Thursday, July 14, 2011
And That Happened: Classic!Posted by Craig Calcaterra
Note: due to the All-Star break, we now bring you a special "Classic" version of "And That Happened." The following originally ran on July 14, 1932
Yankees 5, Browns 3: A home run for Babe Ruth, his 25th on the season. Ruth is the power-hitting sensation the sport desperately needs these days. Let’s hope he’s clean. Sorry, but even in this Prohibition era, it’s impossible not to be suspicious when someone continues to show up to the ballpark in last night's clothes, reeking of gin, cigar smoke and the scent of loose women. Ruth is a great story. Let’s just hope he’s legit.
Senators 15, White Sox 4: The game was delayed some two hours, as the city's streets had to be cleared for Army Chief of Staff General Douglas MacArthur, as he and two cavalry units marched to clear the Bonus Army off the Anacostia Flats. When the dead and injured were removed, it was a wonderful day for a ballgame. Heinie Manush had a triple, four RBI and an assault beef, after he socked two wiseacres for laughing at the name "Heine."
Dodgers 5, Cubs 4: This game was delayed as well. Hobos. Hobos as far as the eye could see. Happens so often anymore, however, that none of the players seemed too upset by it all. At any rate, after the hobos were rounded up and placed on a westbound freight, play resumed. Only problem: the Dodgers' starter -- Sloppy Thurston -- was himself mistaken for a hobo, likely due to his name. This led to a longer delay. Eventually Sloppy was returned.
Phillies 3, Reds 2: I was going to take the train down to Cincinnati for this one, but I had another engagement. There was a meeting of the Women's Organization for National Prohibition Reform here in Arch City, and I for one would never pass up the opportunity to meet Ms. Pauline Sabin, who (a) is single and; (b) is doing God's work. Snipe Hansen and Pinky Whitney were the heroes of this one for the Phillies. Which isn't surprising, because when you think of a hero, you can't help but think of Snipe and Pinky.
Braves 5, Pirates 1; Braves 10, Pirates 5: This doubleheader was not entirely necessary. Boston has been visiting Pittsburgh for several days now and could very well have completed this series in single games. It was deemed appropriate by President Hoover, however, that in light of the current economic strife, that the clubs stimulate the economy with concentrated economic activity like this whenever possible. "Some may construe mild suggestions to the private sector such as these to be a brand of socialism," President Hoover said, "and I am not unaware of the danger of this level of governmental meddling in private affairs. But desperate times call for desperate measures, and if the very meek entreaties of a sitting President to our nation's evil, bloated plutocrats has even the slightest hope of helping matters, I am willing to risk the potentially destabilizing side effects that this intervention might cause."
Cardinals 6, Giants 2: after 30 years with John McGraw at the helm, the Giants are still adjusting to new manager Bill Terry following McGraw's retirement a little over a month ago. Winning games without constantly baiting the other team, the umpires and the fans into horrendous donnybrooks is not part of the Giants' makeup, so it will certainly take time to adjust.
Red Sox 8, Tigers 2: The Red Sox' win -- the second in a two-game winning streak! -- brings them to within 36 games of first place. This win was nice, but it's just sad to see a team from a town as small as Boston trying to compete with the big boys from up-and-coming juggernaut cities like Detroit.
Indians 7, Athletics 5: Three days after the ridiculous game in which Eddie Rommel gave up 29 hits -- and won -- and in which Johnny Burnett went 9-for-11 -- and lost -- the Indians and Athletics play a relatively tame one. Lefty Grove takes the loss in a relief role. I say, the man just simply doesn't know how to win baseball games.
Craig writes the HardballTalk blog for NBC Sports.com