On August 23, 1931 — In his attempt to break Walter Johnson’s consecutive game winning streak of 17 games, Lefty Grove loses when St Louis Browns’ hurler Dick Coffman throws a three-hit shutout, his only whitewash this season, against the Philadelphia A’s.

Reserve outfielder Jimmy Moore, playing in place of the absent Al Simmons, misjudges misjudges a routine fly ball by Ski Melillo, turning it into a 2-out double, to allow the game’s lone run and subsequently to Lefty’s meltdown in the locker room. The volatile Grove is outraged and unforgiving, not at Moore, but that Al Simmons because of an injury, the regular OF, missed the game. After the game Grove berates fellow Hall of Famer Simmons despite the injury. Dick Coffman of the Browns allows just three hits to win, 1 – 0. The A’s win the nightcap, 10 – 0, behind Waite Hoyt’s 6-hitter.

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