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Wally Berger from the Chronology
Sep 19, 2001 - The Cardinals beat the Brewers 8-2 as Matt Morris wins his 20th game of the season. Albert Pujols drives in 3 runs for St. Louis to set a new NL rookie mark with 120 for the season. The old mark of 119 was set by Wally Berger of the Boston Braves in 1930.
Oct 23, 1993 - Mike Piazza is the unanimous choice for NL Rookie of the Year. Selected as a favor to a friend of LaSorda's on the 62nd round of the 1988 draft Piazza is the first rookie since Walt Dropo in 1950 to hit .300 collect 30 homers and 100 RBIs. No NL rookie has done that since Wally Berger in 1930.
Aug 14, 1987 - Oakland's Mark McGwire slugs his 39th home run of the season off Don Sutton in the 6th inning in a 12-inning 7-6 win over California breaking the ML record for rookies shared by Wally Berger and Frank Robinson. McGwire will finish the season with a whopping 49 homers.
Jul 5, 1940 - The Phils hand Wally Berger his unconditional release.
May 20, 1940 - Behind 7-1 the Phils score 7 runs in the 9th inning to edge the Pirates 8-7. Morrie Arnovich with a single his first time up in the 9th walks with the bases loaded to push across the winning run. Wally Berger's two run single had tied the contest at 7-7.
Jul 27, 1938 - At Boston Reds pitcher Paul Derringer and Wally Berger homer in the 3rd inning off Jim Turner to help beat the Boston Bees 6-2. For Derringer who allows 5 hits it is his first ML homer. His 2nd and last will come this year.
Jul 22, 1937 - Wally Berger's homer in the 9th gives the Giants a 6-5 win over the Reds. New York is now a game in back of Chicago which comes into the Polo Grounds tomorrow. Goodman has three hits including a homer for the Reds while Burgess Whitehead collects 3 hits for New York.
Jun 15, 1937 - The Boston Bees sell star OF Wally Berger to the New York Giants for $35000 and P Frank Gabler. The former starting All Star has never recovered from a shoulder injury he suffered in 1936.
Jul 26, 1936 - Before a paid attendance of 41596 in Boston-the largest crowd in the NL since 1930-the Cards and Bees split. The Bees take the opener 4-3 on Wally Berger's two run homer in the 8th inning off Jess Haines. The nitecap is knotted at 2-2 in the 7th when the Cards unload 5 runs. Joe Medwick leads off the frame with a homer Johnny Mize doubles and Virgil Davis homers to knock out Ben Cantwell. After two more reach base Dizzy Dean drives them both home to ensure his 16th win of the year. Dean adds a run-scoring triple in the 3rd as well.
Jul 7, 1936 - The NL having lost the first 3 All-Star Games wins 4-3 at Boston's National League Park with four different Cub players (Galan Herman Hartnett and Demaree) scoring runs. After Dizzy Dean and Carl Hubbell each pitch scoreless 3-inning stints Curt Davis is hammered by the AL including Lou Gehrig's HR but Lon Warneke shuts the door. Meanwhile the NL is helped by Joe DiMaggio's loose fielding and error and Augie Galan's HR. DiMag is the first rookie to play in an All-Star game. NL plays its starting lineup except for 2 late-inning pinch hitters. Local favorite and 3-time starter Wally Berger doesn't appear. Missing from the NL roster are Dolph Camilli and Buck Jordan co-leaders at .348 as well as the eventual batting champ Paul Waner.
Sep 16, 1935 - Brown versus Brown as Pittsburgh reliever Mace Brown pitches 5 innings of shutout relief to beat Boston 5-3. Wally Berger's 3rd double of the game in the 9th is the only hit he allows. The Bucs Gus Suhr plays 1B in the last inning to run his streak of consecutive games played to 619 a new NL record. The old mark was set by Eddie Brown from 1924 to 1928.
Sep 4, 1935 - The Cards score 4 in the 8th then Dizzy Dean picks up a save in the 9th to beat the Braves 5-3. Jess Haines who fails for the 11th time to win his 200th game is lifted after 7 for Bill Walker who promptly tees up Wally Berger's 30th homer of the year. Walker gives up two hits but is the winning pitcher.
