|FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY|
|» May 7, 1921:
Bob Meusel of the Yankees hits for the cycle, and his triple with 2 on beats the Senators 6-5 in the 9th. Former president Wilson witnesses the exciting game in Washington.|
» August 25, 1921: With Cleveland waltzing to a 151 win over the Yankees, NY hurler Harry Harper, pitching in the 8th, plunks OF Charles Jamieson in the ribs, Larry Gardner in the arm, and Steve O'Neill in the back. O'Neill throws the ball back at Harper precipitates a bench clearing brawl. New York OF Bob Meusel contributes four errors in the game. The Tribe takes over 1st place from the Yankees.
» September 5, 1921: In the Labor Day afternoon game at Boston, won by the Red Sox 82, the Yankees outfield makes a American League-record five assists, four by Bob Meusel. Meusel, with one of the strongest arms in baseball, will lead the AL in assists in 1921 and 1922.
» October 6, 1921: In the opener, Johnny Rawlings and Frank Frisch collected the only Giants hits. In game two it's the same story. Waite Hoyt (19-13) surrenders two singles in another 30 Yankee win. Art Nehf (20-10) deserves better, allowing just three hits; but three errors and two mental lapses by the Giants, plus a steal of home by Bob Meusel, put the Giants down 20. The five hits are the fewest ever in a World Series game.
» October 10, 1921: In game five an unearned run in the first is all the Giants can manage off Waite Hoyt, despite 10 hits and a walk. A 11 game is decided in the 4th when abe Ruth surprises the Giants IF with a perfect bunt, then makes it home on Meusel's double off Art Nehf. Bob Meusel scores on a sacrifice fly, and 31 is the result. The 35,758 spectators bring the players' pool to a record $302,522.23.
» October 16, 1921: In defiance of a Kenesaw Mountain Landis ban on World Series participants playing post-season exhibitions, Bae Ruth, Bob Meusel, and P Bill Piercy launch a barnstorming tour in Buffalo. Five days later, they cut it short in Scranton. In the meantime Ruth openly challenges Landis to act. The judge does, fining the players their World Series shares$3,362.26and suspending them until May 20th of the next season.
» April 12, 1922: President Warren Harding throws out the first ball in Washington, and the Senators beat the Yankees 65. Former Yank George Mogridge starts for the Nats against Sam Jones, making his Yankee debut, as rookie manager Clyde Milan passes over Walter Johnson as starting pitcher. The Nats star has been ill most of the spring. Both Babe Ruth and Bob Meusel are out of the Yankee lineup, suspended by the league for barnstorming, and the Babe watches the game from the presidential box. Washington outhits New York, 159, and comes from behind to win in the 8th.
» May 20, 1922: Babe Ruth and Bob Meusel (and since-traded pitcher Bill Piercy), suspended on October 16, 1921, by Judge Landis, are reinstated and return to the New York lineup going hitless in New York's 82 loss to the rallying Browns at the Polo Grounds. The Browns, down 20 after 7, score one in the 8th and seven in the 9th, six of them coming after the game-ending out is called by ump Ollie Chill at first base. Pitcher Sam Jones, taking the throw at 1B from Wally Pipp, apparently makes the 3rd out and fans swarm the field. But Jones does not hold onto the ball cleanly and plate ump Brick Owens instructs Chill to make a safe call. The tying run scores on the play and, when the action resumes 15 minutes later, Wally Gerber singles to make the score 32. Walks to Sisler and Williams force home another run, and Baby Doll Jacobson clears the bases with a grand slam into the RF stands to complete the scoring. Winner Urban Shocker allows just three hits, including a two-run homer by second baseman Aaron Ward. The loss to Jones starts him on a 10-game losing streak, while a cold Ban Johnson will let umpire Ollie Chill go after the season.
» May 22, 1922: Down 30 to the Browns' Vangilder, Babe Ruth finally puts the Yankees on the board with a homer in the 8th. The Yankees win in the 13th when Ev Scott's single off Hub Pruett scores Bob Meusel.
