» May 22, 1930: In Philadelphia, the Yankees and the Athletics continue the home run barrage as the Yankees take both games of a 2nd straight doubleheader, 10–1 and 20–13. Babe Ruth hits a pair of home runs in the opener, as does Ben Chapman and winning pitcher George Pipgras. The Yanks score nine runs in the 1st two innings of the 2nd second game, but the A's come back to tie it at 12 apiece. The Yanks win the assault 20–13 as Tony Lazzeri is 4-for-4 scores five runs, and knocks in 4. Ruth hits another in the 2nd game, while Lou Gehrig powers three round trippers to drive in eight runs. On the A's side, Jimmie Foxx has two homers to drive in six runs. For the afternoon, the teams combine to hit 14 round trippers, a then-record 10 in game 2.
» August 25, 1931: At Chicago, the Yankees record their first shutout of the season when Herb Pennock blanks the White Sox, 6–0. Ben Chapman has a good day with a triple, single, two runs scored and his 50th and 51st stolen bases of the year. In addition, he beats the Sox Carl Reynolds in a pre-game 100-yard dash.
» August 30, 1931: At Boston, Ben Chapman and Lou Gehrig each have four hits and together total nine RBIs as the Yanks roll over the Red Sox, 14–4. One of Gehrig's hits is a homer, his 37th, and two of Chapman's leave the park. Hal Rhyne has four hits for Boston.
» July 9, 1932:
Yankees OF Ben Chapman has three HRs in the second game of a doubleheader with Detroit at Yankee Stadium. Two are inside the park, as the Yankees win 14-9.
» August 12, 1932:
AL president Will Harridge upholds Detroit's protest of its August first 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.
» April 25, 1933:
Russ Van Atta makes a spectacular debut for the
Yankees, winning 16-0 over the Senators while
getting 4 hits in a game marred by a wild free-for-all.
Ben Chapman, Buddy Myer, and Earl Whitehill are suspended
5 days and fined $100 each.
» May 10, 1934: Lou Gehrig hits two home runs (one a grand slam) and a pair of doubles, tying the record with four long hits, and drives in seven runs, but leaves the game after five innings with a severe cold. The Yanks top the White Sox, 13–3. During the game Ben Chapman shouts racial remarks at a Jewish fan. In 1947 he will lead the dugout bigots in protest of Jackie Robinson.
» May 13, 1934: For the second time in his career, Cleveland's Lloyd Brown serves up a grand slam to Lou Gehrig, as the Yanks roll, 8–0, behind Lefty Gomez. Ben Chapman adds a homer and a pair of triples to lead New York. Babe Ruth leaves in the 4th inning when he is hit on the knee cap by a pitch from Thornton Lee.
» May 30, 1934:
Washington's Earl Whitehill pitches a one-hitter, allowing a 9th-inning single by Ben Chapman, to defeat Lefty Gomez of the Yankees 1–0. In the nitecap, Yankee reliever Burleigh Grimes pitches the last four innings to pick up his 269th win, 5–4, in 11 innings.
» June 1, 1935: At Yankee Stadium, the Bombers hit a record six solo home runs in beating Boston, 7–2. Bill Dickey 2, Frank Crosetti, Ben Chapman, George Selkirk, and Red Rolfe are the sluggers. All the Sox scoring comes on a two-run homer by pitcher Mel Almedo.
» July 26, 1935:
Jesse Hill's line drive bounces off the head of P Ed Linke back to C Jack Redmond on the fly, who throws to 2B to double off Ben Chapman, as the Senators knock the Yankees out of first. Linke will be hospitalized for two days.
» September 22, 1935:
Competing for prizes donated by Tom Yawkey, the Yanks also defeat the Sox in the pre-game Field Day, winning four of five events. Ben Chapman wins the 75-yard dash nipping Jesse Hill by a yard. Recently acquired Sox Skinny Graham is 3rd. The lone Sox triumph comes when catcher Rick Ferrell throws into a barrel at 2B on the fly; Joe Glenn's is in the barrel but on the bounce Glenn is tops in fungo hitting with a 350-foot drive, and the Yankees win the walking relay in, well, a walk. Chief interest is the final event, the four-man relay around the bases, with each runner completing a circuit. Clocked in 57.2 seconds, the Yankee squad of Selkirk, Hill, Rolfe, and Chapman pass the baton ahead of the quartet of Almada, Graham, Johnson, and Cooke. The field day will be repeated next Sunday at the Stadium.
» May 3, 1936: Playing LF, Joe DiMaggio makes his regular-season debut with the Yankees and has three hits, one a triple, as New York routs St. Louis 14–5. Joe scores three runs and knocks in one. Gehrig and Ben Chapman each collect four hits. New York will win five of their next six games with DiMag in the lineup. To make room, the Yankees waive OF Dixie Walker, hitting .350, to the White Sox.
» May 24, 1936: Yankees 2B Tony Lazzeri sets several slugging marks with two grand slams, a 3rd home run, and a triple for 15 total bases in a 25–2 slaughter of the Athletics at Shibe Park. Tony has now hit seven home runs in four games and six 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 nine Yanks score two or more runs. Another major-league record is tied when Ben Chapman draws five 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.
