Carl Hubbell wins his 3rd straight the year, 19th overall, but did not finish the game as the Giants nip the Reds, 7–6. Dick Bartell hits two homers to back King Carl.
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.
IN THE NEWS: Reds C Ernie Lombardi ties the modern major-league record with six hits (5 singles and a double) in six consecutive times at bat, as Cincinnati routs Philadelphia 21–10 on 24 hits. Alex Kampouris tallies eight RBIs for the Reds on three homers, one a grand slam.
At the Polo Grounds, Carl Hubbell wins his 4th straight and his 20th in a row, subduing the Cubs, 4–1. The game is scoreless for six innings. Hubbell matches the mark of Rube Marquard, who won one game in 1911 and 19 straight more in 1912.
IN THE NEWS: White Sox P Monte Stratton allows seven hits in subduing the Yankees, 7–2. One of the hits is by Tommy Henrich, who goes 1-for-4 in his ML debut. Henrich, recently signed, was called up to take the place of Jake Powell, out with appendicitis.
IN THE NEWS: St. Louis OF Joe Medwick tallies four extra-base hits: two home runs -- off Claude Passeau and Orville Jorgens -- and a pair of doubles in a Cards 15–3 win over the Phillies. The Cards collect 20 hits, including four by Pepper Martin and a round tripper by Brusie Ogrodowski.
Chick Hafey is restored to active duty with the Reds after a 2-year retirement.
IN THE NEWS: At Chicago, Washington's Joe Kuhel ties the modern major-league record with three triples as the Nats win, 10–2. Kuhel adds a single to drive in three runs.
Detroit's George Gill makes his first ML start and shuts out the Red Sox, 4–0. Gill allows five hits, three by Joe Cronin, as Detroit replaces the Red Sox in 3rd place. Wes Ferrell allows just five hits, including a double and homer by Charlie Gehringer.
Joe DiMaggio replaces Lou Gehrig as the Yankees cleanup hitter and drives in three runs, as the Yankees trip the Browns, 4–2. Gehrig, hitting 5th gets a double after going hitless in his last 21 at bats. Tommy Henrich, making his 2nd appearance, bats third. He collects a pair of singles. Winning pitcher Lefty Gomez is the only Yankee without a hit.
Carl Hubbell wins his 5th straight, and 21st over two seasons, stopping the National League-leading Pirates, 5–2. Arky Vaughan's two homers account for all the Pittsburgh scoring. Leading off, Dick Bartell hits his 4th homer in five days to continue his 12-game hitting streak, as the Giants hand reliever Waite Hoyt the loss.
IN THE NEWS: Browns 3B Harlond Clift equals the American League record with nine assists in a 5–4 loss to the Tigers. A fumble and late throw in the 1st inning would have given him a 10th assist. By the end of the season, Clift will set a new record for total chances and the still-standing mark of 405 assists. Tigers Gee Walker has a single to run his hit streak to 21 games.
A sac fly by Chick Hafey in the 9th gives the Reds a 3–2 win over the Cubs. Hafey makes his 1st appearance since retiring in May 1935.
IN THE NEWS: Dizzy Dean instigates another donnybrook following a number of knockdown pitches in a game with the Giants. The Giants score three runs in the 6th inning after Dean is called for a balk by ump George Barr. Losing 4–1 to Carl Hubbell in the 9th, Dean knocks down Jimmy Ripple with a pitch. Ripple follows with a bunt on the first base side in a effort to make Dean field the ball. The bunt, however, bounces to 2B Jimmy Brown, who prepares to throw to Johnny Mize at 1B. Dean, who had started toward the ball, keeps running and barrels into Ripple. The two benches empty, and when the field is cleared by the umpires and policemen, the batter Ripple, who was never put out at first base, is credited with a single. Catchers Gus Mancuso and Mickey Owen are ejected after staging their own private boxing match. The only player who doesn't leave the bench is Hubbell, who wins his 6th straight game of the year and 22nd regular-season decision in a row. The Cards scoreboard attendant counts pitches in the game: 172 by Dean and 93 by Hubbell (70 strikes, 23 balls). King Carl uses five pitches in both the 1st and 8th.
The leading Pirates drop a 5–4 decision to the Phils as Dolf Camilli steals home in the 9th inning when relieve Mace Brown goes into a full windup. Morrie Arnovich collects a single, double and homer for the Quakers.
In the first night game of the season, the visiting Bees sting the Reds, 3–1. Rookie Lou Fette is the winner over Johnny Vander Meer, making his first start in the majors. Two railroads run special trains to bring 1500 fans from Southwestern Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky.
IN THE NEWS: Facing Wes Ferrell in Boston, Hank Greenberg hits a long centerfield home run out of Fenway Park. It exits to the right of the flag pole and is called the longest home run ever hit at Fenway. Gee Walker has three hits to run his hit streak to 26 straight games, but the Red Sox counter with 14 hits of their own to win, 11–9. Walker's streak will end on the 24th after 27 games.
The Athletics regain the American League lead by beating the White Sox, 10–9 in 11 innings. In the inning, however, they need two singles, runner safe on an error, and three walks to win the game as Chicago C Luke Sewell picks one runner off at 2B and throws another out at 3B on a steal try.
Before a 6–2 loss to the Reds in Cincinnati, the Dodgers announce that Van Lingle Mungo has been fined, suspended for three days, and given a bill for $1,500 worth of damage done to a St. Louis hotel room following a ruckus last week with teammates trying to get him to bed at four A.M. When a photographer asks to take a picture of Mungo's black eye, the pitcher replies, "You can take it for $1,000, because that's what it cost me to get it."
IN THE NEWS: After hitting a solo home run against the Yankees in his third-inning at-bat off Bump Hadley to break a 1–1 tie, player-manager Mickey Cochrane is hit by a 3–1 pitch from Hadley in the 5th inning and suffers a skull fracture in three places. Coach Del Baker will run the team for the hospitalized Detroit leader, who will never return to active play. Cochrane's homer is his last at bat. In the hospital, Cochrane will exonerate Hadley saying, "I lost the ball." The Yanks win the game, 4–3, beating Schoolboy Rowe, who makes his first appearance of the season following a suspension for lack of conditioning.
Joe McCarthy of the Yankees and Bill Terry of the Giants are named to manage the All-Star teams. Judge Landis announces that the managers, not the fans, will pick the teams, and increases the squads from 21 to 23 players.
IN THE NEWS: At Boston, Senators pitcher Pete Appleton pitches and bats his way to an 11–4 win over the Sox. Appleton drives in six runs, hitting a single and triple with the sacks full in the 2nd and 3rd and going 4-for-5, to beat Fritz Ostermueller. Appleton's RBI mark ties the major-league record for pitchers that Vic Raschi will top (7 on August 4, 1953). Wes Ferrell did it last year.
Led by Hank Greenberg and Gee Walker, the Tigers collect 20 hits in pasting the Browns, 18–3. Greenberg is 5-for-5 with two homers, and Walker also has two homers in four hits while driving in seven runs. Rookie George Gill is the winner.
IN THE NEWS: A Memorial Day crowd of 61,756, the 2nd-largest crowd in Polo Grounds history, sees the Dodgers end Carl Hubbell's consecutive-game winning streak at 24 over two seasons. Babe Phelps leads the way, going 5-for-6, as Brooklyn routs King Carl in the 4th inning and wins 10–3. Although Hubbell loses the first game of the doubleheader, he is honored in between games when Babe Ruth makes the presentation of the National League's 1936 MVP Award. The Giants take the nitecap, 5–4.