» July 3, 1922: Bob Meusel hits for the cycle for the 2nd time in his career to pace the Yankees to a 121 whipping of the Athletics. Meusel and Ruth go back-to-back in the 7th as Carl Mays cruises to his 22nd straight win over the Athletics. As noted by historian Ted Farmer, all of the wins have been complete games.
» July 26, 1922: In several pregame fights between Yankees teammates, Bob Meusel and Wally Schang duke it out in the dugout. Then Babe Ruth and Wally Pipp take a turn. The players then turn on the Browns, beating them 116. Ruth bangs two homers, Pipp adds another, and Schang chips in with a two-run triple.
» August 5, 1923: Against the Browns, Ruth again bats righthanded. After the Babe hits his 26th and 27th HRs off of Ray Kolp, relief P Elam Vangilder takes no chances with Ruth and walks him intentionally in the 11th and again in the 13th inning. Ruth bats righty against Vangilder. Bob Meusel's single wins the game 9-8.
» October 15, 1923: After Babe Ruth's first-inning home run, the Giants peck away at Herb Pennock for four runs and take a 41 lead into the 8th. With one out, Art Nehf loads the bases on two singles and a walk, then walks in a run. Reliever Rosy Ryan forces in another run with a walk to Joe Dugan. Ruth strikes out, but Bob Meusel raps a single that scores the go-ahead runs. Sam Jones holds off the Giants, and the Yankees have their first World Championship.
» June 13, 1924: The first-place Yankees come to Detroit with the Tigers close on their heels. New York leads 10-6 in the top of the ninth. Bob Meusel takes a pitch in his back, hurls his bat at P Bert Cole, and charges the mound. Players from both teams start swinging. Fans rush out of the stands, eager to mix it up with players, police, and each other. The fight goes on for nearly 30 minutes while umpire Billy Evans, unable to clear the field, forfeits the game to New York. Cole and Meusel are suspended for 10 days; Meusel is fined $100, and Cole and Ruth $50 each.
» September 10, 1925: Bob Meusel, Babe Ruth, and Lou Gehrig hit successive homers in the 4th inning of Game One versus the A's, all off Sammy Gray. New York wins, 73. Then, Ruth and OF Ben Paschal hit back-to-back homers in the 4th of game 2, but New York loses, 54.
» September 15, 1926: The Yankees beat the Indians, 64, as Bob Meusel drives home three runs with three sacrifice flies. This ties the major-league record set by Harry Steinfeldt in 1909. Bob Shawkey is the winning hurler.
» October 10, 1926: On a drizzling New York afternoon, only 38,093 show up at the Stadium for the deciding World Series contest. Grover Alexander, possibly sleeping off a hangover in the bullpen, barely notices when Jess Haines take a 32 lead over Waite Hoyt into the 7th. Haines weakens in the last of the 7th; three walks put Earle Combs, Bob Meusel, and Lou Gehrig on base with two out and Tony Lazzeri at the plate. Hornsby then waves in Alexander. On a 1-1 count Lazzeri hits a line drive into the left-field seats, a few feet to the foul side of the pole, then swings and misses for strike 3. Alexander sets the Yanks down in order until Babe Ruth draws his 11th walk with two out in the 9th, and is thrown out, inexplicably trying to steal 2B. The Cards and St. Louis have their first World Championship. Each winner collects $5,584.51, the losers, $3,417.75.
» May 5, 1927: The Senators even the series at two apiece with the Yankees as Hod Lisenbee wins, 61. The Yanks manage six hits -- 3 by Bob Meusel. The Nats are playing their 4th game without stars Sam Rice and Goose Goslin: Rice is out with sinus trouble and Goose has pleurisy.
