IN THE NEWS: The first-place Athletics score eight runs off Milt Gaston in the first two innings enroute to a 24–6 pasting of the Red Sox. Lefty Grove is the easy winner, exiting after five innings. Jimmie Foxx has a pair of homers and Al Simmons has five hits, including a double and homer. The 24 runs matches a franchise record set in the Ty Cobb protest game in 1912, and the 29 hits sets a franchise mark.
IN THE NEWS: At Comiskey Park, Lou Gehrig wallops three home runs against the Sox in an 11–9 New York shootout. His middle home run, in the 7th inning, is sandwiched between roundtrippers by Babe Ruth and Bob Meusel. With his homer off Red Faber in the 2nd, Gehrig joins Ruth as the 2nd slugger to clear the RF stands, 75 feet high and 360 feet away from home plate. The Ruthian clout came off Tommy Thomas in 1927. His last homer of the day is served up by Dan Dugan.
IN THE NEWS: The Braves play their first Sunday home game in history, losing to Pittsburgh, 7–2 before 35,000. The winning pitcher is Burleigh Grimes, who helps his own cause by starting a 3rd inning triple play (1-5-2-5-4-2) on a grounder by Al Spohrer. Heinie Mueller is run down, Spohrer is caught trying to reach 2B, and Rabbit Maranville is caught trying to score. The Bucs have four triples, one each by the Waners.
IN THE NEWS: Yankee southpaw Tom Zachary wins a 6–5 game in relief at St. Louis, the first of his 12 wins without a loss for the year, a ML record. No pitcher will have a better season without losing a game. His batterymate, rookie Bill Dickey, helps out with his first major league homer, off General Crowder.
IN THE NEWS: At Pittsburgh's Schenley Park, the Giants Carl Hubbell pitches an 11–0 no-hitter against the Pirates, allowing just one walk. In the 9th, the 1st two batters reached on errors before Hubbell records a strikeout and starts the game-ending DP. It's the first no-hitter by a lefthander since Hub Leonard in 1918. Chick Fullis starts the scoring with a home run in the 2nd, his 3rd in three days, and Mel Ott adds two home runs to take the National League lead.
IN THE NEWS: The visiting Reds beat the Braves, 5–2, behind Red Lucas. Joe Stripp homers for Cincy, which scores another 3 unearned runs on Maranville’s 1st error of the year. Boston’s Lester Bell homers and teammate CF Earl Clark
sets 2 NL records that will last the century: most putouts in a game (12) and most chances (13).
IN THE NEWS: After 25 consecutive complete games, White Sox righthander Tommy Thomas comes out in the 5th inning of a 9–2 loss to Washington. He will still lead the American League with 24 CG, the 3rd year in a row he'll complete that many starts.
IN THE NEWS: In Cleveland, fans have no trouble telling the players apart, as both teams wear numbers on their uniform backs. This is a first in the majors. The Indians beat the Yanks 4–3, despite a homer by New York's Mark Koenig off Willis Hudlin in the 6th inning. Also in the 6th, Yankee catcher Bill Dickey records three assists. For New York, it is their 3rd loss after six straight wins.
IN THE NEWS: After a slow start, the Athletics beat Detroit, 10–8, and move past the Yankees into first place, where they will stay for the rest of the year. The Yanks are rained out. Starter Jack Quinn, with the help of three relievers, is the winner.
IN THE NEWS: In Boston, Mel Ott hits for the cycle in New York's 5–4 10-inning loss to the Braves in a doubleheader nitecap. Ott's home run in the 7th lands half-way up in the RF bleachers, the longest home run to that section since 1915. Joe Dugan matches Ott's four hits and scores the winner. The Braves also win the opener, 4–3.
IN THE NEWS: At Baker Bowl, the Robins hang on to edge the Phillies, 14–13. Chuck Klein hits a 2-run homer in the 9th, but the Phils leave the bases full when George Susce grounds out. O'Doul is 4-for-4 with four runs scored, while for Brooklyn, Babe Herman has four hits, including a homer.
IN THE NEWS: Brooklyn and Philadelphia score a ML-record 50 runs in a doubleheader at Baker Bowl. The Robins (Dodgers) win the opener 20–16, and the Phils take the 2nd game 8–6, despite a Dodgers triple play. Highlights include Brooklyn's Johnny Frederick tallying five runs in the opener, which combined with his three yesterday, gives him a ML-record eight in two games. Both Frederick and teammate Babe Herman collect five hits in the slugfest. Chuck Klein homers in each game, #'s seven and 8.
IN THE NEWS: At New York, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig hit back-to-back homers in the 3rd off Boston's Jack Russell but in the 5th a cloudburst at Yankee Stadium sends a standing-room-only crowd rushing for the exits. A stampede in the RF bleachers leaves two dead, 62 injured. Jake Ruppert vows never again to sell more tickets than seats. There are two outs in the 5th when the game is stopped at 3–0.
In the 4th inning at Detroit, fleet White Sox CF Johnny Mostil, 2-time American League SB leader, breaks his right leg tripping over home on the uncontested front end of a double steal. The injury ends his ML playing days at the age of 33. Mostil missed most of the 1927 season following a suicide attempt in spring training in Shreveport. Ted Lyons wins for the Sox, 10–3, making two hits and scoring twice.
IN THE NEWS: In Philadelphia, the A's win a pair from the Senators by 9–8 scores In game 1, they spot the Senators eight runs in the 1st two innings and then come back to win. The win goes to Howard Ehmke, the A's 4th pitcher. Rube Walberg goes all the way to win the nitecap. Ossie Bluege has a home run in each game for the Nationals. The first-place A's will sweep the series with the Nats
The Browns split a pair with the Indians, losing the opener 5–4 in 12 innings, and taking the nitecap, 7–5. Oscar Melillo paces the 2nd game offense by hitting for the cycle.
IN THE NEWS: Chicago's Ted Lyons and Detroit's George Uhle go 21 innings before the Tigers get a run to win 6–5 in the longest game—3 hours and 31 minutes—ever seen to date at Comiskey Park. Uhle is the winner, tossing 20 innings, with Vic Sorrell pitching the bottom of the 21st. Lyons, the loser, goes the distance and gives up 24 hits. Charlie Gehringer drives in Roy Johnson with a sac fly for the final run. No pitcher has matched either Lyons' or Uhle's marathon effort since. Les Mueller, in 1945, will come the closest.
IN THE NEWS: Two pinch hitters supply the holiday fireworks: Les Bell for the Braves, off Carl Hubbell, and Pat Crawford for the Giants, off Socks Seibold, hit grand slams in New York's 15–8 victory. New York plates nine runs in the 6th inning to break a 2–2 tie.
IN THE NEWS: The Pirates take over first place from the Cubs with their 8th straight win, a 7-2 whipping of visiting Chicago. Rookie Steve Swetonic, who holds the Cubs scoreless for seven frames, is the winner.
Detroit's George Uhle notches his 9th consecutive win of the year, beating the Browns, 7–6. Marty McManus has three hits, including a home run and double for the Tigers.