» June 14, 1936:
The Yankees trade Ben Chapman to the Senators for Jake Powell.
» May 4, 1937:
With the bases loaded in the 11th inning, the Washington Senators pull of a triple steal, with Ben Chapman on the front end, to break a 5–5 tie. When the dust clears, the Senators score seven to beat the Indians, 12–5.
» June 10, 1937:
Bobo Newsom and Ben Chapman are traded by Washington to Boston for Wes and Rick Ferrell, and Mel Almada.
» December 15, 1938: The Red Sox send Pinky Higgins and P Archie McKain to the Tigers for pitchers Eldon Auker and Jake Wade, and OF Chet Morgan. The Sox also ship OF Ben Chapman to the Indians in exchange for P Denny Galehouse and SS Tom Irwin.
» June 25, 1939:
Cleveland batters Ben Chapman, Hal Trosky, and Jeff Heath homer in the seventh inning to tie a major-league record, while beating Philadelphia 8-4.
» July 3, 1939:
Cleveland's Ben Chapman ties the modern major-league record with three triples, as Bob Feller notches his 13th victory 4-2.
» December 24, 1940: Merry Christmas to Ben Chapman from the Senators who ship him to Cleveland for P Joe Krakauskas. The Tribe sells Johnny Allen to the Browns.
» May 18, 1945:
In a 15–12 Dodgers' victory over the Cubs, Brooklyn's Luis Olmo hits a triple and home run, each with the bases loaded. No 20th century ML player has done that since. Olmo adds a 2B for good measure. Former OF Ben Chapman is the winning pitcher.
» June 29, 1945:
Ben Chapman replaces Fred Fitzsimmons as manager of the Philadelphia Blue Jays.
» May 24, 1947:
At Brooklyn, Carl Furillo pinch-hits for LF Gene Hermanski—in the 1st inning—and clouts a 3-run homer to give the Brooks the lead over the Phillies. Skeeter Newsome's 3rd career homer in five years ties the game in the 8th and the Phils win it in 10 innings, 4–3. Freddy Schmidt wins over Hugh Casey. Furillo's pinch homer sets a ML record—it is the only pinch home run to come in the first inning. As noted by Lyle Spatz, Phils manager Ben Chapman starts righty Al Jurisch just to pitch to Brooklyn's first two hitters: Reese and Robinson. Lefty Oscar Judd, warming up from the start, then comes in to pitch to the next three lefty hitters: Reiser, Walker, and Hermanski. Reiser and Walker bat and then Furillo hits for Hermanski, though he is not listed in the box score as a PH.
» May 2, 1948:
The Phillies and Dodgers divide a doubleheader, Brooklyn outslugging the Blue Jays 9–6 in the opener, then losing, 2–0, to Ken Heintzelman. Furillo has a home run, triple and single in the opener, while Duke Snider hits his first two ML homers—the first, inside-the-park—a triple and a single, good for four RBIs. Ben Chapman starts Dutch Leonard but after one out brings in Curt Simmons against the lefty Dodger lineup. In the nitecap, Carl Furillo's 2-out single in the 7th is the first hit off Heintzelman, who pitches a 4-hitter.
» July 16, 1948: There are three managerial changes today. Ben Chapman is fired by the Phillies (though owner Carpenter insists he was "not fired" saying "I'd like to make it clear that there is a difference between not firing a man and concluding business with him.") and Dusty Cooke takes over on an interim basis. Eddie Sawyer, with no ML experience as player or manager, will get the job after Cooke goes 8–6. But the big news is from New York. The Giants remove Mel Ott and replace him with Leo Durocher, who obtains his release from Brooklyn. The Dodgers bring back mild-mannered Burt Shotton who replaced Durocher once before. In a newspaper poll over the winter, an overwhelming majority voted for the gentlemanly Shotton to replace The Lip. The changes today portend those at the end of the season: Bucky Harris of the Yankees, Ted Lyons of the White Sox, and Steve O'Neill of the Tigers will be released.
» September 20, 1949:
Jackie Robinson steals home in a 5-0 Dodger
win against the Cubs. It is his 5th steal of home
this year and the 13th in his 3 years in the NL. That
is the most in the ML since Ben Chapman stole his
15th and last in 1940, his 11th season.
» May 13, 1955: It's Friday the 13th and bad luck for the Tigers as Mickey Mantle homers from both sides of the plate for the first time. In all, Mantle has three home runs, the first two lefty against starter Steve Gromek, and the third off Bob Miller, all to the deep reaches of the right centerfield bleachers. Mick adds a single, good for five RBIs as New York beats Detroit 5–2. Whitey Ford goes seven innings for the win. Mantle joins Tony Lazzeri (1927), Ben Chapman (1932), and Bill Dickey (1939) as the only Yanks to hits three homers in a game at Yankee Stadium.
» August 29, 1967:
Bert Campaneris bangs out three triples for Kansas City, but Cleveland still wins, 9–8, in 10 innings. Campy is the first to have three triples in a game since Ben Chapman in 1939.