Aug 11, 1935 - Wally Berger hits a HR 2 doubles and a triple to tie the modern ML record for extra-base hits in a game but his Braves lose to the Dodgers 7-5. Berger drives in all of Boston's runs and his homer his 25th of the year puts him one ahead of Ott in the home run race.
Sep 21, 1934 - The Giants give Freddie Fitzsimmons his first run in 34 innings and the pitcher beats Boston 8-1 to stay ahead of the rampaging Cards by 3 games. Wally Berger's 33rd homer is the only Boston score.
Sep 30, 1933 - With the visiting Phillies leading 1-0 in the 4th Boston's Wally Berger clouts a grand slam and the Braves hold on to win clinching 4th place. It is Boston's highest finish in 14 years.
Sep 23, 1933 - The Phils and Braves split a twinbill each winning 5-4. Chuck Klein has three hits in each game including his NL-high 28th homer in the opener. Boston's Wally Berger 2nd in homers with 26 is out of action and doesn't play today.
Jul 3, 1932 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants top the Braves 5-2 as Carl Hubbell goes all the way for the win. Frank Hogan crashes his 3rd homer off Bob Brown in three days to start the scoring in the 2nd. The Braves get 4 hits in the 6th inning including a leadoff homer by Wally Berger.
May 30, 1931 - Despite the Baker Bowl's reputation as a HR haven no one had hit a ball over the stadium wall since 1922. But Wally Berger Boston Braves slugger clears it in a 10-9 loss to the Phillies.
Apr 27, 1931 - Wally Berger Boston Braves CF ties the modern mark for the outfield by recording 4 assists helping Socks Seibold shut out the Phillies 2-0. Berger is the last outfielder to accomplish this feat.
Sep 27, 1930 - At Ebbets Field the Robins and Braves divide a pair with Brooklyn taking the opener 8-2 behind Dazzy Vance. Vance fans 12. Almost overlooked in game 2 is Wally Berger's 38th HR for the Braves as Boston tops Brooklyn 7-1. It is a record for rookies and still stands as an NL record.
Sep 17, 1930 - The Braves Wally Berger adds 3 HRs in a doubleheader against the Reds en route to a rookie record. Berger now has 37. The Braves and Reds divide today's games 6-3 to the Barves in game 1 and 6-4 Reds in game 2.
Aug 31, 1930 - With a chance to pick up a game and a half on the leading Cubs the Giants edge the Braves 4-3 in the opener a doubleheader before 40000 fans at the Polo Grounds. In the 2nd game Mel Ott hits a double and 3 consecutive HRs to drive in 6 runs but the Braves counter with a homer by George Sisler and two by slugging rookie Wally Berger among their 18 hits. Ott is the 4th major leaguer to hit 3 straight homers joining Goose Goslin (August 19 1930) Carl Reynolds (July 2 1930) George Kelly (September 17 1923) and Cap Anson (August 6 1884). The final score is Boston 14 New York 10.
Jul 24, 1930 - Despite the efforts of Chick Hafey who goes 4-for-4 with 2 homers the Braves edge the Cards 5-4. Bob Smith picks up the win over Jess Haines. Braves rookie Wally Berger hits his 27th homer in going 4-for-4.
Jul 5, 1930 - The Phillies lose a doubleheader to the Braves 17-5 and 7-4 to drop into the cellar for the rest of the season despite a team batting average of .315. Wally Berger homers in game 1 his 23rd to tie Hack Wilson for the NL lead.
Jun 16, 1930 - The Reds hammer Burleigh Grimes for three innings and coast to an 11-1 win over the Braves. Tony Cuccinello and Wally Berger hit homers and Bennie Frey pitches a complete game win. After the game the Braves send Grimes to the Cardinals for Fred Frankhouse and Wee Willie Sherdel.
May 17, 1930 - The Braves sweep a pair from the Giants by 4-3 scores. In th opener Wally Berger hits a pair of homers as Boston wins in 10 innings. The Giants hit 3 homers in game 2 and Berger adds his 3rd of the day.
May 1, 1930 - At Pittsburgh rookie Wally Berger blasts homers in the 7th and 8th innings to lead the Braves to a 4-3 win over Larry French. After Berger's 1st homer Johnny Neun in his 5th season adds his first ML homer.