects P Joe Bowman to pinch-hit for Vern Kennedy in game 1. Bowman is 0-for-42. He will hit .088 for the season.
Jul 15, 1945 - In the first-game loss to the Reds the Phils Charley Schanz hits 4 batters to tie the NL record. Bucky Walters wins 6-1. It is the 3rd time in 8 seasons that Reds batters have tied the record of 4 hit batsmen in a game. The Reds take the nitecap 3-1 as vet Vern Kennedy beats his old teammates.
Apr 30, 1942 - Indian veteran Vern Kennedy scatters 11 hits and the Tribe beat the A's 6-1 for their 11th victory in a row. Herm Besse gives up 8 hits but his eight walks leads to a loss. Mills has 3 RBIs for first-place Indians.
Sep 2, 1940 - With the decision to play all their September games at Municipal Stadium the Indians promptly drop a Labor Day doubleheader to the 7th place St. Louis Browns. The Tribe loses 2-1 and 3-0 and now lead the Yankees by 3 1/2 games. Vern Kennedy wins the opener collecting 3 hits.
Jul 6, 1940 - The Tigers sweep a pair from the Browns and move within 2 percentage points of the Indians. In an 11-2 win Bobo Newsom allows three hits in winning his 12th straight-all complete games as Detroit pounds Vern Kennedy for 12 hits in 4+ innings. Detroit scores two unearned runs in the nitecap to give young Johnny Gorsica the win over John Niggeling. Niggeling allows just 4 hits.
May 13, 1939 - In a 10-player deal Bobo Newsom goes from the St. Louis Browns along with Beau Bell Red Kress and Jim Walkup to Detroit for Vern Kennedy Bob Harris George Gill Roxie Lawson Chet Laabs and Mark Christman. It is one of the biggest trades of the 1930s. Newsom will rack up 17 wins this year as a Tiger to finish at 20-11. Stephens will be the reverse finishing at 9-20 while Gill 0-1 after two fine seasons with the Tigers will be 1-12 with the Browns.
Jun 21, 1938 - Red Sox 3B Pinky Higgins extends his consecutive-hit string to 12 with 8 hits in a doubleheader split with Detroit. He is 4-for-4 in each game a Boston win in the opener 8-3. Detroit wins the nitecap 5-4. with Rudy York catching both games. Tomorrow Pinky will strike out against Vern Kennedy in his first at bat ending the streak.
Dec 2, 1937 - At the minor league meeting in Milwaukee‚ the Tigers trade popular OF Gee Walker‚ 3B Marv Owen‚ and young C Mike Tresh to the White Sox for Vern Kennedy‚ Tony Piet‚ and Dixie Walker. The trade causes an uproar with Tiger fans‚ and owner Walter O. Briggs, Sr. issues an announcement from his Miami home that "the deal was made with my approval." Kennedy will start the 1938 season with 9 straight wins‚ but ends up the year at 12-9.
Aug 4, 1937 - Bill Dickey hits a grand slam for the 2nd consecutive game connecting off the Browns Vern Kennedy in the 3rd inning. The Yanks need it all as the edge St. Louis 10-9. Dickey is the second American Leaguer to hit grand slams in consecutive games: Ruth did it twice.
Jun 1, 1937 - Before 1500 at Chicago White Sox P Bill Dietrich pitches an 8-0 no-hitter against the Browns. It is the 3rd no-hitter Luke Sewell has caught having previously been behind the plate for Wes Ferrell in 1931 and Vern Kennedy in 1935. Dietrich in his last outing 2 days ago against the Indians gave up 10 runs in less than 4 innings.
Apr 20, 1937 - The Browns batter the White Sox 15-10 before 7500 fans the Brownies largest opening day crowd since pre-Depression days. Manager Rogers Hornsby singles twice and drills a CF homer off Vern Kennedy.
Aug 5, 1936 - In a doubleheader in St. Louis the Browns rip the White Sox 16-4 in the opener beating Vern Kennedy and ending his 10-game win streak. Game 2 a pitching match up of Bill Dietrich of the Sox versus Jack Knott knots up in a 9-9 tie. Tomorrow Knott starts the first game of a doubleheader and Dietrich starts and wins game 2.
Aug 2, 1936 - After losing the opener 9-1 at Comiskey Park the Red Sox lead 10-1 after 4 1/2 innings of game 2 only to see Chicago roar back to win 12-11 in 12 innings. This is the biggest blown lead on the road in Red Sox history. Boston chases Vern Kennedy and his 10-game win streak in the nitecap but starter Wes Ferrell gives up 5 runs in the 8th and 2 more in the 9th to tie. Jack Russell and Ostermueller are the losing pitchers with Clint Brown and Chelini winning.
Jul 30, 1936 - Vern Kennedy wins his 10th in a row pitching the White Sox to a win over the A's 7-4. Bob Kennedy connects off Vern Kennedy for his 16th homer of the year while Gordon "Dusty" Rhodes is handed one of his AL-high twenty losses. Hod Lisenbee signed yesterday is effective in relief of Rhodes.
Jul 27, 1936 - The A's knock out Vern Kennedy and then break an 8-8 tie with 7 runs in the 9th to win 15-8. Russ Evans in the loser to Harry Kelley. The A's collect 25 hits including 5 by Lou Finney.
Jul 23, 1936 - The White Sox edge the Nationals 7-6 for their 17th win in 21 games. Vern Kennedy wins his 9th straight when he drives home the winner with an 8th-inning double against Bobo Newsom. Luke Appling is 2-for-4 to keep his Al-leading batting average at .382.
Oct 27, 1935 - In Mexico City a touring group of AL all-stars tops the Negro League champions the Pittsburgh Crawfords 7-2. Rogers Hornsby drives in 3 runs against Bert Hunter and he drove in 3 yesterday when the all-stars won 11-7. The first game ended in a 6-6 tie. The AL squad features Hornsby Jimmie Foxx Ted Lyons and Vern Kennedy while the Crawfords marquis Josh Gibson Judy Johnson and Cool Papa Bell.
Aug 31, 1935 - Vern Kennedy pitches the first AL no-hitter since 1931 and the first ever in Comiskey Park blanking Cleveland 5-0. He also is the batting star with a bases-loaded triple in the 6th. Kennedy strikes out five including the last batter in the 9th Joe Vosmik the league's leading hitter.
Sep 23, 1934 - The Sox drop a pair to the Indians and run their loss streak to 8 games. Monte Pearson edges out recruit pitcher Vern Kennedy in the opener 2-1 then Ralph Winegarner wins the 2nd 5-1. He's aided by Earl Averill's 30th homer with two on. Earl boosts his home run bonus money to $3000; he received a $1000 for his 25th and $400 for each clout after that.