» May 29, 1927: In a loosely played game at Yankee Stadium, the Yanks swamp the Red Sox, 157, scoring seven runs in the 8th inning. Babe Ruth propels his 13th homer, off Danny MacFayden, while Johnny Grabowski is 4-for-4 with a walk. Dutch Ruether is ineffective, serving up gopher balls to Bosox Grover Hartley in the 2nd and Fred Haney in the 3rd. The Sox give it back in the 4th with three walks, two errors, a single by Bob Meusel and a double by Mark Koenig, to make four runs. Ted Wingfield, pitching 2/3 of the 4th, takes the loss.
» October 8, 1927: Down 3-0, the Pirates give the ball to their biggest winner, Carmen Hill (22-11). In the 5th, Ruth's 2nd HR of the Series scores Earle Combs ahead of him for a 3-1 lead. The Pirates tie it in the 7th. In the last of the 9th, Combs walks, Mark Koenig beats out a bunt, and Ruth walks to fill the bases. Reliever Johnny Miljus strikes out Lou Gehrig and Bob Meusel. With 2 strikes on Tony Lazzeri, a wild pitch rolls far enough away for Combs to score the winning run. The Bronx Bombers are World Champions in 4 straight. Ruth's .400 is good for 7 RBI; Lloyd Waner's .400 tops the Bucs.
» September 1, 1928: In Washington, Republican presidential candidate Herbert Hoover looks on as "approximately 99 percent of the spectators wore their straw hats, hoping the Senators would give them a chance to get excited and hurl them away" (NY Times). Alas, the Yankees win, 83. Waite Hoyt is the winner and beneficiary of Bob Meusel's 4-for-4 hitting. Meusel has three RBIs. Garland Braxton takes the loss.
» September 2, 1928: The Senators top the Yankees, 20, as Fred Marberry does it all, shutting down the Yanks and driving in both Nat runs. Bob Meusel's hit streak is stopped at six straight, The New York lead is now one 1/2 games over the A's, winners of an exhibition game in Lycoming, PA.
» September 9, 1928: A total of 85,265 jam Yankee Stadium to watch the Yankees sweep two from the A's, 30 and 73, to move back into first place to stay. George Pipgras is the winner in the first game while the Yankee star of the nitecap is Bob Meusel, who takes an Ed Rommel knuckler out of the park for a grand slam in the 8th. Waite Hoyt is the winner.
» September 29, 1928: The Tigers and Yankees set an offense record when they combine for 45 hits, Detroit tallying 28 of them. Four Tigers collect four hits apiece for an American League record, as Detroit win the slugfest 1910. The Yanks will finish the season with the top three RBI men (Lou Gehrig and Ruth with 142, Bob Meusel with 113), just the 2nd time this has happened. It will occur just once more, with the 1932 Phils.
» October 4, 1928: The first game is a swift execution before 61,425 at New York. Babe Ruth has a single and double and scores twice, once on Bob Meusel's 4th-inning HR, and Lou Gehrig is 2-for-4 with 2 RBI off Bill Sherdel (21-10). Waite Hoyt (23-7) sets the Cards down with 3 hits, one a solo HR by Bottomley in the 7th, for a 4-1 win.
» May 4, 1929: At Comiskey Park, Lou Gehrig wallops three home runs against the Sox in an 119 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.
» October 16, 1929: The Reds acquire aging Yankee star Bob Meusel for cash.
» September 12, 1930: Brooklyn C Al Lopez drives one over the head of Cincinnati LF Bob Meusel, and the ball bounces into the bleachers at Ebbets Field. It will be the ML's last recorded bounce HR, as the NL rules after the season that such a hit will henceforth be a double. The AL had made the change after the 1929 season.
» May 2, 1961: In their first appearance in Minnesota, the Yankees top the transplanted Washington team, 64. Mickey Mantle's grand slam in the 10th inning off Camilo Pascual, is the big blow. Luis Arroyo picks up the save after the Twins score 2. Mick's extra inning grand slam is the 6th by a Yankee, joining Wally Pipp (1923), Babe Ruth (1925), Bob Meusel (1929), and Joe DiMaggio and Tommy Henrich (1948).