This Day In Baseball June 1
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Events for June 1
The Louisville Colonels were playing in Philadelphia against the Athletics when Lave Cross batted out of order and made outs in the second and fifth innings. In the seventh, he singled and this time Philadelphia pointed out that he was not the proper batter. However, Ned Cuthbert, the umpire ruled that since he had been allowed to bat out of order twice, that the protest was denied. There was nothing in the rule of the time that allowed for that ruling.
6/1/1908 – In the top of the eigth of the second game of a double header, the Cardinals Ed Konetchy was picked off the third to end the inning with Billy Gilbert at the plate. Gilbert should have started the top of the ninth, but Irv Higgenbothman came up instead and singled. The Reds objected, and Gilbert was correctly called out and Higgenbotham batted again, grounding out this time.
1910 – The St. Louis Cardinals defeat the Philadelphia Phillies, 10 – 5, before a chilly crowd of 800 fans at the Baker Bowl. It is the 14th loss for the Phillies in their last 15 games. The Cardinals are paced by leadoff hitter Miller Huggins, who has no official at bats in six plate appearances, the first time this has ever happened in major league history. Huggins walks in his first three at-bats, hits a sacrifice fly and a sacrifice bunt in the next two, and walks with the bases loaded in the eighth inning to drive in the lead run. At the end of the season, Huggins will lead the National League with 116 walks.
Babe Ruth, an accomplished hurler acquired from Boston in the offseason for his hitting prowess, bats cleanup in the Yankees’ lineup, and also gets the win when he tosses four innings as the starter in the team’s 14-7 victory over Washington at the Polo Grounds. During his 15 seasons with New York, the ‘Sultan of Swat’ will take the mound just five times for the club, including a complete-game victory in 1933.
6/1/1924 – The Reds confused their lineup in a home game against the Cardinals. Hughie Critz, in his second major league game, was listed batting seventh, However, he batted sixth the first time through the order and singled to CF. The Redbirds pointed out the batting out of turn and Boob Fowler was called out.
Lou Gehrig, making the only appearance as a pinch-hitter in his 17-year career, begins his streak of playing in 2,130 straight games when he comes off the Yankee bench to hit for rookie infielder Pee-Wee Wanninger. Ironically, Wanninger is the player who ended a consecutive-game streak of 1,307 consecutive games when he started the May 5th contest in place of Everett Scott, the team’s regular shortstop.
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